Frequently Asked Questions
Who is my adviser?
have two advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences, a professional adviser
and a faculty adviser. The professional
adviser helps with your
overall undergraduate experience; from degree requirements to activities
outside the classroom to lead to graduation.
helps with major
specifics, research/internship opportunities,
getting into grad school, and career possibilities.
How can I be sure to graduate on-time? How do I apply for my degree?
best way to ensure that you are making progress toward completing your degree
is to familiarize yourself with all of your degree requirements. Students
should carefully read the areas of their Undergraduate Catalog pertaining
to university requirements, college requirements
and major requirements. Students
should meet at least once per year with
an Academic Adviser to be sure they understand all requirements for their
degree and to obtain a completed degree program checklist. When you are
within two semesters of graduation, you should meet with an Academic Adviser and request a Graduation Audit. This way, you can
ensure that you have not missed any degree requirements. If a problem is
uncovered, you can make the necessary scheduling plans to fulfill any
requirements you may have overlooked.
you must complete the Undergraduate
Application for Degree form
before the deadline for the semester in which you intend to complete your
remaining degree requirements.
How and when do I register for classes?
full year registration,
allowing students to register for Summer, Fall and Winter semesters all at
once, in March each
year. Consult the Registrar site for information on the Class
Schedule and specific
for classes is done
based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration and is completed through the
university SAIL system.
What is the maximum number of credits I can take?
can enroll in a maximum of 18 credit hours in a Fall, Winter or Summer
semester. To seek permission to exceed the maximum
credits allowed per semester, a student must have earned at least 12 credit
hours at Oakland University and must have a GPA of at least a 2.6.
can stop by our office in 221 Varner Hall
and request an override form if you meet these requirements. The Office of the
Registrar will process the override that will allow you to
register for the additional credits via
How many credits are needed to graduate?
CAS majors require a minimum of 124 credits to complete a degree. Some degrees
will require more than the minimum.
total includes General Education, College of Arts and Sciences Exploratory
Requirement, Major requirements and for many majors elective credit.
What are elective credits?
credits are credits that
are needed in addition to your General
Education, College of
Arts and Sciences, and major requirements to meet
the minimum degree total of 124 credits (for most
majors). Many students
will use these elective credits toward the completion of a minor or
concentration. Others will simply take courses of personal interest or toward graduate school pre-reqs.
of elective credits will vary, depending on the major you select. Your adviser
can help you determine how many electives you will have.
How do I declare/change my major or minor?
of Major/Minor form
and return it to 221 Varner Hall. Some change of majors may require you to
schedule an appointment
to review the degree requirements and receive
a degree program checklist. Please call 248-370-4567 to schedule an
What is General Education and why do I have to take it?
General Education curriculum is required at all accredited U. S. Universities.
General Education programs are designed to introduce all university students to
a broad base of knowledge as well as the analytical and evaluative tools needed
to lead productive and fulfilling lives of leadership and service.
General Education courses
are designed to
enhance these broader based skills and are independent of your degree major.
What are OU's specific General Education requirements?
General Education is made up of 10
requires a minimum of 40 credits.
all students must complete at least one approved course in each of the 10
categories and have a total of 40 credits in General Education.
What is the College Distribution requirement?
College distribution is a set of requirements for all students entering the Oakland University College of Arts and Sciences prior to Fall 2011. It is a core set of requirements for all majors. In the College of Arts and Sciences, these are known as the College Distribution requirements. In general, students seeking the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete 16 additional credits from at least 4 of the 7 areas approved for College Distribution. Students seeking Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees must complete 12 additional credits from at least 3 of the 7 areas approved for College Distribution. Details and restrictions will be explained in the Undergraduate Catalog under the College of Arts and Sciences section or in some cases, under the specific major requirements for your degree.
What is the College Exploratory requirement? (College Exploratory Worksheet)
College of Arts and Sciences exploratory requirement provides students with a
depth and breadth in multi- and interdisciplinary knowledge needed in today’s
complex world. Through concentrated intellectual engagement in disciplines
outside a student’s major, this requirement offers expanded horizons and
progressive challenges to more fully develop the scope of a student’s
understanding, abilities and accomplishments. In
addition to satisfying the university-wide general education requirements, all
students with majors in the College
and Sciences are required to complete at least three courses outside of their
major rubric for a minimum of 12 credits. A student may select these courses
from either of the following:
1. A single
rubric of their choosing (e.g., AH, ENG, SOC, etc.) within the College of Arts
2. A pre-defined
thematic set of courses.
Courses have been identified by faculty in the
College of Arts and Sciences to assist students in selecting courses to satisfy
this requirement.A College of Arts and Science minor or
university double-major also fulfills the College Exploratory requirement.
There are specific degree programs that
are exempt for the College Exploratory requirement, please see an academic
adviser for clarification.
Are there grade point average (G.P.A.) requirements that I should be aware of in order to complete a degree?
G.P.A. requirements can vary depending on the student's major or minor, but
will never be lower than 2.0. Some programs may require a minimum grade
per course or course average higher than
the 2.0. Please refer to your catalog for specific GPA requirements for your
major or minor.
I am a transfer student and am wondering if there are a minimum number of credits I must complete at Oakland University?
OU student must complete at least 32 credits at Oakland University. At least
16 credits must be in the student's elected major and 8 credits in a minor,
in order to receive a degree.
majors or minors may require more than
these minimums. Refer to your Undergraduate
for details on your chosen major.
I want to take classes at another school and transfer them to Oakland University. How do I know if a course will transfer?
the transfer equivalency guides for transfer credit information on
all Michigan community colleges. For transferring courses from Michigan
colleges and universities please refer to Michigan Transfer Network.
should also consult with an Academic Adviser.
Does OU have any restrictions on transfer credits?
there are restrictions on transfer credits for OU students. Students can only
transfer 50% of degree credits
from a community college. In the College of Arts and Sciences that is
generally 62 credits.
Additionally, all OU students must satisfy the
university's residency requirement, which requires them to complete a minimum
of 32 credits and their last 8 credits at Oakland University.
the credits I transfer to Oakland transfer as 4 credit courses?
course you take at another college is worth the number of credits you take it
for. For example, if the course taken
was worth 3 credits, it will transfer as 3 credits.
How do I submit a Transfer Course Review Form?
Go to Oakland
University’s Registrar homepage at Oakland.edu/registrar.
Click on the tab Forms on the left hand side of the page.
Scroll down the page
until you see Transfer Course Review
your NetID and password.
I retake a course at another college, is my grade at Oakland replaced?
order to replace a grade for a course, you must retake the course at
Oakland. We will not replace the grade
if you take the class somewhere else.