2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Alternative Credit Earning Options

Transfer Credit

Concordia University  Chicago  understands  the  importance of  being  able  to  apply  classes  taken in the  past  to the  programs currently being  pursued. Unless otherwise stipulated in an MOU, we  allow  up to 90 semester credits to  be transferred  in  from  other regionally accredited institutions. To  find  out  if  your  classes are transferable, please  read the  qualifications  below. 
For  Undergraduate  Programs: 
• Coursework must  have been  completed  within  the  last  ten years. Except for the College of Health Science & Technology which is utilizing the 5 year rule which allows a student to utilize completed prerequisite course credits towards subsequent coursework for up to five years after a course is successfully completed. Transfer credits from courses taken externally are subject to this rule based on the date the credits were posted to a student’s transcript.
•  A grade of  C  or  better must be earned  for  the  class  that  is to be  transferred in if the class is to be accepted as a prerequisite to another course. 
• Courses that  are  transferred  in  must  be  equivalent  to  your  program’s required  classes.  For example, you cannot  transfer  a biology  course  into  the  Sports Management  program,  because  that program  does  not  require  any  biology classes.

Any currently enrolled student wishing to earn transfer credit must first consult with the Academic Advising office regarding the transferability of courses to initiate the review process, which may require departmental input. The University reserves the right to determine the number and type of transfer credits accepted toward a student’s degree.  No more than 90 semester hours of  transfer credit from a regionally accredited institution will be counted toward graduation. One-half of all credits toward a major must be completed at CUC. Courses with a grade of F are not transferable. All courses completed at a college or university in the Concordia University System will be included in the calculation of final grade-point average used for graduation honors for undergraduate students.

AP/CLEP Credit

The University normally will grant credit for above-average scores on the Advanced Placement Examination of The College Board. Test scores of 3 or better in any of several subject areas will receive college credit. Arrangements for taking the Advanced Placement test should be made during the senior high school year through the high school counselor. CUC’s code number for this test is 1140.

The University grants credit for the General Examination of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students may receive 3 to 15 semester hours of credit based on the score achieved on the exam. In general, a minimum score of 50 is required to receive 3 semester hours of credit. In all cases CUC will follow the ACE recommendation. In addition, CUC grants credit for the College Level Examination Subject Examinations. Students wishing to substitute CLEP credit for a CUC course must consult with their Academic Advisor for CLEP/CUC course equivalencies.

Since AP and CLEP credit are considered transfer credit, the University reserves the right to determine the number and type of AP and/or CLEP credits that can be accepted toward a student’s degree.

International Baccalaureate Credit

Concordia University Chicago accepts individual course credit for Higher Level International Baccalaureate courses for test scores of five (5) or above. No credit will be considered for Standard Courses. For each course presented and accepted, three semester hours of credit will be awarded and applied to the student’s degree program where appropriate. The total number of International Baccalaureate Credits accepted may not exceed a total of 16 semester hours of credit.

Credit by Exam

Degree-seeking students may accelerate or enrich their programs by earning course credit by examination and expanding their electives. A maximum of 12 semester hours of credit may be earned by examination. Departments will designate courses for which credit may be earned by examination. After successful completion of an examination (a grade of C or better), the student may choose to receive credit (P) or credit with a grade (A, B, or C). A credit of P will count toward the 18-hour maximum Pass/Fail credit allowed in a student’s program.

Students should consult the individual departments for the most recent list of courses for which credit by examination is offered. Examinations will be arranged and administered through the department chairperson. Courses and contact persons are listed for each option. Consult department chairs for additional courses available for credit by examination.

Courses Contact Person
Intermediate Spanish I or II Program Chair
Fundamentals of General Chemistry Program Chair
General Chemistry I or II Program Chair
Human Biology Program Chair
General Physics I Program Chair
Math Concepts II Program Chair
Calculus I Program Chair

Application forms for course credit by examinations are available in the Registrar’s Office. Fee: $150 to take; $150 to post on transcript.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior-level learning and subsequent credit can be acquired in both the traditional classroom as well as non-traditional settings. Credit for prior learning may be presented in the form of ACE (American Council on Education) evaluated training/certifications, military training and/or Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) essays.

Each College within the University has a policy addressing the procedures and credit awards that may be granted for prior learning. Students wishing to pursue credit for prior learning are required to contact the CPL coordinator. Students with educational experiences from service in the Army, Navy or Marines are encouraged to submit a Joint Services Transcript. (Credit from the Community College of the Air Force will be accepted as transfer credit.) Fee: $250/topic.

Honors Program

The Honors Program offers academically successful students the opportunity to broaden and enrich their undergraduate education at CUC. Students with superior high school achievements are invited to apply to the Program, as are students whose success at CUC identifies them as candidates for enhanced educational experiences. For specific information on the application process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission (new students) or the Honors Program Director (current students).

Placement Examinations

All entering students who wish to enroll in a mathematics course at Concordia University Chicago are required to take the mathematics placement exam before they will be permitted to enroll in a mathematics or physics course. Typically this includes all incoming freshmen without Advanced Placement Calculus credit and transfer students who have not yet completed the mathematics requirements for their program. The placement exam is offered during the Jump Start Orientation Program and during the Weeks of Welcome prior to the start of classes.

Placement examinations are normally scheduled during Weeks of Welcome for all new students. Placement tests in music theory and instrumental proficiency can be taken by contacting the appropriate department. All entering students who need to take a mathematics course to graduate are required to take the Mathematics and Computer Science Department’s placement exam before they will be permitted to enroll in a mathematics or physics course. 

This typically will be incoming freshmen without AP credit and transfer students who have not yet completed the mathematics requirements for their program. The exam is offered during Jump Start and Orientation Week.

Off-Campus Courses

A student with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better at Concordia University Chicago may take courses simultaneously at other colleges and universities in the Chicago area as part of an academic load by permission of the Registrar. Two consortium arrangements exist: one with Dominican University (7900 Division St., River Forest), another with the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (see course descriptions for biology and chemistry). Permission for academic overloads off-campus will be granted on the same basis as on-campus overloads.

Washington Semester Program

Concordia University Chicago is a member of the Lutheran College Washington Consortium, sponsored by a group of 13 Lutheran colleges and universities. The consortium offers a full semester of combined coursework and internship experiences designed to introduce students to the range of governmental activities in Washington, with an emphasis on ethical dimensions of public service. The core course is titled “Ethical Issues in Public Affairs.” The director of the program also places students in internships ranging from executive and congressional offices to various public and private agencies.

While there is no prerequisite coursework for participation in this program, students are encouraged to take POS-1100 American Government and Politics prior to enrollment in the Washington Semester. An important aspect of the program is its relevance for students with many different career goals. As the Consortium’s literature announces, “It’s not just about politics.”

Students register at Concordia University Chicago for the Washington Consortium Semester and pay the tuition and general fees to the University. Expenses for travel, meals and lodging are paid directly by the students. Total cost is comparable to a full-time semester as a resident student on the main campus. Financial aid applies as if the student were in residence and the Washington Consortium Semester courses and internships are accepted for full credit toward graduation from Concordia University Chicago. For information on the Washington Consortium Semester see the chair for the Political Science Department.

Simultaneous Enrollment

As a member of the Concordia University System, Concordia University Chicago has the opportunity to offer its students the chance to study at one of its sister Concordia institutions around the United States. Locations include:

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Austin, TX
  • Irvine, CA
  • Mequon, WI
  • Seward, NE
  • St. Paul, MN

CUC Agreements

Concordia University Chicago has a number of partnerships with area institutions to assist students in reaching their academic and career goals. Currently, agreements exist with Oak Point University (Formerly Resurrection University) for the Nursing program, Rush Hospital’s Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) in Nursing and with Hooke College of Applied Sciences for a program in microscopy.

International Study

Concordia University Chicago students may elect to study abroad for a semester, year or summer. The Academic Advising & Study Abroad office provides information on programs at universities all over the world. Students should consult with an Academic Advisor in order to apply for international study. Students wishing to study abroad should check with specific programs for exact deadlines. 

Students who choose to enroll in courses at any institutions other than those with which Concordia University Chicago has established agreements will be required to stop-out, for the period abroad and transfer credits back to Concordia University Chicago without a grade in accordance with the policy for transfer credits. Additionally, an international transcript from a non-consortium school or approved partnership will also need to be evaluated by an approved third party credential evaluator at the cost of the student. For more information, contact the Academic Advising & Study Abroad office.

SAP-0007Study Abroad: AIFS1-24
SAP-0009Study Abroad: Westfield House1-24
SAP-0014International Study Abroad1-15
SAP-0015Estice Study Abroad--France1-16