Academic Advisement, Progression & Support
East Carolina University offers academic programs through traditional on-campus class attendance as well as by distance education classes offered via the Internet and at other locations. Courses are offered in fall and spring semesters, each comprising fourteen weeks plus an additional week at the close of each semester for exams. Both traditional and nontraditional students may be enrolled in on-campus and/or distance education classes. (See www.ecu.edu)
Summer classes are offered for both on-campus and distance education instruction. There are two summer session schedule formats: one eleven-week session, and two five-week terms. Schedules for fall and spring semesters as well as summer school are located in the front of this catalog and are also available at www.ecu.edu. Students entering the university only for a summer session(s) must meet all admission requirements or be approved visitors from another institution. See Section 2, Admission and Readmission, or contact the Office of Admissions, www.ecu.edu/admissions, for further information. Graduate students should consult the Graduate School.
Academic violation of the Honor Code consists of the following: cheating, the giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance, or the giving or receiving of unfair advantage on any form of academic work; plagiarism, copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting those as one’s original work; falsification, statement of untruth, either verbal or written, regarding any circumstances relating to academic work; and attempting any act which if completed would constitute an academic integrity violation as defined above. Procedures governing academic integrity violations are described in the East Carolina University Student Handbook and in the Faculty Manual.
No student may drop the involved course or withdraw from the university prior to resolving an academic integrity charge.
Advisors will make every attempt to give effective guidance to students in academic matters and to refer students to those qualified to help them in other matters. The responsibility for meeting all academic requirements for a selected program rests with the student; however in addition to his or her advisor, the student may obtain help from the chairperson of the major department or the dean of the college or school.
Upon admission to the university, students are advised in the appropriate areas as follows:
Students who have not chosen a major are advised through the Academic Advising and Support Center. Students can locate their advisor at www.onestop.ecu.edu.
Although a General College student may decide on a major before the end of the sophomore year, that decision will not be registered formally until requirements for transfer into the proposed major have been met. After the student has made the decision, he or she may take some of the introductory courses in the major without making the formal declaration of major. Nevertheless, a student in the General College must give primary attention to fulfilling foundations curriculum requirements.
It should be noted that it is the responsibility of the student to take the courses that are required for the chosen degree. In some programs, particularly those in the sciences and the allied health professions, the student should begin the appropriate science course sequences early in the program. Failure to follow the suggested curriculum may necessitate continuance of course work beyond four years.
During the period that the student is assigned to the General College, the university rule that a student adopt the catalog that is current whenever he or she changes his or her program does not apply. (See Section 5, Academic Regulations.) Except for the requirements for admission to certain programs, the catalog that was current at the time the student entered the General College will apply when he or she leaves the General College and declares a major unless (1) the student elects a later catalog by contacting his or her academic advisor, (2) the student changes his or her program after initial transfer from the General College, or (3) accreditation requirements for the university have been changed.
Degree In Three ProgramStudents admitted through the Succeed Sooner Degree in Three Program begin during the second summer term before their freshman year. They meet with special advisors in person or via telephone prior to the summer term. During the term, students review and customize their program of study with their academic advisor/mentor. In subsequent semesters, the advisors provide ongoing advising services, including use of the priority registration system. The advisors ensure that students are enrolled in appropriate classes in a timely manner in order to maintain the three-year completion schedule. Degree in Three Program advisors also provide advice on the graduate admission process. (See also Section 6.)
MD/7 ProgramStudents who meet the criteria for admittance into the MD/7 initiative and indicate they wish to pursue a pre-medical undergraduate program are encouraged to indicate their interest via the web site, www.ecu.edu/succeedsooner. Students participating in this initiative will meet with their academic advisor who will help them to tailor their programs and to follow application procedures. Students also will be expected to gain undergraduate experience in research, community and college service, and leadership.
The Goals of the Liberal Arts Foundations CurriculumThe overarching goal of the Liberal Arts Foundations curriculum is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and abilities essential to their living worthwhile lives both private and public. The curriculum is based on the faculty’s belief that the best way to prepare students for living worthwhile lives is to provide them with a solid foundation in the core disciplines in the liberal arts (the humanities, arts, basic sciences, and basic social sciences), in conjunction with a multidisciplinary education in the specific areas of health promotion and physical activity and mastery of writing and mathematics competencies. The foundations curriculum provides a common, unified knowledge and skills base to students who will major in different subjects and who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Foundations courses give students the shared knowledge and abilities necessary to integrate their foundational education with their major. Taken from the perspective of students’ personal, private interests, this foundation and its integration with specialized learning in the students’ majors enables students to live broadly informed, responsible, worthwhile lives. From the public perspective, this integration is essential to good citizenship in an increasingly global yet culturally diverse and conflicted world.
Fundamental Goal AreasThe foundations curriculum is divided into four basic, core disciplinary areas (humanities, arts, basic sciences, basic social sciences), one multidisciplinary area in health promotion and physical activity, and two areas of competence: writing and mathematics.
All foundations courses in the core liberal arts disciplines must meet the three fundamental goals of a foundational liberal arts education:
Goals for the humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences, health promotion and physical activity, writing, and mathematics are available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fsonline/as/liberalartsfoundation.cfm.
Courses that Carry Foundations Curriculum (FC) CreditMany courses that carry foundations curriculum credit are identified in the course listings using the FC designation; however, there may be other courses that also carry foundations curriculum credit. Many majors have specific foundation course requirements (see listing in section 7). Students should check their intended degree requirements prior to selecting foundation courses. For example, some majors may require specific science, math, social science, etc. courses. Courses in the student’s major prefix area may not count toward foundations curriculum requirements.
A student assigned to the General College is eligible for transfer from the General College to other schools and departments, in accordance with requirements specified in the following paragraphs. Students should also consult the departmental listings for requirements in addition to the basic pattern and for additional courses that are required in the freshman and sophomore years.
Student athletes and pre-health/pre-law students are assigned to academic advisors in their majors. Athletics and the Academic Enrichment Center (see Academic Support Services) continue to provide monitoring and support in helping these students to meet their program requirements.
The university does not award degrees solely because a student successfully completed the required courses. Violations of the student code of conduct, including both academic and nonacademic violations, may result in a degree not being awarded. For example, when the student has disciplinary charges pending, the degree may be withheld or the awarding of the degree may be delayed.
A degree from East Carolina University comprises a minimum of 120 s.h. A minimum of 30 s.h. and at least one-half of the total hours required in the major discipline must be completed through enrollment in East Carolina University. The required resident study does not need to be accomplished in consecutive semesters. One-half of the minimum semester hours required in the student’s program must be earned through enrollment in a regionally-accredited senior college.
If the primary major is part of a non-BA degree program and the secondary major is identified in the curriculum for the BA degree, neither additional foundations curriculum requirements for the BA degree nor a foreign language requirement will apply. Courses taken to meet foundations curriculum requirements may be used to satisfy requirements for the secondary major or a minor, except where prohibited, but not for the primary major. (See specific major requirements for restrictions.) Double major students, however, are not required to complete additional writing-intensive course work.
Writing Intensive RequirementStudents enrolling at East Carolina University must fulfill the writing across the curriculum requirement prior to graduation. To do so, each student must complete a minimum of 12 s.h. of writing intensive courses, typically including ENGL 1100, 1200; at least one 3 s.h. writing intensive course in the major; and any other 3 s.h. writing intensive course of the student’s choice. Students entering the university with transfer credit for ENGL 1200 have satisfied the foundations curriculum requirement in the area of English. Such students are still required to complete a total of 12 hours of credit in writing intensive courses. All second degree students will be required to complete at least 3 s.h. of writing intensive course work in the major. Writing intensive courses/sections of courses are identified each semester in the course schedule listing and will be designated WI on the student’s transcript. A complete listing of courses approved as writing intensive may be found at the University Writing Program web site, www.ecu.edu/writing. A course will transfer into ECU as WI under two conditions. The course must either be a writing intensive course in a writing across the curriculum program at the university or college where it was taken, and/or the course must have the words “writing” or “communication” (e.g., “Writing for Business and Industry” or “Business Communications”) in the course title. Courses meeting either of these two criteria will be accepted as WI, and count as writing intensive for ECU degree requirements.
Cultural Diversity RequirementEach academic unit will ensure that its majors complete at least one course which exposes them to cultural diversity. Courses which meet this requirement will be designated by the respective unit.
Cognate and Professional Course RequirementsMany baccalaureate programs have requirements in addition to course work in foundations curriculum, in the major field, and in the minor field. These additional requirements may be labeled cognate courses or professional courses required for teacher certification (see requirements for degree in section 7). Cognates, minor courses, and courses used for the second major may be used to satisfy foundations curriculum requirements, except where prohibited. Professional courses required for teacher certification may not be used to satisfy foundations curriculum requirements.
East Carolina University requires academic concentrations for all majors in elementary education, middle grades education, business and marketing education, health education, and physical education. Academic concentration requirements are listed in the College of Education subsection. Students should consult their departmental advisor for specific information about this component of their program.
Professional credits for majors in elementary education, middle grades, secondary education, business and marketing education, and special education are listed in Section 7, College of Education: Requirements for Students Preparing to Teach. For majors in secondary education, birth through kindergarten, and K-12 programs, see BS degree curricula for students preparing to teach under appropriate department or school. Minors are required in some fields but not in others. Students should check the major requirements presented in the department and school listings to determine if a minor is required in a particular field.
Foundations curriculum requirements for one degree may be used to satisfy the foundations curriculum requirements for the other degree, however, the required foundations curriculum courses for the second degree must be met. All other degree requirements, including a foreign language, must be met and may not be waived. All dual degree students will be required to complete at least 3 s.h. of writing intensive course work in each major. Students who wish to satisfy the requirements for a BS degree in teacher education may use the same major for both degrees provided the university offers a teacher certification program in that major.
A student who currently holds a baccalaureate degree may enroll in a second baccalaureate degree program. The student must meet the curriculum requirements for the second undergraduate degree in the catalog under which he or she enters or in some subsequent catalog, and must complete a minimum of 30 s.h. in enrollment at ECU. No student will be permitted to complete the second degree under a catalog issued more than three years prior to the date of completion of the second degree.
In evaluating curriculum requirements for the second undergraduate degree, the academic unit offering the second degree will determine whether foundations curriculum requirements from the first undergraduate degree satisfy foundations curriculum requirements for the second degree. However, any foreign language requirements for the second degree must be fully met and may not be waived. All second degree students will be required to complete at least 3 s.h. of writing intensive course work in the major.
A student pursuing a second undergraduate degree must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. In determining the GPA, only attempted hours toward the second degree will be counted. Grade points earned in the first degree will not apply in determination of academic eligibility while a student is enrolled for a second degree. However, the GPAs from the first and second undergraduate degrees will be used in the consideration of a degree with distinction.
All requirements must be met by the official graduation date of East Carolina University. A student may expect to be allowed to obtain a degree in accordance with the requirements set forth in the regulations in force when he or she enters the university or under subsequent regulations published while he or she is a student. However, a student is restricted in choice to the requirements of one specific catalog. Undergraduate students who enter the university under the regulations of a catalog have a period of five years, inclusive and continuous, in which to claim the degree requirements of that catalog.
Students pursuing a second undergraduate degree must select a catalog issued no more than three years prior to completion of the second degree program.
In order to graduate, all students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a GPA of 2.0 in the major. If a student completes required courses in his or her major and takes other courses in that field as electives, these additional courses as well as cognate courses will be counted in computing the major GPA. Grades made on courses taken at other colleges and universities will not be considered except in the calculation of graduation with honors, but official transcripts must be on file in the Office of the Registrar.
“Summa Cum Laude” for a cumulative average of 3.90
“Magna Cum Laude” for a cumulative average of 3.60
“Cum Laude” for a cumulative average of 3.50
The purpose of orientation is to inform students about the academic requirements of the university and to prepare them for the transition into the university classroom. During orientation, students may take placement tests in mathematics and chemistry so that they may register for the appropriate levels in these areas. Students will also meet with an advisor and register for classes. In addition, orientation provides the opportunity for family and students to become knowledgeable about student life programs offered at East Carolina University. Participants will become acquainted with faculty, staff, student leaders, and other new students and family members.
The First Year Center continues to aid students in the transition to ECU through programs such as the Freshman Seminar (COAD1000 class), Transfer Services, Academic Difficulty reports, and more. For more information about the First Year Center or orientation, telephone 252-328-4173, or access the web page at www.ecu.edu/fyc.
The Career Center provides programs and services to assist students with the transition from academic endeavors to the world of work by preparing students for life after graduation. We offer services which include classroom presentations, workshops and seminars on career-related subjects, assistance with resume writing and interviewing, and opportunities for co-op positions and internships. Each academic college has a career staff member assigned as a liaison to provide service to the students and faculty in that college.
The Career Center staff communicate with students and employers, and post part-time on- and off-campus jobs, internships/co-ops, and full-time, post graduation jobs through a dynamic system called eRecruiting. Students upload their resume to the system and employers post positions in eRecruiting.
The Career Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, access the Career Center online at www.ecu.edu/e3careers, telephone 252-328-6050, or visit 701 East Fifth Street.