Divisions, Majors, and Minors
Academic Divisions and Departments
Miami University has six academic divisions: College of Arts and Science, Farmer School
of Business, School of Education, Health, and Society, School of Engineering and Applied
Science, School of Fine Arts, and Graduate School.
Within the undergraduate divisions are the academic departments, offering major and
minor programs. So, for example, if your major is systems analysis, you are in the School
of Engineering and Applied Science. All majors, minors, degrees, and certificate programs
are listed in the General Information chapter.
For a degree, you must fulfill three sets of requirements: the Miami Plan for Liberal
Education, the requirements of your academic division, and the requirements of your
major. If you have admission prerequisites to be met, those also must be completed.
Often these requirements overlap; that is, one course may fulfill several requirements.
Your major is your primary field of study, such as architecture, geography, etc. Your
major program requirements are described in your academic division chapter of this Bulletin.
For example, requirements for a degree in geography are listed in the College of Arts
and Science chapter. All majors are listed in the General Information chapter.
Although you do not need to choose a major when you enroll, you are required to choose
a division. In most cases, if you use your first year to take courses that fulfill a
part of the Miami Plan and divisional requirements, you can still complete a major with
no delay. To declare your major, after taking classes for a semester or more, request
a change/declaration of major form from your divisional office, complete the information,
and have your department chair sign. When you return it to your divisional office, your
program information is transferred to your academic records.
A minor is a second field of study taken along with a major. Taking a minor is optional.
This is a specific program that may widen your primary area of interest or increase
your career opportunities. Most minors require fewer hours than majors—all require
at least 18 semester hours in a specified program. Minors may be offered within one
department or across several departments.
Minors are offered in many fields of study. A list of minors is in the General Information
chapter; requirements for each minor are included in each division's chapter.
To earn a minor, these are the minimum requirements (some minors require more):
- Notify the department or chair of the interdepartmental committee that you will
be taking the minor.
- You must have a 2.00 grade point average (g.p.a.) for all courses in a minor. Some
minor programs may require a higher g.p.a.
- All courses taken for the minor must be for a grade, not for credit/no-credit, unless
exceptions are stated.
- When you apply for graduation, you must indicate on your application that you are
receiving a certain minor. A minor can only be awarded with a bachelor's degree.
You may have more than one minor. All minors you complete are noted on your academic
record. Courses used to satisfy the requirements for one minor may also be used to satisfy
the requirements for another minor or major. Not all major programs allow students to
record certain minors, and some minors are open only to certain majors. Check with your
adviser for more information.
Students who entered the university in 1997-98 academic year or later may use a minor
to meet the Miami Plan Thematic Sequence requirement if the minor is outside their department
of major and if it includes a Thematic Sequence. See the Miami Plan chapter for more
Changing a Major or Minor
To change your major or minor, go to your divisional dean's office and request
a change/declaration of major form, fill in the information, and have your department
chair sign it. When you return the form to your divisional office, your program information
is transferred to your academic record. If you need to change divisions, go to
the new divisional dean's office to request the form.
Additional Major, Minor, or Degree
With careful planning, you can complete requirements for more than one major, minor,
and/or more than one degree. Early in your program, notify the Registrar's office,
your divisional office(s), and departments involved, so this will be noted on your academic
records and you will have advisers for your programs.
You must pay a graduation fee for each degree you earn.
If you have already received a bachelor's degree from another accredited college
or university, you can qualify for a degree from Miami by earning an additional 32 semester
hours and meeting all requirements for the additional degree.
Miami Plan Thematic Sequence
To enroll in a Thematic Sequence, contact the department in which the sequence is
housed which are listed in Course Schedules published by the Office of the Registrar
or go to the Office of Liberal Education Web site (www.units.muohio.edu/led).
See the Miami Plan chapter in this Bulletin.
Basic Personal Computer Proficiency
Incoming students are expected to demonstrate a minimum proficiency with the use of
a personal computer and basic software programs. These minimum proficiencies include:
- the ability to use the Internet to find and retrieve information including: locating
an Internet site given a URL; navigating between information sources; doing basic searches
using a major Internet search service; and submitting information via on-line forms.
- the ability to use electronic mail as a form of communication including: sending
an e-mail when given an e-mail address; responding to an e-mail; sending e-mail to
a group of individuals; and sending and receiving attachments as part of an e-mail.
- the ability to use a word processing program to create and edit documents including:
creating a new document; editing an existing document; changing the format of text;
and changing margins, page orientation, and other elements of page layout.
- the ability to use an operating system including copying or moving a file to or
from removable media; finding files or folders on a local hard drive; and creating
a sub-directory (folder).
Students who have not acquired these skills prior to entering the university will
be provided with training opportunities during their first semester.
Physical education is optional. No more than 10 semester hours of physical education
(kinesiology and health) courses numbered 110-170 can count toward a bachelor's
degree; no more than five semester hours can count toward an associate's degree.
Credit More Than 10 Years Old
If your course of study is prolonged beyond 10 years, curricula changes adopted after
your entrance date as a degree candidate may be required by the university, division,
Students who have earned credits more than 10 years before their planned graduation
date must petition to their divisional committee of advisers to validate these credits.
Students are responsible for supplying course descriptions or a college catalog from
those colleges previously attended.
Note: This policy is under review at press time.
Requirements for Graduation
All majors, minors, and degrees are listed in the General Information chapter.
An associate's degree, generally offered only on the regional campuses, requires:
- At least 64 semester hours, including 16 hours from Hamilton or Middletown
campuses (An exception to this is the Associate in Arts; see below.)
of the Miami Plan for Liberal Education appropriate to your associate's
- Six of your last 10 hours must be taken at Miami University
- At least a 2.00 cumulative
- Fulfillment of your program requirements
- Applying for graduation whether or
not you plan to attend the ceremony
If you continue your education past 64 semester hours and your g.p.a. falls below
2.00, you can still receive an associate's degree if your g.p.a. was 2.00 at the time
you finished 64 semester hours and your degree requirements. Your academic record will
show when you have completed the requirements, and your associate's degree will
be awarded at the next commencement.
Associate in Arts
The Associate in Arts in general studies is available to any Miami University student.
For this degree, 32 of the required 64 semester hours must be from any Miami campus.
See the program requirements in the Miami University Hamilton and Middletown chapter.
For a bachelor's degree, basic requirements for graduation include:
- Fulfillment of the Miami Plan:
Foundation courses ...............36 semester hours
Thematic Sequence ...............9 semester hours
Capstone Experience ...............3 semester hours
Field (major/minor ...............80-86 semester hours
courses, divisional requirements, electives)
Total ..............................128 semester hours
- Of the total 128 semester hours, at least 32 must be from
Miami University (any campus), including 12 of the final 20 hours required for the
- At least a 2.00 cumulative g.p.a.
- If you are enrolled in an arts- professional
arrangement program, in which you transfer to another university after three years,
you must earn 96 Miami hours in the College of Arts and Science. In all cases, 32 of
your last 40 hours must be from Miami.
- Applying for graduation whether or not you
plan to attend the ceremony.
Application for Graduation
To graduate, whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony, you must submit an application
and pay a fee. If you earn more than one degree, you must pay a graduation fee for each.
Applications for graduation are available at the Office of the Registrar, 102 Campus
Avenue Building. After your application is processed, your account will be assessed
the appropriate fee, and you will be billed by the Bursar's office.
You are encouraged to apply for graduation at least a semester in advance. This way,
routine checks can be made in time to inform you of any problems in meeting your degree
Applications should be received no later than 30 working days before commencement.
If you apply for graduation and then do not qualify for the degree, you must pay
a re-application fee and notify the Office of the Registrar of the date you intend to
finish your requirements. All deadlines applicable to first-time applications apply
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
A DARS shows your completed course work and current registration matched with degree
requirements of your declared major; it identifies deficiencies and lists courses to
satisfy specific requirements. The report assists you, your adviser, and the university
in determining your progress toward completion of your program requirements and serves
as a graduation check.
Your DARS is available online (http://bannerweb.muohio.edu/). You may also request
a DARS at the Office of the Registrar, 102 Campus Avenue Building; a picture I.D. is
Although all students are offered academic advice throughout their time here—through
freshman advisers, academic departments, and deans' offices—please understand
that the final responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with you,
Graduation with Distinction and Honors
A student pursuing a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree can graduate
with distinction. The current criteria are based upon university-wide grade point averages:
3.50 for cum laude, 3.75 for magna cum laude, or 3.90 summa
cum laude. Effective with
spring commencement 2011, the criteria are divisionally-based, awarding the distinction
of summa cum laude to the highest 2 percent, magna cum laude to the next 5 percent,
and cum laude to the next 10 percent, with no more than 17 percent being awarded honors.
The College of Arts and Science will calculate separately within the three cognate areas
of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.
For students who earn fewer than 64 credit hours from Miami toward a bachelor's
degree or fewer than 32 credit hours from Miami toward an associate's degree,
the cumulative g.p.a. to determine eligibility for distinction at graduation is the
lower of the following averages: (1) average for all courses taken from Miami or (2)
combined average using grades from all college-level courses.
Departmental Honors are achieved by students who complete additional study in their
major area through a Departmental Honors program.
University Honors are awarded to students
who complete the requirements of the University Honors Program and achieve a cumulative
g.p.a. of 3.5 upon completion of the credit hours required for graduation. University
Honors With Distinction are awarded to University Honors students completing an Honors
thesis in addition to Honors Program course requirements and a cumulative g.p.a. of
3.50 upon completion of the credit hours required for graduation.
Departmental Honors, University Honors, President's List, and Dean's List
recognitions are described in the Special Opportunities and Programs chapter.
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