Frequently Asked Questions

How does one determine which courses count as International Cultures and Structures?

To see the course offerings for a specific semester that will fulfill the International Cultures and Structures University Studies requirement you can do a search by selecting the attribute under the Course Schedule

What are the "double dipping" rules?

"Double-dipping" refers to utilizing a single course to satisfy multiple requirements.

How is math placement determined?

Math placement will be determined by the math subscore on the ACT or SAT exam and/or math placement exam, according to the following rules:

ACT/SAT Math Subscore Range

Math Course

ACT Math subscore of 18 or below

SAT Math subscore of 480 or below

Math placement exam score of 0 to 1

Mathematics Enrichment Program

ACT Math subscore of 19, 20, or 21

SAT Math subscore of 490 to 530

Math placement exam score of 2

MA098

ACT Math subscore of 22, 23, or 24

SAT Math subscore of 540 to 580

Math placement exam score of 3

 MA109, MA110, BI240, PH113, PS/SO201, MT111/112, or TH453

ACT Math subscore of 25 or higher

SAT Math subscore of 590 or higher

Math placement exam score of 4

 MA109, MA110, MA112, MA113, MA115, MA130, BI240, PH113, PS/SO201, MT111/112, or TH453

ACT Math subscore of 25 or higher

SAT Math subscore of 590 or higher

AND Pass Calculus Readiness Test

 MA140 and higher

What constitutes quantitative reasoning in University Studies?

Students must complete a minimum of three credits in quantitative reasoning as part of University Studies. Any three or four credit math course numbered above 098 qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course. For all students, quantitative reasoning courses may include:

ACT/SAT Math Subscore Range

Math Course

ACT Math subscore of 22, 23, or 24

SAT Math subscore of 540 to 580

Math placement exam score of 3

MA109, MA110, BI240, PH113, PS/SO201, MT111/112, or TH453

  ACT Math subscore of 25 or higher

SAT Math subscore of 590 or higher

Math placement exam score of 4

  MA109, MA110, MA112, MA113, MA115, MA130, BI240, PH113, PS/SO201, MT111/112, or TH453

ACT Math subscore of 25 or higher

SAT Math subscore of 590 or higher

AND Pass Calculus Readiness Test

 MA140 and higher

What constitutes "natural science" in University Studies?

Students complete a minimum of four credits in the natural sciences as part of University Studies. Natural science courses MUST incorporate a lab component. Courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Biology 102, 105/155, 108/158, 125, 130, 204
  • Chemistry 114, 121/151
  • Physics 100/104, 101/105, 111/171, 112/172, 151/171, 152/172

What constitutes "creative arts" in University Studies?

Students complete a minimum of three credits in music, art, theatre or dance as part of University Studies. Courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Art 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 122, 201
  • Arts Technology 110, 157, 234, 334
  • English 201
  • Musc History 100, 316
  • Music Theory 100, 212
  • Theatre 103, 131, 354
  • Dance 110

What constitutes "historical studies" and "literature" in the Arts & Sciences distribution requirement?

To see the course offerings for a specific semester that will fulfill the historical studies and literature requirements for students with a major in the College of Arts & Sciences, you can do a search by selecting the attribute(s) under the Course Schedule.

What is the distinction between a "Bachelor of Arts" and a "Bachelor of Science" degree?

Some majors are designated as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees, while others are designated as Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. Certain majors allow students to choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree, while others do not. The B.A. degree requires successful completion of a modern language. Modern Languages faculty determine course placement (Beginning, Continuing, Intermediate) based on evaluation of high school transcripts. Although students may not enroll in a level above or below their placement, they may start the study of a new language at the Beginning level. The requirement of the B.A. degree is a matter of proficiency equivalent to three college semesters of a single foreign language. Students demonstrate this proficiency by completing an Intermediate (223) course, or by completion of a proficiency exam administered in the Modern Languages department. The B.S. degree requires completion of a science distribution. While all students are required to complete at least four credits in natural science and at least three credits in quantitative reasoning, B.S. candidates must complete an ADDITIONAL ten credits in science/quantitative reasoning. These ten credits MUST include at least one lab science course and must come from NO MORE THAN TWO departments (outside of students' major) in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.

How does completing an Associates Degree (A.A. or A.S.) effect progress in University Studies?

Transfer students who complete an Associates Degree prior to enrollment at Millikin will have met the University Studies requirements of the first two years. Transfer students who have completed an Associates Degree ARE EXEMPT from:

  • University Seminar (IN140)
  • Critical Writing, Reading, and Research I and II (IN150 & IN151)
  • U.S. Cultural and Structural Studies (IN250 & IN251)
  • International Cultures & Structures
  • Oral Communication Studies
  • Natural Science with Laboratory
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Creative Arts

Transfer students who have completed an Associates Degree ARE NOT exempt from:

  • Global Issues (IN350)
  • School/Division Requirements (including historical studies and literature requirement for majors in the Arts & Sciences)
  • The language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree
  • The science distribution requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree

Does Millikin accept AP or CLEP credit?

Millikin may award unspecified credit and appropriate placement to students with Advanced Placement Examination grades of 3, 4 or 5. Exemptions from specific courses are granted subject to department recommendation. Millikin may award credit for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) so long as the score is at or above the 50th percentile and so long as the student has not attended secondary school in the past three years. Three to six credits may be awarded, depending on the exam completed. Generally, CLEP credit is awarded in areas outside of a student's major. CLEP credit for English is NOT accepted for students majoring in education.

What are the policies and procedures for taking courses "Pass/Fail"?

Full-time students with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and junior or senior standing may elect to take pass/fail courses. A grade of P will not be computed in students' grade point averages.

Restrictions to the pass/fail option are as follows:

  • The pass/fail option does NOT include courses in the major except by permission of the department chair or major coordinator.
  • The pass/fail option does NOT include core courses in the Tabor School of Business (including MA130/131) and the School of Music except by permission of the Dean.
  • Students taking a course pass/fail MUST earn at least a C- in the course in order for the Registrar to post a P grade. Grades below C- WILL be recorded in students' academic history and WILL be counted in the cumulative grade point average.
  • Students repeating a course may NOT opt to complete the course pass/fail.

Students planning to transfer or students planning to pursue advanced degrees should be aware that some institutions might not be willing to consider those students with pass/fail grades on their official transcript.
 

What are the policies and procedures relating to incomplete grades?

A temporary course grade of incomplete (I) may be given as the result of illness or other factors beyond a student's control as determined by the instructor. Incomplete grades must be removed within the first eight weeks of the following semester. After the eighth week, incomplete grades automatically become an F unless an extension is granted. The course instructor and the Dean of the appropriate school must approve requests for extension.

What is Millikin's course overload policy?

In general, students may not register for more than 18 credits per semester without being assessed an overload fee. Students with questions or concerns about course overload should contact the Registrar's office.

What is "registration validation"?

Each semester, all returning undergraduate students must validate their registration prior to the first day of class. Students validate by accessing their secure site at MU Online. Students who do not validate their registration may have their schedules withdrawn. In addition, students who do not validate and who do not officially withdraw prior to the start of classes may be liable to pay all tuition and fees.
 

What is "academic progress" as it relates to class level and financial aid?

Academic progress as it relates to class level (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) is determined by number of credits completed:

Credits Completed

Class Level

0-23

Freshman

24-53

Sophomore

54-87

Junior

88 and above

Senior


In order remain eligible for financial aid, students must complete 2/3 (67%) of the credits that they attempt. Students who fail to meet this standard for the first time will be given a semester of "probation" in which financial aid eligibility is retained. Students on financial aid "probation" must then complete 3/4 (75%) of the credits that they attempt.

Please note that students who average 12 credits per semester will NOT complete their degree in four years. Students who fall behind are encouraged to attend Immersion and summer semesters to earn needed credits.
 

How do I request an official academic transcript?

Official transcripts must be obtained by going to getmytranscript.org.

What are the procedures relating to repeating a course?

Students may repeat a course grade once to improve the grade.  The Office of the Registrar will use the last grade posted to calculate cumulative GPA. Students repeating a course should complete a Repeated Course Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar.

Students are encouraged to repeat failed grades as soon as possible. Students should understand that while repeating a course once removes the initial grade from the GPA, repeating a course does NOT remove the original grade from the academic transcript.