Below are some common Park University terms related to semesters, degrees, and advisers.
Semester, Degree, and Adviser terms
Each student will be assigned a Student Success Coach and a Faculty Advisor
Semester-The period of time in which courses are scheduled. Semesters last approximately 16 weeks. The summer sessions are usually 8 weeks.
Fall 1 and Spring 1 Classes - First 8 weeks of the semester
Fall 2 and Spring 2 Classes - Second 8 weeks of the semester (after break).
Summer Terms - 8 weeks online, or 4 weeks in June face-to-face, or 4 weeks in July face-to-face
Student Success Coach- A member of the Student Success Office who advises students academically and is a point of contact for various campus resources.
Faculty Advisor- A member of the faculty in each major who advises students academically and professionally for internship possibilities, career advice, and suggestions on when to take courses.
Undergraduate Student- Refers to a student who is working toward a bachelor's or undergraduate degree.
Graduate Student- A student who has earned a Bachelor's Degree and is continuing college to earn a Graduate Degree (Masters Degree, Doctorate).
Bachelor of Arts- Usually signifies concentration of studies in science and the humanities - including foreign language, literature, social studies, etc - a four-year program. Requires a minor. Ex. Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, etc.
Bachelor of Fine Art- Usually signifies concentration of visual or performing arts without a foreign language. No minor required. Ex. Interior Design, Graphic Design, etc.
Bachelor of Science- Usually signifies concentration in math, science, technology, etc. without foreign language-a four-year program. Does not require a minor. Ex. Education, Nursing, Business Administration, etc.
Masters Degree- Post bachelor's degree usually involving one or two years of additional study.
Doctorate Degree- Highest academic degree awarded by a college or university for advanced graduate study.
Certificate Programs- Short-term career training programs that are intended to lead to employment upon completion
Major- Subject in which a student takes the greatest concentration of courses.
Minor- Subject in which a student takes the second greatest concentration of courses (usually 18-21 hours).