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Special Studies

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The following is a list of special study opportunities at Quincy University.

Business Certificate Program
In response to the dynamics of today's market place, and to increase options for students in program selection, Quincy University offers a Business Certificate Program. Through this program a student completes requirements for one of the traditional liberal arts or sciences degrees and concurrently completes coursework in accounting, business, and economics. Both the degree and the certificate are indicated on the student's transcript. Students interested in the Business Certificate Program should see p. 57 for details.

Contract Major
For the student with special needs or study interests, the Contract Major provides a custom-designed curriculum. In consultation with faculty advisors and the Dean of Academic Support Services, a student may propose a program that combines the offerings of several programs in a pattern which fits the student's special interests, rather than the definitions of a standard curriculum. The general requirements for graduation remain effective, but major and elective sequences are described in a "contract" approved by the student, chair or dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This description may utilize courses from the regular curricula, along with private and independent study courses and CARE credits. Accredited courses may also be transferred from other colleges, and credit by examination is applicable, according to the regular rules for such transfers and applications. Contracts must conform to interdisciplinary major requirements of the University stated on p. 10.

Directed Studies
Credit may be earned for study projects designed by the student under the direction of a faculty advisor, provided that the design is approved by the appropriate Chair or Dean and that evidence that the design has been realized is provided, usually by presentation of an acceptable research paper and by passing an examination in the area of study. If the addition of such a course causes a student to exceed the ordinary hour-limit of a full-time student, or if it is taken outside the calendar of a regular semester, additional tuition will be charged. To be eligible for a directed studies course, a student must have completed 30 hours of collegiate-level coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Normally, a student may not take more than two courses or six semester hours through directed studies.

Early Exploratory Internship Program
The Early Exploratory Internship Program is a unique Quincy University opportunity for students. Through a combination of state grant funds from the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program of the Board of Education, and the cooperation of businesses and agencies, students can gain pre-professional experience in fields of interest. The program is designed for first and second year students, and like the Field Experience in Education, offers students the chance to explore off-campus business and technical options related to their academic fields. The program allows students a maximum of fifteen hours per week paid employment. A Faculty Advisor coordinates the program, which is open to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher by application. Students must be Illinois residents to participate. See p. 159 for courses. Students may take courses in the INT 180-480 sequence for credit. These courses are designed to make possible better career choices and greater dedication in the classroom as a consequence of an improved sense of direction.

Honors Program
The Honors Program provides an academically challenging course of study which adds an interdisciplinary dimension to a student's major field. Honors students and faculty pursue the University's mission to heighten students' educational experience, to prepare them for leadership, and to build relationships with faculty and each other. The Honors Program promotes academic excellence through critical thinking, original research, exceptional writing, and public presentation of scholarship. It creates a shared experience in an intellectual community and prepares students for a life of service and leadership.

Independent Study
Juniors or seniors who are seriously inconvenienced by the established schedule of curriculum offerings may study courses outside the regular class schedule, provided a faculty member agrees to direct this study. The requirements and assignments of the regular syllabus for the course must be fulfilled to the satisfaction of the study director. If the course causes the student to exceed the 22 ordinary hour limit of a full-time student, or if it is taken outside the calendar of a regular semester, additional tuition will be charged. Students may not take more than four courses or twelve semester hours through independent study during their university career.

Study Abroad
Quincy University encourages qualified students to enrich their education with an international study experience. The Dean of Academic Support Services works with students to select international study programs that meet their interests. International study opportunities are available for all majors. Quincy University has developed several special relationships and opportunities for study abroad. Students who have studied abroad for one full semester will automatically be granted a GCCS (G:) designation, and will not need to take a Global Studies course to complete this requirement.

Although a student does not need a minor to graduate, a student may select a minor or secondary area of emphasis. The minor is worked out with the appropriate faculty or department and must contain at least 18 semester hours unique from the major courses, 12 of which must be at the 200-400 course level and 12 of which must be taken at Quincy University. A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 must be earned in the minor. Any approved minor is indicated on the student's transcript. Declaration of a minor should be filed with the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the junior year (or before completion of 86 semester hours).

These experiences may take a variety of forms but are designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical knowledge about their field of interest in a professional atmosphere. Typically these experiences involve observing and providing assistance to a practicing professional. The work is supervised and evaluated in conjunction with an on-campus coordinator and a designated individual in the agency, institution, or business organization providing the experience. Practicum experiences are normally performed on or in close proximity to the campus and usually are done on a part-time basis while the student is enrolled full time in coursework. One semester hour of academic credit is granted for each 50 hours of field experience.

Many academic disciplines offer the opportunity to do work beyond the regular catalog offerings through special projects and research. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study which must be approved by a faculty advisor and Chair or Dean. In general, research opportunities are only available for junior and seniors.

Summer School
The University offers a range of courses in several summer sessions. Graduate and undergraduate courses are offered and are designed for those who wish to accelerate their course of study, for teachers and other professionals who desire additional training, and for those who may desire to take advantage of the opportunity for cultural and educational advancement during the summer months. A complete schedule of courses offered during the summer session can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar or online at under Registrar.

Teacher Education Program
The University has a long tradition of preparing teachers for elementary and secondary schools. Students seeking certification at the elementary and secondary levels are immersed in the public and parochial school setting beginning with their pre-professional education courses. A professional development school model of instruction onsite in these settings allows prospective teacher candidates to work in K-12 classrooms throughout each semester and gives them the opportunity to observe, mentor, tutor, and provide both small- and large-group instruction in authentic settings. The rich school resources of the entire Quincy Area are available to students for field experience and student teaching assignments. Students seeking certification also have available on campus a reading center which offers excellent clinical experiences for potential teachers. The University offers an Audio-Visual Center and an Instructional Media Center which provide extensive materials and resources.

Teacher candidates are evaluated at benchmarks throughout the teacher education program using outcome-based assessments of both academic and disposition performance. Satisfactory performance on these assessments ensures that all teacher candidates will meet Illinois State Certification Standards. Candidates in the School of Education may be removed from the program as a result of inappropriate disposition(s) at any point in their program.

Three-Year Degree Program
This program option suggests that a degree can be completed in three years by a student utilizing fast-track options such as escrow and Advanced Placement courses as well as CLEP exams. These in combination with heavier course loads, summer school, and proficiency exams can produce a degree in three years. Students interested in this option should contact their faculty advisor.

Special Credits

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In addition to the accredited courses listed in this catalog in the section “Curricula and Courses” (p. 40). Quincy University will accept a combined total of 40 semester hours of credit from nontraditional sources. The following credit opportunities are available.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)
The University participates in the Advanced Placement Program and grants credit for courses in which grades of 4 or 5 have been earned. A grade of 3 is acceptable in some cases. The credit granted varies by department or discipline by score achieved; students should inquire of the Office of the Registrar or Office of Admissions concerning the application of scores to credit hours by subject matter.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The University will grant credit through CLEP in certain general and subject areas to a maximum of 30 semester hours. The University does not accept credit through CLEP for the general examinations in English Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, or Natural Sciences or for subject examinations in any area of English, American, or World Literature. A score in the 50th percentile is the minimum accepted in any discipline but some disciplines require a higher score to receive credit. Students should inquire of the Office of Admissions or the Office of the Registrar regarding what CLEP scores are accepted.

Credit by Examination
Quincy University grants credit for college-level academic competence as proved by acceptable performance in written examinations. Students may petition through the Vice President for Academic Affairs for faculty-prepared proficiency examinations. Credit by examination is not permitted for a course when a student already has earned university credit for more advanced courses in the same area nor after a student has begun classes in the course which the examination is designed to evaluate.

Credit for Academically Related Experience (CARE)
Quincy University grants credit in certain cases for practical or life experiences which can be related to the academic emphasis of a regular curriculum of the University. These experiences may be off-campus but are evaluated by these criteria:

  1. The experience should relate to a regular course or equate with academic experience.
  2. The experience must be verified and documented.
  3. The experience must be one which has produced a recognizable competence in the applicant.
  4. The credit granted for experience is not applicable to residency requirements nor to the 56 hours required at a 4-year institution except for the Professional Degree Programs. See Residency Requirements, p. 10.
  5. The credit must be totally separate from any practicum or internship experience for which credit has been granted.
  6. The limit for CARE credit ordinarily is 12 hours. Petitions for CARE credit are submitted to the Academic Affairs Office. They are then reviewed by the CARE Credit Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs who determine the amount of credit to be granted (normally no more than 3 credits per experience).

Language Placement Tests
Students who test into advanced language courses may petition the Registrar to receive up to 6 hours of lower language course credit after completing the advanced course with a “C” or better.

Military Credit
Students who have been on active duty in the military will be granted three hours of elective physical education credit for their service. Students need to submit valid discharge paperwork from the military to the Registrar’s Office to receive this credit.

Pre-College Credit Programs
The University awards credit for up to 30 hours of coursework at high schools through pre-college, deferred-credit or escrow programs. The student must submit an official college transcript. A grade of “C” or better is required to receive credit.

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Academic standing at Quincy University is based on the student's cumulative grade point average in residence. The grade point average (GPA) is obtained by dividing the total number of quality or grade points by the total number of GPA credit hours completed. Four quality points are given for every hour of "A," three for "B," two for "C," one for "D," and none for "F." (See grading scale, p. 13). The chart below shows the minimum requirements for Good Standing. A student who falls below the level of probationary good standing is subject to suspension from the University.

Year Semester Normal Probation Suspension
1 after 1st 2.00 or above 1.99-1.50 below 1.50
after 2nd 2.00 or above 1.99-1.60 below 1.60
2 after 1st 2.00 or above 1.99-1.70 below 1.70
after 2nd 2.00 or above below 2.00

after 1st

2.00 or above below 2.00
after 2nd 2.00 or above below 2.00
4 after 1st 2.00 or above below 2.00
after 2nd 2.00 or above below 2.00
below 2.00


  1. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to be in normal good standing.
  2. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.0 will be placed either on probationary good standing or on academic suspension according to their cumulative grade point average as indicated by the chart above.
  3. A student who has been placed on academic suspension has the right to appeal citing extenuating circumstances.
  4. Students receiving financial aid through federally-sponsored student-aid programs must maintain satisfactory progress in the course of study they are pursuing. (See Statement of Satisfactory Academic Progress, p. 36.)
  5. Academic standing for transfer students will be based on the number of semesters a student has been enrolled at all colleges/universities the student has attended.
  6. Athletic eligibility is governed by the academic and general requirements of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Bylaws Article XIV, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

New Start Policy

Under this policy, a student who left the University at least two years prior with less than a satisfactory grade point average may begin a new cumulative grade point average upon reentry. The student must petition to be reinstated. The transcript will note "New Start Policy Invoked; Cumulative GPA Restarted, except for selected courses."
The following restrictions apply:

  1. The student may not have attended another institution within the past three years.
  2. All previous Quincy University coursework and grades remain on the transcript.
  3. "D" and "F" work from the previous period must be repeated if required in the new program; "C-" and better coursework may be carried forward and built into the new GPA.
  4. The last grade achieved is used for all repeated courses.
  5. Students exercising a "New Start" option must achieve a 2.0 average for all work counted toward the degree and whatever GPA is required in the major.
  6. A "New Start" can only be approved once and applies to undergraduate coursework only.
  7. There are certain majors that cannot invoke this new start policy, such as education and nursing.

Probationary Good Standing or Suspension

Students in probationary good standing may enroll for no more than 16 semester hours of coursework, and may be required to participate in certain academic support programs as a condition for continuance in class. Students who have been suspended for academic reasons may not apply for admission or readmission to Quincy University for one semester. Suspended students must apply through the Office of Admissions for readmission to Quincy University. The application for readmission will be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for evaluation. A student's campus citizenship will be a factor in determining whether readmittance will be granted. A successful appeal will result in the student being readmitted on probationary good standing.

Students who violate university policies and regulations governing conduct and behavior are subject to probation or suspension or dismissal through action of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Policies addressing student behavior and the review procedure are set forth in the Student Handbook, which is online at

Academic Honors

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Dean's List
At the end of each semester, the University publishes a Dean’s List which names those students whose semester academic averages are 3.5 or higher. Students must be enrolled at QU for at least 12 A-F graded semester hours to be included on the Dean’s List any given semester.

Once each year the Vice President for Academic Affairs selects top ranking students for inclusion in the National Dean’s List, a register of outstanding students from across the nation. To qualify for
nomination, students must have cumulative grade point averages of 3.8 or higher.

Graduation with Honors
Students who maintain cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.4 on all courses completed for a baccalaureate degree are eligible for graduation with honors as follows:

  • Cum Laude - cumulative average 3.40-3.54
  • Magna Cum Laude - cumulative average 3.55-3.74
  • Summa Cum Laude - cumulative average 3.75-4.00

These honor distinctions will be noted on the student’s transcript and the diploma.

Students completing degree requirements after May 2010 must have a minimum Quincy University cumulative GPA of 3.40 to be considered for graduation with honors.

The determination of Graduation with Honors for a student with transferable academic credit will be based on the cumulative grade point average of the total college work at Quincy University and at any previous institution. To be eligible for Graduation with Honors, a transfer student must complete a minimum of 56 credit hours of coursework, graded on A-F scales, from four-year institutions. All graduation requirements must be documented as completed prior to commencement for honors to be announced at commencement.

Students receiving Summa Cum Laude honors are awarded the Bonaventure Award for graduating with highest distinction. Students receiving Cum and Magna Cum Laude honors will receive silver and gold cords, respectively.

Students receiving master or associate degrees are not eligible for graduation with honors.

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