2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University College

Michael J. Frasciello, Dean
700 University Ave.

About the College

University College, is the home of part-time and professional studies at Syracuse University. University College degrees and certificates can be completed online or through online/on-campus study. Part-time undergraduate and graduate students attending Syracuse University schools and colleges are supported by University College academic administrative services. University College also offers unique and innovate summer programs for high school students, and language development programs for matriculated and non-matriculated international students.

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


Part-time Syracuse University students earning an 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.  Click here for a complete listing of all degree programs available to part-time students.

University College’s Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.). degrees are innovative, market-sensitive, career-focused programs available online or in a blended format. BPS degrees are designed specifically for part-time studies.


University College undergraduate credit certificate programs are available fully online and are offered as an option of the B.P.S. curriculum path. All undergraduate credit certificates are designed as an interim credential toward degree completion and as stand-alone certificates.

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.

University College participates in students’ knowledge and skill development through the Shared Competencies, Syracuse University’s institutional learning goals that highlight the knowledge and skills students can expect to gain through their major courses and liberal arts requirements.


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.

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

Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 60% of their bachelor of professional studies major (concentration program of study; professional concentration) requirements at Syracuse University. No more than three credit hours earned in another college or university may be accepted to the credit certificate program requirements. A maximum of 90 transfer credits will be accepted, of which a maximum of 66 credits may come from a two-year college and any combination of other credit (e.g. AP exams, experiential learning).

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.)

Office of Pre-College Programs

High school students can explore college majors and potential careers in college-level courses at Syracuse University. In the Accelerated Semester Online program, high school students can take 3-credit 8-week online courses during the academic year. In the Summer College program, high school students are immersed in the full college experience and can choose from 70+ credit and noncredit courses in ten of Syracuse University’s schools and colleges. For more information, contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at 315-443-5000 or precollege@syr.edu, and visit https://precollege.syr.edu/.


Winterlude is a four-week session between fall and spring semesters. All classes are delivered fully online. Taking a Winterlude class provides students the opportunity to take a course they could not enroll in during other semesters.  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 and registration is available to students through MySlice.

For more information, visit 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.