Additional Requirements for all Degrees
Writing Intensive Requirement
Students 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 semester hours
of writing intensive courses, typically including ENGL 1100, 1200; at least one semester hour
of writing intensive courses in the major; and any other three semester hours
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 semester hours
of credit in writing intensive courses. All second degree students will be required to complete at least three semester hours
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 Requirement
Each 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 Requirements
Many 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 8). 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.
Additional Requirements for BA Degree
All candidates for the BA degree must complete a foreign language through level 1004 as part of their degree requirements. The number of required credits for a major shall not be fewer than 30 semester hours
or more than 36 semester hours
A candidate for the BA degree must declare a minor if required. Some BA degrees require a concentration and/or specified cognates instead of a minor. However, a BA degree may require a minor and a concentration and/or specified cognates. The number of required credits for a minor shall not be fewer than 24 semester hours
or more than 30 semester hours
Special Requirements for BS Degree for Students Preparing to Teach
A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to and retention in the teacher education program. Additionally, PRAXIS I or SAT or ACT scores and computer competency requirements must be met. Students will complete a senior-year portfolio, which includes a technology product. To qualify for a North Carolina teacher license, the student must complete the requirements of an approved competency-based teacher education program designed to meet the requirements for the professional studies components of programs in all teaching areas.
All teacher education majors should consult their advisors to select appropriate courses which may be required as cognates in their academic discipline.
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, secondary education,
and special education are listed in Section 8, College of Education: Requirements for Students Preparing to Teach. For majors in 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.
Major, minor, cognate, core curriculum, and/or certification requirements are presented in the department and school listings. If the degree program requires a minor, the minor must be identified at the time the student declares his or her major and must be approved by the major chairperson or dean or his or her designee. A minor shall be 24-30 semester hours
of credit. All BA degrees require a minor, unless the degree requirements include a concentration and/or specified cognates; however, some BA degrees may require a concentration or cognates in addition to a minor.
Dual or Second Degree Requirements
A student may choose to earn simultaneously two degrees (e.g., BA and BS or BS and BFA, etc.). To satisfy the requirements for dual baccalaureate degrees at East Carolina University, the student must complete the requirements for one baccalaureate degree program and also complete a minimum of an additional 30 semester hours
through course enrollment at ECU for the other degree. The student will be advised by both departments and a separate senior summary completed by each.
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 three semester hours
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 semester hours
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 three semester hours
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.
Every student should confer with his or her academic advisor and/or the major department/school administrator or designee about program and degree requirements. At least two semesters prior to graduation, each student must, in consultation with the unit administrator or designee, complete a graduation requirements review (also called a senior summary) in consultation with their advisor and complete the application for graduation that is available in the Office of the Registrar and departmental offices.
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.
Degrees with Distinction
Based on all work attempted at all higher education institutions throughout the students’ academic career and without regard to institutional practices which substitute or “forgive” grades, three levels of distinction are granted to graduating undergraduate students as follows:
“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
First Undergraduate Degree
Degrees with distinction are granted to transfer students under the following conditions.
- The student must complete through enrollment in East Carolina University at least one-half the minimum number of hours required for the degree.
- The student must have the required average on all work taken through enrollment in East Carolina University.
- The student must have a cumulative average that meets the requirements for the appropriate degree with distinction on all work attempted (all ECU and transfer work, including courses where the grade replacement policy has been applied). If transfer work includes grades of D or F, those grades will be included in the calculation for degrees of distinction.
Second Undergraduate Degree
Second undergraduate degrees with distinction are awarded under the following conditions.
- The student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours through enrollment in East Carolina University.
- The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on course work for the second degree and a cumulative average that meets the requirement for the degree with distinction on all course work attempted for the first degree as well as for the second degree.
- If transfer work includes grades of D or F, those grades will be included in the calculation for degrees of distinction.
Academic Support Services
Academic Advising and Support Center
The Academic Advising and Support Center assists students through academic referral and workshops for students on warning or probation. The office staff can provide information on academic policies and procedures and information about academic support programs provided in academic units and other areas. Students may visit the center or access the center’s Web site at www.ecu.edu/advising
Pre-Professional Advising Center for Allied Health, Medicine, Dentistry, and Law
The Pre-Professional Advising Center for Allied Health, Medicine, Dentistry, and Law provides programs and information to students interested in pursuing careers and/or graduate studies in the allied health and law sectors. The center houses professional advisors for allied health majors. Students are encouraged to visit the center to learn about professional schools, prepare for standardized tests, attend special workshops, and receive individual assistance.
The Pirate Tutoring Center
The Pirate Tutoring Center offers students help with adjusting to college-level coursework and study skills development. The Pirate Tutoring Center is located in Joyner Library and
offers the following services at no cost to students.
- Free Tutoring: Walk-in course content tutoring available at Joyner Library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.
- Study Skills Coaching: Individual student appointments focusing on study skills strategies, GPA recovery, and study skills development.
- Specialized Workshops: Included are the survivor workshop series and final exam assistance.
- Online Study Skills Assistance: Available at the Pirate Tutoring Center Web site (www.ecu.edu/piratetutoringcenter)
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The Center for Academic Services
The Center for Academic Services provides assistance to the students at East Carolina University dealing with academic appeals and exceptions to academic policies, course re-evaluations, graduation issues and concerns, over hour approvals, permission to take courses at other colleges and/or universities, residency for in-state tuition (initial undergraduate classification), residency appeals, schedule reinstatements, special adds, transfer student services, transfer course equivalencies, and withdrawals from the university.
New Student Orientation assists students and family members with the transition to the university. With the assistance of departments within the university community, the office provides academic and student life information for all new students and family.
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 a placement test in mathematics so that they may register for the appropriate course. 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.
For more information about New Student Orientation, telephone 252-328-4173, or access the Web site at www.ecu.edu/fyc
Entering transfer students should contact the assistant director of Student Transfer Services at 252-328-6077 or access the Web page at www.ecu.edu/academicservices
The Center for Academic Services, in collaboration with the First Year Center
offers COAD 1000 (Student Development and Learning in Higher Education) to first year students. The course meets twice weekly and helps students transition to college life. While in the course, students focus on the development of academic skills, learning processes, and career decision-making skills. Students who successfully complete the course earn one semester hours
of graduation credit.
The University Writing Center provides support for all writing in the university except for that in ENGL 1100 and 1200, which is supported by assistance offered through the Department of English’s First-Year Writing Studio. The main site of the University Writing Center is on the first floor of Joyner Library; however, satellite locations are available in Bate Building (2026) and in the Health Sciences Building (1504). Students are encouraged to visit any site of the University Writing Center at least twenty-four hours before an assignment is due to discuss a piece of writing with a trained writing consultant. Students may access additional resources, including the online writing lab for students enrolled in distance education courses, through the University Writing Program Web site, www.ecu.edu/writing.
University Writing Center
Our mission is to assist and guide all students in their career quest. We will provide a safe harbor for students to explore career options while identifying skills, experience internships, cooperative education, and part-time positions, and engage with the rest of their lives.
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 at www.ecu.edu/e3careers
, telephone 252-328-6050, or visit 701 East Fifth Street. It takes just five minutes to sign up for Pirate Jobs, the ECU Career Center’s private listing of jobs and internships. Students may register at www.ecu.edu/career and activate their account.
The Testing Center, operated by the Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness administers several national testing programs, including the PRAXIS, American College Testing (ACT), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT), and Test of Spoken English (TSL). Local, state, and national licensing and certification examinations are administered by the office. Upon request, the office will administer individually arranged exams such as correspondence tests for other colleges and employer personnel examinations. The Testing Center does not administer exams for ECU’s distance education courses. Further information is available from the Testing Center, D-102 Brewster; telephone 252-328-6811.