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Courses of Unspecified Content or Variable Credit

Variable credit courses are identified by a semester hour designation such as 1-3 (Spec). The maximum hours that a student may earn in a variable credit course to apply toward graduation is the highest number in the semester hour designation for the course (i.e., 3 hours maximum in the example listed above).

Unspecified content courses are defined to be courses in which the student or department is not restricted by the course description in the graduate Bulletin to a specific area or subject matter to be included within the course.

It is up to each graduate advisor to ensure that a student’s authorized program plan has sufficient university-approved coursework to provide the student with a solid grounding in the academic discipline. In order to assist advisors, a list of variable credit and unspecified content courses is given before the course listings of each department.