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SECTION II Degree Program Requirements Degrees A degree is a formal title conferred upon an individual for the completion of a program of study. Undergraduate degrees are called baccalaureate or bachelor’s degrees. These terms can be used interchangeably. Central Missouri offers the following baccalaureate degrees: • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.Ed.) • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) • Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
General Requirements for All Baccalaureate Degrees 1. A baccalaureate degree must total a minimum of 120 semester hours. Some degree programs require more than 120 semester hours. 2. Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours from UCM. 3. The last 12 hours of the degree must be earned from UCM. 4. A baccalaureate must include a minimum of 30 semester hours of upper-level credit from an accredited four-year institution and a minimum of 20 of those hours must be completed at UCM. 5. A baccalaureate must include completion of the General Education Program as prescribed by the university. See General Education Program in this section. 6. Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 2.00 in the cumulative GPA, UCM GPA, major, and minor (if applicable) GPA. Some degree programs require higher GPAs for graduation.
Specific Requirements for the Various Baccalaureates BACHELOR OF ARTS 1. A major for this degree normally shall be 30-43 semester hours. 2. A modern language requirement shall be nine semester hours and may be met as follows: The modern language requirement is fulfilled by successfully completing nine semester hours of one modern language, or completing six hours of one modern language and three hours of modern literature in translation (ENGL 2220), or completing three hours of an upper-level (or level three) modern language course.
Students with previous study of a modern language in high school may be eligible to enroll in the second or third level of language courses at UCM. Students who earn a grade of C or higher will earn validated credit for the lower level classe(es). See Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages Statement of Policy. For further information contact the chair of the Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages at 660-543-4780. Students may alternately satisfy the B.A. Language Requirement and/or gain General Education Humanities credits by attaining a proficiency rating of Intermediate Mid on an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Non-native speakers of English are understood to fulfill the spirit of the requirement through their English coursework, provided that they can show proof of native proficiency in another language (Advanced proficiency rating on an OPI). Students wishing to fulfill the requirements in this way must pay for their own examinations. Contact Testing Services at 660‑543‑4919, for more information.
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS This is a professional performance degree available through the Department of Art and Design and the Department of Theatre and Dance. 1. A major for this degree normally shall be 61-88 semester hours.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC This is a professional performance degree available through the Department of Music. 1. A major for this degree normally shall be 77-88.5 semester hours.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION This is a professional education degree available through the Department of Music. Students planning to obtain teacher certification should see Teacher Education Policies and Procedures on page 88. 1. A major for this degree normally shall be 63.5-68.5 semester hours. 2. Professional education courses for this degree shall be 25-35 semester hours. 3. A candidate for this degree must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 based upon total hours attempted, as well as a grade point average of 3.00 in specified content courses, and a grade point average of 3.00 and no grade below a C in designated professional education courses. 4. All students receiving this degree must obtain minimum scores on the area specialty test to be eligible for teacher certification (HB463). Not obtaining the prescribed minimum score does not preclude receiving the degree. Teacher Education Policies and Procedures on page 88 in this catalog.
Central Missouri 2014 Undergraduate Catalog