Fine & Performing Arts Music Education
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COLLEGE: Fine & Performing Arts
MAJOR: Music Education
DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Music Education
HOURS REQUIRED: 120
MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation
MINOR AVAILABLE: No
ADVISOR: Robert Woody
Director: John W. Richmond, 120 Westbrook Music Building
Professors: Nierman, Woody
Associate Professors: Fuelberth, Moore
Associate Professor of Practice: Bazan
Students wanting to teach music in K-12 schools should pursue a bachelor of music education degree. This degree leads to an endorsement (certification) in vocal and instrumental music.
Degree at a Glance
ACE Outcome 6 must be MUED 244
ACE Outcome 7 must be MUSC 160
ACE Outcome 9 must be MUSC 280
ACE Outcome 10 must be MUED 403
Any 3-credit course that is not from music or education.
Professional and Music Education Requirements41
Music K-12 Endorsement Requirements27
Total Hours Required for Graduation120
MAJOR DEPARTMENT ADMISSION
A performance audition is required for acceptance as music education major. Auditions are generally held in January and February. The Glenn Korff School of Music should be contacted for audition dates and other details.
A three-year sequence of courses called the Music Core Curriculum is at the heart of the School of Music instructional program. Music Core Curriculum courses may not be taken for a Pass/No Pass grade.
The first year of study provides, within a comprehensive framework, a foundation for the successful study of music in an academic environment. Courses include an historical overview and concentrate on music fundamentals, keyboard and aural skills, and conducting. Courses are taken concurrently in each of two semesters beginning with the fall semester.
BME Music Education
MUSC 64 Senior Assessment in Music0
MUSC 131 Keyboard Skills I1
MUSC 132 Keyboard Skills II1
MUSC 160 Music as Art, Discipline, & Profession3
MUSC 165 Musicianship I3
MUSC 165A Musicianship I Lab1
MUSC 166 Musicianship II3
MUSC 166A Musicianship II Lab1
MUSC 265 Musicianship III3
MUSC 265A Musicianship III Lab1
MUSC 266 Musicianship IV3
MUSC 266A Musicianship IV Lab1
MUSC 274 Beginning Conducting1
MUSC 365 Music History & Literature I3
MUSC 366 Music History & Literature II3
MUSR 68 Recital Attendance (7 semesters)0
Specific Major Requirements
NOTE: Students preparing for teaching careers will enroll in the following professional courses. Careful planning for the sequencing of these courses is of utmost importance. Students must consult their advisor regularly to be sure their programs are properly scheduled.
See below for additional teacher certification information.
Professional and Music Education Requirements41
MUED 201 Introduction to Music Education2
MUED 244 Music Learning & Development3
MUED 297 Professional Practicum Experience1
Admission to the Music Teacher Education Endorsement Program is required prior to the following:
MUED 343 Music Composition Methods2
MUED 344 General Music Methods3
MUED 345 Instrumental Music Methods3
MUED 346 Choral Music Methods3
MUED 374 Advanced Conducting3
MUED 397A Practicum Experience: General Music1
MUED 401 Advanced Methods in Music Education3
MUED 403 Student Teaching Seminar3
MUED 470 Music & Special Education3
Music K-12 Endorsement Requirements27
MUAP Applied Area (2 credits each semester)12
Diction and Literature (voice emphasis) Select two from:0
MUSC 25 English & Italian Diction & Literature (0 hr)
MUSC 26 German Diction & Literature
MUSC 27 French Diction & Literature
MUDC Ensembles (see School of Music Handbook)7
MUSR 90 Sophomore or Junior Recital in Applied Music0
(Music education students cannot present student recitals during student teaching.)
ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Requirements for Continuing Study Toward a Music Degree
Music education majors are required to demonstrate adequate skills in applied music, functional keyboard, theory and sight singing before they may continue toward the completion of a degree. The following prerequisites are in place to secure this requirement.
Applied Music–Upper Divisional Qualifying Jury
Music majors must pass the Upper Divisional Qualifying Jury (UDQJ) to be admitted into 300-level applied music. The UDQJ is usually taken in the fourth semester of applied study.
Part I – Basic Skills
Faculty evaluate the student’s minimal capabilities, including the ability to sight read and perform scales and arpeggios, to determine if the student may continue as a music major.
Part II - Musicianship
Faculty evaluate the student’s performance to determine if the student may continue as a music major.
The UDQJ is judged Pass/No Pass, with pass meaning that the student’s basic musical skills and musicianship are judged to be at least minimal for his/her instrument. The jury members in each area will use a general consensus approach in determining Pass/No Pass. A no pass on the UDQJ will indicate an interpretation by the faculty that the student has not completed the requirements for the Upper Divisional Qualifying Jury, resulting in a formal grade of incomplete. The student then has two additional juries to remove the incomplete. The student may continue to register for applied study at the 200 level for a maximum of two semesters until the incomplete is removed. After one year, the incomplete will expire, causing the grade to revert to a D or F. If the student passes the re-take before the beginning of the 2nd week of classes, he/she will be permitted to register for 300-level applied music courses for that semester.
NOTE: A re-examination will be scheduled only during the first week of classes following a semester in which the UDQJ was failed or during regular scheduled jury times at the end of a semester.
The status of music major is provisional, pending a satisfactory completion of the UDQJ. The result of the UDQJ is validated on the UDQJ JURY form with faculty signatures, and filed in the music office.
C- and D Grades
Students must earn grades of C or better in these courses. Any course in which a student earns a grade of C- or below must be repeated in order to count toward the requirement.
Pass No/Pass Limits
All courses taken to fulfill music major or minor requirements must be taken for a grade (except those only offered as Pass/No Pass).
Extended Education, Independent Study Rules, Internship Credit Rules, Transfer Credit used in Major Requirements
The following will be used by advisors as guidelines for the evaluation of transfer credits that are less than five years old:
- If a transfer student has successfully completed (grade C or above) approved transfer credits that are equivalent to NU area requirements in terms of number of credit hours and scope of content, that area will be considered completed at the discretion of the chief degree program advisor.
- For approved transfer credits which are lacking equivalency in either number of credit hours, scope of content, or grade received to NU area requirements in applied music, music theory, sight singing/aural skills, and keyboard skills, the number of transfer credits accepted and placement in the NU area will be determined by audition/proficiency tests administered by designated area faculty.
- For approved transfer credits that are lacking equivalency in other music areas (history and ensembles) the number of transfer credits accepted will be determined by the chief degree program advisor.
All music course work that is more than five years old must be validated by an audition or competency examination given by designated area faculty.
Music Ensembles for Degree Credit (MUDC) are exclusively for music majors and minors to fulfill major and minor degree requirements. Music Ensembles for Elective Credit Only (MUCO) are for all other students, and music majors and minors who register for more than one ensemble per semester. All students (full-time music majors, music minors, students registered for applied music, and students with majors or minor outside music) participating in an ensemble in a given semester must register for a minimum of 1 MUDC or MUCO credit. Students participating in more than one ensemble during the same semester may register for zero credit for the additional ensemble(s) using a MUCO ensemble number. All students who do not take applied lessons for credit in a given semester and are in an ensemble must register for the ensemble MUDC or MUCO for credit. No zero credit enrollment will be allowed for such students. Ensemble registrations may be repeated for credit. Ensembles taken in excess of degree requirements will only count as electives.
First Year/First Semester Student Ensemble Registration Policy
- All string majors must register for Symphony Orchestra (MUDC 247).
- All wind and percussion majors must register for Symphonic Band (MUDC 248B or MUCO 248B) or UNL Jazz Orchestra (MUDC 253A or MUCO 253A).
- All voice majors and all piano, organ, guitar, harp, harpsichord, and composition majors must register for Varsity Choir (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).
- All music minors (any applied emphasis) registered for applied music must register for an applied related ensemble (Group I, IA, or II) selected from the List of Approved Ensembles.
Requirements for Majors
Every full-time music major (12 credit hours or more) enrolled in applied music lessons must perform in an ensemble from the List of Approved Ensembles (BA/BM keyboard and guitar players may also use MUDC 440A, MUDC 440B, or MUDC 352) each semester. Students who have not fulfilled ensemble degree requirements should register for one (and only one) MUDC ensemble per semester. The ensembles listed under the MUDC listing are the only ensembles that will fulfill the degree requirements. Only 1 credit under the MUDC listing may be taken per semester. Students may register for additional ensembles using the MUCO listing. Students in the music education degree program are exempt from ensemble participation during the semester in which they student teach. After the student has completed the minimum ensemble requirement for a degree, the student may participate in any ensembles listed below in the List of Approved Ensembles (plus MUDC 440A, MUDC 440B, or MUDC 352 for keyboard, composition, or guitar students).
Bachelor of Music Education
(See following List of Approved Ensembles)
- 1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246)
- 4 credits from Vocal Group I or IA
- 1 credit from Instrumental Group II and 1 credit from Instrumental or Vocal Group II
Instrumental Emphasis (winds, strings, percussion)
- 1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246)
- 4 credits from Instrumental Group I or IA (wind and percussion majors: min 3 cr in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Symphony Orchestra; string majors: min 3 cr in Symphony Orchestra)
- 2 credits from Vocal or Instrumental Group II
Piano, Organ, Guitar, Harp, Harpsichord, Composition Emphasis
- 1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246)
- 4 credits from Vocal or Instrumental Group I or IA
- 1 credit from Vocal Group II and 1 credit from Instrumental Group II
List of Approved Ensembles
Group II: Symphony Orchestra (MUDC 247 or MUDC 447) (vocal emphasis only), Symphonic Band (MUDC 248B or MUDC 448B) (string and vocal emphasis only), Campus Band (MUDC 248D or MUDC 448D) (secondary area only), Marching Band (MUDC 248E or MUDC 448E) (max 1 cr), UNL Big Band (MUDC 253B or MUDC 453B)
Group II: Concert Choir (MUDC 242) (instrumental emphasis only), Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243 or MUDC 443), University Chorale (MUDC 246 or MUDC 446), Jazz Vocal Ensemble (MUDC 253D or MUDC 453D vocal section only), Big Red Singers (MUDC 251 or MUDC 451; max 2 cr)
NOTE: Students registering to fulfill Group I degree ensemble requirements must audition for and participate in a Group I ensemble. If it is not possible to accommodate the student in a Group I ensemble, the student must audition and participate in a Group IA ensemble to fulfill the Group IA requirement.
Admission to Music Teacher Education Program
Admission to the Music Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for a music education major to enroll in any 300- or 400-level music education courses. Admission is competitive and enrollment is limited. Admission requires meeting all of the following criteria:
1. Completion of at least 42 credit hours with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
3. Documentation of proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics through successful completion of a basic skills examination that meets the Nebraska Department of Education competency requirement.
4. Passing the Applied Music–Upper Divisional Qualifying Jury.
7. Successful completion of a screening interview and digital portfolio review with music education faculty. (Undertaken during MUED 244.)
Interview and Portfolio Review Process
Through course work taken during the freshman and sophomore years, each student will compile a digital portfolio to give evidence of his or her potential as a music teacher. This portfolio will include an autobiographical essay, an educational philosophy statement, a professional resume, and sample lesson plans. The music education faculty will review the digital portfolio prior to conducting a screening interview. During the interview students will demonstrate their suitability to a career in music education by responding to questions posed by the faculty. Feedback will be provided to each student detailing the results of the faculty’s assessment.
Students will be admitted into the Music Teacher Education Program during the spring semester. If a student fails to meet any of the above criteria, they will meet with the music education faculty to determine a course of remediation if applicable. If a student wishes to contest the decision of the music education faculty, they may appeal to the director of the Glenn Korff School of Music.
Admission to Student Teaching
Student teaching is required for all students who are candidates for an appropriately endorsed Nebraska Teacher’s Certificate. Students who plan to student teach during the fall semester must apply to the coordinator of Music Field Experiences by the preceding March 1. Students who plan to student teach during the spring semester must apply by the preceding October 1.
During their student teaching semester, students are to be enrolled exclusively in courses that comprise the student teaching experience (MUED 403 and MUED 497D or MUED 497T). Students wishing to enroll in a degree requirement course while student teaching (in order to graduate at the end of the semester) may do so only with the permission of the director of the Glenn Korff School of Music. Students cannot enroll in classes that are not required for their degree.
The basic requirements for admission to student teaching are:
1. Matriculation in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, the Graduate College, or dual matriculation in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and another college.
2. Admission to the Music Teacher Education Program.
3. Senior standing (89 hours or more) with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
6. Completion of a criminal history check that will be conducted by an independent party (fee required).
The basic program for student teaching in music provides for a full-day experience on a semester basis.
Student Teaching Placement
Student teachers are placed in many school districts in Lincoln and surrounding areas. Out of state student teaching is also possible. Students should be aware that they may be assigned to a school outside the Lincoln area for student teaching. While student preferences for location will be considered, not all personal preferences can be met.
Criminal History/Background Check
All students will be required to have a criminal history/background check completed no earlier than 90 days prior to the first day of their student teaching experience. This will be at the expense of the student. The applications for acceptance into the music teacher education program and into student teaching also require completion of a self-disclosure form.
Removal from Student Teaching
Students participating in practicum or student teaching assignments may be removed from their assigned schools if their conduct suggests a lack of professional commitment and presents a negative influence on the well-being or learning of the students in the schools. If such a problem occurs, the student in question will be removed by the coordinator of Music Field Experiences at the request of the cooperating teacher, building principal, and the university supervisor. In such cases, a written report stating the problem and efforts to correct the situation will be forwarded to the Certification Officer for the College of Education and Human Sciences.
Any student removed from a practicum or student teaching assignment may appeal that decision by submitting a written request to the director of the School of Music within 30 days of the removal. The director will schedule a meeting, request pertinent information from the coordinator of Music Field Experiences, and notify the student several days in advance of the scheduled appeal meeting. Students are advised of their right to seek legal advice and may personally attend the appeals meeting. The decision will be forwarded in writing to the student, to the coordinator of Music Field Experiences, the director of Field Experiences for the College of Education and Human Sciences, and to the dean of the College.
Moral Character and Safety Concerns
Teaching is a profession that requires its potential candidates to be individuals of integrity. Prospective teachers must be able to demonstrate that they are individuals of strong moral character who can make mature decisions for themselves and for their students. Teachers are responsible for the education, safety and well-being for anyone in their charge. Therefore, the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is interested in training future teachers who show a high degree of moral character and the ability to act responsibly. These individuals must be able to serve as representatives of our College and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
With this in mind, should the College discover behavior, which in its reasonable judgment, establishes on the part of the candidate a lack of integrity, questionable moral/ethical character, or otherwise indicates a potential of risk to young persons and others in the educational community, the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts reserves the right to deny entry to or dismiss anyone from any program which leads to certification. More specifically, these kinds of behavior shall be adequate foundation to deny any candidate or potential candidate from participation in any practicum, pre-practicum, student teaching, or similar field experience, since the interests and safety of the children and young people present in the classroom, schools, and other venues where these practicum experiences take place are paramount.
Problematic behaviors, which the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts reasonably determines renders the candidate a risk to the educational community or demonstrates a likelihood of illegal activity, may be established by any credible means, including the facts surrounding a record of arrests and/or convictions.
Similarly, behaviors which result in a finding by a court or other governmental body that the individual is:
- a mentally ill and dangerous person;
- mentally incompetent to stand trial;
- acquitted of criminal charges because of insanity;
- an incapacitated person;
- a person in need of a guardian or conservator, or;
- a person unable to manage his or her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, or chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication are the kind of behaviors which are likely to disqualify a candidate from participation in practicum experiences and other Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts programs.
Nebraska State Department of Education Policy Pertaining to Students with Felony or Misdemeanor Convictions
The Nebraska Department of Education policy requires that a person with felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct shall not be allowed to participate in pre-student teaching laboratory and classroom experiences or student teach without approval by the Board of Education. To comply with this policy, the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts will require each student to affirm under oath that he or she does not have any convictions in the above named areas prior to each field placement. If a student does have any felony or misdemeanor convictions, he/she is required to meet with Dr. Tom Wandzilak, Certification Officer, Student Services Center, 104 Henzlik Hall, 402-472-8626, as soon as possible. Students with questions pertaining to convictions should contact Dr. Wandzilak.
Application for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate
To actively engage in the teaching profession, a candidate must fulfill both the College degree requirements and the professional certification requirements of the State of Nebraska. Undergraduate students apply for the teaching certificate at the same time they apply for the baccalaureate degree. Post-baccalaureate students completing teacher certification apply to the Advisor for Music Education, Westbrook Music Building.
Graduation Without Certification
In rare cases, permission may be granted for a student to graduate without a recommendation for certification. This provision is for the student who does not qualify for, or is removed from, student teaching. However, there are times when, because of illness or other extreme situations, a student will decide not to complete all professional requirements. In this situation, the student should contact his or her advisor, then complete a formal request to the coordinator of Music Field Experiences to be allowed to graduate without completing all certification requirements. If permission is granted, the student is expected to complete all professional requirements except student teaching. This includes a passing grade in all methods courses. If a student fails to complete at least one half of the student teaching assignment, the individual will be required to complete a culminating project not to exceed 6 credit hours.
Any student who graduates without a recommendation for certification will not be recommended for teacher certification in any state. In addition, the student will not be eligible for graduation with honors. If, at some future time, the student wishes to complete certification requirements, he or she must first appeal for readmission to the music teacher education program. At least one semester must pass after graduation before the appeal can be made. If the appeal is granted, the student will be treated as a readmitted student and will complete all requirements in effect at the time of reentry, including passing grades in all methods courses.
Requirements for admission to the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts are consistent with general University admission requirements. These include:
- English (4 units)
- Mathematics (4 units)
- Social studies (3 units)
- Natural sciences (3 units) and
- Foreign language (2 units)
NOTE: One unit equals one year of high school credit.
One of the following performance standards must also be met:
New Freshmen: Minimum ACT 20 (composite), minimum SAT 950 (combined), or rank in top half of high school graduating class.
Transfer and Readmit Students: Completed twelve or more semester credits from a postsecondary institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 2.0 and GPA 2.0 during the last semester of record at the time of application. (Theatre majors with an emphasis in Film and New Media: minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 and GPA 3.0 during the last semester of record at the time of application.)
International Students: Minimum TOEFL 70 (Internet) or 523 (paper)
Individual departments may have higher standards for acceptance into the different degrees and emphases. Please check with the individual departments for these standards.
Auditions are required for admission to the Glenn Korff School of Music for music and dance majors and minors. Auditions are also required for admission to the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film for the BA Performance Emphasis. A separate application and portfolio review are required for acceptance into the BFA Film and New Media Emphasis, and the BA Directing and Management Emphasis.
Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies
Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process with core course deficiencies will have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are in this bulletin under “Removal of Deficiencies.”
Students with one deficiency, two deficiencies but not in the same category, or two deficiencies in foreign language who receive a Deferred Admission or Admission by Review, may be considered for admission to the college. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process with core course deficiencies will have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under Admission to the University, Removal of Deficiencies in this bulletin.
College Degree Requirements
College General Education Requirements
Foreign Languages/Language Requirement
The languages requirement serves to help students gain a working familiarity with a language and a culture other than their own.
All students pursuing bachelor of arts or bachelor of music degrees are required to complete the intermediate level in one foreign language. Some or all of these courses may be completed while in high school. Courses approved to satisfy the languages requirement are offered by the Department of Classics and Religious Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the College of Education and Human Sciences. A student is required to successfully complete 202 to fulfill the languages requirement. (Exceptions: In Japanese, a student must complete JAPN 201 and one additional course from JAPN 202, JAPN 203, and JAPN 204; in Greek, the student must complete two 300-level courses; in Latin, a student must take LATN 301 and LATN 302.) Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Omaha Native Language, Russian, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
- A student who has completed three years of one foreign language study in high school may fulfill the languages requirement by taking a fourth-semester-level course.
- A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement.
- Any student who achieves a specified scaled score in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject exam in French, German, and Spanish, levels 1 and 2, will be exempt from the languages requirement and will also receive credit for the fourth semester course in the language.
- A transfer student with 11 or 12 semester hours of accepted credit has two choices: 1) to complete 6 hours in the same language at the 200 level; or 2) with permission of the chair of the department to enroll in a fourth semester course.
- A student from a foreign country who has demonstrated acceptable proficiency in his or her native language (other than English) is exempted from the languages requirement without credit toward the degree. American students who present acceptable evidence that their second language is English are exempted from the languages requirement without credit toward the degree. All such students should see the Dean’s Office, 102 Woods Art Building, for this exemption.
ARAB 201 Second-Year Arabic I (3 cr)
ARAB 202 Second-Year Arabic II (3 cr)
CHIN 201 Second-Year Chinese I (3 cr)
CHIN 202 Second-Year Chinese II (3 cr)
CZEC 201 Second-Year Czech I (3 cr)
CZEC 202 Second-Year Czech II (3 cr)
FREN 201 Second-Year French I (3 cr)
FREN 202 Second-Year French II (3 cr)
FREN 203 Conversation & Composition I (3 cr)
FREN 210 Accelerated Second-Year French (6 cr)
GERM 201 Second-Year German I (3 cr)
GERM 202 Second-Year German II (3 cr)
GERM 203 Composition & Conversation I (3 cr)
GERM 210 Accelerated Second-Year German (6 cr)
GREK 301 Greek Prose I (3 cr)
GREK 302 Greek Poetry I (3 cr)
GREK 373 New Testament Greek (3 cr)
HEBR 301 Biblical Hebrew Prose (3 cr)
HEBR 302 Biblical Hebrew Poetry (3 cr)
JAPN 201 Second-Year Japanese I (3 cr)
JAPN 202 Intermediate Grammar & Reading I (3 cr)
JAPN 203 Second-Year Japanese II (3 cr)
JAPN 204 Intermediate Grammar & Reading II (3 cr)
LATN 301 Latin Prose I (3 cr)
LATN 302 Latin Poetry I (3 cr)
RUSS 201 Second-Year Russian I (3 cr)
RUSS 202 Second-Year Russian II (3 cr)
SLPA 201 Second Year American Sign Language I (4 cr)
SLPA 202 Second Year American Sign Language II (4 cr)
SPAN 201 Second-Year Spanish I (3 cr)
SPAN 202 Second-Year Spanish II (3 cr)
SPAN 203 Intensive Conversation (3 cr)
SPAN 210 Accelerated Second-Year Spanish (6 cr)
Minimum Hours Required for Graduation
A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Students in the College are required to maintain a minimum current and cumulative GPA of 2.0. Individual departments may require a higher current and cumulative GPA.
C- and D Grades
The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of D grades from schools outside of the University of Nebraska system.
Grades lower than C earned at UNL or transferred from other schools cannot be applied toward requirements in a major, but may be applied toward total hours.
Pass/No Pass Limits
University regulations for the Pass/No Pass privilege state: The Pass/No Pass option is designed to be used by a student seeking to expand his/her intellectual horizons by taking courses in areas where he/she may have minimum preparation without adversely affecting his/her grade point average.
1. Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to a student’s GPA
2. P is interpreted to mean C or above. Some professional education courses require a C+ or above.
3. A change to or from Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (1/2 of the course.) This date coincides with the final date to drop a course without the instructor’s approval.
4. The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the professor’s, department’s, college, or University policy governing grading option.
5. Prior to the mid-term deadline, changing to or from the Pass/No Pass requires using the MyRED system to change the grading option or filing a Drop/Add form with the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building. After the mid-term deadline, a student registered for Pass/No Pass cannot change to a grade registration unless the Pass/No Pass registration is in conflict with a professor’s, department’s, college, or University policy governing Pass/No Pass.
6. The Pass/No Pass grading option cannot be used for the removal of C- or D or F grades.
Pass/no pass privileges in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts are extended to students according to the following additional regulations:
1. Pass/no pass hours can count toward fulfillment of ACE requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
2. Freshmen and sophomores may enroll for no more than 6 hours of Pass/No Pass work per semester.
3. Students may not elect to take courses on a Pass/No Pass basis to fulfill degree requirements in the major. Departments may allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass to be taken in the minor offered by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
4. Departments may specify that certain courses can be taken only on a Pass/No Pass basis.
5. The College will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of Pass/No Pass grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all “pass” grades earned at UNL and other schools.
Individual departments vary in their policies regarding Pass/No Pass hours as applied to the major and minor. Consult the individual departmental listings for these policies. Students who wish to apply Pass/No Pass hours to their major and minor(s) must obtain approval on a form that is available in the Dean’s Office, 102 Woods Art Building.
Students are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average each semester. Some programs within the College may have higher GPA requirements to keep in good academic standing.
Transfer Credit Rules
Ordinarily, hours earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. The maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college is 60.
Normally credit is not given for pre-university work. In some instances, however, it may be possible to receive credit through satisfactory examination.
All transfer students must complete the Residency Requirement (see “Residency Requirement”), and at least 9 hours in the major field must be completed at the University regardless of the number of hours transferred.
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts will accept no more than 15 semester hours of D grades from schools other than UNO or UNK. All grades may be transferred from UNO or UNK. However, transfer courses within a student’s major or minor will be evaluated by that unit and held to the same minimum grade standards as courses taken at UNL.
Department of Art and Art History Transfer Credit Policy
A studio art or art history course presented for possible transfer to UNL is evaluated by the Department of Art and Art History using course descriptions and/or course syllabi to evaluate content, and course schedules to evaluate the hours of instruction.
Studio art courses that are eligible for transfer credit based on course content are awarded one credit hour for every 30 hours of instruction (with the assumption that the transfer course required 15 hours of work outside of class for every 30 hours spent in class with the instructor.) Credit is rounded to the nearest half-credit hour. If a course is presented for possible transfer, and the hours of instruction fall short of UNL’s NASAD-based standards, the course will receive a proportional reduction in credit.
BFA – At least 36 credit hours in studio art and 9 credit hours in art history of the required BFA courses must be taken at UNL. Courses taken at other academic institutions may be substituted for the remaining required courses subject to evaluation by the department.
BA in Studio Art – At least 12 credit hours in studio art and 9 credit hours in art history of the required BA courses must be taken at UNL. Courses taken at other academic institutions may be substituted for the remaining required courses subject to evaluation by the department.
BA in Art History – At least 18 credit hours of the required art history courses must be taken at UNL. Courses taken at other academic institutions may be substituted for the remaining required courses subject to evaluation by the department.
Glenn Korff School of Music Transfer Credit Policy
The following will be used by advisors as guidelines for the evaluation of transfer credits which are less than five years old:
- If a transfer student has successfully completed (grade C or above) approved transfer credits which are equivalent to music major/minor requirements in terms of number of credit hours and scope of content, that area will be considered completed at the discretion of the chief degree program advisor.
- For approved transfer credits which are lacking equivalency in either number of credit hours, scope of content, or grade received to music major/minor requirements in applied music, music theory, sight singing/aural skills, and keyboard skills, the number of transfer credits accepted and placement will be determined by audition/proficiency tests administered by designated area faculty.
- For approved transfer credits which are lacking equivalency in other music areas (history and ensembles), the number of transfer credits accepted will be determined by the chief degree program advisor.
All music course work which is more than five years old must be validated by an audition or competency examination given by designated area faculty.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film Transfer Credit Policy
There are no additional restrictions regarding transfer credit.
Transfer Credit from Foreign Institutions
Credit for courses taken at foreign universities and colleges will be transferred only after validation by the appropriate department. This evaluation may include examination of the student over subject matter studied at the foreign institution.
International Baccalaureate Credit
Students who have studied art, music, or theatre within the International Baccalaureate Program will be given credit for courses at UNL according to the guidelines established by each academic unit. Contact the department office for specific course information.
Course Level Requirements
Upper-Level Requirement: Thirty of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299.
Students must meet either of the following residency qualifications:
- At least 30 of the last 36 hours of credit must be registered for and completed while enrolled at UNL.
- A total of 90 credits must be registered for and completed while enrolled at UNL.
Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward degree requirements if students participate in prior approved programs and register through UNL. Credit awarded from an institution other than UNL will be subject to transfer credit and residency rules.
All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at ace.unl.edu.
Students who first enroll at Nebraska under the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin must fulfill the requirements stated in this bulletin or in any other bulletin which is published while they are enrolled in the College provided the bulletin they follow is no more than ten years old at the time of graduation. A student must, however, meet the requirements from one bulletin only rather than choosing a portion from one bulletin and the remainder from another.
Exception: Students pursuing any degree in the Glenn Korff School of Music who fail to take at least one course that will fulfill their degree requirements during a 12-month period must apply for re-admission. They are then required to move to the new bulletin and fulfill the requirements in effect at the time of readmission.