2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Information and Regulations



Freshman Academic Advising

Incoming first-time, first-year students are advised and mentored by one of the Student Success Coordinators throughout their first year on campus. Early in their second fall semester, these students will see the department head of their chosen major for assignment to a new advisor. Students who remain undecided continue to be advised by their Student Success Coordinator until declaring a major.

Transfer Students

Incoming transfer students work with staff in the Student Success Office on their initial student schedule. This office assists in transitioning students to an academic advisor in their major and provides transition support and advising services for transfer students as needed through the first year on campus.

Summer Sessions

The summer sessions of University of the Cumberlands provide an opportunity for students to earn college credit. Nine (9) semester hours per bi-term is the maximum load that an undergraduate student may carry during each summer session. Online summer classes are available both to traditional students and to non-traditional students enrolled in the UCumberlands Online. In addition, during the regular academic year, a few online courses are available during the sixteen-week semester for traditional students within the parameters defined above.

What is the institutional work program?

University of the Cumberlands has limited funds available for on-campus jobs for students who do not qualify for the Federal Work-study Program. This program provides part-time employment in a variety of departments that will create a work schedule built around the academic schedule of the student. The majority of this type of employment is paid at minimum wage rate for each hour worked. Students have the option to enroll in direct deposit to post wages directly to their student account. Checks may be picked up at the Office of Student Accounts Office for those who do not wish to participate in the direct deposit option.

to non-traditional students enrolled in the UCumberlands Online. In addition, during the regular academic year, a few online courses are available during the sixteen-week semester for traditional students within the parameters defined above.

Online Courses

Online summer classes are available both to traditional students and to non-traditional students enrolled in the UCumberlands Online. In addition, during the regular academic year, online courses are available in both the 8- week session as well as the sixteen-week semester for traditional students within the parameters defined below.

During the Fall or Spring semester, students normally must enroll in at least 9 semester hours of in-seat courses to be able to register for 6 semester hours of online coursework.

Courses taught in a blended or hybrid format are NOT considered online courses. Such courses have course activities online but meet in-seat for more than half of the traditional contact time for the credit hours earned. NOTE: Additional course fees may be applicable for online classes.

Force Majeure

The University may be required to shift its classes to an online format, or the University’s administration may consider it necessary to move one or more classes to an online format, as a matter of health and safety or by reason of a force majeure. If a class moves to an online format, in most cases students will be required to continue the class online, make a timely withdrawal under the University’s normal withdrawal policies, or request a grade of “Incomplete” if appropriate. If a class can neither continue in-seat nor be moved online, students will be allowed to withdraw from the course without any academic penalty and receive a full refund. If a student is required to isolate or quarantine, the student may be required to move to online instruction even if the class continues with in-seat instruction. Examples of circumstances considered in the nature of force majeure include fires, earthquakes, floods, windstorms, or other severe weather or “acts of God;” war, riots, or civil unrest; governmental orders, directives, or recommendations related to health or safety; or any similar situation beyond the University’s control. Except as specifically provided above, all withdrawals and refunds will be handled according to the University’s normal policies included in this Catalog.

UCumberlands Online

Purpose Statement

In alignment with the mission of University of the Cumberlands, UCumberlands Online provides online academic programs for students of all backgrounds using modern technology. These programs are designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students who may have obligations that limit or prevent participation in a traditional classroom setting. UCumberlands Online offers associate’s programs, as well as Emphases, majors, and minors in a variety of academic areas.

Program Goals

To efficiently provide online academic programs that are parallel in content and quality to corresponding in-seat programs. To offer accessible and appropriate academic and student support services for online students. To deliver online education in a practical way by utilizing quality training and support for students and faculty. To develop critical thinking and metacognition skills in the online classroom.

Upperclassmen

Upperclassmen may change majors and advisors at any time by stopping by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Registrar’s Office.

Official Notices

All students must respond to official notices issued by administrative officers or staff and instructors, whether these notices be posted on official bulletin boards or sent through the mail or e-mail. Failure to comply with this regulation may lead to disciplinary action.

Semester Hour

The term semester hour or credit hour normally means one hour of recitation or lecture for one semester. Thus, a course meeting three hours per week for a semester would usually have a credit value of three semester hours. For most laboratory courses, two or more hours of lab time are equivalent to one hour of recitation.

Student Class Load

The normal class load for a freshman is 14-16 hours per week. A sophomore, junior, or senior, with a cumulative standing of 3.00 or better, may, after each case has been studied by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, be permitted to carry as many as 21 hours.

Classification of Students

Full-time - A student who is registered for 12 or more hours of work in a semester.

Part-Time - A student who is registered for less than 12 hours in a semester.

Regular - Any student who has met admission requirements and enrolled for a degree credit and is taking 12 or more hours during a semester.

Special - Students who have received a bachelor’s degree, or non-degree students.

Auditing of Courses

A student who wishes to audit, or take courses without credit, must obtain permission of the instructor of the class which they wish to audit and from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The same registration procedure is followed, and the same fees charged as for courses bearing credit. Such students will be required to participate in class activities. No examinations will be given, or credit granted to the auditor. A student who is registered as an auditor may not change to credit status for that semester.

Class Standing

A student must have completed the following hours and credits to receive the specific classifications:

Sophomore 30 semester hours
Junior 60 semester hours
Senior 90 semester hours

Enrollment Status

For financial aid and enrollment verification purposes, your enrollment status is dependent upon your academic level as well as the number of credit hours in which you enroll at University of the Cumberlands.

In determining enrollment status University of the Cumberlands includes all courses taken for credit.

Credits earned by credit-by-exam or courses enrolled as “audit” are excluded from the calculation.

The reported enrollment status for the three enrollment periods (fall, spring and summer) is determined as follows:

Enrolled Credits Enrollment Status

Undergraduate  
12+ Full-time
9 - 11.5 Three-quarter time
6 - 8.5 Half-time
Less than 6 Less than half-time

Grading Systems and Grade Reports

The following grading system is used:

A-Excellent I-Incomplete
B-Good S- Satisfactory (pass)
C-Average W- Withdrew
D-Below Average U- Unsatisfactory (failure)
F-Failure  

Midterm grades are reported for all classes. A grade of “Incomplete” is assigned only in instances where a unit of work is not completed because of verifiable, extenuating circumstances, such as illness, accident, death in the immediate family, etc. This grade may be removed by completion of the specific work missed. Under these conditions, an “I” may not be removed by retaking the course.

The “I” will be entered on the records upon filing a contract between the instructor and the student in the Office for Academic Affairs, with copies of the contract given to each party.

All attempts and grades received are recorded by the registrar on the permanent record (transcript). For purposes of grade point average, only the most recent earned grade is used. Non-punitive grades are not considered earned grades.

Quality Points and Grade Point Average (GPA)

Quality points are earned in the following manner. A grade of:

  • A-results in four quality credits per semester hour in any course.
  • B-results in three quality credits per semester hour in any course.
  • C-results in two quality credits per semester hour in any course.
  • D-results in one quality credit per semester hour in any course.

Thus, a three-hour course taken for a semester, with a grade of A, would yield twelve quality points; with a grade of B, nine quality points; with a grade of C, six quality points; and with a grade of D, three quality points. The GPA for a given term results from the total number of quality points earned divided by the total number of GPA credits attempted.

Academic Standing Policy and Procedures

Maintaining good academic standing is crucial to demonstrating progress and fulfilling the degree requirements of your academic program. Academic standing is evaluated at the end of each term. Undergraduate students must pay special attention to their cumulative grade point average (GPA).

  • Academic Good Standing

Good standing indicates that a student is meeting the minimum academic standard for retention by the University. A student is in academic good standing as long as the student’s GPA is 2.0 or greater. To meet graduation requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

  • Academic Bankruptcy Policy

The University of the Cumberlands Academic Bankruptcy program is a second chance for Undergraduate Students who find themselves in academic difficulty. Any Undergraduate student may petition the Academic Standing Committee to remove any or all grades of D or F, from a single semester on his/her transcript. The course will remain on the academic transcript, but will not be counted in the cumulative grade point average. The grade for this course will then be listed as BR. This may only be done one time for any student. The Academic Standing Committee reserves the right to question any student who petitions for Academic Bankruptcy to determine, if possible, the reasons for the current academic difficulties. If the reasons have not been resolved so as to allow the student a true opportunity to be successful, the committee may use its discretion to determine special regulations and conditions which, in its judgment, would be most beneficial to the applicant. The student may register for a maximum of 15.50 semester hours in the semester following the posting of Academic Bankruptcy. Exceptions to this rule may be discussed with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

*NOTE: ACADEMIC BANKRUPTCY IS APPLICABLE ONLY TO STUDENTS RETURNING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS POLICY IS NOT INTENDED TO PLACE A STUDENT IN A BETTER POSITION FOR ACADEMIC HONORS. HENCE, ALL GRADES WILL BE USED WHEN CALCULATING DEPARTMENTAL AND COLLEGE HONORS.
Revised January 2024

  • Academic Alert

An Academic Alert email is sent to any student whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, but who has not yet attempted at least thirty (30) University of Cumberlands semester credit hours for bachelors programs and fifteen (15) for associates programs. An email is sent to serve as a reminder that continued below-average academic performance may result in Academic Probation. An Academic Alert serves to direct the student toward academic improvement. Students are encouraged to meet with Student Success and go to the Learning Commons for help for academic support.

  • Academic Warning

Academic Warning is intended to inform students making unsatisfactory progress. Students are encouraged to meet with Student Success and go to the Learning Commons for academic support. For a student to be placed on Academic Warning two things must occur. First, the student must have attempted at least 30 UC semester hours. Second, the student’s cumulative GPA has dropped below 2.0. A letter will be sent to the student to inform them that their grades have fallen below the required standard . While on Academic Warning, the student must earn a term GPA of 2.0 or greater. Once student’s cumulative GPA is 2.0 or greater the student will be returned to Academic Good Standing. Academic Warning is posted to the student’s official UC transcript.

  • Academic Probation

Academic probation is posted to a student’s record if a student currently on Academic Warning fails to earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 A letter will be sent to the student to inform them that their grades have fallen below the required standard. Students on academic probation are limited to enrolling in 15 hours per semester. While on Academic Probation, the student must earn a term GPA of 2.0 or greater. Once student’s cumulative GPA is 2.0 or greater the student will be returned to Academic Good Standing. A student’s class enrollments for the subsequent term are not affected by being placed on Academic Probation.

  • Subject to Suspension

Subject to Suspension is posted to a student’s record if a student currently on Academic Probation fails to earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. A letter will be sent to the student to inform them that their grades have fallen below the required standard. Students on Subject to Suspension are limited to enrolling in 15 hours per semester. While on Academic Probation, the student must earn a term GPA of 2.0 or greater. Once the student’s cumulative GPA is 2.0 or greater the student will be returned to Academic Good Standing.

  • Academic Suspension

Academic Suspension is posted to a student’s official record if a student currently on Subject to Suspension fails to earn a term GPA of at least 2.0. The suspension from the university starts at the end of the term the student was placed on suspension. The length of the academic Suspension is three full semesters (i.e., one academic year). The student is eligible to reapply at the end of the suspension period. If readmitted, the student will remain in probation until the GPA rises above 2.0.

  • Appeal

Students who have been suspended from their educational program for the aforementioned academic regulations may appeal in writing using the Appeals Form to the Office of Academic Affairs. The written appeal must be filed by the fifth (5th) business day following the end of the academic semester. The Academic Appeals Committee will review the appeal and gathers information from any relevant parties. The Committee will deliver its recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. After reviewing this recommendation and concurring or amending it, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will inform the student of the disposition of the appeal no later than the seventh (7th) business day following the end of the academic semester. Should a student appeal denied, students course registration will be dropped, without fee.

Readmission: Students must be in good standing in order to be admitted into any program.

Academic Appeals

Both undergraduate and graduate students have the right to challenge a grade. Before filing a formal appeal, the student must discuss the grade with the course instructor and department chair. If discussions with the course instructor and department chair do not lead to a satisfactory conclusion, students may file a formal written appeal with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will forward the appeal to the chair of the Academic Appeals Committee.

This formal written appeal to challenge a grade must be filed by the end of the 4th week of classes in the next regular term following the term in which the course in question was taken. The Academic Appeals Committee then reviews the student’s written appeal and gathers information from the instructor and any other relevant parties. The Committee will deliver its recommendation on the complaint to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. After reviewing this recommendation and concurring or amending it, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will inform the student and instructor of the disposition of the complaint no later than the last day of classes of the term in which the complaint was filed.

Records of all actions regarding academic grade appeals, including their final disposition, are maintained by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Academic Appeals Committee.

Disability Accommodations

University of the Cumberlands accepts students with certified disabilities and provides reasonable accommodations for their certified needs in the classroom, in housing, in food service or in other areas. (Please see the University’s Non- Discrimination Policy on the inside front cover.) Students with disabilities may incur additional costs for services not provided by the University. The University’s obligation to reasonably accommodate any student’s disability ends where the accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the University or where the accommodation in question would fundamentally alter the academic program.

For accommodations to be awarded, a student must submit a completed Accommodations Application form and provide documentation of the disability to the Director of Student Accommodations. Documentation may include copies of accommodation records from a high school or previously attended educational institution, testing results and evaluation by a licensed psychometrician, and/or statements from a physician describing the disability and the necessary restrictions.

When all paperwork is on file, a meeting between the student and the Director will be arranged to discuss possible accommodations before accommodations are formally approved. Students must then meet with the Director at the beginning of each semester before any academic accommodations can be certified for that term. Certifications for other accommodations are normally reviewed annually. All accommodations may be reviewed at any time at the request of the student or the Director of Student Accommodations.

Attendance Policy

Course enrollment and participation will be monitored and verified for all students during the first two weeks of classes. Lack of participation during this time may jeopardize enrollment status. Each student is expected to meet course expectations by completing the coursework required each week. Active participation and staying abreast of the material is essential to success. Program specific attendance policies may still apply. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the authorized agent to consider any exceptions to the above regulations.

Course Cancellation Policy

Every effort is made to deliver the courses listed for a particular Academic term. Some circumstances may be out of the control of the institution that may affect course availability. Some of these issues may include the lack of qualified faculty to teach the course due to changes in health or circumstances, low course enrollment, or other factors. In the event that a course that appears on the Academic Schedule needs to be cancelled, enrolled students will be contacted via email by the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s office will also notify the student’s advisor of this development so they can provide assistance to the student in finding an appropriate substitute.

Repeating a Course

Students may repeat any course. The grade from the most recent attempt will be the grade of record and is the one used in calculating the GPA. In such a case, the previous grade remains on the transcript but is taken out of the cumulative GPA calculation and replaced with most recent grade earned.

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Correspondence Work

University of the Cumberlands does not provide correspondence courses but such credits are accepted by official transcripts from other colleges under certain conditions as follows:

  1. Students are expected to complete approved courses within the dates contracted or contract may be voided.
  2. Not more than 32 of the 120 semester hours required for a degree and not more than one-half of the hours required in any field in general education and not more than 6 hours in the major or minor field may be completed by correspondence and/or extension.
  3. Not more than 12 semester hours of credit may be earned through correspondence during a calendar year.
  4. Credit for correspondence work will not be granted unless the student obtains written permission before enrolling in such work from the Registrar and the head of the major department.
  5. Correspondence credit is recorded only upon receipt of an official transcript in the Office of the Registrar and at the completion of the final examination. Correspondence credit is regarded as a part of the student’s load of the semester or term within which the course is completed; therefore, students enrolled for a full-time program of study shall defer work on all correspondence courses during the term for which they are registered.

Dropping a Course

A student may withdraw from a course with a “W” up until the last day to withdraw listed upon the Academic Calendar as long as another grade has not been previously posted. A “W” has no impact upon a student’s GPA. No student may drop a course after the deadline posted on the Academic Calendar for the appropriate semester or bi-term.

Withdrawing from the University

A student desiring to withdraw from University of the Cumberlands at any time must complete required paperwork and receive permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The withdrawal process normally begins in the Office of Academic Affairs. The following policies and procedures govern withdrawal from the University for the current term.

  1. The permanent record of a student who withdraws from University of the Cumberlands up until the last day to drop a class published on the Academic Calendar for that semester or bi-term will list a mark of “W” for all courses for which another grade has not been previously posted. A “W” carries no grade point penalty.
  2. Students withdrawing after the last day to drop a course for the semester or bi-term will receive a grade as determined by the professor. In many cases this may be an “F.”
  3. The final date of active enrollment (more information below) will be used by the Office of Student Accounts’ Office and the Financial Aid Office to determine any adjustments involving financial aid and financial charges.

Medical/Emergency Withdrawal

Students who must withdraw from classes for medical reasons or because of dire personal circumstances may submit a written request to the Academic Affairs Office as soon as the student intends to stop participating in classes. This request must be supported by a letter from a medical professional or other source supporting the student’s request with specific information on the student’s diagnosis, current condition and continuing treatment requirements, or on the student’s personal emergency that necessitates the withdrawal request. If the medical/emergency withdrawal is granted, the student will receive a grade of “W” in all current classes. NOTE: Normally, partial medical/ emergency withdrawals are not permitted (that is, withdrawal from one or two courses while the student continues in others).

Administrative Withdrawal

A student may be withdrawn from all classes by administrative action based upon:

  1. Disciplinary action against a student confirmed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Affairs, or other university officer.
  2. Failure of the student to confirm enrollment during the enrollment confirmation period at the beginning of a term.
  3. Non-Participation in classes resulting in an active schedule of less than 1 credit hour and the posting of an F or W in other classes.

Determination of Active Enrollment

When the University has determined the date of withdrawal for a student for the current term, this date will be used as the students’ final date of active enrollment. This date is used by the Office of Student Accounts and the Office of Financial Aid to determine the eligibility for any tuition refund and any requirement for return of Financial Aid.

Verification of Enrollment

A student must confirm enrollment at the beginning of each term during the Confirmation of Enrollment period established by the Registrar and published on the Academic Calendar. For in-seat courses, Confirmation of Enrollment normally occurs by attendance in all courses on a student’s schedule at least once during the confirmation period. For on-line courses, Confirmation of Enrollment normally occurs via active participation in a learning activity in all courses during the confirmation period. With the assistance of other offices and all faculty, the Registrar’s Office administers the procedures by which enrollment is confirmed. Failure to confirm enrollment may lead to courses being dropped.

NOTE: Student Aid is not disbursed by the Financial Aid Office until enrollment is verified. A student’s receipt of aid confirms the student’s intent to complete all courses on the schedule for the semester. Once enrollment is confirmed and aid is disbursed, all policies and procedures described elsewhere are followed regarding tuition refund and aid remission should a student choose to drop individual classes or withdraw from all classes.

Academic Leave of Absence from the University

A student may request a temporary leave from their program of study. An official Academic Leave of Absence (ALOA) from the University, which, when granted, permits the student to maintain matriculated status although not in attendance and to resume study without applying for readmission. Students may request an ALOA for a period not to exceed one calendar year (12 consecutive months). An ALOA granted following completion of the appropriate form available from the Office of the Registrar. An ALOA form must include starting and ending dates and the reason for the leave. Please note that there must be a reasonable expectation that the student will return from the ALOA. An ALOA will not be approved for students subject to disqualification or dismissal due to academic deficiencies or disciplinary action. Students on ALOA may not participate in and/or hold leadership positions in a registered University organization or athletic team.

A student who takes an ALOA from the University after the Add/ Drop period of the bi term or the main term will be given a grade of “W” for each course. If the student wishes to take an ALOA after week 7 of the bi term or week 11 of the main term, he/she will be given a grade of “F” for each course unless program specific guidelines apply. In either case, students will be dropped from any future courses for which they may have been registered. The official date of the ALOA is the date the form is received by the Registrar, and this date is used by the Office of Student Accounts to determine the amount of refund due according to University policy. Students receiving financial aid should check with the Financial Aid Office to clarify the effect the ALOA may have upon eligibility and repayment.

A student granted an ALOA is a student that is not in attendance but is not considered to have officially withdrawn from the University. If the student is a Title IV recipient, The Higher Education Act requires the University to calculate a Return to Title IV Funds on all federal financial aid students who are no longer attending their classes. Students who do not intend to finish their studies at University of the Cumberlands must officially go through the University withdrawal process.

Re-admission may be granted when the student informs the Registrar’s Office in writing at least one month prior to their projected re-entry date, and their file has been reviewed by the Registrar. Please note that a personal meeting between the student and university representative from the academic department may be necessary. If a student does not return within one year, the student will need to reapply for admission to the university. Program specific leave of absence policies may still apply.

Other Special Curricula and Programs

University of the Cumberlands continues to develop flexible and innovative academic programs to serve the diverse needs of students.

Advanced Enrollment Program

The Advanced Enrollment Program allows students to take graduate coursework while completing their undergraduate studies. Students admitted into the advanced enrollment program can take no more than one graduate class per bi-term in conjunction with their undergraduate classes during each term of enrollment. Students can complete up to 18 graduate hours in the advanced enrollment program before graduating with their bachelor’s degree.

On-campus students enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours) can enroll at no additional cost up to 18.5 credit hours for a given semester. The graduate coursework cannot be used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements. Students in the Advanced Enrollment Program are not eligible to take more than 18.5 credit hours. Students must be conditionally admitted to their desired masters program to participate in the Advanced Enrollment Program.

Eligibility:

  • Earned senior status (90 credit hours)
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A 3.0 GPA in the major and 70% of the major completed
  • Other admissions criteria as provided on page 15.

Graduate programs eligible for the advanced enrollment program include:

  • Master of Arts, Addiction Studies
  • Master of Arts, Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts, Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science, Artificial Intelligence
  • Master of Science, Coaching and Fitness Leadership
  • Master of Science, Cyber Engineering
  • Master of Science, Data Science
  • Master of Science, Digital Forensics
  • Master of Science, Finance
  • Master of Science, Health & Human Performance
  • Master of Science, Information Technology
  • Master of Science, Justice Administration
  • Master of Science, Project Management
  • Master of Science, Strategic Management
  • Master of Science, Systems Security

Internships

Internships are available in a number of academic areas. Such opportunities allow students to gain hands- on, real-world professional experience while also earning academic credit. A limited number of placements are available during the regular academic year, while others are available during the summer.

INTR 401, 402. Corporate Internship

A full-time residency in the corporate setting; this internship is open to students who wish to earn academic credit for practical work experience and training in areas approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to commencing the internship, students selected for an internship will be required to participate in a workshop/orientation designed to maximize the potential for growth and productivity in the mentor-mentee relationship. Three, six, nine, or twelve semester hours may be earned, depending upon the requirements of the approved internship, and the recommendation of the student’s advisor. May be repeated twice not to exceed a total of fifteen semester hours. Since availability of internships may be limited or may be by application, interested students should contact their academic advisor or department chair for more information.

International Study

Conscious of the global nature of all enterprises today, University of the Cumberlands encourages its students to strongly consider the possibility of an international experience during their tenure in college. University of the Cumberlands provides opportunities through various consortiums offering programs in England, France and Spain. After review by the Academic Dean and Registrar, external programs may be approved for academic credit.

Academic Honors

  • President’s List and Dean’s List

As an incentive to and in recognition of academic excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs publishes the President’s List and the Dean’s List at the end of each semester. Students who have received a failing grade in UC Engage or declared Academic Bankruptcy are not eligible for these recognitions.

Students who are registered for 12 or more semester credits, have no grade of “I”, and attain a minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 3.50 will be eligible for the Dean’s List; those attaining a cumulative scholastic standing of 4.0 will be eligible for the President’s List.

  • Honors Research Program

Honors Research is carried out over a two consecutive semester period within the last two years of college. Six hours are required, three the first semester and three the second semester. Academically exceptional students are offered an opportunity for intensive work in their major fields through advanced independent study or creative activity. Each person who produced a superior piece of research will be designated as “Presidential Scholar” at graduation. To qualify for admission to Honor’s Research, students must be juniors or seniors with minimal grade point standings of 3.30 overall and 3.50 in the major field and must be approved by their major departments as capable of scholarly work. Interested persons are requested to apply through their departmental chairperson.

  • Honor Societies

University of the Cumberlands is proud to have chapters of the following national honor societies on its campus. Acceptance in these societies is based on academic achievement only. Chapters include Phi Alpha Theta, History; Sigma Beta Delta, Business; Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Chemistry; Kappa Delta Pi, Education; Sigma Tau Delta, English; Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish; Beta Beta Beta, Biology; Pi Delta Phi, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Mathematics; Theta Alpha Kappa, Missions & Ministry; Eta Beta Rho, Hebrew; Psi Chi, Psychology; Pi Kappa Delta, Forensics and Debate; Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, Theatre; Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling; Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics.

  • The J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society

Membership in the J.T. Vallandingham (JTV) Honor Society is the highest academic recognition made at University of the Cumberlands. Membership is offered only to those students whose record is marked by consistent exemplary academic performance throughout their undergraduate career. To be eligible for JTV membership, a student must have earned 90 semester hours, with at least 48 hours of credit earned at UC and a cumulative UC GPA of 3.75 (without rounding). A student must also have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA for the first 48 semester hours as an undergraduate, including any transfer hours. AP credits count as hours toward the 90 semester hours required for eligibility, but AP scores are not reviewed in determining GPA performance. In addition, to be eligible, a student may not have any incompletes at the time of review, except in the case of in-progress Presidential Scholar research.