Wilmington University Courses

Course Numbering System

Courses at Wilmington University are identified and numbered to reflect the level of academic expectation for a particular course. They include:

Undergraduate Courses

000-099…Non-credit courses
100-199…Lower division courses
200-299…Lower division courses
300-399…Upper division courses
400-499…Upper division courses

Graduate Courses

5100-5600…Non-credit prerequisite courses
6100-8999…Master’s level courses
7100-9100…Doctoral (Ed.D. or D.B.A.) courses

Course Load

Undergraduate Full-time Course Load

Twelve credit hours per semester constitute a full-time undergraduate course load. A course load in excess of 19 credit hours per semester requires written approval of the Academic Dean or Chair. Students wishing to carry excess course loads, as defined above, must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students who are denied approval to take a course load in excess of 19 credits per semester may appeal in writing to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Students wishing to carry excess course loads (more than 19 credits per semester) must submit a request in writing to the office of the appropriate Academic Dean. Such written requests must be submitted in sufficient time to allow for adequate review prior to the beginning of classes. Students who fail to follow these procedures may be required to drop classes they are attending.

Graduate Full-time Course Load

Nine credit hours per semester constitutes a full-time graduate course load. For international graduate students, Master of Science in Nursing students, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Business Administration, and Doctor of Nursing Practice students, 18 credit hours over a one-year period constitute full-time status. A course load in excess of 14 credit hours per semester requires the approval of the Academic Dean or Program Chair. Students who are denied approval to take a course load in excess of 14 credits per semester may appeal in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Attendance

Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Wilmington University expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students accept full responsibility for ensuring that work does not suffer from absences. All students are expected to attend every scheduled meeting of each class on time. Exceptions may be made for Wilmington University-sponsored or work-related activities, illness, or valid emergencies.

Please note that some academic colleges have additional attendance requirements beyond those specified in this section. In accordance with veterans’ regulations, attendance must be taken for all enrolled veterans in each class learning session.

Attendance/Hybrid Courses

A hybrid course meets for “in-class” and “online” learning sessions. Students are expected to attend all in-class sessions and to log on and participate in all online sessions as required by the instructor. Failure to do so may be considered an unexcused absence without prior approval by the course instructor.

Online Learning Courses

Attendance for an online learning course is defined as “logging onto the course”, if appropriate, and participating in course assignments and discussions as directed by the instructor. Failure to do so may be considered an unexcused absence without prior approval by the course instructor.

Unexcused Absence - Administratively Dropped

Students who are absent for the first two sessions of a course will be administratively dropped (removed) from the course roster. Being administratively dropped from a course may have unintended consequences on a student’s financial aid and /or standing with the University. Students should also be familiar with the “First Semester Suspension” policy found under the heading: Academic Standing, Probation and Suspension.

Independent Study

Undergraduate

Students desiring to study areas of knowledge outside of disciplines available through regular course work must secure written permission from an Academic Advisor or Site Director one month (minimum) prior to the semester registration period in which the independent study is to be conducted. Upon final approval by the Academic Dean or Program Chair, a student may register for an independent study by following the official registration procedure. Tuition and fees for independent study are the same as those for standard courses. Independent study is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required to be eligible for independent study. Students needing additional information about independent study should contact an Academic Advisor or Site Director. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned through the independent study format and may be used towards residency credits.

Graduate

Students desiring to study areas of knowledge outside of disciplines available through regular course work must secure written permission from the appropriate Academic Dean or Program Chair one month (minimum) prior to the semester's registration period in which the independent study is to be conducted. Tuition and fees for independent study are the same as those for standard courses. Independent study is graded on a pass/fail basis. A maximum of six (6) credits may be earned through the independent study format and may be used towards residency credits.

Directed Study

Undergraduate

Directed study is available only under extenuating circumstances for students who are approved by their Program Chair or Academic Advisor one month prior to the semester registration period in which the directed study is to be conducted. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned through the directed study format and may be used towards residency credits.

Graduate

Directed study is available only under extenuating circumstances for students who are approved by their Academic Dean or Program Chair one month prior to the semester registration period in which the directed study is to be conducted. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned through the directed study format and may be used towards residency credits.

Enrollment as an Auditor

Students who wish to audit a specific course for no credit may do so by seeking permission of an Academic Advisor or Site Director. Students may then follow established registration procedures, clearly stating which courses they wish to audit. Course auditors pay the same tuition as non-auditors and may participate fully in classroom activities. They are not required to take examinations or complete class assignments. Course auditors receive a grade of “AU” (audit) that does not affect grade point average (GPA).

Experiential Learning

The University strongly encourages students to gain practical, real-world experience by participating in Practicum, Internship and Cooperative Education opportunities. Students will apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and gain valuable work experience while earning academic credit. Students should contact their College for more information about internships and specific program requirements.

Practicum

Students who have completed little or no course work can explore areas of interest and potential career opportunities in a field with a Guided Practicum. Guided practicum experiences focus on skills-building, becoming familiar with occupations in a field and learning what is involved in a major. Each Guided Practicum is a one credit, 30 hour experience and is generally unpaid. Students may complete multiple credits and are expected to do so at different sites to maximize this introductory field placement. Students interested in a more focused, in depth experience should consider an internship or our Cooperative Education Program.

Internship

Internship is designed to immerse students in a real-world work environment. Students will have the opportunity to work on meaningful projects, engage in problem solving activities, be exposed to new trends and the latest technologies as well as network with professionals in the field. The typical internship student is a junior or senior with some major course work completed who seeks an in-depth, practical experience in their field. Students may also explore an internship unrelated to their major as an elective course.  Internship is a three credit, 90 to 100 hour experience and is generally unpaid. Most students will participate in one internship. Students interested in an expanded, multi-semester work experience should consider our Cooperative Education Program.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a unique program that allows students to combine their classroom studies with multi-semester, paid employment in a supervised educational setting related to their major field of study or career focus. Co-op offers students an expanded opportunity to achieve personal and professional growth and experience in the field while maintaining their full-time status. Juniors and seniors will enroll in specially designated, three credit co-op courses. Co-op experiences are individually designed but are typically at least two semesters (6 credits) with the same employer to maximize the enhanced opportunity for advanced application of the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to complete 100 hours of work experience or more for each 3 credit experience. A co-op in the major will substitute for a required internship. Students should contact the Office of Cooperative Education for more information.