Academics

Definitions of Terms

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market is an interstate agreement for sharing uncommon programs between fourteen Southern states.

Residents of these states who are accepted for admission into selected out-of-state programs may enroll on an in-state tuition basis. To qualify, an applicant must (1) be accepted into a program to which his or her state has made arrangements to send its students and (2) submit proof to the university of legal residence in the home state. Residents of the Southern states should contact the Texas state coordinator for the Academic Common Market, in care of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711, or contact the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies at UNT for more information.

A list of certain graduate degree programs offered by UNT that are currently accepted by various states that are members of the Common Market may be obtained from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies at UNT.

Certification-Only Students

Certification-only students are admitted to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies to pursue professional or teacher certification only. Up to 12 graduate semester credit hours taken as a non-degree seeking or certification-only student may be used toward a degree with approval from the academic department. These students must meet graduate school admission requirements.

Classification of Graduate Students

Any student who holds a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution is classified as a graduate student, whether or not admission to a degree program has been granted, and is subject to the regulations contained in this catalog concerning graduate students. Records concerning admission, continuation and graduation of such students are maintained in the office of the graduate dean.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment is enrollment for any course or courses at another institution while registered for courses at UNT. Enrollment through the Federation of North Texas Area Universities is not considered concurrent enrollment. Graduate students must secure written permission for concurrent enrollment from the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies prior to registration.

Continuing Students

Continuing students have been enrolled at least once during the last four consecutive semesters and/or have not received a degree during the same period prior to the semester of planned enrollment. Students who receive a degree and reapply to the university are considered new graduate students.

Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment applies to the student admitted to a master's or doctoral degree that requires completion of a thesis or dissertation. Once work on the thesis or dissertation has begun, the student must continuously enroll in a minimum of 3 semester hours of thesis (5950) or dissertation (6950) during each long semester until the thesis or dissertation has been completed and submitted to the graduate dean for acceptance. Thesis or dissertation registration in at least one summer session is required if the student is using university facilities and/or faculty time during that summer session. Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment subsequent to passing the qualifying examination for admission to candidacy.

Course Numbers

Freshman courses, 1000-1999.

Sophomore courses, 2000-2999.

Junior courses, 3000-3999.

Senior courses, 4000-4999.

Graduate courses, 5000 and above.

Courses 2900, 2910, 4900 and 4910, Special Problems, are used upon approval of the department chair or dean for individual instruction in any department to cover course content in special circumstances. Courses 5900, 5910, 5920 and 5930 are used in any department that offers graduate work; courses 6900 and 6910 are used in any department that offers doctoral work.

Experimental Courses, 1980, 2980 and 4980, are new courses offered on a trial basis for 1-4 hours credit each. Registration is permitted only upon approval of the department chair.

Advanced Courses, numbered 3000 to 4999, are open to students who have 12 semester hours of credit in a given subject or who have the indicated prerequisites, and to those without the prerequisites who have consent of the department chair. In some instances, college/school/departmental requirements may vary. Students should consult individual areas prior to enrolling in advanced courses.

Degree Plan

The degree plan is an official document prepared and approved in the student's major department that lists courses completed, courses to be completed, proficiency examinations and all other requirements for a particular degree program. The master's or doctoral degree plan should be prepared and approved in the department and submitted for graduate dean approval during the student's first semester of enrollment.

Dissertation/Thesis Defense

Upon completion of the dissertation or thesis, a student meets with his or her advisory committee to defend the content of the dissertation or thesis. After a student has successfully defended the paper and made any revisions suggested by the advisory committee, the student is ready to submit the paper to the graduate dean for final approval. Students must apply for graduation prior to the defense of the dissertation or thesis. Graduation information and deadlines are available from the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.

Dual/Joint Degree Programs

Dual degree programs are separate degree programs which have been approved to work together to allow students to pursue two degrees simultaneously. This may be done by using courses for the major from each degree toward the minor on the other degree or by other approved means.

Joint degree programs are separate degree programs at different institutions which have been approved to work together to offer one degree. This is made possible by sharing faculty and academic resources.

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

The Federation of North Texas Area Universi-ties is a collaborative effort between the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University (TWU) and Texas A&M University­Commerce (TAMU-C). Master's and doctoral degree programs have been developed that permit students at any one of the three participating institutions to complete a portion of their graduate work at either or both of the other two.

The university's cooperative degree programs are administered through the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. As a member of the federation, UNT offers interinstitutional graduate programs in a number of disciplines. Each cooperative degree program is coordinated by a federation committee for that discipline.

Enrollment of UNT students at TWU and TAMU-C under the cross-registration arrangement is contingent upon their meeting any prerequisites for admission to the class or classes in which they wish to be enrolled, and upon the availability of space in the class.

Former Students

Former students are students who have not been enrolled at least once during the four consecutive semesters immediately preceding the semester in which they wish to enroll and/or those who have received a degree.

Grade Point Average

The overall grade point average is used to determine student class loads, eligibility for admission to the university and certain programs, and eligibility for graduation. All GPA calculations are subject to post-audit and correction by the Registrar's Office.

The GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of semester hours attempted. The number of semester hours attempted includes all courses with grades of A, B, C, D, F and WF unless replaced by a later grade. Courses with grades of I, NP, P, PR, W or Z are not counted as courses attempted.

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree students are admitted to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies to enroll in graduate or undergraduate courses and are not admitted to a degree program or do not intend to complete a degree at UNT. Up to 12 graduate semester credit hours taken as a non-degree student may be used toward a degree with approval from the academic department. Non-degree students must meet graduate school admission requirements.

Off-Campus Courses

Off-campus courses are courses available at various locations in the Dallas­Fort Worth area for residence credit. Registration procedures for off-campus courses are the same as courses offered on the UNT campus. Information concerning specific off-campus courses is available prior to and during each registration period in the schedule of classes.

Pass Through Master's Degree

Students who are admitted to a 90 hour doctoral degree program, after completing a bachelor's degree, may apply to the master's program in the same major and receive a degree after completing all requirements for the master's degree while continuing the doctoral program.

Prerequisite

A prerequisite is a course or other preparation that must be completed before enrollment in another course. Prerequisites are included in catalog course descriptions.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination is a test administered by the department once a doctoral student has completed all courses required for the degree and has satisfied all admission, language and other tool-subject requirements. Dissertation enrollment is not permitted until this test is passed. Students are admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree upon successful completion of the qualifying examination.

Schedule Change (Add/Drop, Withdrawal)

Students may make adjustments to their schedule by adding and/or dropping classes or by withdrawing from the university. Specific procedures must be followed in making these changes. Dropping all courses during a semester constitutes withdrawing from the university for that semester. Students must notify the Registrar's Office of their intent to withdraw from the university. Procedures and deadlines for dropping or withdrawing are available in the Registrar's Office and listed in the Schedule of Classes.

Semester Hour

A semester hour is the unit of credit at UNT; the credit allows for 1 lecture hour a week for 15 weeks or the equivalent. In course listings, figures in parentheses following the course credit hours indicate the number of clock hours per week devoted to lecture and laboratory. When it appears, the third and final number in parentheses indicates the number of recitation hours per week.

Time Limitation

A time limitation is the length of time a student has to complete all requirements for the degree program. Master's students have six to eight years to complete their degree requirements depending on the number of semester hours required for the degree. Doctoral students have ten years to complete their degree requirements. Students anticipating that they will exceed the time limit must apply for an extension through the academic department before the time limit has expired. Time limitations also apply to transfer credit used toward a degree.

Degree Programs

The University of North Texas is composed of the following colleges and schools.

See "Program Options" in this section of the

catalog for specific degrees offered.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Note: Consult the dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies for program opportunities and requirements and see the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog for additional information.

UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth

For information on these programs, contact:

Dr. Thomas A. Yorio, Dean
Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2690
(817) 735-2560

Federation of North Texas Area Universities Degree Programs

The Federation of North Texas Area Universities is a collaborative effort between the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University and Texas A&M University-Commerce. As noted in an earlier section, master's and doctoral degree programs have been developed that permit students at any one of the three participating institutions to complete a portion of their graduate work at either or both of the other two.

The university's cooperative degree programs are administered through the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. As a member of the federation, UNT offers interinstitutional graduate programs in a number of disciplines. Each cooperative degree program is coordinated by a federation committee for that discipline.

Enrollment of UNT students at TWU and TAMU-C under the cross-registration arrangement is contingent upon their meeting any prerequisites for admission to the class or classes in which they wish to be enrolled, and upon the availability of space in the class.

UNT is approved to award the following degrees through programs offered by the federation.

Art

Computer Science

Counseling Psychology

Early Childhood Education

Interdisciplinary Studies

Molecular Biology

Reading Education

Sociology

Special Education

University Center of Dallas (Dallas Education Center) Degree Programs

The Federation of North Texas Area Universities manages the University Center of Dallas (UCD), formerly the Dallas Education Center. Four universities cooperate in the offering of upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate courses at the UCD. These courses may be applied to programs and degrees offered by the three principal Federation universities, Texas A&M University­Commerce, Texas Woman's University and the University of North Texas, and by the University of Texas at Dallas, an affiliate member of the Federation.

At the graduate level, a Master of Business Administration degree can be completed entirely at the University Center of Dallas. Other graduate degree offerings are under development and may be available entirely through the UCD. Contact the UCD or the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies for up-to-date information.

Enrollment of UNT students in UCD courses offered by Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas Woman's University, and the University of Texas at Dallas is conducted under the rules applied to enrollment in Federation degree programs.

The Academic Common Market

Fourteen Southern states participate in the Academic Common Market, an interstate agreement for sharing uncommon programs.

Residents of these states who are accepted for admission into selected out-of-state programs may enroll on an in-state tuition basis. To qualify, an applicant must (1) be accepted into a program to which his or her state has made arrangements to send its students, and (2) submit proof to the university of legal residence in the home state. Residents of the Southern states should contact the Texas state coordinator for the Academic Common Market, in care of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711, or contact the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies at UNT for more information.

A list of certain graduate degree programs offered by UNT that are currently accepted by various states that are members of the Common Market may be obtained from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies at UNT.

Application for Graduation

It is the responsibility of the student to stay abreast of progress toward the degree and to file the appropriate degree application in the office of the graduate dean. Consult the Academic Calendar section in this catalog for the proper dates. The applicant's grade point average on all graduate work attempted must be at least 3.0 for the application to be accepted.

Because of the time required for receipt of transcripts, students otherwise eligible for graduation who complete their last course or courses elsewhere will not graduate at the end of the semester or summer session in which the work is completed, but will receive their degrees at the close of a subsequent UNT semester or summer session.

Information concerning graduation fees is furnished on request by the office of the graduate dean, and is contained in the annual Tuition and Fee Register, available from the Bursar's Office. Students anticipating graduation should consult the Academic Calendar for final dates for payment of fees and meeting other graduation requirements.

Classification of Graduate Faculty

A new system for the selection of graduate faculty members was approved by the Graduate Council in October 1992. Under this system, all full-time faculty members of the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, and professor are members of the graduate faculty, but individual faculty members may be classified as Category I, II or III. The qualifications for appointment to a category depend upon the faculty member's record of scholarly, creative and research activities. Category III reflects the highest level of scholarly attainment. Faculty members in any of the three categories may serve on thesis or dissertation committees as a member. Category II faculty members may serve as directors of theses committees and co-directors of dissertation committees. Graduate faculty members in Category III are the only faculty eligible to serve as chairs of dissertation or doctoral lecture recital committees.

Effective August 22, 1994, each faculty member must be a member of the appropriate graduate faculty category to direct new theses or dissertations. A complete listing of graduate faculty members in Category I, II and III is available in the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and in the main offices of each department, school and

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