Apr 20, 2018  
2009-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 

The Undergraduate Experience - Graduation

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Graduation Requirements


To graduate from Eastern Michigan University, a student must earn a bachelor of science degree, a bachelor of arts degree or one of the bachelor’s degrees pertinent to the field of study. To accomplish this, students must fulfill general education requirements; a major of 30-36 hours and a minor of 20-24 hours or a self-contained program of 50-60 hours; and electives to equal the minimum total of 124 college-level credits.

The catalog requirements in effect at the time of a student’s initial registration at a college or University or the requirements of a subsequent catalog, including those in effect at the time of the student’s graduation, may be used to complete graduation requirements. In the event the student does not complete degree requirements within seven years of the date of his/her original registration, the student may be required to have his/her credits re-evaluated by the Office of Records and Registration in keeping with more recent catalog requirements. (See special time requirements in the description of the nursing program.)

Basic Degree Curricula


Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

General education is the core of an undergraduate education. It is general in that it provides students with a comprehensive educational experience and prepares them for study within their major. General education teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively; it provides an introduction to the methodologies and practices of the academic disciplines; it promotes intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. General education is the heart of an EMU education and a source of institutional pride.

Area I: Effective Communication (2 courses/6 credits)

  1. Required course in written composition
    (Each major will also include a writing-intensive course that students must complete as part of their University requirements)
  2. Required course in oral communication

Area II: Quantitative Reasoning (1 course/3 credits)

  1. One course in quantitative reasoning

Area III: Perspectives on a Diverse World (2 courses/6 credits)

  1. One course on global awareness
  2. One course on U.S. diversity

Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines (8 courses/25 credits)

  1. Two courses in arts with different subject codes
  2. Two courses in humanities with different subject codes
  3. Two courses in social sciences with different subject codes
  4. Two courses in natural sciences with different subject codes (one must include a lab component)

Area V: Learning Beyond the Classroom

(Satisfy two of six areas through a combination of experiences and/or courses)

  1. Self and well-being
  2. Community service, citizenship and leadership
  3. Cultural and academic activities and events
  4. Career and professional development
  5. International and multicultural experience
  6. Undergraduate research
Total credits for General Education 40 credits
Minimum credits for academic major 30 credits
Minimum credits for academic minor 20 credits
Credits allowed for electives
(may change with major/minor choice)
34-43 credits
Total minimum credits for graduation 124 credits


Graduation Audit


Students who have completed 95 credit hours or more should request a graduation audit by completing the required form at the Office of Records and Registration, 303 Pierce Hall, or completing the form usually printed in the class schedule book each semester.

The form requires students to record their expected date of graduation, legal name, student number and major(s) and minor(s) elected. In addition, a check list is provided for degree expected and teacher certification expected. Accurate information is essential.

Forms are filed in the Office of Records and Registration and processed according to expected graduation date. A graduation auditor checks the credit hours taken and records the credit hours still needed. One copy of this audit is mailed to the student and another copy is filed. Students should receive their audits a semester before they apply for graduation. A graduation audit does not take the place of regular, thorough advising.

Students may return the forms by mail or in person to Room 303 Pierce Hall. Time is required by the office staff for processing, and immediate responses to requests for information cannot be made at the time of the request.



Commencement at Eastern Michigan University represents the culmination of a student’s academic achievement. It is a time of celebration and reflection for students, families, faculty and staff. It brings together a diverse community to share in the joy of the accomplished goals of students.

The commencement ceremony at Eastern Michigan University serves a dual purpose: to mark a point of accomplishment, thus completing a chapter in the lives of students and those who support them, and to encourage continued pursuit of education and personal fulfillment.

Commencement eligibility includes students who have submitted an application for graduation by the posted deadline (beginning of the semester) for the indicated semester. Commencement ceremonies are held in April and December only. June and August graduates will participate in the December ceremony following their graduation date.

Academic distinction is awarded at graduation to students whose cumulative grade point average merits special recognition. A 3.9-4.0 grade point average is accorded summa cum laude; a 3.7-3.89, magna cum laude; and 3.5-3.69, cum laude on the diploma and permanent transcript record.

Academic Assessment


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), EMU’s regional accrediting body, has mandated that every college and University in the region have a plan for assessing both general education and each existing academic major for all students enrolling in the fall 1995 semester and later. EMU endorses this mandate and believes that the University will benefit by identifying the key skills and concepts that academic programs are developing and how well these skills and concepts are being developed in our students.

Because it is important to assess a representative sample of students, Eastern Michigan University considers involvement in this assessment mandatory for students asked to participate.

In some cases all students will be asked to participate. In other cases where it is impractical to assess all students, a representative sample will be selected. In either case, the above stated requirement will apply.

General education will be assessed through use of the Educational Testing Service’s “Tasks in Critical Thinking.” Between 200-250 students will take this test each year and students who participate in academic assessment activities will be helping Eastern Michigan University continually refine and improve its excellent academic programs and further enhance the reputation of all degrees awarded.

Educational Opportunities


Academic Service-Learning


Academic Service-Learning is a teaching methodology which engages students in community service as a means of helping them gain a deeper understanding of course objectives, acquire new knowledge and engage in civic activity.

The Office of Academic Service-Learning provides a resource center that features journals, books, other publications related to academic service-learning.  Research opportunities are also available for faculty and students.  AS-L Faculty Fellow Seminars are offered each fall and winter.  Over 150 EMU faculty have participated in a semester-long weekly seminar examining academic service-learning theory, implementation and assessment.  For a full list of EMU faculty trained in the ASL Faculty Fellow Seminar, please visit: www.asl.emich.edu

To get involved in Academic Service-Learning, students should contact our office:

  • Office of Academic Service-Learning
    Campus Address: 219 Rackham Hall
    Phone: 734.487.6570
    Web site: www.asl.emich.edu

    Jessica ‘Decky’ Alexander, director
    E-mail: jalexande1@emich.edu

Courses taught at EMU that include a Community Service, Citizenship and Leadership component and can be taken for Gen Ed LBC credit are:

CSIE 177L Groundwater Studies
SPCI 350L Introduction to Cognitive Impairment
SPEI 401L Programming, Methods and Curriculum for Elementary Students with Emotion Impairments
SWRK 350L Generalist Social Work Practice: Organizations and Communications
WGST 230L Conversations with Girls

Sample courses taught at EMU that have included an academic service-learning component in the past are:

ACC546 Public and Nonprofit Nonsector Accounting
ATM255 Apparel Analysis
ATN210 Display Techniques
ATN437 Professional Seminar
BEDU395 Administering Workplace Systems and Technology
BEDU396 Information and Media Administration
BIOL403 Methods for Teaching Secondary Biology
CTAC224 Public Speaking
CTAC225 Listening Behavior
CTAC226 Nonverbal Communication
CTAC227 Interpersonal Communication
CTAC357 Interviewing as Communication
CTAC359 Small Group Communication
CTAC374 Intercultural Communication
CTAC379 Queer Communication
CTAC475 Research in Speech Communication
EDMT330 Institutional Application of Media and Technology
ENGL323 Writing for the Professional World
ENGL408 Writing for Writing Teachers
ENGL409 Teaching English in the Secondary Schools
FIN354 Investments
GEOG/GEOL: Many, all graduate level documenting Historic Structures and Preservation
HIST123 The United States to 1877
HIST124 The United States, 1877 to the Present
HIST317 History and Geography of Spanish America
HIST481 Teaching Methods
HLED380 Psychosocial Concepts of Health Education
HRM430 Seminar in Hospitality Management
IDE420 Studio
JRNL314 Public Relations Writing
LITR260 African American Literature
MATH381 The Teaching of Mathematics K-6
MFG111 Engineering Materials
MGMT202 Business Communications
MGMT386 Organizational Behavior and Theory
MGMT460 Management Skills
MGMT492 Managing World Business Communication
PHIL221 Business Ethics
PHIL223 Medical Ethics
PHIL226/WGST226 Feminist Theory
PHY101 Physical Science in the Arts
SOCL352 Sociology of Education
SOFD328 Schools in a Multicultural Society
SPEI240 Introductory Clinical Experiences in Emotional Impairment
SPEI301 Emotionally Impaired Children and Adolescents
SPEI449 Current Topics in Emotional Impairment
SPGN251 Education of Exceptional Children
SMPI350 Introduction to Mental Retardation
SWRK403 Practice Issues with Women
SWRK420 Working With Aging People
TEDU350 Curriculum in Technology and Vocational Education

The office of Academic Service Learning also has several grant-based Outreach Programs including:

  • Ypsilanti Youth Empowered to Act (YYEA)- YYEA seeks to change the way the youth voice is heard by taking action and promoting engagement and decision making in the community.
  • CrossTown Theatre Troupe- CrossTown Theatre Troupe is a program designed to help stimulate the youth voice through the use of theatre.
  • The B. Side: The Business Side of Youth- The B. Side developes business and professional skills and encourages creative and intelligent risk taking and instills financial independence and community responsibility in youth ages 13-20.

American Humanics


Address: 215 Rackham
Phone: 734.487.1612
Fax: 734.487.8514
E-mail: humanics@emich.edu
Web site: www.americanhumanics.emich.edu

The American Humanics: The Nonprofit Scholars Program at EMU is a place for developing theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The program is part of the American Humanics Inc., a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. To date, American Humanics Inc. is affiliated with more than 18 nonprofit agencies and numerous collaborating professional organizations and foundations, including American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Undergraduate students earn and American Humanics certificate additionally to the bachelor degree. Students earn the certificate by:

  1. Achieving 14 competencies;
  2. Completing 300 hours of field-based experiences at a local nonprofit;
  3. Participating in the American Humanics Student Association;
  4. Attending one American Humanics Management Institute. The American Humanics certificate is provided by American Humanics, Inc. and it is recognized nationwide. The certificate gives students an edge on the job market.

The American Humanics competencies serve as a comprehensive, yet flexible framework to guide students toward certification, while providing nonprofit agencies with a pool of graduates highly qualified for employment. Examples of competencies include: marketing, management, program planning, board/committee development, human resource management and fundraising. There are two ways to achieve the competencies: by completing a portfolio or by enrolling in the interdisciplinary minor in nonprofit administration. The interdisciplinary minor in nonprofit administration is the structured way, while the portfolio is the more independent way to achieve the competencies. The interdisciplinary minor in nonprofit administration is administered by the Department of Political Science.

American Humanics certification provides significant benefits to student. It rewards students who are already volunteering with and working in the community organizations with national recognition, and introduces students who have limited or no community service experiences to the challenging life of nonprofit organizations. Most importantly, the American Humanics certification provides students with a job market advantage and networking opportunities. The nonprofit sector is the fastest growing sector of the economy, for example, in Michigan, every 11th job is in the nonprofit sector. American Humanics graduates are highly sought on the job market to fill in positions such as program directors, fundraisers, human resource directors, volunteer coordinators and other positions. American Humanics graduate have an outstanding record of job placement - nearly 100 percent for those students who complete the requirements.

CSIE Program


Address: 218 Rackham Hall
Phone: 734.487.0281
E-mail: csie.info@emich.edu
Web site: www.emich.edu/csie

Facebook Group: CSIE@EMU

The Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience (CSIE) Program is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The purpose is to increase the number of graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and related majors. The program offers unique integrated clusters of STEM courses called CSIEs, anchored by a one- or two-credit CSIE seminar.

Each CSIE features the following benefits:

  • Deeper exploration of class content related to a common interdisciplinary theme through academic service-learning* (AS-L) experiences which often include community-based research projects;
  • Intensive mentoring and advising by CSIE faculty and program staff to help students plan their academic careers and engage in early research experiences;
  • Opportunity to learn with professionals from local industries, government organizations and non-profit agencies, through shadowing experiences, guest speaker interviews, facility tours, field work and the AS-L experiences;
  • Free book loan program and of subsidized lab manuals and course supplies;
  • Opportunity to satisfy general education requirements for learning beyond the classroom (LBC) through 15 hours of service and/or presenting research at the Undergraduate Symposium or professional meetings or conferences.

CSIE clusters are published each term in the course schedule books and online at the program website and Facebook group. Students can enroll directly through normal registration procedures - no special permissions, restrictions or overrides. Only department-defined skill and course prerequisites apply; no additional academic requirements are mandated for the program. Students do not need a declared STEM major to participate.

Learn more about the program, read examples of previous CSIE clusters, and view upcoming offerings by going to www.emich.edu/csie.

*See The Office of Academic Service Learning for a definition and examples of AS-L experiences.
See General Education to learn about the LBC requirements.
See Undergraduate Symposium to learn about undergraduate research and experiences.

First Year Experience Programs


EMU offers practical, yet innovative, programs for its first-year students to enhance learning experiences in the classroom, increase academic performance, improve student connections to the campus and community and aid in student retention and persistence towards an undergraduate degree.

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)
FIGs are learning communities in which freshmen explore common interests, develop critical thinking skills and build lasting friendships. FIG students take up to three college-level courses with the same peer group. All courses satisfy general education, program or elective credit towards graduation. FIG instructors are experienced in teaching, mentoring and developing the strengths of first year students.

Promoting Academic Success and Survival (PASS)
The PASS program is designed to challenge and support freshmen who fall just below regular admission criteria and addresses issues students face as they transition to college. The program is based on the assumption that students are willing to work hard to succeed and that effective academic programs and teaching methods can bring them to the standards expected of college students. Among the benefits of the PASS program are learning community scheduling, free academic workshops, development of study skills as well as academic monitoring, individualized instruction and advising assistance.

Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities


David L. Clifford Ph.D., director
Address: 203 Boone Hall
Phone: 734.487.0372
Fax: 734.487.0284
Web site:

The Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities is an interdisciplinary applied research unit. It organizes teams of faculty, staff and community partners to carry out research, demonstration projects, technical assistance, consultation, training, assessment and policy analysis and advocacy. The institute executes its mission through its three centers.

The Center for Applied Research (CAR) provides a full range of research services including needs assessments, asset mapping, survey research, program monitoring and evaluation, data collection and analysis, and policy impact analysis. The CAR includes a state-of-the-art computer assisted telephone interviewing facility, the CATI Lab. Director: Peggy Wiencek, M.S., e-mail: peggy.wiencek@emich.edu

The Center for Child and Family Programs (CCFP) focuses on vulnerable children, families and marginalized youth. The CCFP conducts applied research and program evaluation, develops training curricula, provides technical assistance and develops policy recommendations at the local, state and national levels. Director: Valerie Polakow, Ph.D., e-mail: valerie.polakow@emich.edu

The Center for Community Building and Civic Engagement (CCBCE), operationally extends EMU’s mission into the greater community. Through projects such as the HUD Community Outreach Partnership Center and the U.S. Department of Justice capacity building grant, it promotes community capacity building, youth violence reduction and a range of community-University collaborations. Director: Elvia R. Krajewski-Jaime, Ph.D., e-mail: ekrajewski@emich.edu

Celebration of Student Writing


At the end of every fall and winter semester, the approximately 1200 students enrolled in English 121 classes display their written work at the semi-annual Celebration of Student Writing. For the celebration, sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature, students create products representing the research they do in their 121 classes. Students who display their work are joined at the Celebration by EMU faculty and administrators, students from other EMU courses and visitors ranging from prospective EMU students to students in writing courses from other colleges. Attendees wander the room and talk with student authors about their Celebration projects and their research work for the semester.

Diversity in the Curriculum


The Diversity in the Curriculum program promotes the development of a curriculum of inclusion within the colleges, departments and programs of the Division of Academic Affairs at Eastern Michigan University. Our objective is to translate the growing scholarship on diversity and multiculturalism into educational practices that reflect the most constructive aspects of cultural pluralism. Eastern Michigan University is nationally recognized for a high level of diversity in its student population. The purpose of diversity in the curriculum is to ensure that our faculty and staff become characterized by an equally high level of multicultural expertise, as reflected in our curricular offerings and co-curricular services.



Address: 217 Rackham Hall
Phone: 734.487.0227
Web site:

The ElderQuest program provides a welcoming environment for persons 50 years and older and offers the opportunity to fully participate in campus programs and activities. ElderQuest provides leadership in the identification of various pathways into the University community including building University awareness and support for programming and services targeted for the elder population. ElderQuest office staff assists the elder participant in designing an exciting and challenging plan that fits his or her needs. There are many ways that an ElderQuest participant may be involved in University life including: serving as a guest lecture, working part-time on campus, assisting with special campus events, and mentoring students.

Writing Across the Curriculum


Students at EMU experience a coordinated approach to writing instruction that begins in their first year with ENGL 120/ENGL 121, that is supported through workshops and tutoring offered by the University Writing Center and Academic Project Center, and that is continued in their majors with the Writing-Intensive courses that are now a graduation requirement for all students. The Writing Across the Curriculum program provides the outcomes for and assesses the WI courses. It supports faculty members who teach the Writing-Intensive courses as well as faculty who use writing in both their General Education and other major courses. These faculty elect to participate in summer institutes that focus on the teaching of writing in the disciplines. Students benefit directly from these faculty members’ dedication to the development of their critical thinking and communication skills.

University Library


Bruce T. Halle Library

Rachel J. Cheng, University librarian
Address: 955 West Circle Drive
Phone: 734.487.0020 ext. 2200
Fax: 734.484.1151
Web site: www.emich.edu/halle

The Bruce T. Halle Library supports the academic mission of the University through its state-of-the-art services, collections, technologies, facilities and equipment.

The Library is a vital component of the University’s educational mission. It houses more than one million items including books, journal subscriptions, microforms, audio visual materials and U.S. Government Documents. The library has a rapidly growing collection of state-of-the-art electronic indexes and full-text ejournals and ebooks. The library contains special collections of faculty publications, children’s literature, maps, African-American history and also houses the University Archives. These extensive collections are focused to provide strong support for the instructional programs of the University. More information about the library’s collections, hours, and services is available at www.emich.edu/halle.

In addition to its collections, Halle Library provides the campus with venues where people can gather to share ideas and learn including meeting/classrooms, computer labs, a 90-seat auditorium, group study rooms, a TV studio, and the Paradox Café. The Library provides hundreds of public access computers. A unique feature of the Library is the Automated Retrieval Collection (ARC). The ARC’s massive robot cranes locate and move the hundreds of bins that hold more than a half-million books, videos and other items from the Library’s collection. Materials from the ARC can be in your hands within ten minutes.

Materials, including reserved reading materials assigned for use in course work, are checked-in and out on the main floor at the Circulation Desk. The Information Desk is located in the center of the first floor atrium and is the place where all library users may get assistance in using the collections and locating sources. For off-campus class students, the library offers reference assistance and instruction, access to research tools and access to materials. For more information, visit www.emich.edu/halle/offcampusclasses.

Collections on the main floor include the references, legal reference collections and maps. The second floor contains the journals, newspapers, government documents and children’s literature collections and provides space for collaborative study. The third floor contains the circulating book collection and is the Quiet Study Floor.

Librarians offer a comprehensive range of orientation, reference and instructional services and are available to consult with users concerning their information needs, and to assist in developing search strategies and accessing resources. Subject-specialist librarians assist teaching faculty by working with them to design tours and instructional sessions for their classes. Appointments can be scheduled with individual librarians through the Information Services Office (734.487.0020, ext. 2100).

The Academic Projects Center (Halle Room 104), is a new venture offering one-to-one writing, research, and technology assistance for all EMU students. The APC is a collaboration between the University Library, Academic Technology and Computing Services, the University Writing Center, and the Writing Across the Curriculum and First Year Writing Programs. The APC offers point-of-need help with research, writing, and technology to students working on research papers and other academic projects. University Writing Center consultants, Halle Librarians, and technologists work together in the center to provide project-oriented support.

Division of Information Technology


To learn more about all the technology services provided for students, faculty and staff, please visit the Division of Information Technology web site at http://it.emich.edu/

Computers on Campus
Lab locations:

Morell D. Boone Computing Commons
Address: G07 Bruce T. Halle Library
Phone: 734.487.2121

Multimedia Commons
Address: Bruce T. Halle Library, first floor
Phone: 734.487.2687

Computer Lab
Address: 2nd Floor Student Center Union
Phone: 734.487.1365

Owen Computing Lab
Address: 101 Owen Building
Phone: 734.487.2241

Pray-Harrold Computing Lab
Address: 327 Pray-Harrold
Phone: 734.487.3271

Some of the colleges and departments have specialty labs available for different uses. Your professor will tell you about using these specialty labs. If you would like to know more visit the web site of your specific college or department.

Division of Information Technology Computer Help Desk

Address: 106 Halle Library
Phone: 734.487.2120
Web site: http://it.emich.edu/

The Division of Information Technology Computer Help Desk can assist with problems accessing EMU’s Internet-based resources such as my.emich or the residence hall network (ResNet). Check the Division of Information Technology Help Desk web site for more information on protecting your computer from viruses and other malicious programs.

my.emich Portal Account

my.emich is Eastern Michigan University’s personal portal. It is a common form of communication with EMU. This secure site provides students, faculty and staff with world-class intranet and Internet services including a 20 MB e-mail account and calendar. It is where you can check e-mail, access EMU’s Web, register for classes and check your grades. For complete information on setting up your account, visit the my.emich web site at: http://my.emich.edu and click on “How Do I Get my user name and password.”

EMU Computer Store

Address: EMU Student Center, Room 101a
Phone: 734.487.2400
Web site: www.emich.edu/computerstore

Eastern Michigan University’s Computer Store is the location for students, faculty and staff to purchase computers, software, and related products at an educational discount. The Division of Information Technology Computer Store web site provides information on hardware, software, special promotions and details about the computer refresh program.


ResNet is Eastern Michigan University’s residence hall network service. ResNet uses dedicated Ethernet wiring to connect students to the University network and the Internet, and works much like DSL or cable modem. Service is provided free of charge to students living in University Housing residence halls.

Advantages of ResNet: ResNet is convenient; it requires no modem or phone line to connect; it is fast; and ResNet is a 10Mbit/sec Ethernet network.

To sign up for ResNet, after you arrive on campus, plug in and go through the simple registration process. For more detailed information about ResNet, visit the Division of Information Technology web site at http://it.emich.edu/.

Wireless Networking

Wireless networking is available to students, faculty and staff in select locations on campus. Wireless networking allows anyone with a wireless compatible laptop computer, and a my.emich user name and password, to connect to the campus network without being “plugged in.” For more details about the EMU Wireless network and responses to frequently asked questions, visit the Division of Information Technology web site at http://it.emich.edu/wireless/.