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Alternative Credit and Special Course Arrangement

Alternative Credit

Judson University welcomes students of all ages. Many students bring a depth of knowledge in specific subjects that may have been acquired experientially. Students who have been accepted as Judson University students may convert this learning into University credit on the basis of satisfactory performance on proficiency examinations.

Advanced Placement Tests

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative educational endeavor of secondary schools, Universities, and the University Board. Judson University awards at least three credit hours for a score of three and at least six credit hours for a score of four or higher on tests of the one-year courses. A table listing Judson University courses awarded for satisfactory scores on AP examinations is available in the Registrar's Office. Students should request that AP test scores be sent to the Registrar's Office. Advanced Placement Chart.

College Level Examination Program

Judson University grants credit for satisfactory scores on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests in accordance with American Council on Education's (ACE) recommendation for acceptable score and award of credit hours. A table listing Judson University courses awarded for satisfactory scores on CLEP examinations is available in the Registrar's Office. Students who have previously completed CLEP tests should request that the test scores be sent to the Registrar's Office. Students who are considering a CLEP test should consult with their advisor and the Registrar's Office to ensure the credit would apply to their academic program. Traditional students can find the CLEP approval form on the forms page of the intranet. Credits that are earned through CLEP are pass/fail and will not be calculated into the student’s GPA. Forms are located at the Lindner Center, 2nd floor. CLEP Chart.

International Baccalaureate

In the event that a student has earned an International Baccalaureate diploma, course credit will be granted toward the general education requirements at Judson University to a maximum of 30 semester hours as follows: a course taken at the higher level will be granted 6 semester hours of credit if the grade earned was 5 or higher; a course taken at the subsidiary level will be given 4 semester hours of credit if the grade earned was 5 or higher. Students receiving a grade of 5 or higher for an IB course may consult with their academic advisor to determine if the IB course will act as a transfer course equivalency for a course requirement. If English is taken as a foreign language, the student must still take the English placement test at Judson University to determine class placement.

Challenge Exams

Challenge Exams have been developed by Judson University faculty for some courses. Students should discuss challenge exam options with the appropriate department/division chair.

Alternative Credit Options Limit

No more than 30 hours of alternative credit options may apply to graduation.

Auditing

Students are permitted to audit courses without credit or grade contingent upon permission of the course instructor and the Registrar. Students auditing a course generally attend lectures but are not required to submit coursework or take exams. Audited courses will be recorded on student transcripts with a grade of AU and zero credit hours earned. Students that do not attend at least 60% of the classes will receive a “W” for the course. To change a course from credit to audit, or from audit to credit, students must complete and submit to the Registrar's Office the audit request forms by the Friday of the first week of each semester. Audited courses do not count towards graduation or full-time status. The audit tuition rate will be charged if the audited course creates an overload (over 18 hours) or if the student is at part-time status.

Special Course Arrangements


A maximum of ten hours of "Special Courses Arrangements" may be applied to degree requirements.  A fee will be charged to the student's account in addition to tuition for each special course (see current catalog).  A Petition for Special Course Arrangements must be completed and signed by the student, the sponsoring professor, the advisor, the Department/Division Chair(s) of the course and the major, and the Associate Provost of Academic Curriculum.  The completed petition must be submitted to the Registrar's Office at least one semester prior to the semester the course will be taken. 

 The Petition for Special Course Arrangements is available on MyJudson, or can be picked up in the Registrar's Office. Special Course Arrangements include the following:

  • Readings in the Departmental Field (course number 290/490):
    • The student must be in GOOD standing and have completed one semester at Judson.
    • The course may not serve as a substitute for any major, minor or general education requirement.
    • The student must read 300 pages and submit 10 pages of written work for each semester hour enrolled.
    • An approved reading list must be attached to this petition.
  • Individualized Study of a Regular Course of Offering (same course code as regular course):
    • The sponsoring professor and the student must determine how the course objectives will be attained.
    • The sponsoring professor, the advisor and the student are to give rationale on this petition as to why this course must be taught on an individual basis.  The advisor must explain why the requirement cannot be met by a course substitution or a reading.
  • Directed Research (course number 188/288/388/488):
    • The student must be in GOOD standing and have completed one semester at Judson.
    • The subject may not duplicate that of a regularly offered course.
    • The student must invest a minimum of 45 hours of work for each credit hour approved.
    • The student must attach a typewritten statement to this petition which includes:
      • A title, credit hours, the purpose and scope of the project and a statement of background in the project area.
      • A description of how the project will be conducted.
      • A description of the final product, what it will be and how extensive (regardless of the nature of the project, a paper is usually one component of the final product).
      • A Bibliography.  
  • Independent Study (course number 486):
    • A minimum major GPA of 3.0 when applying and 75 semester hours must be earned before the term of the independent study.
    • The subject may not duplicate a regularly offered course.
    • The student must invest a minimum of 45 hours of work for each credit hour approved.
    • The student must attach a typewritten statement to this petition which includes:
      • A title, credit hours, the purpose and scope of the project and a statement of background in the project area.
      • A description of how the study will be conducted.
      • A description of the final product, what it will be and how extensive (regardless of the nature of the project, a paper is usually on component of the final product).
      • A Bibliography.

Irregular Courses

Courses sometimes do not fit the term calendar, such as summer study tours. Students are billed for such courses when they register for them and they will receive grades and credits at the close of the official grading period following the conclusion of the courses. Students wishing to register for such courses must secure advance approval of the academic advisor and the department/division chair.



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