2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Aug 09, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University College

Michael J. Frasciello, Dean
700 University Ave.

About the College

University College (UC), is the home of part-time and summer studies at Syracuse University. UC offers a variety of credit and noncredit classes for part-time students during the fall and spring semesters, and for full-time, part-time, and visiting students during the summer. Part-time students receive Syracuse University degrees upon completion of their academic program.

UC also offers unique and valuable summer programs for high school students, administers educational programs for international students, is actively engaged in the University’s commitment to serving veterans and their families, and enhances the local community through its continuing education and outreach programs. UC serves its constituents throughout their lifespan, engaging a spectrum of people from elementary school students to retired professionals.  It enriches their lives by applying the knowledge and resources of a major university toward community issues and problems. University College acts as a bridge between the academic purposes of Syracuse University and the interests and needs of the community.

Our Mission

The mission of University College is to deliver exceptional support and services to a diverse part-time student population seeking a Syracuse University education. To be an innovator of market-sensitive professional degrees, non-credit programs, and executive education. To act as a connector and catalyst for excellence among the schools and colleges within Syracuse University.

Undergraduate Programs


University College students earning a Syracuse University associate or bachelor’s degree may enroll for 11 or fewer credits each semester. Students have the option of taking day, evening, online, or flexible format classes and have numerous choices in programs of study offered by the academic schools and colleges. Curricula is the same for both part- and full-time undergraduates. Click here for a complete listing of all degree programs available to part-time students.

Available only through University College is an innovative career-focused degree program the Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.). This program of study, available fully online or in a blended  format, and designed specifically for working adults, offers a Syracuse University degree in Creative Leadership, Cybersecurity or Knowledge Management. All B.P.S. programs are expressly designed to prepare students for the demands of the current workplace and job market. An all-University faculty committee oversees the degree programs, including policies and procedures.


Undergraduate certificate programs in Creative Leadership or Knowledge Management, available fully online or in a blended format are offered as an option of the B.P.S. curriculum path. They are designed for working adults seeking an interim credential as they complete the B.P.S. degree or prefer a stand-alone certificate.


Undergraduate minors in Creative Leadership, Knowledge Management, and Project Management are offered to enhance an individual’s degree by preparing students for the demands of the current workplace and job market.

General Regulations

For academic rules and regulations applying to all University students, see the Academic Rules section of this catalog, which also contains special regulations that apply to University College students. The regulations below apply to all students matriculated through University College for the Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees, certificates and minors.

Minimum Requirements for Degree, Certificates and Minors

At least 120 credits of coursework are required for the B.P.S. degrees. To be eligible for graduation, B.P.S. students must attain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses taken at Syracuse University. Students must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 in courses counted toward completion of their program of study.

Minimum Requirements for Certificate

At least 15 credits of coursework are required for the certificates. To be eligible for graduation, certificate students must attain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses taken at Syracuse University. Students must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 in courses counted toward completion of their certificate. Admission requires associate degree or 60 college credits.

Minimum Requirements for Minors

University College minors are open to all Syracuse University undergraduate students in good standing. Minors require a minimum of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be in the 300- to 400-level coursework. No courses may be taken as pass/fail. Students must declare the minor no later than the first semester of junior year. At least 12 upper division credits must be uniquely counted toward the minor. The remaining 6 credits may be shared with the major.

Declaring a Program of Study

B.P.S. students must declare a program of study by the time they have reached junior standing.

Prior Learning Assessment for Bachelor of Professional Studies

Under the guidelines of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), University College recognizes that adult students may bring with them transfer credits from accredited American colleges and universities, credits from approved institutions in other countries, performance in college-level or proficiency examinations and/or prior college-level learning gained from work and life experiences.

A maximum of 30 credits from the combination of advanced credit, prior learning assessment and/or credits earned through nontraditional programs may be applied toward the number of credits required for graduation. These credits may not be applied to the 30-credit residency requirement. A maximum of 12 transfer or other credits may be applied in the program of study.

Student must be matriculated in a BPS program to apply for prior learning assessment by developing a portfolio of prior college-level learning that identifies and documents the learning and how it applies to the individual’s degree program. Further information is available from Office of Online Student Success, 315-443-3256.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students who are matriculated in a B.P.S. degree program can earn up to 90 credits toward the 120 required for graduation through a combination of traditional transfer credit and prior learning assessment. A maximum of 66 lower-division credits may be transferred to an SU degree from a combination of testing programs and two-year college credits. A maximum of 90 credits may be granted from another four-year school. University College accepts a maximum of 12 transfer or other credits in the B.P.S. program of study.

Bachelor of Professional Studies

Associate dean: Ryan O. Williams, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University College, associate teaching professor, Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, 315-443-5753, rywillia@syr.edu

Program Questions, contact University College at 315-443-9378, or email parttime@uc.syr.edu

University College provides part-time students with personalized academic advising, financial aid, registration and bursar services. To find out how you can earn an SU degree part time or to begin by taking a course, attend an Information Session, call for an appointment with an academic advisor (315-443-3261), or e-mail parttime@uc.syr.edu. We’ll get you started on the journey of a lifetime.

(*Matriculation: admission to a degree program. Required for graduation and financial aid.)

Summer Programs

Summer Sessions

  • MAYmester - an intensive, two-week session
  • Six Week First - six weeks (mid-May to late June)
  • Six Week Second - six weeks (early July to mid-August)
  • Eight Week First - eight weeks (early May to early July)
  • Eight Week Second- eight weeks (early July to Mid-August)
  • Combined Session - 12-week session (mid-May to mid-August)

Flex Format Sessions

  • Long - Classes that meet equal to or more than 5 days
  • Short - Classes that meet equal to or less than 4 days

Attending summer sessions enables students to take courses they couldn’t enroll in during other semesters. Additionally, students visiting from other colleges can, with permission from their home school, take courses at SU during the summer and transfer their credits to their own university.

The Summer Course Schedule is available at the beginning of March. Students may also search for classes in MySlice.

Summer College for High School Students

Current high school students have the opportunity to explore potential college majors and academic interests in 60 credit and noncredit pre-college programs and courses from ten of Syracuse University’s schools and colleges. Sessions range from one to six-weeks in length. For more information, contact the Summer College office, at 315-443-5000 or sumcoll@syr.edu, or visit the web site.


Winterlude is a four-week session between fall and spring semesters. All classes are either fully online or off campus, occurring at alternate domestic or international locations.  Taking a Winterlude class provides students the opportunity to take a course they couldn’t enroll in during other semesters. Full-time SU students must receive permission from their home school/college prior to class registration.  Additionally, students visiting from other colleges can, with permission from their home school, take an SU Winterlude class and transfer their credits to their own university. The Winterlude Class Schedule is available in October. Students may also search for classes in MySlice.

For more information, call 315-443-3261 or visit our web site http://winter.syr.edu

English Language Institute

David Lind, Director
700 University Avenue, Suite 207

English Language Institute (ELI) courses are designed for international students and professionals who are interested in short-term or long-term study to improve their English skills. This full-time intensive program is offered through University College. Five levels of Academic English courses are offered. Many of the students have been conditionally admitted to Syracuse University and need to increase their English proficiency before enrolling in a degree program. Completion of the level 4 (high intermediate) course will waive the university’s TOEFL requirement for most undergraduate and some graduate programs.

New this year is the BPS 100 US Academic Culture course. This is an 8-week, 3-credit course designed for incoming first-year international students pursuing an undergraduate degree at an American university. Students will learn important details about American college life and increase their readiness in the academic skills they will be expected to demonstrate when they begin their degree program.

Highly qualified instructors, a great deal of personal attention and intensive exposure to English language instruction enable students to make the necessary progress. Enrollment is limited and admission is by application only. For more information about the ELI, call 315-443-8571, email elimail@syr.edu, or visit the website at eli.syr.edu.

Arthur O. Eve HEOP

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) for part-time students, administered by University College, is designed for first-time college students and transfer students from other opportunity programs. It provides academic and financial support for people of all ages who, because of educational and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college. This is the only HEOP program for students who can study on a part-time basis in New York State.

For more information on the HEOP program, call 315-443-3261 or visit the web site.

University College Honors

University College celebrates the accomplishments of those students who achieve extraordinary success in their studies with the following forms of recognition.

Alpha Sigma Lambda - Matriculated part-time candidates for the bachelor’s degree may be invited to join Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for continuing education students, represented at SU by the Beta Delta chapter. To qualify, part-time students who have earned at least 24 credits, have maintained a 3.2 GPA, and are in the top 10-20% of the class may be selected as initiates.

Dean’s List - Matriculated part-time students enrolled at University College are selected for the dean’s list at the end of the fall or spring semester, if they have enrolled in consecutive semesters with a total of 12 or more credits and earned a 3.4 GPA.

University Honors - Students who achieve superior cumulative GPAs are eligible to receive their degree with University Honors. This honor is based on a minimum of 60 credits of letter-graded classes taken at Syracuse University.

See the current issue of Academic Rules  for a complete statement of University policies and requirements.