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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

 

SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
 

Interim Dean: Vaughn S. Millner (251) 460-6283

E-mail: vmillner@usouthal.edu

FAX: (251) 460-7824
 
School of Continuing Education and Special Programs web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/scesp
 
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services
Developmental Studies
Department of English as a Second Language
International Education
Cooperative Education Program
 
The School of Continuing Education and Special Programs (SCESP) is the primary public service outreach arm for the University. The Mission of the SCESP is to provide and support lifelong educational learning experiences and to serve as an advocate for students along the Greater Gulf Coast as they interact with the global community. This includes providing educational services to individual students as well as to institutional clients. Various formats exist by which the school delivers educational programs to meet its stated mission. Both non-credit and credit programs assist individuals and institutions in meeting their educational objectives.
The Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services provides noncredit courses, conferences and workshops, cultural offerings, lecture series, and special education services projects. Programs are designed to serve the needs of business and industry and enrich the lives of individuals who seek to challenge and stimulate their minds, use leisure time productively and enhance their citizenship skills.
Non-credit course offerings have included courses in a number of areas: conversational languages, supervision and management, computer literacy and application, art, music, literature, secretarial skills, communication, photography and leisure activities.
Continuing Education Units are awarded to individuals attending non-credit courses and other non-credit activities. One CEU is awarded for each ten hours of class contact. Students may receive a certificate indicating that they have completed the course satisfactorily and may request a transcript which includes the non-credit courses, conferences, institutes and workshops they have satisfactorily completed plus the number of CEU’s earned for each non-credit activity.
An undergraduate degree can be earned through the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Adult Degree Program or Interdisciplinary Degree Program. These programs are designed to give students a variety of options in earning a Bachelor’s degree tailored to meet their needs and interests. In addition to offering traditional lecture courses both day and evening, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers an opportunity for students to achieve an online Bachelor's degree in the Interdisciplinary Studies major. These courses are the same as those offered during the day in content, quality, and quantity of work required.
 
WEEKEND COLLEGE
The University of South Alabama offers courses from its regular curriculum on the weekend. These courses are taught by University faculty and are adapted to the weekend format to provide flexible scheduling options for students. The Weekend College program is coordinated through the Dean's office. The scheduling of classes is done by the appropriate departments and colleges.
 
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES/STUDY-RESEARCH-INTERNSHIP-COMMUNITY
SERVICE ABROAD
In keeping with the stated University of South Alabama mission statement, the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs is committed to broadening students' understanding of different cultures and preparing them for the global community in which we live. One of the most successful ways of achieving this global perspective is to study/research/intern abroad for a year, semester or summer. An international academic experience is an enriching experience in which students can immerse themselves in a different culture, apply what they learned in their USA classes, enhance or begin new language/cross-cultural skills and learn lifelong interpersonal skills required in today's global economic environments. While abroad students will also develop an understanding as well as an appreciation of the complexity of cultural, political, environmental, and social issues worldwide which builds on the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in today's global society. Students interested in such opportunities should contact the USA Office of International Education www.southalabama.edu/international to explore additional options that may be available for all majors and minors.
 
DEPARTMENT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Interim Chair: Barry R. Nowlin (251) 460-6263
Associate Professor: Millner
Assistant Professors: Lauderdale, Manders
Academic Advisors: Davis, Goodwin, Harvey
Manager, Assessment: Davis
Interdisciplinary Degree Program Coordinator: Manders
Home Page: www.southalabama.edu/ist
E-mail: kdhurst@usouthal.edu
 
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies provides opportunities for students through two flexible, individually designed interdisciplinary degree programs: the Adult Degree Program (ADP) and the Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP). Weekend College offers University courses during weekend hours.
 
ADULT DEGREE PROGRAM (ADP)
Adult students frequently have unique goals, along with other primary life responsibilities, that necessitate a more flexible approach to the design of learning experiences, the scheduling of classes, and the formulation of a program of study. To meet these needs, the Adult Degree Program offers a major in Interdisciplinary Studies leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate, ADP graduates will be able to
  1. Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning;
  2. Have the ability to think critically and express themselves effectively orally and in writing;
  3. Understand and apply knowledge of adult development personally and professionally;
  4. Appreciate individual and cultural differences and collaborate effectively with colleagues of diverse backgrounds;
  5. Identify and articulate important questions and problems related to their interests, education, and career development, and execute research strategies for discovering viable solutions.
Students applying to the Adult Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see “Admission to the University”) and complete an interview with the ADP counselor. In addition, applicants must be at least twenty-five years of age or fulfill the following definition of an adult learner: someone who has assumed major responsibilities and/or commitments of adulthood (work, family, community), who is operating independently in society, and whose principal identity is other than that of a full-time student.
Each adult student’s individualized, interdisciplinary program of study is planned in consultation with an academic advisor. Students choose one of the following concentrations of study: Administrative Sciences, Applied Arts, Applied Sciences, Community Services, Human Services, Liberal Studies, or Professional Development. All programs of study must consist of a minimum of 128 credit hours including 32 upper-division credit hours earned in residence at USA. Course requirements necessitate that students be enrolled in the program for a minimum of three terms before graduation.
The degree program begins with a required three semester hour foundation course, AIS 101: “Theories and Principles of Adult Learning” for students with fewer than 64 hours of credit. All students are required to take AIS 301: “Adult Learning—Critical Reflections” and must satisfy the University's general education requirements (See “Academic Policies and Procedures”), as follows:
 
General Education Requirements (41 Hours)
Area I - Written Composition
2 courses EH 101, EH 102
6 hrs
Area II - Humanities, Fine Arts, Oral Communication
1 course* from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236
3 hrs
1 course from AIS 120; ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, 242; ARS 101; DRA 110; MUL 101
3 hrs
1 course from CA 110, 211, or 275
3 hrs
1 course from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236; AIS 120; ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, 242; ARS 101; DRA 110; MUL 101; AFR 101; AIS 105, 125; ARS 121, 123, 124, 241, 281; CLA 110; DRA 100, 101, 102, 115, 120, 121, 130, 131, 132, 150, 220, 221, 250; LG (any 100 or 200 level), LGS; MUA 101-300; MUB 101-300; MUE 102, 103, 202, 203; MUO 111-125; PHL 110, 121, 131, 240
3 hrs
Area III - Natural Sciences and Math
2 courses with labs from AN 210/210L; BLY 101/101L, 102/102L, 121/121L, 122/122L; CH 101/101L, 103/103L, 131/131L, 132/132L, 141/141L; GEO 101/101L, 102/102L; GY 111/111L, 112/112L; PH 101/101L, 104/104L, 114/114L, 115/115L, 201/201L, or 202/202L
8 hrs
1 course from MA 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 125, 126, 227, 237, or 238
3 hrs
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
1 course* from HY 101, 102, 135, 136
3 hrs
3 courses from AIS 201; AN 100, 101; ECO 215, 216; GEO 114, 115; PSC 130; PSY 120, 250; SY 109, or 112; HY 101, 102, 135, 136
9 hrs
*As part of the General Education Requirements, students must complete a 6-hour sequence in Literature or History.
 
In addition to the general requirements, each student must complete 15 hours of general competencies, as follows:
General Competencies (15 Hours)
Computer Applications - 1 course from CIS 150, 250; EDM 310, or passing score on CIS Proficiency Exam
3 hrs
Advanced Writing - 1 course from AIS 350; EH 372, 373; MGT 305; CA 220
3 hrs
Statistics - 1 course from AIS 300; BUS 245; PSY 220; ST 210
3 hrs
Adult Development - 1 course from AIS 201, 401; BLY 207; PSY 250, 456; SY 220, 315, or 418
3 hrs
Cultural Diversity - 1 course from AIS 320; AN 100; GEO 115; HY 374; PHL 339; or SY 445
3 hrs
Each student must also complete an individualized 54-hour concentration with at least 30 hours from upper-division courses. The concentration, designed in consultation with an academic advisor, must include at least three disciplines, each of which must be represented by a minimum of 12 credit hours of appropriate course work (6 of which must be upper-division), relevant supporting courses, and a senior project capstone experience (see AIS 380 and 430 course descriptions). The concentration forms part of the graduation plan, which all majors must submit to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies for approval during AIS 301.
A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in all course work undertaken at the University of South Alabama and a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in the concentration are required for graduation.
Qualified ADP students may participate in the University Honors Program (see "Honors Program"). Students with a 3.5 USA GPA and a 3.5 GPA in their concentration are encouraged to apply for IST departmental honors at the beginning of their senior year. To receive department honors, an honors senior project capstone experience must be completed. Contact the IST department for specific honors requirements.
 
INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE PROGRAM (IDP)
The Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP) is designed for traditional students who have educational and career goals that cannot be met through traditional academic majors. In the Interdisciplinary Degree Program students can choose from seven concentrations: Administrative Sciences, Applied Arts, Applied Sciences, Community Services, Human Services, Liberal Studies, or Professional Development, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. All programs of study must consist of a minimum of 128 credit hours including 32 upper-division credit hours earned in residence at USA. Upon completion of the degree, IDP graduates will be able to
  1. Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning;
  2. Have the ability to think critically and express themselves effectively orally and in writing;
  3. Understand and apply knowledge of human development personally and professionally;
  4. Appreciate individual and cultural differences and collaborate effectively with others;
  5. Demonstrate competence in various disciplines that are tailored to their educational and career goals.
Students applying to the Interdisciplinary Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see "Admission to the University") and must complete an interview with the program coordinator. The student's individualized program of study is planned in consultation with the program coordinator or advisor and must be approved by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies during IST 302.
Each student enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Degree Program must satisfy the University's general education requirements, (see "Academic Policies and Procedures"), as follows:
 
General Education Requirements (41 Hours)
Area I - Written Composition
2 courses EH 101, EH 102
6 hrs
Area II - Humanities, Fine Arts, Oral Communication
1 course* from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236
3 hrs
1 course from AIS 120; ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, 242; ARS 101; DRA 110; MUL 101
3 hrs
1 course from CA 110, 211, or 275
3 hrs
1 course from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236; AIS 120; ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, 242; ARS 101; DRA 110; MUL 101; AFR 101; AIS 105, 125; ARS 121, 123, 124, 241, 281; CLA 110; DRA 100, 101, 102, 115, 120, 121, 130, 131, 132, 150, 220, 221, 250; LG (any 100 or 200 level), LGS; MUA 101-300; MUB 101-300; MUE 102, 103, 202, 203; MUO 111-125; PHL 110, 121, 131, 240
3 hrs
Area III - Natural Sciences and Math
2 courses with labs from AN 210/210L; BLY 101/101L, 102/102L, 121/121L, 122/122L; CH 101/101L, 103/103L, 131/131L, 132/132L, 141/141L; GEO 101/101L, 102/102L; GY 111/111L, 112/112L; PH 101/101L, 104/104L, 114/114L, 115/115L, 201/201L, or 202/202L
8 hrs
1 course from MA 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 125, 126, 227, 237, or 238
3 hrs
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
1 course* from HY 101, 102, 135, 136
3 hrs
3 courses from AIS 201; AN 100, 101; ECO 215, 216; GEO 114, 115; PSC 130; PSY 120, 250; SY 109, or 112; HY 101, 102, 135, 136
9 hrs
*As part of the General Education Requirements, students must complete a 6-hour sequence in Literature or History.
 
In addition to the general requirements, each student must complete 15 hours of general competencies, as follows:
General Competencies (15 Hours)
Computer Applications - 1 course from CIS 150, 250; EDM 310, or passing score on CIS Proficiency Exam
3 hrs
Advanced Writing - 1 course from AIS 350; EH 372, 373; MGT 305; CA 220
3 hrs
Statistics - 1 course from AIS 300; BUS 245; PSY 220; ST 210
3 hrs
Human Development - 1 course from AIS 201, 401; BLY 207; PSY 250, 350, 456; SY 220, 315, or 418
3 hrs
Cultural Diversity - 1 course from AIS 320; AN 100; GEO 115; HY 374; PHL 339; or SY 445
3 hrs
Each student must also complete IST 302, a 3 credit hour foundation course taken during the junior year, as well as an individualized 54-hour concentration with at least 30 hours from upper-division courses. The concentration, designed in consultation with an academic advisor, must include at least three disciplines, each of which must be represented by a minimum of 12 credit hours of appropriate course work (6 of which must be upper-division), relevant supporting courses, and a two-semester internship capstone experience (see IST 496 and IST 498 course descriptions).
A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in all coursework undertaken at the University of South Alabama and a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in the concentration are required for graduation.
 
USA INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION/STUDY ABROAD
Students in the Interdisciplinary and Adult Degree programs are encouraged to incorporate international experiences as part of their academic activities. Study, research, and internships as well as service learning and community service abroad are available options. For more information contact the USA Office of International Education, (251) 460-7053, http://www.southalabama.edu/international/, or email: intledu@usouthal.edu
 
PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT
The Interdisciplinary Studies Department provides potential and enrolled USA students with information and advising pertaining to University programs for the assessment of experiential and non-collegiate sponsored learning. The Department is also responsible for the coordination and administration of the prior learning assessment portfolio program.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES TRADITIONAL (IST) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ADULT INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (AIS) COURSES
CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION AND
CONFERENCE SERVICES
Director: Martha M. Matherne (251) 405-9930
Continuing Education Specialists: Laurent Cadden, Catherine Drake, Leigh Patton, Shelley Stephens
Accountant: Patricia B. Miles
Home Page: http://www.usacontinuinged.com
 
Serving as a community outreach arm of the University of South Alabama’s School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, the Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services provides a wide range of noncredit educational opportunities designed to meet the needs of both specialized organizations and individuals. Conveniently located at the Springhill Avenue campus, this Center reaches numerous groups, including business and industry, health care providers, governmental agencies, and individuals seeking personal enrichment or career enhancement.
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, AND CONFERENCES
Programs emphasize education and training for the working professional in the form of seminars, workshops, conferences, and in-house programs. University faculty as well as local and national experts from many fields actively participate in the development and instruction of these programs. Additionally, conferences focusing on specific topics of interest, such as alcohol and drug abuse, are offered annually.
Seminars and workshops are offered on an open-enrollment and an in-house (contract) basis. Open-enrollment programs are designed to meet the training and development needs of a variety of organizations. Program participants are drawn from throughout the region and the nation. In-house (contract) training programs are designed to meet the education and training needs of a specific organization. Services include needs assessment, course development and delivery of training. USA instructional resources travel throughout the country to deliver these programs at sites selected by the contacting organization. Topics include supervision, communication, management, information technology certification training, computer software applications, business and technical writing.
 
SPECIAL COURSES
Special Courses are noncredit, short courses designed with the concept of lifelong learning in mind. Personal enrichment, career development, and general educational enhancement for individuals throughout the community are offered during spring, summer, fall, and winter terms each year. Most courses are held during evening or weekend hours once or twice a week for a period of four to eight weeks.
Topics offered include art, music, dance, health and fitness, languages, cooking, and other fields concerned with improving the quality of life. Several certificate programs are also offered for individuals seeking vocational development in areas such as data processing, paralegal, secretarial, accounting, medical office management, photography, and administrative careers. Academic examination review classes are also offered.
 
PROGRAMS FOR MATURE LEARNERS
Road Scholar is a national residential program designed for individuals of retirement age. Participants’ length of stay is one week during which they take a variety of classes similar to those offered through Special Courses. Educational content is diverse and utilizes both USA faculty and local experts. USA hosts approximately 40 Road Scholar programs annually.
Odyssey USA is a self-managed study program for mature learners in the local community. An Executive Board of elected members provides leadership for issues relating to curriculum development and the operation of the organization.
 

PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

The USA Camps Program has a dual purpose. It manages most camps sponsored by the University of South Alabama and facilitates all non-University camps utilizing USA’s facilities and services.
The goal is to provide educational opportunities for the mental and physical development of young people.
 
HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM
The Hazardous Operations, Safety and Environmental Program serves industry, government and other agencies with state-of-the-art instruction in the handling of hazardous materials and emergency spills, technical rescue and incident command. Much of the training is mandated by federal and state laws and the program follows the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, among others. In working directly with industry and other emergency response groups, training is offered on both an open-enrollment and contract basis that can be tailored to a client's site-specific needs. The program's staff is continuously expanding course offerings to keep clients safe and ahead of emerging regulations.
 
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
The Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services facility has a computer laboratory for workshops and short courses sponsored by the University. It is also available, on a rental basis, to organizations conducting their own training.
 
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES
Chair: Charlotte T. Matthews (251) 460-7155
Assistant Professors: Matthews, Young
Senior Instructors: Bru, Rowe
Instructors: Kingman, Rawls
Academic Advisor: LaDora Howard
Web Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/developmentalstudiesprogram
 
The Mission of the Department of Developmental Studies is to produce courses and instructional support services of excellence that address the needs of students in their preparation for collegiate study and students in transition to the University. The courses and services offered provide students with opportunities to strengthen the basic skills necessary for academic success; to explore career options and preparation; to access campus activities, programs, and services; and to become active participants in the University community.
Credits earned in courses with a DS prefix do not meet degree requirements within the University. The credits earned do carry institutional, non-degree credit and allow students to qualify for financial aid. Grades earned are computed into the overall GPA in most colleges and hours are counted toward classification (sophomore, etc.). Credits earned in courses with a CP, LAS, MTH, or RDG prefix count as free electives.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES (DS) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF LANGUAGE ARTS AND SKILLS (LAS) COURSE
 
DESCRIPTION OF MATHEMATICS FOR COLLEGE (MTH) COURSE
 
CAREER PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Career Planning and Development is a university-wide program offered under the aegis of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs. The career courses are open to all students for credit. There are no prerequisites for CP 250 and 450.
The Career Program is designed to achieve four objectives: (1) to help students begin their academic careers with the skills necessary for college success; (2) to provide occupational exposure to students who plan to enter medicine, dentistry, optometry, or veterinary medicine; (3) to assist students who are uncertain as to a career or a major; and (4) to help students, especially those in the liberal arts, launch their careers by obtaining suitable employment upon graduation, or to help students plan and develop their graduate or professional education.
CP 200, Clinical Observation, is designed to help students achieve the second objective by providing them with actual experience in these health care fields so that they may determine whether or not they are suited for the careers they have chosen.
CP 250, Career Planning and Development, is designed to help students achieve the third objective. Through the use of psychological testing and systematic self evaluation, as well as the study of occupations and occupational trends, students are aided in selecting a suitable career.
CP 450, The Job Campaign, is designed to help students achieve the fourth objective. In this course, emphasis is placed on developing strategies for obtaining suitable positions and making career choices based on decision theory.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF CAREER PLANNING (CP) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF COLLEGE READING (RDG) COURSES
 
UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER
The University Writing Center, located in Alpha Hall East, provides assistance in writing to any member of the University community. The University Writing Center is an instructional facility, not an editing service. The writing consultants focus on teaching the writer, rather than simply fixing the writing. Students and others may receive help with any type of writing task at any stage of the writing process: from idea generation, development, and revision, to grammatical concerns and editing strategies. Most writing consultations take place in the University Writing Center. The consulting schedule varies from semester to semester. More information can be found at the University Writing Center home page: http://www.southalabama.edu/writing, or by calling (251) 460-6480. Online writing assistance is available through Smarthinking.com for students in online courses or those who are unable to schedule an appointment with the Writing Center during normal hours of operation.
 
OFFICE OF STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND RETENTION
Director: Nicole Carr (251) 460-6261
Fax: (251) 460-6575
 
The mission of the Office of Student Academic Success and Retention is to promote student success and retention through a variety of University-wide, student-centered initiatives designed to ease the transition to college, enhance academic performance, and improve retention and graduation rates. Some of these initiatives include the University Writing Center; the Freshman Seminar success course; the Supplemental Instruction Program; the JagSuccess Early Alert Program; summer academic bridge programs; and developmental course work for students who need additional academic preparation in mathematics, English, writing, and college reading before enrolling in college-level classes.
 
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
(English Language Center)
Director: Frank Daugherty, Coordinator
(251) 460-7185; FAX: (251) 460-7201
Instructors: Basque, Daugherty, Gecewicz, Koestner
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/esl
 
The English Language Center provides intensive English-language instruction to individuals whose native language is not English. Matriculation in these courses is limited to international students of the University, to students of the English Language Center and to any resident internationals who wish to take one or more courses as students through the Continuing Education division of the University.
A variety of courses are offered each semester. ESL courses MAY NOT be substituted for EH 101 or 102 requirements. All required ESL composition courses must be completed BEFORE the student may register for EH 101 or 102. Credits earned in the English Language Center will not be acceptable toward meeting degree requirements within the University. However, ESL courses may be counted as part of the 12-hour course load required of F-1 students and may be taken as electives by students wishing to improve their proficiency in English.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) COURSES
 
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Director: Dr. Jim Ellis (251) 460-7053
FAX: (251) 460-6228
E-mail: intledu@usouthal.edu
International Education Coordinator: Ana Burgamy
Home Page: www.southalabama.edu/international
 
The Office of International Education (OIE) is responsible for the coordination, facilitation and oversight of all USA international activity, e.g., education (study) abroad programs and related projects beyond U.S. territorial limits involving University faculty, students or staff. OIE provides leadership and advocacy on behalf of the students, faculty, university, and college objectives and goals for international education and exchanges. All existing or proposed international programs, exchanges, contracts and grants are reviewed and registered with the Office of International Education. The director chairs the University Council on International Education and Scholarship (USACIES), whose members are appointed by the President of the University and charged with disseminating information, developing as well as guiding policy and planning for USA in the international arena. In addition, the Director of International Education works in collaboration with University deans, division heads and directors responsible for curriculum and faculty development. The Office of International Education administers all USA Education Abroad Programs, international cooperation agreements/contracts and advises on university business international travel. The Office of International Education is available for collaboration with local governmental, business and community organizations that foster international cooperation, exchange and understanding. All USA students who plan to participate in a study, research, internship or work abroad opportunity must contact the Office of International Education for information on program advising and approval procedures.
 
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Director, Career Services: Bevley W. Green (251) 460-6188
Associate Director, Cooperative Education and Internship Program:
Holly Woodall (251) 460-6188 Email: hwoodall@usouthal.edu
 
The Cooperative Education/Internship Program enables students to combine classroom studies and paid work experience related to their major field of study. Practical experience is available in industrial, business, governmental, or service organizations.
Undergraduate students may apply at the Career Services Center to enter the Cooperative Education Program when they have completed 12 credit hours, attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or above, and are classified as a full-time student upon commencement of participation in the program; however, engineering students must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above. Prior to the first work experience, engineering students must complete two or three semesters of study for a total of 24 credit hours toward the engineering degree and complete courses MA 125 and MA 126.
Graduate students may apply to enter the Cooperative Education/Internship Program after they are accepted into a graduate program.
Option 1: Alternating Cooperative Education: Students work full-time one semester and attend classes full-time the following semester on a rotating schedule until graduation.
Option 2: Internship: Students work for various lengths of time depending upon the unique needs of the organization providing the experience. Some internships may not be paid; experience is the reward. The option for receiving academic credit for this experience is approved through the department chair or academic advisor.
Option 3: Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows engineering students to gain one year of valuable engineering experience as they pursue their degree. The freshman year is spent as a full-time student at the university. During the sophomore and junior years, the student alternates working full-time for one semester and taking full-time course work the next semester. The student returns to campus full-time for the senior year. This program offers many advantages; interested students should consult with Career Services. Application should be made for admission to the program no later than the end of the second semester of the freshman year.
 



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