Transfer Credit FAQ
Students at an Alabama community college may check the STARS web site (Statewide Articulation Reporting System), which lists the courses available at the community college that may be used toward a particular degree program at a four-year school in the state. The AGSC Transfer Guide (Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee) may be printed and used as a guideline for appropriate courses to take.
If you are attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pensacola Junior College, or Okaloosa-Walton Community College, you may print a list of courses available at your school for transfer to South by visiting the USA Transfer Advising Guides page.
Yes, a bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, and only one-half of your degree can be earned at a two-year school. If your degree requires more than 120 semester hours, then a maximum of 64 semester hours can be used toward that degree.
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Yes, no more than 32 semester hours of credit from Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), credit by exam, correspondence courses, military service courses, and other approved non-collegiate-sponsored programs are allowed.
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As of Fall Semester 1998, South will accept "D" grades from other schools, with the exception of EH 101 and EH 102, Composition I and II. These composition courses require a minimum grade of "C".
Scheduling Classes FAQ
Undergraduate students taking 12 or more semester hours are full-time. Graduate students enrolled in 6 or more semester hours are full-time. Students may need to be full-time to receive financial aid and/or to be covered by insurance. Note: Students receiving scholarship funds must take 15 semester hours each term.
If you have a score of 27 or higher on the English section of the ACT (SAT Verbal of 550 or higher), you will be exempt from EH 101 and may register for EH 102. Students must replace the 3 semester hours for EH 101 with another course if the minimum 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree are not met.
Currently, Advanced Placement (AP) credit will be awarded only for EH 101 with a score of "4" or higher. Official AP scores mailed from the College Entrance Examination Board are required.
College Level Examination (CLEP) credit for EH 101 and 102 will be awarded if a student scores "50" or higher on the College Composition Examination. Six semester hours of credit will be granted. Official CLEP scores mailed from the Educational Testing Service are required.
- The Fall Semester Candidacy Application Deadline is generally the preceding June
- The Spring Semester Candidacy Application Deadline is generally the preceding September
- The Summer Semester Candidacy Application Deadline is generally the preceding March
Candidacy applications are completed in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360).
Teacher Education Candidacy FAQ
- 2.5 Minimum Overall GPA (All work attempted at USA)
- 2.75 Minimum Program GPA (All courses used on the Advising Sheet, including transfer work)
- 2.75 Professional Studies GPA (All courses used in the Professional Studies area, including transfer work)
- 2.75 Minimum Teaching Field GPA (All courses used in the Teaching Field, including transfer work)
Livetext is an online assessment system for students majoring in Education and seeking an Alabama Teaching Certificate. Students in teacher education majors are required to purchase the 3-year license beginning with the first CEPS course containing teacher education standards taken and will continue to use the software throughout their program of study. For more information click here.
Non-Teacher Certification Majors Candidacy (HPELS majors) FAQ
- 2.2 Minimum Overall GPA (All work attempted at USA)
- 2.2 Minimum Major GPA (All courses used in the Concentration-Core, including transfer work)
Students typically complete the internship in the last semester or two of the program. Internships cannot be completed until the student has entered candidacy.
Preparing for Professional or Graduate Programs FAQ
- Get a variety of observation experiences in several settings.
- Learn as much as possible about the work while you observe a professional in your field of choice.
- Learn what is happening in your chosen profession and in the field in general (check out the websites for professional organizations in your major and graduate programs).
- Read the catalog to discover what you will be studying in the professional component of your program.
- Know yourself and what you will enjoy doing for many years to come.
The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test that is required for entry into graduate programs. There are 3 sections: verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing.
The verbal score ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments as does the quantitative score. The analytical writing score is reported from 0 to 6 in half-point increments. The analytical writing section consists of two tasks: a 45-minute “Present Your Perspective on an Issue” task and a 30-minute “Analyze an Argument” task. Students may choose to word process or handwrite their responses. However, score reporting may take up to six weeks if you choose to handwrite the response.
Also, you may call (800) GRE-CALL or log on to the GRE web site for more information.
A number of books about preparing for the GRE may be found at any bookstore; also software is available. The cost of the test is approximately $115. The highest set of scores will be used if the test is repeated.
Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook website, which is based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for employment projections for the next few years. You might also check the web site of the professional organization in your area of interest.