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CWUP 5-50-110 Rules for Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

(1) Credit Limit Exceptions. Exceptions to the credit limits for degree programs for all undergraduate degrees may be granted by the faculty senate upon justification by the proposing department which shall include, but not be limited to, documentary evidence of the following:

1. Standards established by a national accrediting organization for the program. The accreditation process must accredit the program, not the student.
2. Programs of similar content and size offered at comparable institutions of higher education.
3. Contemporary employment practices in the involved profession.

(2) General Education Requirements. The general education requirements must be completed by all bachelor's degree recipients.

(3) Graduate Degrees

(A) Master of Arts (M.A.). The Master of Arts degree designation is appropriate for those graduate study programs in the arts, humanities and certain social science areas as determined by the graduate council.

(B) Master of Science (M.S.). The Master of Science degree designation is appropriate for those graduate study programs in the sciences, mathematics, certain social sciences and other fields not covered by the Master of Arts or other professional degree designations.

(C) Master of Education (M.Ed.) The Master of Education is used in a professional area with a distinct professional practice emphasis.

(D) Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) The Master of Fine Arts is recognized among the art professions as the terminal degree in studio art. The M.F.A. degree indicates a high level of professional competence in visual art making and the mastery of a particular medium. The 90-credit degree program is comprised of concentrated study in a studio discipline, study of art history and criticism, electives, and a studio/thesis project.

(E) Master of Music (M.M.). The Master of Music is a professional graduate degree in the musical arts. The course of study is divided into three components. The student must complete a minimum of one-third of study in a specific major in the discipline (ex. composition, performance, music education, conducting, etc.); one-third in supportive courses in music; and one-third of elective studies in supportive areas.

(F) Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.)

(G) Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.)

(4) Undergraduate Degrees

New undergraduate degrees: The description, specifications, and requirements of a new degree type and level are to be determined by the faculty senate curriculum committee in conjunction with the faculty senate academic affairs committee in accordance with CWU Policies.

(A) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). The Bachelor of Arts degree designation is reserved for those undergraduate programs which consist primarily of liberal arts study. They include approximately one-third study of general education, one-third study in a specialization, and one-third study in free electives. Majors may not exceed 75 quarter credits, unless approved by the faculty senate, and the minimum number of credits required for the degree is 180 including 60 credits of upper-division course work.

(B) Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The Bachelor of Science degree designation is reserved for those undergraduate programs which emphasize the study of science, or a technical or professional field. They include the general education requirements, a specialization and free elective courses. Majors may not exceed 110 quarter credits unless approved by the faculty senate. Usually the recipient of the B.S. is ready for immediate entrance into a career in the field of specialization. The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 180 including 60 credits of upper-division course work.

(C) Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.Ed.). The Bachelor of Arts in Education degree designation is reserved for three undergraduate programs which are intended to prepare teachers (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education). They include the general education requirements, major/minor, professional education study, and free elective courses. The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 180 including 60 credits of upper-division course work.

(D) Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.). The Bachelor of Music degree designation is reserved for those undergraduate programs which are intended to prepare students for professional careers in music. They include the general education requirements, a specialization, and free elective courses. Majors shall be limited according to the policy governing professional degrees. The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 180 including 60 credits of upper-division course work.

(E) Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.). The Bachelor of Fine Arts is the initial professional degree in art and design. It is designed to prepare students for significant roles in society as professional practitioners, educators and designers of visual art and associated media. The B.F.A. also prepares art students for graduate study in visual art and its allied fields of study. The degree is comprised of a general education component, a specialization in graphic design or studio art, and free electives. Students are required to complete 180 credits of course work including 60 credits of upper-division course work.

(F) Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.). The Bachelor of Applied Science degree designation is reserved for those undergraduate programs that emphasize an applied technical or professional field. They include upper division general education requirements, a specialization in a major, and electives. Majors may not exceed 110 quarter credits unless approved by the faculty senate. Usually the recipient of the B.A.S. has an applied technical degree from a community college. The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 180 including 60 credits of upper-division course work.

[07/2009; Responsibility: Faculty Senate; Authority: Marilyn A. Levine, Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by Provost’s Council 04-29-2014: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 06/04/2014; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President