Frequently Asked Questions
From Current TCOM Students
many hours are needed for graduation?
A minimum of 122 credit hours is required for graduation.
At least 40 hours of the total 122 hours must be completed
at the 3000/4000 level, and the last 30 hours must be completed
at BGSU. Apply for graduation in the School of Communication
Studies office, 302 West Hall, by the end of the second week
of the semester in which you plan to graduate.
is a Junior Audit?
A Junior Audit is required for graduation. The audit is a
review of the courses you have completed and are currently
taking. You initiate the Junior Audit during your Junior year
(60 credit hours) by completing your major check sheet and
submitting it to your Faculty Advisor
for review and a signature. The audit is then forwarded to
the College Office
for review by a College Advisor. A detailed letter will be
prepared informing you exactly what requirements you must
complete to earn your degree. This letter will be sent to
the address listed on the audit form as well as to the the
School of Communication Studies office.
do I drop a course?
First seven days of the semester: Use your online registration
account. After the first week, you must complete a Drop/Add
form in the School of Communication Studies Office, 302 West
Hall. Take the form to the instructor for his/her signature.
The instructor will mark it "WP" (withdraw pass)or "WF" (withdraw
fail) according to your standing in the class. If you are
dropping all of your classes you will need to meet with a
College Advisor and file an "Official Withdrawal" form with
the College Office.
courses may I take S/U (commonly called pass/fail)?
You may take up to 16 credit hours S/U. You may not take any classes required for your major S/U.
The 16 hours does not include those courses, which are only offered S/U. To receive an "S" in a course
you must attain a "C" or better to constitute a passing grade.
I take a course at a local college during the summer
& transfer the credits to BGSU?
Yes. Prior to doing so, check with the Transfer Credit Evaluation
Office within the Office
of Registration and Records for information about the
proper procedure to follow. Remember, if you are within your
last 30 hours at BGSU, these credits must be earned at BGSU.
do I obtain permission to register for more than 18
Permission for any overload must be obtained from the College
Office. Course registration in excess of 18 hours may
carry extra fees. Consult the Bursar's
Office for specific charges.
penalty is there for taking English 112 late in my program
If you take English 1120 after you have reached Junior
standing (60 credit hours), three credit hours are added
to the 122 hours needed for graduation. If you take
English 1120 after you have reached Senior standing (90
credit hours), four credit hours are added to the 122
hours needed for graduation.
happens if I take a 100 level course as a Senior?
If a Senior takes a course numbered 100-199 (except foreign language or computer science),
an additional hour will be added to the 122 hours needed for graduation.
happens if I get a "D" or "F" in a course?
The grade of "D" is a passing grade. You may elect to
retake the course. Some departments, such as Mathematics,
require a "C" to better to advance in sequence. There
are certain rules that must be fulfilled in retaking
the course. Refer to the "Retaking a Course" section
in the Undergraduate
Catalog for further information. You must receive
a "C" or better in all TCOM classes.
it possible to receive a "WF" in a course for which
I have registered S/U?
Yes. If you stop attending the course without following proper procedures to drop the course or to withdrawal from
the University, your instructor may assign you a "WF". A "WF" is calculated as an "F" on your GPA.
The grade of "WF" may also be assigned in the following four circumstances:
- If a student is failing at the time of withdrawal from a course prior to the "WP" deadline.
- If a student withdraws after the "WP" deadline has passed.
- If a student stops attending but does not process an official withdrawal.
- If a student has never attended class but does not officially withdraw from it.
do I remove an Incomplete?
The mark of "INC" (incomplete) is given when, for
some acceptable reason, a student fails to meet a definite
requirement in a course as established by the instructor.
The mark of "INC" may be removed and a grade (if
taken for a grade) or the letter "S" (if taken "S/U")
may be substituted for it by a student making up the deficiencies
to the satisfaction of the instructor. Unless an extension
of time is granted by the academic dean, a mark of "INC"
must be removed by March 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1 for the fall
and spring semesters and summer session, respectively. For
taken "S/U", any mark of "INC" not removed
by these deadlines will change to "U." For courses
taken for a letter grade, any mark of "INC" not
removed by these deadlines will change to "I" and
be calculated as "F" in the cumulative grade point
averages of all undergraduate students, with or without an
extension of time. The student who has been granted an extension,
however, will have the opportunity to have his or her grade
point average recalculated and the "I" changed to
the grade assigned.
do I need to do before the "WP" deadline?
CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE! Get a printed copy at the Office
of Registration and Records. Check for specific classes,
making sure you are registered for the section you are attending
(M001, M002, etc.). Check your grading option and number of
hours, as corrections must be made before the "WP" deadline.
there any scholarships available through the College
of Arts and Sciences?
A variety of scholarships are available. The Office of Student
Financial Aid publishes a guidebook each spring. The College
Office has an application process that occurs each year
during the month of February. The TCOM department has scholarships
available to TCOM majors.
does the wait list process work?
The Department of Telecommunications follows the university online registration wait list procedures. If the class is full, you can sign up for the wait list online. It will be processed and it helps us to determine if we can offer additional sections. If no additional section is offered, then the department will base on the wait-listed students' needs in determining who gets enrolled. Students will be notified if there is an opening available and they will be enrolled in the class.
do you change your major to TCOM?
If you are a student in the college of Arts and Sciences,
you must go to 205 Administration Building and fill out a
"Major Change Request Form." Check with your individual
college to find out further procedures.