Special Courses, Programs and Educational Opportunities
Special Problems Courses. 1-5 semester hours. Offered by most departments and numbered 260, 360, or 460 depending on the level of study expected, Special Problems courses consist of a program of independent study or research on a topic of special interest to an individual student. Each course is designed to study topics either not covered or treated only briefly in other courses in the curriculum. A written course proposal or abstract adequately describing the project must be prepared by the student and approved by the supervising instructor, the division chair, and the academic advisor, prior to the regular period for registration. Special Problems may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Written approval by those named above.
Special Topics Courses. 1-5 semester hours. Offered by most departments and numbered 190, 290, 390, or 490 depending on the level of study expected, Special Topics courses will be offered from time to time on topics of importance in the discipline—topics which are not covered or which are treated only briefly in other courses in the curriculum. Special Topics courses may cover topics of special interest to an instructor and a particular group of students, or they may be an experimental course being considered for addition to the curriculum. Special Topics may be repeated for credit for different topics. [After two course offerings on the same topic, departments must request that the course be added to the curriculum.] Prerequisites: Those specified by the instructor in the Course Schedule.
Internships and Field Experiences are available in most departments with varying hours of credit depending on the design of the learning experience. They are all numbered as either 268, 368, or 468. Each internship is individually arranged by the student, a supervising instructor who assigns the final grade, and a supervisor/instructor on the site of the internship experience. Students complete a separate, multi-page registration form describing the learning experience. This form must be signed and approved by the student, supervising instructor, Division Chair, and Dean of the University prior to registration for the Internship course.
The Honors Program is designed to empower students by offering alternative educational opportunities. These alternatives come in the form of Honors classes, either at the 100, 200, or 300 level. In these classes students will be given opportunities for greater exploration and more rigorous analysis of course content. Great emphasis is placed on the development of oral and written communication, as well as on critical thinking.
All entering students who have a GPA of 3.5 or above or an ACT of 26 or higher are eligible to enter the program. Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above and a ranking in the top ten percent of their high school class, may petition the Honors Committee by sending a letter indicating why they wish to participate in the Honors Program.
After being accepted into the program, the student must maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA and complete 12 hours of Honors coursework in order to graduate with Honors. Three hours of the 12 must be a Senior Honors thesis or an appropriate substitute. (Substitutes for Senior thesis work are arranged at the divisional level and in consultation with the Honors Committee.) The required twelve hours of Honors coursework must be taken over the course of at least two semesters.
Students wishing to study abroad for credit should consult Dr. Barb Anderson, Associate Dean, for assistance in selecting a program. Generally, students should begin planning study abroad at least one year prior to leaving the country for studies. Before studying abroad, students must consult with Dr. Anderson and with the Registrar to determine whether the students' planned courses will transfer to CMU for credit. Some scholarship money is available. Obtain a scholarship application from Dr. Anderson.