Academic

This section provides information to specific academic policies and procedures.  Please use the left navagation bar to view specific information.

Recently Adopted

The following Academic Policies were implemented in Spring 2013. The Dean of the College/School must approve any exceptions to these policies and the Deans’ decision is final.

I. Policy on Mandatory First-Year Advising
II.  Policy on Admission to a Major
III.  Policy on Admission into a Restricted Major
IV.  Policy on Admission to a First Minor
V.  Policy on Admission to a Second Major and/or Second Minor
VI.  Policy on Changing a Major
VII.  Policy on Authority of the Registrar
VIII.  Policy on the Sequence of Core Requirements to be Completed by the End of the Sophomore Year

I.  Policy on Mandatory First-Year Advising

All incoming freshmen are required to meet with advisors to discuss and approve course selections prior to registration for their first term of study. All first-year students are required to meet with their advisors to discuss and approve course selections prior to registration for their second and third terms of study. Students who have been admitted to a major will meet with an advisor in the appropriate academic department. Students who have not declared a major will meet with an advisor in the Center for Advising and Student Transitions. Students in special programs will meet with their special program advisor and, if applicable, their faculty or department advisor.

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II.  Policy on Admission to a Major

A student may only receive a degree from the University in the specific major for which the student has formally applied, been admitted, and completed the requirements. Students must apply formally for admission to a major either as part of the process of their admission to the University or subsequently by completing the Application for Admission to a Major/Minor form and following the steps outlined on the form. Students are not required to select and apply for admission to a major when they enter as freshmen; however, they must do so by the time they have earned 60 credit hours.  Students who are transferring to the University having earned an A.A. or an A.S. degree or who are transferring 60 or more credit hours from another institution must apply for and be admitted to a major upon admission to the University.

Students will not be permitted to register in any term subsequent to the term in which they have earned their 60th credit hour without having applied for and been admitted to a major. Students who have not been admitted to a major and have 45-59 credits will be required to meet with an advisor in the Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) prior to registering for a subsequent semester.

When students apply for admission to a major, they will be (1) accepted, (2) conditionally accepted, subject to the satisfactory completion of certain requirements by a specific date, or (3) rejected.  If a student is conditionally accepted, s/he will receive information from the academic department regarding specific requirements that must be fulfilled by a specific date. If a student is rejected from admission to a particular major, s/he should meet with an advisor in the Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) to discuss other major options. (See “Policy on Admission to a Restricted Major”)

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III.  Policy on Admission into a Restricted Major

Some majors have specific requirements for admission and some do not. Students may apply for some majors as an entering freshman; in some majors, students may not apply for admission until later in their studies.

Students who are conditionally accepted may reapply to be accepted if and when they satisfactorily complete the specific requirements by the specific date, as noted in their conditional acceptance.  Students who are rejected or who do not satisfactorily complete the specific requirements by the specific date, as noted in their conditional acceptance, may not apply or reapply for admission to that major.

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IV.  Policy on Admission to a First Minor

A student may only receive a minor from the University in the specific minor for which the student has formally applied, been admitted, and completed the requirements. Students must apply formally for admission to a minor either as part of the process of their admission to the University or subsequently by completing the Application for Admission to a Major/Minor form and following the steps outlined on the form. Students are not required to select and apply for admission to a minor when they enter as freshmen or as a transfer; however, they must do so before they have earned 90 credit hours.

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V.  Policy on Admission to a Second Major and/or Second Minor

Policy regarding the approval of second majors or second minors for all undergraduate students

From time to time, particularly ambitious students may seek to complete their undergraduate degree with more than just one major.  Such students may be approved to apply for admission to a second major or a second minor under the following circumstances:

  • The student presents to their primary academic advisor, compelling reasons, based on educational or career considerations, for adding a second major or minor.
  • The student’s cumulative grade point average meets the requirement of the student’s primary major and is 3.0 (overall and in the major) at a minimum, and the student’s academic record and abilities are judged by the primary advisor to be sufficiently strong to carry the additional academic load with a high probability of success.
  • The student is able to propose an academic plan that will enable completion of the undergraduate degree preferably in four years, but at maximum of five years from point of enrollment at Montclair State through completion, including summer terms, winter terms and semesters in attendance at other higher education institutions.

Students must apply formally for admission to a second major or a second minor either as part of the process of their admission to the University or subsequently by completing the Application for Admission to a Major/Minor form and following the steps outlined on the form. Such approvals must be submitted to the University Registrar before the student can be registered into the second major or a second minor.

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VI.  Policy on Changing a Major

Students may change their majors by completing the Application for Admission to a Major/Minor form and following the steps outlined on the form.  Students who have earned 60 or more credit hours require the approval of their advisors to change their majors.  Students who have earned 90 or more credit hours must demonstrate to their primary advisor that the change will not impede their graduation within preferably four years but at a maximum of five years from point of enrollment at Montclair State through completion including summer terms, winter terms and semesters in attendance at other higher education institutions.

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VII.  Policy on Authority of the Registrar

Only the University Registrar has the authority to record a student’s admission to a major or a minor.  Therefore, once a student is enrolled at the University, all applications, forms and approvals regarding admission to, or change of, majors or minors must be submitted to the Registrar.

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VIII.  Policy on the Sequence of Core Requirements to be Completed by the End of the Sophomore Year

Students entering as freshmen are required to complete certain courses during their first two years of study, as specified below:

Courses to be completed in the first year:

  • Freshman Seminar Requirement
  • ENWR 105 – College Writing I
  • ENWR 106 – College Writing II
  • A mathematics course fulfilling the General Education requirement for the student’s major or prospective major
  • For students who have been admitted to a major, a 100-level course required in the major field of study or required as a prerequisite to the major field of study

Courses to be completed by the end of the second year:

  • All Freshman level writing or math requirements not successfully completed in the first year
  • CMST 101 – Fundamentals of Speech
  • CMPT 109 or 112, or a more advanced Computer Science course required by the student’s major
  • For students who have been admitted to a major, a 200-level course required in the major field of study or required as a prerequisite to the major field of study

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