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Curriculum and Policy Transition Guide 
Curriculum and Policy Transition Guide [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does the curriculum change affect me?

Are you a student graduating by August 2016?   With limited exceptions, you will not be affected by the curriculum change.

Are you a student following a catalog from 2015-2016 or earlier who will be graduating December 2016 or later?   You will need to revise your graduation plan this Spring to align with new courses and policies that go into effect in Fall 2016. 

Are you a student who will be changing to the 2016-2017 catalog to take advantage of a new academic program?  You will need to revise your graduation plan to follow the requirements in the new catalog.  As these requirements are finalized, they will be published in the draft 2016-2017 Catalog of Courses.  There are pros and cons to changing catalogs. You will have access to advising services throughout Summer 2016 either through your primary advisor or the Office of Student Success.  To officially change catalogs, you must file a change form at the Registrar’s Office after the first day of classes in the Fall 2016 semester.

When can I begin revising my graduation plan?

All new courses require faculty and administrative approval and processing by the Registrar’s Office in order to be published in the Curriculum and Policy Transition Guide. When the courses for your major have been approved and processed, you will be notified via your Fort Lewis College email account to set up a meeting with your advisor.  Additional notifications will be made when courses for your secondary major, minors, and certificates have been approved.   At that time, you can meet again with your advisor or check in via email.

What needs to be revised in my graduation plan?

Here are some general guidelines about what will need to be revised in your graduation plan:

1.  Liberal Arts Core

If you haven’t completed the Liberal Arts Core requirements by August 2016, you will need to fulfill the remaining requirements using the revised list of approved courses published in the Curriculum and Policy Transition Guide. The exception is the Physical Well-Being requirement, which is being deleted for all catalogs beginning in Fall 2016.

2.  Major

If you haven’t completed all of the courses for your major by August 2016, you will need to check the Curriculum and Policy Transition Guide to see if those courses are still being offered or if a substitute in the new curriculum should be taken instead.

If you are majoring in a K-12 or secondary teaching option, you need to schedule your licensure classes in the semesters they are going to be offered in the next two years by the Teacher Education Department.   

You will be required to complete all of the courses or their substitutes listed for your major, but you will not be required to complete a minimum of 40 credits during the curriculum transition.

3. Double majors/Dual degrees

If you are pursuing a double major or dual degree, you must complete 27 discrete credits in each major.  The completion of additional courses may be required to meet the 27 discrete credit requirement.

Beginning in Fall 2016, all students are restricted to two majors.

4.  Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

If you are pursuing a minor or undergraduate certificate,  you must complete 12 discrete credits in the minor from any other minor, major, or undergraduate certificate.  The completion of additional courses may be required to meet the 12 discrete credit requirement.

Beginning in Fall 2016, all students are restricted to two minors.  An undergraduate certificate is counted as a minor for purposes of this policy.

5.  Free electives

You must ensure you are scheduled to take enough free electives to earn a minimum of 120 credits overall and 36 credits in upper-division (300- and 400-level) courses.

Who will help me to revise my graduation plan?

Your primary advisor will help you revise your graduation plan.  The contact information for your primary advisor is listed in your WebOPUS account.  Go to Records > Student Information.

What should Finish in Four! students do?

You will be guided about how to revise your plan for the 2016-2017 academic year prior to registration for Fall 2016.  Revisions for subsequent years will be made after the u.achieve degree planning system has been updated with the new curriculum in Fall 2016.

Where will the requirements I need to fulfill under the curriculum and policy transition be documented?

You will be provided a Curriculum and Policy Transition worksheet to document your progress to graduation under the new curriculum and academic policies and your advisor’s  recommendations for courses for Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017.   If you do not receive a worksheet via email after your advising session, please contact Carol Smith, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, at

Will the college offer the courses when I need them to graduate?

As advisors are working through the Curriculum and Policy Transition worksheets with their students, they are identifying courses that are needed for students to stay on track for graduation and communicating this information to the academic department chairs.

What if the curriculum and policy transition adversely impacts my time to graduation?

You may file an Adverse Impact of Curriculum and Policy Transition petition. The form will be published on the Registrar’s Office website.  The deadline for all petitions to be filed is 4 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2016.

 I have additional questions – who can answer them?

Please email your questions to