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.  Please see the following Double Dipping Table for more information.

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 105, 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, 131, 201, 210, 236, 320
  • Arts Technology 109, 110, 157, 234, 334
  • Communication 110
  • Dance 110
  • English 201
  • Musc History 100, 316
  • Music Theory 100, 212
  • Theatre 103, 131, 308, 354

To see the course offerings for a specific semester that will fulfill the creative arts requirement, you can do a search by selecting the attribute under the Course Schedule.

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. Students needing the complete three-semester sequence are strongly urged to begin the study of their chosen language no later than the fall semester of their sophomore year.  The requirement for the B.A. degree (0-12 credits) is a matter of proficiency equivalent to three college semesters of a single modern language.  Students may demonstrate required proficiency by successful completion of a modern language course numbered 223 or above.  Note: Placement at the 300 level does not meet the requirement.  The student must either complete the course(s) or take the proficiency exam.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree has a science distribution requirement.  All students are required to complete 4 credits in science for University Studies.  Candidates for the B.S. degree are required to complete a minimum of 10 additional credit hours, including at least one laboratory science course, from at least two different departments in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics, in addition to the University Studies requirements.  Courses offered by the major department that are not required for the major may be used to satisfy this requirement.  Credits earned in Mathematics 098 count toward graduation, but do not count toward the Science Distribution requirement.  Bachelor of Science degree students, particularly those planning to go to graduate school or better prepare themselves for international awareness, may want to choose modern language courses as electives.  

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

Transfer students who complete an Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) or an Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) prior to enrollment at Millikin will have met the University Studies requirements of the first two years. Transfer students who have completed an A.A. or A.S. 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, CLEP,  DANTES (DSST), or International Baccalaureate credit?

Advanced Placement (AP Credits)

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.  Any Advanced Placement credit is awarded a grade of P for Pass.

Exam

Minimum Score Required

MU Equivalent

Credits Awarded

AP 2-D Art and Design

3

AR1XX/FNAR

3

AP Art History

3

AR1XX/FNAR

3

AP Biology

3

BI102/NATL

4

AP Calculus AB

3

MA110/QR

3

AP Calculus AB

4

MA140/QR

4

AP Calculus BC

4

MA140/QR, MA240/QR

8

AP Calculus BC: AB Subscore

4

MA140/QR

4

AP Calculus BC: AB Subscore

3

MA110/QR

3

AP Chemistry

3

CH121/CH151/NATL

4

AP Chinese Language and Culture

3

FL114/ICS

4

AP Chinese Language and Culture

4

FL223/ICS

4

AP Comparative Government and Politics

3

PO1XX

3

AP Computer Science Principles

3

CS1XX

3

AP Computer Science A

3

IS1XX

3

AP Computer Science A

4

IS221

3

AP Drawing

3

AR1XX/FNAR

3

AP English Language and Composition

3

EN1XX

3

AP English Literature and Composition

3

EN120/LIT

3

AP Environmental Science

3

BI130/NATL

4

AP European History

3

HI201 or HI202 ICS/HSST

3

AP French Language and Culture

3

FR114/ICS

4

AP French Language and Culture

4

FR223/ICS

4

AP German Language and Culture

3

FL114/ICS

4

AP German Language and Culture

4

FL223/ICS

4

AP Human Geography

3

HI206/HSST

3

AP Italian Language and Culture

3

IT114/ICS

4

AP Italian Language and Culture

4

IT223/ICS

4

AP Japanese Language and Culture

3

FL114/ICS

4

AP Japanese Language and Culture

4

FL223/ICS

4

AP Latin

3

FL114/ICS

4

AP Latin

4

FL223/ICS

4

AP Macroeconomics

3

EC100

3

AP Microeconomics

3

EC110

3

AP Music Theory

3

MT100

3

AP Music Theory

4

MT111/MT113

4

AP Physics 1

3

PY111/PY171/NATL

4

AP Physics 2

3

PY112/PY172/NATL

4

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3

PY152/PY172/NATL

4

AP Physics C: Mechanics

3

PY151/PY171/NATL

4

AP Psychology

3

PS130

3

AP Spanish Language and Culture

3

SP114/ICS

4

AP Spanish Language and Culture

4

SP223/ICS

4

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

3

SP114/ICS

4

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

4

SP223/ICS

4

AP Statistics

3

MA1XX/QR

3

AP Statistics

4

MA130/QR

3

AP United States Government and Politics

3

PO105/USD2

3

AP United States History

3

HI203/HSST/USSD

3

AP World History: Modern

3

HI100/HSST

3

*Codes:  NATL - Natural Science with Lab, QR - Quantitative Reasoning, LIT - Literature, ICS - International Cultures & Structures, FNAR - Creative Arts, USSD - United States Cultural Studies, USD2 - United States Structural Studies, HSST - Historical Studies

College Level Examination Program (CLEP Credits)

Students must be out of High School for at least three years and not attending the traditional day program to qualify for CLEP credit. The following applies to credit for CLEP exams: 

The University grants credit for the College Level Examination Program (General Examinations) on the basis of a minimum score provided the student has not attended secondary school in the past three years. Semester credits may be awarded for each test (as indicated on the chart). In general, credit will be awarded in English and in areas outside the area of major interest of the student. Credits may be applied to elective University Studies requirements. Students are allowed to earn up to 30 credits by successfully completing CLEP exams. Students cannot receive credit for a CLEP exam if they have already attempted the equivalent course. CLEP exams can only be attempted once and cannot be repeated. CLEP credit does not apply towards requirements in the Major.

Exam

Minimum Score Required

MU Equivalent

Credits Awarded

American Literature

50

EN231/232/LIT

6

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

50

English Lit Elective/LIT

3

College Composition

50

IN150/151

3-6

English Literature

50

EN321/322/LIT

6

Humanities

50

HU1XX/LIT

3

Humanities

50

HU1XX/FNAR

3

French Language Level 1

50

FR103/ICS

4

French Language Level 2

62

FR114/ICS

4

Spanish Language Level 1

50

SP103/ICS

4

Spanish Language Level 2

63

SP114/ICS

4

American Government

50

PO105/USD2

3

History of the US I: Early Colonization to 1877

50

HI203/HSST/USSD

3

History of the US II: 1865 to Present

50

HI204/HSST/USSD

3

Macroeconomics

50

EC100

3

Microeconomics

50

EC110

3

Introduction to Psychology

50

PS130

3

Social Sciences and History

50

Social Science Electives

6

Introduction to Sociology

50

SO100

3

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

50

HI201/HSST/ICS

3

Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present

50

HI202HSST//ICS

3

Biology

50

BI102/NATL

4

Calculus

50

MA140/QR

4

Chemistry

50

Physical Science Elective

4

College Algebra

50

MA110/QR

3

College Mathematics

50

MA1XX/QR

3

Natural Sciences

50

Physical/Biological Sciences

6

Introductory Business Law

50

BU260

3

Spreadsheet Applications

50

IS120

3

*Codes:  NATL - Natural Science with Lab, QR - Quantitative Reasoning, LIT - Literature, ICS - International Cultures & Structures, FNAR - Creative Arts, USSD - United States Cultural Studies, USD2 - United States Structural Studies, HSST - Historical Studies

DANTES (DSST)

Millikin gives credit for DANTES Subject Standardized Exams.  Official exam scores must be sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.  Only students who have been out of High School for 3 years and not enrolled in the traditional day program can apply this credit toward a Millikin degree.  No credit can be given for courses in the Major.  Only scores of 400 or higher will be considered for credit.

International Baccalaureate Policy

Millikin University recognizes the International Baccalaureate program and awards six to eight semester credits for each higher level examination score of 5, 6, or 7. Credit will be awarded in general areas depending upon the subject completed by the student. No credit will be awarded for subsidiary exam results. The University Registrar will make final decision regarding acceptance of International Baccalaureate credit.  Exemptions from specific courses will be granted subject to departmental recommendation. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss the possibilities in more detail, please contact the Office of the Registrar (1-800-373-7733 ext. #9) and speak directly with Jason Wickline, Registrar or e-mail at jwickline@millikin.edu.

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 winter 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?

When a student repeats a course at Millikin to replace their prior grade, the second grade received will determine the student’s grade and the credit earned for the course. All course grades will appear on the transcript. A course may be successfully repeated beyond the second attempt to satisfy degree requirements, but credits will not be earned nor will the grade affect the student’s grade point average. The failure of a course beyond the second attempt will negatively affect a student’s grade point average.

A course repeated at an institution other than Millikin does not eliminate the previous grade from being computed in the student’s grade point average. The repeated course will be recorded for zero earned credits, but can be used to satisfy degree requirements. Transfer courses do not affect the overall grade point average.

Repeating of a course(s) will affect academic progress. All repeated courses must be reported to the Office of the Registrar prior to the end of the registration period. Failure to do so may jeopardize a student’s ability to make acceptable progress towards their degree.