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Kansas Wesleyan University offers five degrees. They include the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), and the Associate of Arts (A.A.).

Students will develop their academic program at KWU with the advice and counsel of their academic advisors. A major must be declared by the fourth semester of college study (including attendance at previous colleges). The advisor should assist the student seeking a bachelor’s degree in developing a graduation plan during the spring semester of the sophomore year (or as soon as possible for new junior or senior transfer students to assure they are on track to meet graduation requirements). A copy of the graduation plan should be submitted to the Enrollment & Financial Services Office once it is developed. Advisors for students seeking an associate or master’s degree should assist the students in developing graduation plans upon entrance to the University. The Enrollment & Financial Services Office will conduct a final graduation audit during the first semester of the students’ final year to assure they are on track to meet graduation requirements. Failure to request and receive a final degree check with the Enrollment & Financial Services Office will subject the student to non-degree status for the current term of enrollment. Departments are authorized to update for all enrolled students those approved requirements within a program that are essential for meeting professional standards or requirements of accrediting agencies.

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE

Thirty (30) academic credit hours are required for the M.B.A. degree.

A Master of Business Administration degree may be obtained for the following majors:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration with Sport Management Emphasis
  • Master of Business Administration with Networking Management Emphasis

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE

One hundred twenty-six (126) academic credit hours are required for a B.A. degree.

A Bachelor of Arts degree may be obtained for the following majors:

Art Education English with Writing Emphasis Philosophy
Athletic Training English Education Photography
Business Leadership Exercise Science:  Corporate Fitness and Wellness Emphasis Physical Education
Business Management Exercise Science:  Personal Training Emphasis Psychology
Business Studies Exercise Science:  Pre Physical Therapy Emphasis Psychological Services
Communications Graphic Design Public Relations
Criminal Justice History Religion
Criminal Justice—Domestic   Violence History Education Sociology
Criminal Justice—Law Enforcement Human Resource Management Speech
Criminal Justice—Offender Management Interdisciplinary Studies Speech and Theatre
Elementary Education Marketing Education
Emergency Management Mathematics Sports Management
Emergency Management—Homeland Security Mathematics Education Theatre
Emergency Management—Victim Services Music Education Visual Arts—Drawing
Emergency Management—Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Music General Visual Arts-- Painting
English Music Performance  

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

One hundred twenty-six (126) academic credit hours are required for a B.S. degree.

A Bachelor of Science degree may be obtained for the following majors:

Biology Chemistry Computer Science
Biology Education                          Chemistry Education Engineering Physics
Biomedical Chemistry Computer Information Systems Physics Education
Business Management (see APS Program)  

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DEGREE

A minimum of one hundred twenty-six (126) academic credit hours are required for a B.S.N. degree.

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE

Sixty-three (63) credit hours are required for an A.A. degree. This degree is available with an emphasis in one of the following areas:

  • Accounting    
  • Business

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER’S DEGREE

-        A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours.
-        Completion of prescribed “core” and elective courses.
-        Completion of at least 24 graduate credit hours at KWU.
-        A maximum of six hours of experiential or transfer hours will count toward graduation.
-        Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.00. If only a portion of the course work is taken KWU, the KWU GPA must also be at least 3.00.
-        A “B” average is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” can be counted toward graduation.
-        All coursework must be completed within six years after completing the first course for graduate credit.
-        Application for and completion of all requirements for graduation as listed under “Application for Graduation.”
-        Approval by a majority of a quorum of the Faculty.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR’S DEGREE*

-        A minimum of 126 credit hours.
-        At least 48 of the last 62 academic credit hours or 24 of the last 33 credit hours to be taken at KWU.
-        A limit of 30 hours from applicable correspondence or extension courses.
-        At least 63 credit hours taken from a four-year institution.
-        Completion of the Liberal Studies component and the academic major as described in the appropriate sections of the catalog.
-        Completion of at least 12 credit hours of the major at KWU.
-        Completion of at least 3 credit hours in the optional minor or certificate at KWU.
-        Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.00. If only a portion of the course work is taken at KWU, the KWU GPA must also be at least 2.00.
-        No more than 48 credit hours in the major department unless otherwise approved as part of the major program.
-        Fulfillment of major program requirements, Liberal Studies requirements, and GPA requirements.
-        Application for and completion of all requirements for graduation as listed under “Application for Graduation.”
-        Approval by a majority of a quorum of the Faculty.
-        Only one grade of “D” and no grade of “F” can be counted toward a major, minor, or certificate.  Grades of “C” or higher are required for the Introductory English Composition and Intermediate English Composition courses in the liberal studies requirements.

*See separate requirements for degrees in the Adult Professional Studies Program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE

-        A minimum of 63 credit hours.
-        Completion of prescribed Liberal Studies and major requirements for the program offered.
-        Completion of at least 12 credit hours of the major at KWU.
-        At least 15 credit hours of the last 20 taken at KWU.
-        Only one grade of “D” and no grade of “F” can be counted toward a major.
-        A limitation of 15 credit hours of correspondence or extension credit.
-        Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.00. If only a portion of the course work is taken at KWU, then the KWU GPA must be at least 2.00.
-        Fulfillment of major program requirements, Liberal Studies requirements, and GPA requirements.
-        Application for and completion of all requirements for graduation as listed under “Application for Graduation”
-        Approval by a majority of a quorum of the Faculty.

LIBERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

(FOR AN ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE)

All Associate of Arts degrees require a minimum of 30 hours of liberal studies, drawn from courses listed in eight categories on pages 64-71 of the catalog. Those courses must include the following:

         1.   A.  English Composition (ENGL 120, ENGL 121) — 6 credit hours
               B.   Speech (SCTH 130) — 3 credit hours

         2.   A.  A math course (MATH 105, MATH 120, MATH 121, MATH 143, MATH 145 or BSHS 210) — 3 credit hours
              B.   A computer literacy course (COMP 131 or COMP 150) — 3 credit hours

         3.   Two courses in social sciences selected from III- Social Sciences - 6 credit hours.

         4.   Two courses in Humanities and/or Fine Arts drawn from choices listed in category IV. - 6-8 credit hours.

         5.   One course in the natural sciences or the natural environment drawn from choices listed in category II-B. — 3-5 credit hours

SECOND BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Students who wish to earn a second bachelor’s degree must complete 30 credit hours in addition to courses completed for the first degree, whether the first degree was received at KWU or from another accredited institution. A minimum of 12 credit hours in the program major must be completed at KWU. Student-teaching credit hours do not apply toward completion of these 12 hours. Students pursuing a second degree who hold a first bachelor’s degree from another accredited institution must show evidence of having completed a liberal studies component that compares to all liberal studies requirements from KWU.

SECOND ASSOCIATE DEGREES

Students earning a second associate degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. These courses must be organized according to a definite plan for an area of concentration distinct from those required for the former degree. The English Proficiency requirement must be satisfied. Students desiring to complete a second degree should file a second degree request in the Enrollment & Financial Services Office prior to enrollment for the degree.

ADDITIONAL DEGREES

Students wishing to earn additional degrees beyond the second degree earned at KWU must conform to the above requirements.

ADULT PROFESSIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM

(Currently on moratorium)

Kansas Wesleyan University offers programs for continued education for returning adult students in a variety of areas, including the Adult Professional Studies (A.P.S.) Program.

The Kansas Wesleyan University A.P.S. Program provides an opportunity for students to pursue coursework and degree completion programs during evening hours. The A.P.S. Program curriculum is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students, particularly those with other commitments during the day, who would find the option of pursuing coursework in the evenings especially appealing. KWU cannot guarantee that all courses available for a degree will be available in the APS format. (See Section VI, page 309)

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS*

Pre-professional programs are available in the following areas:

               Pre-Dentistry                                                       Pre-Pharmacy                       Pre-Law  Pre-Physician’s Assistant

               Pre-Medical                                                        Pre-Podiatry

               Pre-Mortuary Science                                         Pre-Respiratory Therapy       Pre-Occupational Therapy    Pre-Veterinary Medicine

               Pre-Optometry                                                                                                                                                         

*For graduation from KWU, a student in one of the above programs must choose a major from the lists on pages, 39-40.

ALTERNATE MAJOR PROGRAMS

AREA MAJOR

An area major consists of 50-65 credit hours selected from courses in two related departments, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in each of those departments. The student must fulfill all liberal studies requirements for a Baccalaureate degree.

SPECIAL MAJOR

This program may include a combination of related fields plus interdisciplinary study and off-campus preparation in feasible areas. The student must fulfill all liberal studies requirements for a Baccalaureate degree.

CREATIVE MAJOR

This program is designed for the student who has demonstrated high academic responsibility and a strong potential to design and develop a highly individualized program. There are no formal degree requirements, except that the credit hours required to be taken at KWU will still apply. The student develops a completely individualized degree program with an advisory committee consisting of a faculty advisor and two other faculty members, usually from the academic disciplines represented in the design.

NOTE: A Creative Major is not merely a conglomeration of randomly-selected courses from among those regularly offered at KWU. It should be a carefully created plan of learning experiences that evidences both a breadth of liberal learning and depth in a particular discipline.

All three alternative programs may include courses listed in the Catalog and Independent Study. Students are encouraged to include off-campus experiences in their programs. Students must submit a proposal for an area major, a special major, or a creative major no later than their junior year. These programs must be coordinated through the student’s advisor and be approved by the relevant department chair(s) and the Academic Affairs Committee.

GRADUATION

Students who have completed the prescribed program for a degree may become candidates for graduation. Official graduation is observed in Commencement at the conclusion of each academic year.

Requirements for graduation may be completed in any term of attendance. Students expecting to graduate must file a graduation information form by September 1. Forms are filed with the Enrollment & Financial Services Office.

If a student meets all requirements for graduation, or will have done so by the end of the current semester, he or she will be listed as a candidate for graduation. However, students deficient in grade point average must be registered in sufficient course work to enable them to overcome any deficiencies by the conclusion of the current semester.

Full responsibility for fulfilling degree requirements and applying for graduation rests with the student.

A student who has twelve or fewer hours to complete the degree and has not been absent from KWU for more than five years may appeal to complete the degree under the requirements of their catalog of record.  The student must declare this intention to the Enrollment and Financial Services Office.

APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION

A graduation information form must be completed and submitted to the Enrollment & Financial Services Office at least one semester prior to the semester the student expects to graduate. After the graduation information form is filed, the Enrollment & Financial Services Office will create an automated degree audit of degree requirements met or pending. The student and the student’s advisor will be informed of any deficiencies. Students with deficiencies must enroll or submit documents necessary (transfer transcripts, course substitution forms, etc.) to demonstrate the fulfillment of all requirements by the conclusion of the semester the student expects to graduate. The deadline for creating a valid graduation plan is September 1 for fall graduates and January 1 for spring and summer graduates. Failure to complete the agreed plan may result in the application for graduation being withdrawn. It is important for the student to understand that, unless this process is followed, he or she may not graduate at the time expected. Further, it is the responsibility of the student to initiate this process.

For undergraduate degree candidates, no more than nine remaining credit hours may be pending. Students must be registered in the required courses in order to qualify for participation in commencement. For graduate degree candidates, no more than six remaining credit hours may be pending for summer registration in order to qualify for participation in commencement.

OTHER GRADUATION PROVISIONS

-        All undergraduate degree candidates must have completed the English Proficiency Examination or the KWU course in ENGL 120 (with a grade of “C” or better). This must be accomplished no later than the beginning of the term of graduation.
-        All outstanding incomplete grades, internships, and directed studies must be completed.
-        All outstanding University debts must be satisfied.
-        All outstanding federal, state, or institutional financial aid obligations must be completed.
-        Any encumbrance related to violations of the Student Life Code must be resolved prior to approval for participation in commencement or awarding of degrees.
-        All applicable transfer or correspondence work must be transmitted and recorded.
-        All interviews and procedures of the University Assessment program must be completed.