Undergraduate Accelerated Online Degree Program
Concordia University Chicago believes that a liberal arts education is valuable to people of all ages. The Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP) serve persons who, because of family and work responsibilities, need to attend college in a non-traditional manner.
Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP) serve adults who are highly motivated to start and finish a degree program. This program is designed for working adults who can schedule their time carefully, discipline themselves to meet the rigorous demands of the program and want to complete an undergraduate degree in a Christian setting.
Concordia University Chicago is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that encourages the application of a student who desires to study in a Christ-centered college environment. CUC will consider for admission a student who is academically qualified and shows promise of contributing to this environment. Candidates for admission must demonstrate reasonable ability to complete a program of study at the University. Each candidate must exhibit attitudes, values and character that will contribute positively to the University’s mission and environment.
- A completed application for admission to the Accelerated Degree Programs.
- Submission of official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended. The most recent college transcript must indicate that the student was in good standing and earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale
- If an applicant has completed fewer than 15 semester hours of credit, or has not completed one semester at full-time status, a final high school transcript with graduation date must be provided. An official high school transcript is also required if the college from which the credit was earned does not have regional accreditation. Applicants who have not completed high school must provide documentation of successful completion of the G.E.D.
- Applicants will be notified of admission decisions generally within 48 hours after submitting all required documents.
Additional Information to Support an Admission Decision
- The Admission Committee reserves the right to evaluate applicants on an individual basis or request additional information when prior college transcripts do not reflect a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average.
- Transfer students who leave a college under any circumstance other than good standing may be required to have an interview with a designated University staff member and may be asked to permit CUC personnel to speak with the Dean of Students office at the sending school.
Transfer Credit Acceptance The University reserves the right to determine the number and type of transfer credits accepted toward the student’s degree. No more than 67 semester hours of lower-level transfer credit from a regionally accredited institution will be counted toward graduation. However, in the Accelerated Degree Program, an additional 6-8 semester hours (which otherwise meet all other standards of the University pertaining to course content, grade, level and status/category of transferring institution) may be permitted to transfer in if they fulfill general education requirements. One-half of all the credit hours in the major must be completed in residence. At least 32 semester hours of study at Concordia-Chicago is required to meet residency requirements, preferably the last year before graduation. A Concordia University Chicago student’s cumulative grade-point average is calculated solely on courses taken at Concordia-Chicago; transfer coursework is accepted as credit.
Applicants who meet the admission requirements and who have earned at least 30 semester hours of college credit (including at least one English Composition course with a grade of C or better) are eligible to be admitted to the ADP Program and the major.
Credit for Prior Learning
Prior learning is experience-based learning attained outside the auspices of standard institutions of higher learning. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is not awarded for experience per se, but for college-level learning. Students may request an assessment of their prior learning after completing 12 semester hours at Concordia University Chicago.
Students can earn up to a maximum of 32 semester hours of credit from such sources as workshops, seminars, corporate training programs, military service or other experiences. Documentation that the student presents, demonstrating college-level learning acquired from these sources, is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.
Students may elect to stop-out for one or more semesters and notify their ADP Enrollment Advisor. When the student is ready to return, he/she should notify the Enrollment Advisor. The Executive Director for the Online Accelerated Degree program in consultation with staff and the Financial Aid Office makes a determination on eligibility to resume enrollment. Students who do not enroll for three consecutive semesters excluding summer, must complete an application for re-admission.
The curriculum consists of general education requirements, mission-specific courses, the major and elective credits to total a minimum of 128 semester hours for the degree. Only one major course is taken at a time and each student progresses through the major courses with the same group, called a cohort. Courses in the major may not be taken as Pass/Fail courses.
General Education Core (37-38 hours)
Communication (9 hours)
- ENG-1100 English Composition
- ENG-2000 Writing About Literature
- COM-1100 Speech Communication
Mathematics (3 hours)
- A course above Intermediate Algebra OR MAT 1550
Humanities (9 hours)
- A course in History (HIS), Literature (ENG) or Philosophy (PHI) or an interdisciplinary course include these areas HIS, ENG, PHI.
- A course in Performing, Visual Arts or Media Arts or an interdisciplinary course including these areas ART, MUS, THR, and COM 2200, COM 2500, and COM 2850.
- An additional humanities course
Natural Sciences (7-8 hours) At least one course must be a lab course
- One course in Biology BIO or an interdisciplinary science course
- One course in Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science PHY, CHE, EAS or an interdisciplinary science course
Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 hours)
- Choose three courses (9 hours) from the following areas:
- Anthropology ATH
- ECO-3300 Foundations of Economics
- Human Geography (GEO)
- Political Science (POS)
- Psychology (PSY)
- Sociology (SOC)
- WGS 2100 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
- Interdisciplinary course including these areas
Mission Specific: Theology (6 hours)
- CTHY-4000 Readings in Redemptive History STAYING FOR 21/22 year
- CTHY-4030 The Christian Faith STAYING FOR 21/22 year
Program Support (4 hours)
- Health and Wellness PES-1010 Fitness and Wellness (1 hour)
- One approved Global Studies course (This course may double count):
- ART-2200 Non-Western Art
- ASL-1100 American Sign Language
- ATH-2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- COM-2500 Global Documentary
- ENG-2200 Non-Western Literature
- ENG-2220 U.S. Latina/o Literature
- ENG-2400 African-American Literature
- GEO-1200 World Geography: Cultural Patterns
- GEO-1300 The Developing World
- HIS-1315 Survey of World History to 1350
- HIS-1325 Survey of World History since 1350
- IDS-1100 Intro to Global Cultural Studies
- MUS-2243 Music of World Cultures
- POS-2300 International Relations
- POS-2350 Comparative Politics
- Any Foreign Language Course
|KIN-1000||Physiological Basis of Exercise||3|
|KIN-1400||Health and Fitness Assessment||3|
|KIN-2000||Health Risk Appraisal||3|
|KIN-2200||Nutrition, Exercise, and Behavior||3|
|KIN-2400||Principles of Strength and Conditioning||3|
|SRMP-2030||Managing Lifetime Fitness||3|
|KIN-3200||Health and Fitness Programming Management I||3|
|KIN-3400||Health and Fitness Programming Management II||3|
|KIN-4200||Special Topics in Kinesiology||3|
|CTHY-4000||Readings in Redemptive History||3|
|CTHY-4030||The Christian Faith||3|
Students in the College of Health, Science and Technology or The College of Theology, Arts and Humanities must meet all University requirements found in the Academic Information section of this catalog. Specific requirements for these Colleges include the following:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all coursework completed at CUC
- A minimum GPA of 2.00 for all courses taken in the major at CUC
- A minimum grade of C for all courses taken in a major at CUC
- The Department of Natural Sciences requires a minimum grade of D- for courses within the major that are not pre-requisites for other courses. For courses that are pre-requisites, the C minimum remains unless superseded by admission grade requirements for specific programs, e.g., nursing at Resurrection University, microscopy at Hooke College, medicine/dentistry/pharmacy at LECOM, etc.).
The following courses may not be taken on the Pass/Fail grade option:
Course List Code Title Hours ENG-1000 College Writing 3 ENG-1100 English Composition 3 ENG-2000 Writing About Literature 3 MAT-1000 Fundamentals of Mathematics 3 MAT-1010 Advanced Intermediate Algebra 3 Any course in a major at CUC