Recommended by: The Commission on Graduate Studies
Approved by University Council: May 18, 1987
Approved by the President: May 18, 1987
The University's policy in the past has been to prohibit graduate students from counting 4000 level courses toward graduation that are required for undergraduate degrees at Virginia Tech. This change makes the policy more flexible and allows exceptions under certain circumstances.
Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by the University Council (with new language in the policy in all caps):
Whereas, the current policy on the use of 4000 level courses prohibits graduate students from counting courses toward graduation that are required for undergraduate degrees at Virginia Tech, and
Whereas, many academic fields are now so broad as to preclude undergraduate students from taking courseworks in all speciality areas within those fields, and
Whereas, many academic fields are not characterized by a national consensus concerning what is fundamental to an undergraduate major in those fields, and
Whereas, many undergraduates enter certain academic fields from related disciplines bringing with them desirable breadth of background, but may not have taken specific courses required of undergraduates who majored in that field, and
Whereas the graduate advisory committee for each student has the ultimate responsibility for insuring the maintenance of quality standards,
Therefore be it resolved that the policy on the use of 4000 level courses approved for graduate credit as detailed in the graduate catalog be amended as follows:
"NORMALLY courses numbered lower than 4000, or 4000 level courses not approved for graduate credit, may be included on a program as supporting courses. A course required for an undergraduate degree in a given area may not NORMALLY be credited toward a graduate degree in the same area." EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REGULATION ARE GRANTED TO SPECIFIC DEPARTMENTS BY ACTION OF THE GRADUATE COMMISSION. IN THOSE CASES, UP TO 6 SEMESTER HOURS OF 4000 LEVEL COURSES NOT SPECIFICALLY APPROVED FOR GRADUATE CREDIT MAY BE INCLUDED AS PART OF A MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM. DEPARTMENTAL EXCEPTIONS ARE GRANTED IN FIELDS WHERE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN AREAS OF CONCENTRATION OR UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS EXIST IN OTHER COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES OR IN FIELDS WHERE STUDENTS ARE LIKELY TO CHANGE MAJORS AT THE TIME OF ADMISSION TO GRADUATE SCHOOL. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MUST EXPLAIN WHY THE DEPARTMENTAL EXCEPTION APPLIES TO EACH STUDENT.
President's Policy Memorandum