STUDENT LIFE

The Division of Student Services strives to create an outstanding campus environment for learning and development by serving studentsí interests in every aspect of University life. The Vice President for Student Services supervises and coordinates all aspects of student life including Career Services, the Dean of Students Office, Financial Aid, Food Services, Housing and Residence Life, Multicultural Services, Recreational Sports, Rodeo Activities, Student Activities, the Student Counseling Center, the Student Health Center, Student Publications, and the Student Development Center.

CAREER SERVICES

Located in Room 218 of the Student Development Center, the Career Services Center is available as early as a studentís freshman year for help in choosing a career field as well as looking for a part-time job. The Pinpoint Guidance System, an interactive computer program, provides feedback for occupational preferences based on personality profiles and personal value systems. Personal career guidance sessions are scheduled by appointment. A career library is available to help with career development: i.e., writing resumes, interviewing, and learning how to dress professionally. The final segment, the job search, is served through job fairs and on-campus interviews that establish networks and identify jobs. Electronic registration is accomplished through the Centerís Career Connections system. Students need to register with the Center no later than the second semester of the junior year. To find out more about our services, please visit www.tarleton.edu/~careers/

DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE

The Dean of Students and staff are dedicated to promoting a campus environment that provides an opportunity for all students to learn and develop. The Dean of Students serves as the adviser to the Student Government Association and Greek Affairs. The Dean of Students Office is also responsible for enforcing University policies, coordinating student legal services, and providing information and support to students who want to become more involved in campus life. Staff members serve as the University contact for student-related grievances and emergencies and as consultants to faculty and staff on student problems and concerns. The Dean of Students Office is located in Room 105A of the Student Development Center or check the website at www.tarleton.edu/~stuserv/dean/

MULTICULTURAL SERVICES

Tarleton State University recognizes the importance of building a diversified campus where students interact both academically and socially regardless of culture or race. The Office of Multicultural Services provides support services, multicultural programming, and activities that promote cultural awareness and enhance the understanding and awareness of various ethnic groups. The Office of Multicultural Services is located in Room 201A of the Student Development Center. Please visit us at www.tarleton.edu/~multiserv/

 

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

Participation in competitive and recreational sporting activities is an essential part of the studentís total educational experience. The Department of Recreational Sports provides a variety of intramural team and individual sporting events, self-directed activities, and special events to meet the physical fitness and personal enjoyment needs of Tarletonís students. Such activities and events provide a means for students to socialize and compete in the spirit of good sportsmanship and serve as an excellent way to relieve stress. A calendar of scheduled recreational activities and events can be obtained at the Office of Recreational Sports, which is located in the Physical Education Annex next to the Administration Building. Please visit us at www.tarleton.edu/~recsports/

RODEO ACTIVITIES

The Office of Rodeo Activities serves as a central location for students who are interested in rodeo participation or competition. Practice facilities and stock are available, as well as scholarships and travel allowances based on scholastic and rodeo performance. The Office sponsors the Tarleton Rodeo Association, which is open to all students, and hosts several rodeo activities throughout the academic year including the Intramural Rodeo, Alumni Rodeo, and NIRA Rodeo. Tarleton State University is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and participates in the Southwest Region. The Office of Rodeo Activities is located in Room 105 of the Student Development Center. Please visit us at www.tarleton.edu/~rodeo/

DISABILITY SERVICES

Students with disabilities may request appropriate accommodation by contacting the Director of Disability Services in the Academic Affairs Office, at (254) 968-9103. Students at Tarleton University System Center Ė Central Texas may contact the Executive Directorís Office in Killeen at (254) 519-5447 or the Disability Services Office in Stephenville. Formal accommodation requests cannot be made until the student has been admitted to Tarleton. However, students are encouraged to make initial contact well in advance of this time to clarify documentation requirements and to allow time to arrange possible accommodations.

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal, state, and local laws. The Office of Disability Services fully supports this policy. Applicants for admission are not required to disclose disability status in the admission process. Information related to a disability that has been released to the Disability Services Office is not used in the admission review process.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Participation in organizations, activities, and events adds an important dimension to the college experience. In addition to making friends, students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills that are important for their futures.

More than 100 student organizations are recognized by the Office of Student Activities. These organizations represent academic departments, honor societies, Greek fraternities and sororities, and a variety of special interest groups.

The Student Programming Association (SPA) is one of the organizations advised by Student Activities. SPA is the main programming board on campus, offering students the opportunity to plan and implement activities (concerts, movies, speakers, and service projects) for the Tarleton campus and local community.

In addition to SPA and student organizations, the Office of Student Activities is responsible for Student Organizational Forum, University orientation programs, and various social programs designed to meet the needs of a culturally diverse student body.

For further information, call (254) 968-9490 or come by the Office of Student Activities in Room 201 of the Student Development Center or visit www.tarleton.edu/~stuact/

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES

Staff at the Student Counseling Center believe that intellectual and personal development are inseparable and that the primary academic mission of the University is most fully served through the development of the whole person. The Student Counseling Center provides psychological and counseling services to enrolled students. These services include individual, couple, marital, and group counseling; career counseling and consultation; and outreach programming for students of Tarleton State University.

Concerns addressed in counseling vary widely and frequently include adjustment to college, choosing a major, relationship difficulties, major life transitions, test anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, or depression. Appointments usually last 45 to 50 minutes. The number of sessions depends on the nature of the studentís concern.

There is no charge for counseling services unless testing materials are used. Interest and personality tests are available for use in selecting a major or career or to gain further information about an individualís concerns. A fee, usually $5 to $15, is charged to cover the costs of testing materials.

All counseling is held in the strictest confidence. Confidentiality is maintained to the limits provided by Texas law and professional ethics, and no record of counseling is made on academic transcripts. The Student Counseling Center is committed to multiculturalism and to meeting the diverse needs of a changing University community. Appointments may be scheduled in person or by calling (254) 968-9044. The Student Counseling Center is located in Room 212 of the Student Development Center. Additional information about counseling services is available at www.tarleton.edu/~counseling/

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The Student Development Center (SDC) serves as the center of campus activities. The SDC provides meeting and recreational facilities, a food court, bookstore, post office, and game room. Also located in the building are the offices of Career Services, the Dean of Students, Multicultural Services, Rodeo Activities, School Relations, Student Activities, Student Counseling, Student Health Center, Student Publications, the Teaching and Learning Center, and SDC operations. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.tarleton.edu/ activities/SDC.html

 

STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

The Student Health Center provides health care services to all currently enrolled Tarleton State University students. Most services are covered by the mandatory Health Service Fee.

Services provided include: medications and other supplies for treatment of minor acute illnesses and injuries, suturing of simple lacerations, services of a medical doctor or nurse practitioner at specified times, administration of allergy injections as directed by the studentís allergist, consultation about any health problem, blood pressure checks, loan of crutches, continuation of health care following surgery or any illness as directed by the studentís physician, and assistance with referral to physician or hospital when deemed necessary. Selected immunizations are also available: Tetanus, MMR, and flu (fall semester only). There is a charge for Hepatitis A and B, Meningitis, and flu vaccines. Selected laboratory tests ordered by the Health Center physician or nurse practitioner are available for a reduced cost. Physical exams, womenís health exams, and oral and injectable birth control are also available on a fee basis. All x-rays, laboratory services, and medical services outside of the Student Health Center are at the studentís expense. Health literature is also available. Student Health Center staff are an ally and advocate for the physically disabled. For more information, call (254) 968-9272 or come by the Student Health Center in Room 212 of the Student Development Center. Visit us online at www.tarleton.edu/~stuheal/

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the representative voice of Tarleton State University students and is directly responsible for bringing the interests and concerns of students to the attention of the administration and University community. SGA works cooperatively with the University administration on policies affecting students in the areas of academics, campus regulations, allocation of student service fees, and student membership on University committees. The SGA coordinates student government elections which are held in the spring of each year. It also initiates programs for the improvement and enrichment of the student body and the University community. The SGA office is located in Room 201H of the Student Development Center.

THE STUDENT HANDBOOK

The Student Handbook provides a detailed explanation of Tarleton State University services, rules and regulations, and policies of The Texas A&M University System. Copies of the handbook are made available to students at the beginning of the fall semester and can be obtained through the Office of Student Publications in Room 20 of the Student Development Center, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services in Room 227 of the Administration Building or the Dean of Students Office in Room 105A of the Student Development Center. The handbook is available online at www.tarleton.edu/~stuserv/handbook/

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

The J-TAC is the official newspaper of the student body and is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters. It is the principal means by which Tarleton State University students, faculty, staff, and friends are kept informed of campus-related business, activities, and events. The J-TAC is also available on-line at http://www.tarleton.edu/~j-tac/

The Grassburr is the University yearbook, and it records key events and programs that occur at the institution throughout an academic year. It displays pictures of students and student organizations and provides a chronicle of events and activities.

HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

The Department of Housing and Residence Life at Tarleton State University is committed to providing a residential community that supports and enhances the development of life skills in a safe and clean environment. Research has shown that students who reside on campus tend to be more involved in academic and extracurricular activities, tend to earn a higher grade point average, frequently exceed predicted levels of learning and personal development, and are more likely to complete their college education within the prescribed program length. See more online at www.tarleton.edu/~housing/

Residence Halls

Tarleton provides on-campus housing for approximately 1,250 students. Residence hall rooms have telephone and cable TV outlets with the basic service provided at no additional cost. Ice and vending machines, TV lounges, and laundry facilities are available in each facility. We anticipate having every residence hall room wired for internet access by the Fall 2000 semester.

MENíS RESIDENCE HALLS

Bender Hall is an air-conditioned hall with space for 184 men. This hall has three floors that are divided into ramps. Each ramp consists of approximately 40 students who share a restroom and shower facility.

Ferguson Hall has space for 237 men. This three-story, air-conditioned residence hall is divided into ramps each with community restrooms and shower facilities.

WOMENíS RESIDENCE HALLS

Gough and Moody Halls house 54 women each. The rooms are not air conditioned but they are quite large with movable furniture. Community restroom and shower facilities are easily accessible from each room.

Hunewell Hall and Hunewell Annex are air-conditioned residence halls that house 315 women. Rooms are arranged in suites with two rooms joined by a bathroom. A TV lounge is located on the first floor of Hunewell Hall, and laundry facilities are available on the first floor of Hunewell Annex.

COED RESIDENCE HALLS

Coed Hall is a four-story, air-conditioned building that houses 186 students. Women reside on the second and third floors and men on the first and fourth floors. Each room has its own private bath. Laundry facilities and ice and vending machines are available on the first floor. Coed houses primarily sophomore, junior, and senior-level students.

Crockett Hall is an air-conditioned hall that is arranged in suites with two rooms sharing a common bath. Crockett houses approximately 150 residents, men on the first floor and women on the second. Laundry facilities and ice and vending machines are available on the first floor of Crockett.

CAMPUS APARTMENTS

Summit and Venture apartment complexes are located on the north side of campus. Each apartment is furnished, has central heat and air-conditioning, and has basic cable and telephone service. Contracts for apartments are for an academic year (fall and spring). Students who are not required to live in a residence hall are eligible to apply for apartment space.

Housing Requirements

All unmarried students under 21 years of age who have completed fewer than 45 semester credit hours accepted by Tarleton must reside in the residence halls and eat in the University dining facilities. Housing contracts are for an academic year (fall and spring). Students who live with a parent or parents at their legal, full-time residence within 60 miles of campus according to the official state mileage chart, who are married, or who have a child are excused from this policy. Proof must be submitted along with a completed off-campus request form. Exceptions will also be considered for students with severe, documented medical problems that preclude them from living in a residence hall, or who wish to live with a brother or sister who is enrolled at Tarleton State University for that semester. The above-mentioned exceptions must be approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life. A student requesting an exception because of medical reasons must submit a detailed supporting statement from a physician on the physicianís letterhead with an off-campus request form.

For all University housing, a completed application and $100 deposit in the form of a check or money order must be submitted to the Office of Housing and Residence Life to reserve a room space. An application should be made as soon as possible because room assignments are made based upon the date of receipt of the deposit in the housing office. Chances for receiving a specific roommate are greatly improved if both studentsí housing applications are mailed together and are received in the housing office prior to March 1. Roommates must mutually request each other in writing.

The deposit, less deductions for damages, if applicable, will be returned to a student who (1) graduates, (2) requests a refund upon completion of his or her housing contract period, or (3) is denied admission to the University for scholastic deficiencies. The $100 deposit is subject to forfeiture if a student does not fulfill his/her contract. A student who withdraws or is suspended from the University will not be allowed to reside in the residence halls or apartments for more than 24 hours after the date of withdrawal or suspension. To receive a refund in full, a request for cancellation must be received in the Housing Office as follows:

Fall July 15 Summer I May 10

Spring December 15 Summer II June 20

Students who wish to appeal the housing requirement must complete an off-campus request form and submit it to the Office of Housing and Residence Life with sufficient documentation to support the information given. Students who have completed 45 semester credit hours accepted by Tarleton or who are at least 21 years of age by the first class day are not required to complete any paperwork for housing. Students are encouraged to wait until they are notified of their release from housing before making alternative housing arrangements.

CONTRACTS

The original contract is extended to cover the entire length of stay in University housing. A renewal is not required.

For more information, please contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at (254) 968-9083 or write to Housing and Residence Life, Box T-0280, Stephenville, TX 76402.

ATHLETICS

The Department of Athletics provides for and supports a comprehensive athletic program for men and women. Tarleton State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the Lone Star Conference (South Division), which includes seven other area universities -- Abilene Christian University, Angelo State University, Eastern New Mexico University, Texas A&M University - Commerce, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, Texas Womanís University, and West Texas A&M University. Intercollegiate sports programs for men include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, and outdoor track and field. Womenís athletic programs consist of basketball, cross country, tennis, outdoor track, fast-pitch softball, golf, and volleyball.

Athletics at Tarleton State University is characterized by a commitment to wholesome athletic competition, a desire for student-athletes to succeed academically as well as on the athletic field or court, and by widespread student participation. Athletic teams at Tarleton State University are known as the Texans/TexAnns, and the official school colors are purple and white.

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The Child Development Center provides quality child care for children ages 3 to 5 and early childhood laboratory experience for Tarleton State University students. The Center is located in the Department of Human Sciences in Wisdom Gym. It is open to children of students, faculty, and staff, as well as the community.

 

PARKING AND AUTOMOBILE REGULATIONS

All vehicles owned, parked, and/or operated on campus at any time by students, faculty, and staff must be registered with the Office of University Police. All student vehicles must be registered at the beginning of each semester or at any time they are brought onto campus. Everyone applying for vehicle registration must furnish a driverís license and a vehicle license number. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the Traffic and Parking Regulations.

 

THE TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION, INC.

The Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc., exists exclusively for the purpose of providing financial assistance to Tarleton State University. The Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides support for Tarleton primarily from earnings on endowed funds, gifts, or property. The Foundation acts independently of the University and The Texas A&M University System, solely for the benefit and enhancement of Tarleton State University.

Through the generosity of Tarleton alumni and friends, the Foundation fiscally administers more than 100 scholarship accounts and provides financial assistance for related scholarly activities. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board composed of up to 25 members. The Foundation manages, invests, and distributes all funds of the Foundation for the furtherance of educational purposes at Tarleton, including scholarships, opportunity awards for students, student recruiting, and any other activities permissible under the laws of the State of Texas. For further information regarding the Foundation, contact the Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc., Box T-0415, phone (254) 968-9890.

 

TARLETON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

The mission of the Tarleton Alumni Association (TAA) is to preserve traditions and to provide leadership, meaningful services, and active support to Tarleton, its students, friends, and alumni. The TAA, governed by a 21-member Board of Directors that meets four times annually, represents over 50,000 former Tarleton students. Operating from the Tarleton Center, the TAA strives to keep alumni involved and informed about Tarleton by providing numerous activities and services, both on campus and throughout Texas. The TAA also aims to make current students aware of Tarletonís strong traditions, famous alumni from past years, and the importance of remaining associated with the University after graduation.

 

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

STUDENT CLASSIFICATIONS

Freshman less than 30 semester hours

Sophomore 30-59 semester hours

Junior 60-89 semester hours Senior 90 or more semester hours

STUDENT COURSE LOAD

A student's typical course load is 15-17 hours per semester. Those who maintain a B average (3.0) during a regular long semester while enrolled in a minimum of 15 hours, or full-time students who have an overall B average, may be permitted to carry six "solid" courses the following semester. Loads in excess of 18 hours require approval of the appropriate academic dean. Loads in excess of 20 hours require approval by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. A "solid" course is defined as one that may be counted for degree credit. A full-time load in long semesters is a minimum of 12 semester hours for undergraduates and 9 semester hours for graduate students. Students enrolled in developmental courses may enroll in no more than 13 hours of academic courses, plus an activity physical education course. In summer terms a full-time load is a minimum of 4 semester hours for undergraduates and 3 semester hours for graduate students. An undergraduate's typical load for summer is 6 semester hours each term. The maximum for a superior student is 8 semester hours for one term or 14 for two successive terms. The maximum for a graduating senior of proven superior ability is 15 hours for both summer terms. A graduating senior is one who can complete graduation requirements within 12 calendar months. A superior student is one who had a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for the previous regular semester on all attempts or a 3.0 GPA on all work attempted. For graduate students the maximum course load is 7 hours for a summer term, 13 hours for both terms, or 14 hours for both terms for a master's candidate completing degree requirements at the end of the summer.

 

THE DIVISION OF GENERAL STUDIES

The Division of General Studies advises liberal arts majors and all students required to take developmental courses. Students who are subject to TASP requirements and who have not successfully passed all areas of the TASP test or those whose Tarleton placement exams indicate the need for developmental courses must be advised by the Division of General Studies. The Division, comprised of faculty advisors representing academic departments from across the University, will help students select and schedule courses and will monitor students' progress. Students must remain in the Division of General Studies until they satisfy all TASP requirements and University requirements for remediation.Guidelines for Students Enrolled in Developmental Courses Students enrolled in English are required to take a diagnostic writing sample the first day of class. Based on this sample, the instructor may advise the student to enroll in English 1003 to increase the likelihood of success in 1113.

Students in developmental courses:

1. may not take more than 13 hours of solid courses (15 hours including a physical education activity course);

2. may not drop developmental courses (Education 1003, Math 1003 or 1013, or English 1003);

3. must enroll in and attend labs associated with the developmental courses;

4. must pass each developmental course with a grade of C or better and may not enroll in the next level course until they do.

Note: Students who have completed developmental classes but have not passed the TASP must be involved in a remedial program or course. They should consult their advisor or the General Studies Office for further information. Students who have successfully completed remediation may satisfy TASP requirements by passing the TASP test or through the "B or Better Option." Information about the "B or Better Option" is available from the TASP Bulletin or the Tarleton Testing Office (254-968-9423).Liberal Arts Majors The Division of General Studies advises all students who have not yet decided on their majors. Students without a declared major are classified as liberal arts majors. Advisors in the Division will counsel students as to courses and campus services that will help them select a major. Liberal arts majors should schedule appointments with the University Counselor during their first semester of enrollment at Tarleton. More information about the Division of General Studies is on p. 54.

 

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Student absences are considered by the University to be strictly between the individual student and faculty member. The faculty member has the responsibility and authority to determine whether make-up work can be done because of absences. Students may request make-up consideration for valid and verifiable reasons such as illness, death in the immediate family, legal proceedings, or participation in University-sponsored activities. Students who participate in University-sponsored activities are responsible for obtaining a written explanation for their absence from the faculty/staff member who is responsible for the activity.

Students who failed the TASP test are required by state guidelines to attend their developmental classes or program on a regular basis. Missing class or program activities can be grounds for removal from the University.

 

RESTRICTED ACTIVITY PERIOD

There is a restricted activity period, prior to final examinations each long semester, during which no class examinations of any kind may be given, no major assignments may be due, and no student activities may be held. Dates for the restricted activity period are given in the University Calendar.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Tarleton State University expects its students to maintain high standards of personal and scholarly conduct. Students guilty of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials. The faculty member is responsible for initiating action for each case of academic dishonesty that occurs in his/her class.

 

COURSE CREDIT

Credit by Examination Tarleton State University students may earn course credit by demonstrated achievement on standardized tests. Students should check with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for subject areas in which Tarleton State University awards credit. Transfer students must provide official score reports to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Scores cannot be taken from other transcripts. Students may receive credit for courses and scores in effect at the time they enter Tarleton State University. A superior student may earn credit by examination in the following ways:

1. A minimum score of 3 on the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Examination;

2. Depending on subject, scores ranging from a minimum 48 to 52 for the Subject Examination of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit is not available for the General Examinations;

3. If CLEP tests are not available in a desired testing area, local departmentally prepared examinations may be petitioned. To be eligible for local testing, a student must have (1) a minimum score of 875 on the SAT, 1000 on the Recentered SAT, or 21 on the Enhanced ACT (19 on the ACT); and (2) completed at least two units with no grade below a B in the area of testing during high school;

4. Depending on subject, scores ranging from a minimum 494 to 678 for the CEEB Achievement Test;

5. A score of 550 on the verbal section of the SAT, 620 on the Recentered SAT, or 28 on the English section of the ACT.

Students taking departmental local examinations are charged a $5.00 per credit hour examination and recording fee for the credit to become a part of their academic records. Advanced placement in a subject area may be granted by the department head concerned. Permitting advanced placement does not necessarily mean approval for credit by examination. All acceptable credit earned by examination will be posted to the student's permanent record if the student is enrolled at Tarleton State University through the official census date (in long terms, the 12th class day; and in regular summer sessions, the 4th class day). Students should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for specific information. The credit will be recorded with a grade of P (Pass) and the hours awarded. There will be no grade points assigned for this credit, and it will not be used in the computation for any grade point ratio.

Concurrent Enrollment at Other Institutions Students with individual hardship situations that might be improved by their having concurrent enrollment at another college or university may request permission for concurrent enrollment through regular academic channels (academic advisor, department head, and dean). If permission is granted, such credit hours earned may be applied toward degree requirements at Tarleton. Written permission from the student's dean is required prior to concurrent enrollment in extension course work or in any resident courses from other institutions. Approval to take correspondence courses from other institutions must be granted by the Registrar, academic department head, and dean. See the information on correspondence courses, p. 53. Course load limits are not waived for students seeking concurrent enrollment.

 

TUITION REBATE

A $1,000 tuition rebate from the state of Texas is offered to qualifying students who graduate from Tarleton State University with a bachelorís degree and no more than 3 hours over the minimum number of hours required for the degree. This rebate program is effective for students who entered a bachelorís degree program as freshmen during or after Fall 1997. Additional information is available from the Registrarís Office.

 

GRADING SYSTEM

At mid-semester, preliminary grades will be given in each 1000- or 2000-level course and made available to the student. Final grades in all courses will be mailed at the end of each semester to the address previously designated as the grade address by the student. The student's term grade in any subject shall be designated as one of the following letters:

A ..............................Excellent, 4 grade points per semester hour

B............................. Good, 3 grade points per semester hour

C.............................. Fair, 2 grade points per semester hour

D .............................Passing, 1 grade point per semester hour

F.............................. Failing

I ...............................In progress (used for non-completed thesis course work)

K.............................. Incomplete (under exceptional circumstances, see below)

W............................ Withdrawal from course, no grade designated

WF .........................Withdrawal failing (included in GPA)

*P............................ Pass

*S............................ Satisfactory

U............................. Unsatisfactory

NG .........................No credit

* Signifies credit with neutral grade point value

The lowest passing grade is D. Students should keep in mind the fact that some universities and colleges do not accept a D in transfer. A D is not considered passing for developmental courses.

If a course is repeated at this institution, only the best grade in the course is counted in computing the GPA. The grade K shall be recorded for a student only in case of extraordinary circumstances. This entry is used only in such cases after the instructor and his/her department head have concurred that the incomplete entry is justified. A grade of K must be made up by the last day that course grades are due to the registrar during the next long semester and in all cases before registering for the next sequential course. Should this grade not be reported to the registrar within the prescribed time limit, it automatically becomes an F. A student who withdraws from a course before the thirteenth class day of a regular semester or before the fifth class day in a summer term receives no grade, and the course will not be listed on that student's permanent record. A student who withdraws from a course before the end of the tenth week of a regular semester or the fourteenth class day of a summer term receives a grade of W.

 

ACADEMIC APPEALS

Student academic appeals are handled according to the following guidelines:

1. Each department shall develop its own formula for dealing with student grievances of an academic nature. Such policy should be in writing in the departmental office and available to students.

2. If departmental grievance procedures fail to satisfy the student, he/she may appeal to the dean of the college to which the concerned department belongs.

3. A student dissatisfied by the outcome of his/her appeal to the dean of the college may then appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who may appoint a five-member committee to consider the appeal. The chair of the committee shall be a faculty member from outside the involved department. The remainder of the committee shall consist of two faculty members and two students. After hearing both sides of the grievance, the committee shall render an opinion to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who shall render the final judgment.

 

SCHOLASTIC HONORS

Honor Roll and Distinguished Student Recognition

An "A" HONOR ROLL is published at the end of each semester listing students who have completed 12 credit hours or more during the period and have made A's in all courses taken for credit.

Also at the end of each semester, students in good standing who have no grade below C, have completed during the semester at least 12 credit hours of college work, and have a grade point ratios of at least 3.25 for freshmen and sophomores and 3.50 for juniors and seniors shall be designated as Distinguished Students.

Eligibility for Honors Graduation To be eligible for honors graduation, a student must complete no less than 60 of his/her last 74 hours at Tarleton. The GPA is calculated on the last semester hours at Tarleton inclusive. All hours taken during the semester in which the final 60 hours at Tarleton begin will be included in the computation. Honors graduates will be recognized as follows:

3.90-4.00 GPA -- Summa Cum Laude (Approximately 5%)

3.70-3.89 GPA -- Magna Cum Laude (Approximately 10%)

3.60-3.69 GPA -- Cum Laude (Approximately 10%)

Students who are members in good standing of national honor societies that are recognized by Tarleton State University and that require a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher for membership may have that membership identified on their transcripts.

HONORS CLASSES AND HONORS DEGREES

Tarleton offers honors classes in most core curriculum subjects, including English, history, political science, chemistry, biology, CIS, and speech. Honors classes offered in a particular semester are announced in the published course schedule and publicized in flyers and other campus publications. Honors courses offer intellectually challenging material, innovative approaches to the subject, increased opportunities for honing critical thinking and writing skills, and the opportunity to interact closely with similarly motivated students and with outstanding faculty. Honors courses are limited to a class size of 25 students. To register for an honors class a student must have either a 3.0 GPA or the instructor's permission. Official designation for honors classes will appear on the student's permanent transcript. Any student who completes 18 or more hours of such classes with a minimum 3.0 GPA in honors classes and overall will receive recognition as an Honors Degree Program graduate.

 

ACCELERATED DEGREE PROGRAM

Tarleton State University offers an accelerated degree program, which is intended to allow a student who enters Tarleton as a freshman to complete a baccalaureate degree in three years. (Please note: To complete a degree in three years may require that a student attend summer school for at least one summer.) The three-year program is intended for students who enter Tarleton with strong academic preparation. To be eligible for the accelerated program, an entering freshman must:

1. have graduated from an accredited high school with a ranking in the top quarter of the high school class;

2. be exempt from TASP because of exam scores or have passed all parts of TASP with scores that would not require the student to enroll in any developmental courses at Tarleton; and

3. score at least 1050 on the SAT or 23 on the ACT.

A currently-enrolled Tarleton student or a transfer student with less than 30 hours of transferable college credit is eligible to participate in the program if he/she meets the above requirements and has a college GPA of at least 3.0. A currently-enrolled Tarleton student or transfer student with more than 30 hours of college credit may participate in the program if he/she has a college GPA of at least 3.0.

A high school student who hopes to participate in Tarletonís accelerated program may wish to get some college credits while still in high school, through dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, or advanced placement. High school counselors can provide information about such programs.

Students admitted to the program should take no more than 19 hours in their first long semester at Tarleton; the number of hours may be higher for students with exemplary high school grades or SAT/ACT scores. Students who complete at least 15 hours with a GPA of at least 3.00 their first semester in the program will be authorized to enroll in up to 21 hours the following semester. A student maintaining a Tarleton GPA in excess of 3.25 may request authorization to enroll in more than 21 hours for a long semester.

At any time that a participantís Tarleton GPA drops below 3.00 or he/she completes less than 15 hours in a long semester, the student will no longer be considered a part of the accelerated degree program.

Program participants must satisfy all requirements for their degree programs, including total semester credit hour requirements. They may request minor modification of some University core curriculum requirements (i.e., a substitution of one course for another). Such a request should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs. Students in the program may request departmental authorization to take courses out of sequence (without designated prerequisites) when necessary.

Participants will be advised in their academic departments and by a special designated academic counselor who will help participants plan their programs. The counselor will advise participants about methods of accelerating their degree programs (including CLEP tests, problems courses, correspondence courses, and departmental exams) and will also monitor the progress of students in the program.

 

DROP AND WITHDRAWAL POLICIES

Dropping Classes

A student desiring to drop a course should follow this procedure:

1. Secure a drop card and instructions from the Registrar's Office;

2. Proceed to academic advisor and obtain his/her signature;

3.Proceed to course instructor and obtain his/her signature;

4. Proceed to the department head who has responsibility for the course and obtain his/her signature;

5. Return the card to the Registrar's Office.

The elapsed time for this procedure shall not exceed one calendar week. The effective date of dropping a course is the date the card is returned to the Registrar's Office.

Note: The student should attend the class until this procedure is completed to avoid penalty for absences. Students will not be allowed to drop developmental courses, except for extraordinary situations. Students will not be allowed to drop a freshman math or English course until after mid-semester except with the approval of their academic dean. The last day for dropping courses is identified in the University Calendar.

Withdrawal from the University

An application for withdrawal from the University must be initiated in the Office of the Registrar.

  1. Refer to the calendar in this catalog to determine the last day for dropping courses and the last day to withdraw from the University.
  2. A student who withdraws on or before the last day to drop courses will receive a grade of W in all courses.
  3. A student who withdraws after the last day to drop courses will receive a grade of WF in all courses. The student may appeal to the instructor of each class for a change of grade from WF to W if he/she was passing at the time of withdrawal.
  4. The student who fails to withdraw officially will receive a grade of F in all courses in progress.
  5. In circumstances where in-person withdrawal is not feasible, the student should call or write the Office of the Registrar and request an "Official Withdrawal Request Form."
  6. The refund policy established by the State of Texas is listed under "Refunds" in this catalog. All refunds are subject to this policy.

Limits on Dropped Courses and Withdrawals

The following limitations on dropped courses apply to all undergraduate students entering Tarleton for the first time in Fall 1998 or thereafter:

  1. An undergraduate student enrolled at Tarleton State University is permitted a total of 6 dropped courses. Courses dropped before the official class roll day do not count in this total.
  2. After a student has accumulated 6 dropped classes, he/she will not be permitted to drop any class unless unusual circumstances exist, as determined by the studentís academic dean.
  3. An appeal to the academic dean for extenuating circumstances applies only after the student has accumulated 6 drops.
  4. If a student withdraws from school, each separate course is counted as a drop.
  5. A student who drops a class or withdraws from the University by the last day to drop a class (see University Calendar) will receive a grade of W. A student who withdraws from the University after the last day to drop classes will receive a grade of W or WF in each class. Each W or WF is counted as one of the 6 permitted drops.
  6. After a student accumulates 6 drops, he/she will not be permitted to drop additional courses unless unusual circumstances exist, as determined by the studentís academic dean. The student will then be permitted to drop a class without penalty.

 

PROBATION/SUSPENSION POLICY

The following policy applies to all students unless more restrictive rules are included as part of special admission conditions or unless a more restrictive policy has been approved for a program, department, or college. The purpose of academic probation and suspension is to make the student aware of the University's concern that satisfactory progress is not being made in his or her course of study. Early notification of this concern maximizes the student's opportunity to make appropriate adjustments that will result in remaining in good standing. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is the lowest acceptable academic standard because this level mirrors the minimum GPA requirement for graduation. The cumulative GPA used in this policy is defined as the best attempt on all courses taken at Tarleton State University; grades on transfer work are excluded. A student with a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA is considered to be in good academic standing.

Warning: Each student is responsible for knowing his or her academic status and the regulations that apply. Students who do not abide by the regulations governing their particular status may be required to reduce their academic loads or withdraw from the University without special consideration.

Following is the probation/suspension policy:

1. If a studentís cumulative GPA drops below 1.00 at the end of any long semester (fall or spring), the student will be suspended.

2. If a student who has been in good standing has a cumulative GPA between 1.00 and 1.99 at the end of any long semester, the student will be placed on academic warning.

3. A student who has been on academic warning during a long semester is subject to the following:

a. At the end of the semester, if the cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above, the student is returned to good standing.

b. At the end of the semester, if the cumulative GPA is between 1.00 and 1.99, then the GPA for the semester will be used to determine the studentís status.

i. If the GPA for the semester is less than 2.00, the student will be suspended.

ii. If the GPA for the semester is 2.00 or higher, the student will be placed on probation.

c. At the end of the semester, if the cumulative GPA is below 1.00, the student will be suspended.

4. A student on probation who has less than a 2.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the next long semester will be suspended. A student on probation who has a 2.00 or better cumulative GPA at the end of the next long semester will be removed from probation and returned to good standing.

5. A student who transfers from Tarleton while on academic warning or probation and then returns (having met transfer requirements) will have the same academic standing the first long semester back at Tarleton as though there had been no transfer.

6. A student who is suspended from Tarleton and takes no transferable college level courses during the term of the suspension may return to Tarleton after the term of the suspension and will be on academic warning the first long semester back at Tarleton.

7. A student who is suspended from Tarleton and takes any transferable college level courses during the term of the suspension must meet Tarletonís transfer requirements in order to be readmitted. Such a student (having met transfer requirements and after the term of the suspension) will be on academic warning the first long semester back at Tarleton.

8. Any student, whether in good standing, on academic warning, or on probation, will be suspended at the end of any long semester if his or her cumulative GPA is below 1.00.

Length of Suspension The first suspension is for one long semester. The second is for one calendar year, and the third is indefinite. Three calendar years after imposition of third suspension, the student may apply for readmission; this application will be evaluated by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, but readmission is not guaranteed.

Summer School A student on academic warning, on probation, or on first suspension may attend summer school at Tarleton (transfer requirements having been met, if applicable).

Students placed on first suspension at the end of a spring semester may request their deanís approval to attend summer school. A student attending summer school while on first suspension, who has a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the last summer session attended, will be returned to good standing.

 

FORGIVENESS OPTIONS

An undergraduate student enrolled at Tarleton may choose to exercise one, but not both, of the following forgiveness options:

Option I

Grades for any one semester of Tarleton work taken more than 5 years before a student's current enrollment at Tarleton may be deleted for computation of cumulative GPA if the student files a request with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This option may be exercised one time only.

Option II

After a student has attempted ninety or more hours at Tarleton, grades for one semester of Tarleton work may be deleted for computation of cumulative GPA if the student files a request with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This option may be exercised one time only.

When a student has exercised one of these forgiveness options, grades for the semester selected by the student will be deleted in computing the cumulative grade point average. Under either option, all courses and grades will continue to appear on the student's transcript. In applying the option, all grades from the chosen semester are deleted from the GPA, not just low or failing grades. Also, no classes taken in the semester being forgiven may be counted on the student's degree plan. A student seeking to exercise either option must be enrolled at Tarleton at the time he/she requests the forgiveness option.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

General Requirements

1. A GPA of 2.00 or better is required on all work counted toward a degree. A GPA of 2.00 or better is required for all work in the major field of study and counted toward a degree.

2. All transfer students must post an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in all courses taken at Tarleton in their major field of study and counted toward a degree as well as an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in all courses taken at Tarleton and counted toward a degree.

Residence Requirements

Residence is satisfied only by official enrollment in and completion of course work applied toward the degree requirements.

1. A minimum of 32 semester hours of work must be completed at Tarleton, of which at least 24 hours must be advanced, including 12 advanced semester hours in the major subject.

2. A maximum of 68 semester hours of academic credit will be accepted for degree credit from a two-year institution.

3. Not more than 18 semester hours by correspondence or extension or 18 hours in a combination of the two will be counted toward the degree. Grades for correspondence work must be on file in Registrar's Office no later than 2 weeks prior to date of graduation.

 

Core Curriculum Requirements

All degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree include the following University core curriculum:1,2

Communications

ENGL 1113, 11233 ...................................................................................6

COMS 1013, 1023, or 3013 ....................................................................3

MATH 1073 or higher.. ..........................................................................3

Lab sciences from CHEM, BIOL, GEOL, PHYS ................................8

Visual & performing arts from ART, F A, MUSC, THEA4,5 ...........3

Humanities: Literature course in English........................................... 3

Social & behavioral sciences .............................................................18

HIST 2013, 2023 .....................................................................................(6)

POLS 2013, 2023 ....................................................................................(6)

6 additional hours4,6 from ...................................................................(6)

SOC 1013, 2013, PSY 1013, PHIL 1013, 2013,

ECO 1013, 2013, A EC 1053, ARCH 2013,

GEOG 1013, 1023, 1033, HIST 1013, 1023

Wellness: HLTH 10137...........................................................................3

.......................................................................................................................47 total

1 Core curriculum requirements are subject to review and change by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

2 Some degree programs specify the courses that satisfy these requirements. A student should consult with an academic adviser in selecting core curriculum courses.

3 Students must enroll in ENGL and MATH their first semester at Tarleton and every regular semester thereafter until their freshman ENGL and MATH core curriculum requirements have been satisfied.

4 These core curriculum requirements may not be selected from the studentís major field.

5 Visual and performing arts course must he historical, appreciative, or theoretical in nature; it may not be an applied or performance course.

6 The two courses to fulfill this requirement must be chosen from different academic disciplines.

7 The Wellness requirement also may be satisfied by any combination, totaling three hours or more, from activity P ED, M S 1012, M S 1022, ANSC 1502, MUSC 1002.

Degree Plan Information

A degree plan must be on file by the beginning of the senior year.

1. MAJOR

a. The major must be declared by the beginning of the junior year for advising purposes.

b. A minimum of 24 semester hours is required for a major, of which at least 12 must be in advanced courses in the major subject.

c. A double major involving different departments requires that a degree plan be filed with each department.

  1. MINOR

  1. A minor consists of a minimum of 18 hours in a field other than the major, of which at least 6 hours must be advanced.
  2. Declaration of a minor by the student is optional in most degree programs but strongly recommended. If a minor is desired, it must be declared on the degree plan.

3. DEVELOPMENTAL COURSES needed as preparation for regular University requirements (EDU 1003, ENGL 1003, and MATH 1003 and 1013) cannot be applied as degree plan contents.

4. CREDIT HOUR REQUIREMENTS

a. The minimum number of semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree is 128.

b. At least 36 hours of advanced credit is required for every baccalaureate degree from Tarleton State University.

5. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

a. A student classified as a senior cannot take a freshman course that carries the same academic prefix description as the student's first or second declared major field.

b. A student may count toward the degree not more than 6 hours of Religious Education credits.

c. A student may count toward the degree not more than 6 hours of activity Physical Education credits.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students are required to satisfy the Writing Proficiency Requirement as a condition for the baccalaureate degree. After completing 45 semester hours, students must register for and take this examination. Dates for testing each semester are listed on the University Calendar in this publication.

Graduation Under a Particular Catalog

To receive a degree from Tarleton State University, a student must complete all requirements for a degree as set forth in a particular University catalog. Several choices are allowed:

1. Graduation may be under the requirements of the catalog in force at the time the student first enrolls at Tarleton State University.

2. Graduation may be under the catalog in force at the time the student first enrolled in higher education if the student is a transfer to Tarleton State University.

3. Graduation may be under the catalog in force for any subsequent year that the student is registered at Tarleton State University.

These possibilities are subject to the condition that all degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of the date of the catalog selected. For example, a student who chooses to graduate under the requirements of the 1994-95 catalog must complete all requirements for the degree under that catalog prior to August 2000 graduation. (In the event students serve on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States between the dates of their matriculation and graduation, the six-year limit will be extended one year for each year of active duty served, up to a maximum of four years.) A student registering for the first time in the summer session may meet the requirements of the catalog applying to either the previous or the next long session.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE PROGRAMS

Tarleton State University offers the following degree programs that are interdisciplinary in nature: the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS), the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (BSLS), and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS). The BAAS and BSAS allow the student to apply vocational or technical training to his/her degree program. The BSLS allows students to count toward their degree program courses in a wide range of academic disciplines.

Students in these degree programs must meet all Tarleton requirements that are established as conditions for baccalaureate degrees, including the University core curriculum (p. 46); the Writing Proficiency Examination; completion of at least 32 hours of credit at Tarleton State University; and completion of at least 36 hours of upper-level (3000- and 4000-numbered) courses.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree (BAAS)

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is designed for the student with training in a technical area. This degree utilizes education received at technical schools, junior colleges, military technical schools, etc. A student must have completed at least 12 semester credit hours (or equivalent) in technical training to be eligible for consideration. With appropriate documentation, the technical training may be supplemented with a maximum of 21 semester credit hours for work experience. A student must have at least 33 semester credit hours (or equivalent) in the combination of technical training and work experience to be eligible for consideration. In all cases, the technical training, work experience (if any), and proposed degree area must be directly related to each other.

The approved occupational areas for the BAAS degree are:

agriculture

business

industrial

technical

Tarleton does not guarantee the availability of all occupational areas. An occupational area is available only if an academic department related to the occupational area is currently sponsoring applicants.

A student interested in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences should:

1. review the admission requirements;

2. contact the Office of the Registrar for a list of sponsoring departments; and

3. meet with an advisor in the sponsoring department. The student will submit written records related to educational training and work experience (if any). The student is responsible for securing all related documentation.

The department will review the written records and decide whether to sponsor a degree plan application. Sponsored degree plan applications will be considered by the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Committee. Degree plan applications will not be considered until a student has completed at least 3 semester credit hours at Tarleton (or is currently enrolled in at least 3 hours at Tarleton). Degree plans approved by the Committee will be processed through regular University channels. Final approval will depend on completion of the University review process.

QUANTITATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR BAAS DEGREE PROGRAMS

I. Occupational specialization

The occupational specialization is a maximum of 48 semester credit hours (or equivalent) directly related to the degree area. These credit hours may consist of technical training, credit for work experience, and credit from this University. Each of these has restrictions.

A. The technical training must be such that it can be equated to vocational-technical schools. The BAAS committee will rule on the admissibility of technical training.

B. No student who has less than 12 semester credit hours of technical training will be considered for the program. The possible credit for technical training ranges from 12 semester credit hours up to and including all 48 hours of occupational specialization.

C. Credit for work experience is awarded only after the BAAS Committee has reviewed the written documentation of the work experience and is limited to a maximum award of 4 semester credit hours per year of qualifying experience. The committee may award less than this maximum. A total of 21 semester credit hours is the greatest possible amount awarded for work experience.

D. No student will be considered for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences who has less than 33 semester credit hours in the combination of technical training and work experience.

E. Tarleton does not offer course work in all occupational specializations. For those available specializations, the credit may not exceed 15 semester credit hours.

II. Supporting Field

(Minimum 18 semester credit hours, at least 12 to be upper level.) The supporting field is to be related to and supportive of the occupational specialization. The advisor and the BAAS committee will work together in selecting courses that meet the individual needs of each student.

The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

A student in the Liberal Studies program must satisfy Tarletonís core curriculum requirements (p. 46) and complete the following courses:

PSY 3073 ..................................................................................................3

CIS 3003 or 3023 .....................................................................................3

G B 3113 ...................................................................................................3

6 hours selected from............................................................................ 6

G B 3123, PSY 3063, 3503, 4023, 4043, 4093

15 hours selected from ........................................................................15

C J 3093, CIS 4053, HIST 4033, 4103,

MGMT 3023, 3503, 4063, 4073,

POLS 4023, PSY 3083, 4043, 4083, 4093

Upper-level approved electives or emphasis .................................30

The emphasis for a BS in Liberal Studies includes 12 semester hours selected from the following areas: Accounting, Aviation Science, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Political Science, History, Management, Marketing, Psychology, or Sociology.. A student may choose one or more areas of emphasis or no area of emphasis. Courses used to meet a requirement specified by the degree plan will not count as part of an emphasis.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science

The student pursuing the BS in Applied Science must complete the following, in addition to the University core curriculum (p. 46):

approved occupational or technical specialization .............................27

MGMT 3503, CIS 3003 or 3023, G B 3113 or PSY 4803......................... 9

from G B 3123, MGMT 4013 or PSY 3063, MGMT 4023....................... 6

from ACC 3003, C J 3093, MGMT 3023, 4053, 4073,

MKTG 3143, POLS 4013, 4023, PSY 3073, 4083 .....................................15

advanced electives ..................................................................................24

APPLICATION FOR DEGREE

1. A candidate for a degree must apply for the degree by filing a "Diploma Name Card" with the Registrar no later than specified in the University Calendar.

2. To be considered for degree conferral, a candidate must be in good standing with the University. All contractual and financial obligations to the University must be satisfied.

CLASS RINGS

Students may order class rings during the semester following completion of 80 semester hours of degree credit. They must have an average of C or better on these 80 hours. The procedure to order a ring is as follows: Students must request a ring order form at the information desk in the Registrar's Office. After it has been properly signed by the Registrar or his representative, the student must present it to a Campus Store employee, who will process the order. The ring may be picked up at the end of the semester in which the student has accrued at least 90 hours.

EXPLANATION OF CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

In this catalog, each course is identified by a four-digit number. The first digit of each number indicates the level or academic year that the course is normally taken (1--freshman, 2--sophomore, 3--junior, 4--senior, 5--graduate). The second and third digits indicate departmental sequence, and the fourth digit indicates the number of semester hour credits awarded for the course. For example, ENGL 1113 is a freshman course worth 3 hours of credit.

In course descriptions, numbers in parentheses following the course number (for example, 3-2) indicate the number of clock hours per week devoted to theory and practice, respectively. Theory includes recitations and lectures; practice includes work in the laboratory, shop, drawing room, or field. Course descriptions include information about course content and learning objectives. Prerequisites and lab or other fees for the course may be listed.

Not all courses in this catalog are offered every year. To assist students in planning their sequence of courses, some descriptions indicate when a course typically is taught. The designations used are F--Fall, Sp--Spring, Sm--Summer. In addition, O means that a course is offered in odd-numbered years, and E means even-numbered years. Courses with no designation are not offered on a predictable schedule.

PRE-THEOLOGICAL PROGRAM

Students seeking a bachelor's degree as preparation for entering a theological seminary will find that most programs for Master of Divinity and related degrees are based on the standards of the American Association of Theological Schools (AATS). These call for a heavy emphasis on the humanities, especially communication skills in written English and speech; basic knowledge of the past and present culture through history, sociology, philosophy, political science, literature, science, psychology, and related areas; and a foreign language. Of those languages offered at Tarleton, French or German is appropriate for those whose primary concern is scholarship; Spanish, for those planning a church ministry in the Southwest. Some religious courses, such as those offered at religious centers at Tarleton, are valuable and usually taken by pre-ministerial students but the AATS discourages duplication of later work at the seminary. Although most seminaries accept candidates with a wide range of majors, the usual degrees for pre-seminary work are in such areas as English, communications, history, and sociology. Students planning to be candidates for seminary work need to check seminariesí catalogs for special requirements. Usually students will find satisfactory advising by their academic advisor. If there are any particular questions, students may contact Dr. David Elkins in the Department of Fine Arts and Communications.

PRE-LAW STUDY

As of June 1991, the Law School Admission Council implemented a completely revised Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with a 120-180 scoring scale. Presently the revised LSAT consists of six sections: five 35-minute multiple-choice sections and one 30-minute essay. Four of the five 35-minute sections determine a test taker's score and include three different types of questions: (1) one reading comprehension section, (2) one analytical reasoning section, and (3) two logical reasoning sections. Questions are designed to measure attributes such as the ability to read and comprehend complex texts with accuracy and insight, organize and manage information and draw reasonable inferences from it, reason critically, and analyze and evaluate the reasoning and argument of others. One of the 35-minute sections does not affect a test taker's score, but is used to pretest new test questions or to equate new test forms. The writing sample is not scored, but copies are sent to each law school to which a test taker applies. Admission to a law school is based primarily upon a student's performance on the LSAT as well as cumulative grade point average (GPA). While it is possible to acquire the skills necessary for the LSAT and successful completion of law school by majoring in any discipline offered at Tarleton, the course content of certain fields offers better opportunities to develop required skills. Disciplines permitting a wide latitude of elective course work may best serve the interests of prospective law students, allowing an even greater opportunity to acquire knowledge and abilities appropriate to the Juris Doctorate. Accordingly, in selecting preparatory course work for law school, the future law student should develop experience and skills in three basic areas: (1) effectiveness in comprehension and use of language, (2) depth of understanding of human institutions and values, and (3) the ability to think analytically and creatively. A national survey of student performance on past LSATs indicates that students majoring in Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, History, and English scored consistently above the mean score of all persons taking the LSAT. Although it is premature to assess whether this trend will continue with the revised LSAT, it is reasonable to assume it will. Students interested in preparing for the LSAT and law school are advised to consult the typical curricula in this catalog for their chosen degree and are further urged to consult the prelaw counselor at the beginning of their undergraduate program. The following courses are recommendations, not requirements, for solid pre-law preparation in any undergraduate major. Almost any degree plan can accommodate a selection of these courses. Students who plan to apply to law school should enroll in as many of these courses as possible, particularly those that develop analytical reasoning skills, reading comprehension, and writing ability, or which introduce the student to course content similar to that encountered in law school.

Recommended Courses:

 

Freshman year

Sophomore year

PHIL 1013*

C J 2323
PHIL 2013* C J 2373
MATH 1093,* 1204* ENGL 2303

Junior year

Senior year

ENGL 3113 POLS 4013, 4023
ENGL 3103 G B 4323, 4333
COMS 3103 PHIL 4033 or POLS 4033

* These courses meet core curriculum requirements

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

Cooperative education in institutions of higher learning is an academic program that provides students with an opportunity to integrate formal academic work with planned and supervised experience in industry, government, or service agencies. Students are given an opportunity, through cooperative education, to earn a salary that may be used to finance their education. More importantly, the program allows student to participate in off-campus work experiences that are integrated with and that supplement their entire education and career goals. Students may see their department heads for additional information about cooperative education.

AUDIT POLICY

A student may enroll to audit one or more courses under the following conditions:

1. Application to audit a course must be made through the Registrar's Office. A record of audit enrollment is kept in the Registrar's Office.

2. Written consent from the instructor and department head is required prior to attendance in class.

3. No audit enrollee is to be permitted to sit in class more than one period without a Permit to Enter from the Registrar's Office.

4. Space and any required instructional equipment must be available.

5. The extent of the student's participation in the activities of the class is at the discretion of the instructor and is to be designated prior to enrollment.

6. No student may audit a course offered on an individual instruction basis.

7. When a student audits a course and later seeks credit in that content area, an official paid enrollment and satisfactory completion of the course is required.

8. A basic audit fee of $25 per course (1-4 hours) must be paid. In addition, audit students will pay any laboratory fees or practice fees stipulated for particular course content as stated in the General Catalog. In cases of students who are residents of the State of Texas and who are 65 years of age or older, the basic fees and laboratory fees will be waived.

9. Full-time Tarleton faculty members are excluded from the fee provision.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE COURSES FOR BACCALAUREATE CREDIT

Tarleton State University does not offer correspondence courses leading to a baccalaureate degree but will accept courses completed through other accredited institutions. No more than 18 hours by correspondence or extension, or 18 hours in a combination of the two, will be counted toward an undergraduate degree. Correspondence courses are included in the maximum course load limits set for each semester. Limited information on correspondence courses at other institutions is available through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Before registering for any correspondence course, students must complete a Concurrent Enrollment form, available from their academic advisor or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If a student wishes to use a correspondence course toward graduation or certification requirements, a copy of his/her official transcript showing the work completed by correspondence must be received by the Registrar at least one month before graduation.

 

DIVISION OF GENERAL STUDIES

Humanities Building, Room 370

(254) 968-9423

The Division of General Studies is designed for students who enroll in Tarleton State University without having identified a field of major interest, the official designation for this being liberal arts major. The Division also offers a course for the student who wants additional college preparation.

Advisors in the Division counsel students as to courses and campus services that will help them select a major. Students who are liberal arts majors are encouraged to schedule appointments with the University Counselor during their first semester of attendance.

Students who are subject to TASP requirements (see p. 17) and who have not successfully passed all areas on the TASP test or those whose Tarleton placement exams indicate a need for developmental courses must be advised by the Division of General Studies, regardless of their intended majors. The Division, comprised of faculty advisors representing academic departments from across the University, will help students select and schedule courses, monitor their progress, and consult with them regarding their educational and career goals. Students must remain in the Division of General Studies until they satisfy all TASP and University requirements.

TYPICAL CURRICULUM FOR FRESHMAN

LIBERAL ARTS MAJORS

(students who have not selected a major)

Freshman Year

Sem. Hrs.

   

ENGL 1113, 11231

6

Lab science

8

HLTH 1013

3

MATH 1073 or higher level1

3

Electives

6

1 Upon completion of developmental courses, if needed. See pp. 46 - 47 for information about Tarletonís core curriculum requirements.

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY SCIENCE

Major Ches H. Garner, Head

Wisdom Gymnasium, Room 108

(254) 968-9188

Instructors: Major Miller, Master Sergeant Johnson,

Sergeant First Class Balderas, Staff Sergeant Reed

ROTC Program

Requirements for Admission

Basic Course: All courses offered as part of the basic course are eligible for elective credit toward graduation. Course work covers the areas of leadership development, management principles, orienteering, marksmanship, and first aid. These courses may be taken in lieu of required Physical Education courses. Juniors and seniors may take basic level courses with permission of the department chair only. No military service obligation is incurred for students enrolled in the basic course.

Advanced Course: The two-year advanced course is selective and elective, in that any qualified students may apply for admission. The application requires the approval of the Professor of Military Science. Students who have at least two years of college remaining, maintain a 2.0 or better grade point average, complete the basic course or qualify by prior military training, and are physically qualified are eligible for enrollment in the advanced course. The advanced course leads to an officerís commission in the United States Army Reserve or regular army and is pursued under a written agreement with the Department of the Army. Advanced-course contract students are paid approximately $3,000 for the two-year course, which includes attendance at the ROTC summer camp.

Two-Year Program: Students transferring to or currently enrolled at Tarleton, who cannot complete the basic course prior to becoming academic juniors and graduate students with at least two years remaining may qualify to enter the advanced course by successfully completing a six-week Leadership Seminar course, conducted each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Academic credit and pay are granted to students attending the course. Applications should be submitted to the Department of Military Science by April 15.

Credit for Previous Military Training: Students with previous military training may qualify for placement directly into the advanced course. The Professor of Military Science determines the placement, which is acceptable to the Army, for each student requesting this classification. To receive placement into the advanced course, a student must have 60 credit hours and an overall 2.0 GPA.

Veterans: Students who have prior military service may be eligible for advanced placement, provided that their active duty was completed within the last five years.

National Guard/Reserves: Students who are currently members of the United States Army Reserve or the National Guard are eligible for advanced placement under the Simultaneous Membership Program.

Students desiring additional information concerning the Army ROTC program should write to the Professor of Military Science, Tarleton State University, Mail Stop #0480, Stephenville, TX 76402 or by e-mail to Rotc@Tarleton.edu. Phone calls may be made collect to (254) 968-9188.

M S Leadership Laboratory: Practical application of classroom instruction emphasizing rappelling, water survival, orienteering, physical fitness, and basic military skills. Participating students are provided all uniforms and equipment. Participation is required of all M S students.

Special Programs

U.S. Army ROTC Basic Camp: Maximum of ten credit hours. The ROTC Basic Camp is a six-week summer course conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for students who cannot complete the Basic Course prior to becoming academic juniors. In addition to free room, board, and transportation, students are paid approximately $700. Training includes practical exercises to enhance confidence, physical fitness, and leadership qualities. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

Rangers: An adventure-oriented organization designed to develop leadership qualities, self discipline, self confidence, and resourcefulness through small unit tactics. Members participate in several field training exercises during the semester. Open to all interested and qualified students with at least a 2.0 GPA.

Wainwright Rifles: An organization designed to represent Tarleton in ceremonies, parades, and drill team competition throughout the United States.

Adventure Training: Is available to students who apply to attend Northern Operation Training (Alaska), Airborne-Parachutist Training (Georgia), Air Assault Training (Kentucky), Nurse Summer Training Program, Advanced Individual Academic Development, or United Kingdom Summer Camp.

ROTC Scholarships: Competitive two- and three-year scholarships, which pay all tuition, laboratory fees, textbooks, and other required academic expenses except room and board, are available. In addition, the scholarship holder receives $200 per month for the duration of the scholarship, except for the six-week advanced summer camp, during which the student is paid half the basic monthly pay of a second lieutenant plus travel expenses to and from camp.

ROTC Advanced Camp: Practical application of tactics, leadership training and practice, and arms qualification. Five weeks during the summer at a military reservation designated by the Department of the Army. Prerequisite: M S 3013 and 3023 or approval of department head.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

By arrangement between Tarleton State University and interested religious groups, nonsectarian courses in Bible are offered in the Religious Centers adjacent to the campus. These courses are open to all students. Six semester hours may be counted toward graduation or for degree credit. The instructors who teach the courses must be associated with a recognized religious organization, possess a masterís degree in religious studies from an accredited institution, and be approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Course descriptions for Religious Education courses are on p. 383.