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Requirements for Majors and Minors
Each candidate for graduation must complete a group of courses known as a major. A major is a focused and disciplined investigation of a certain subject. The upper-division program that constitutes the major must be planned in conference between the student and the advisor or chair of the major department. All students must receive academic advice from their UNV advisor for their first two semesters of study before being transferred to their major advisor.
Students may not declare a major before the mid-term registration period in their second semester of study. To declare a major in the second semester a student must have earned a grade point average of at least 2.00 in the first semester of study (consisting of twelve credit hours or more in residence) and must not have been cited for academic deficiency in the eighth week of their second semester.
All students must formally declare an academic major by submitting the appropriate forms to the Office of the Registrar before earning 65 credit hours. Failure to do so will jeopardize the student’s eligibility to enroll in classes.
Students may qualify for a second major, provided major requirements are met in full. In addition to the major, a student may wish to complete a group of courses known as a minor. Certain restrictions on minors and double majors are described in the Academic Information section of this catalog (see Undergraduate Degree Requirements). The department course offerings described later in this catalog state the specific requirements for each major and minor offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The major consists of a minimum of 27 semester hours; at least 15 must be upper-division work, and at least 12 hours at the upper-division level must be completed at Mercer. The minor consists of between 15 and 18 semester hours; at least 6 must be upper-division work, and at least 6 hours at the upper-division level must be completed at Mercer. In addition, students may complete special programs known as certificates, which typically require fewer hours than a minor and include an experiential component. Normally, credit toward graduation will not be given for more than 45 semester hours in any one subject area.
Each degree applicant must have an overall C (2.00) average in all courses selected to satisfy the minimum requirements of the major, minor, certificate, and additional depth. The student may be required, at the discretion of the major department, to pass satisfactorily a comprehensive examination in the major field.