Important Definitions

It will be useful to define some basic terms that are used throughout the academic screens in SRS.

School

is an administrative entity that has a single academic leader, such as a Dean, and manages faculty, students, courses, and facilities. In SRS, schools are represented by two-letter codes, such as AS (Arts and Sciences) and WH (Wharton).

Division

is an administrative entity within a school that manages students, and at times, courses and faculty. In SRS, divisions are represented by two or three-letter codes, such as COL (College of Arts and Sciences) and EAS (Engineering and Applied Science).

Department

is an administrative entity within a school that manages faculty and courses. In SRS, departments are represented by two, three or four-letter codes, such as ACCT, EDUC, and ROML.

Subject Area

is an academic discipline in which courses are offered. Subject areas are associated with departments. In SRS, subject areas are represented by two, three or four-letter codes, such as ACCT, EDUC, SPAN. These are the codes that make up the first part of all course numbers.

Major

is an academic discipline that students pursue. In graduate/Ph.D. programs, this is often referred to as a "graduate group". Majors/grad groups are often, but not always, associated with an academic department or subject area. Sometimes majors are associated with more than one department or subject area. In SRS, majors and graduate groups are represented by two, three, or four-letter codes, such as ACCT (Accounting), HIED (Higher Education Administration), or COML (Comparative Literature and Theory).

Minor

is a academic discipline, the same as a major, but with fewer requirements.  Coding is the same as major codes.

Concentration

is a academic sub-discipline of a major,  A three-letter code, such as AHS, CHI, HEB are used.

Level

defines the stage of the student's academic program. It can be undergraduate, master's, doctoral or professional.

Career

is that portion of the student's academic record that appears on a single transcript. It is NOT the same as an academic program. A career may consist of one or more academic programs.

Classification

indicates their progress within their programs. It is used for priority scheduling during Advance Registration.

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