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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of terms used in this website

Catalog year: When you begin going to Texas Tech determines the specific year. For example, if you entered in either Summer or Fall of a particular year or the Spring of the following year, you will be in the catalog of the academic year that began that Fall. Academic years are indicated with a slash, for instance, 2009/2010. The shorthand for the year is "2009". Obviously, if you begin in Fall 2009, you are in the 2009 catalog. You are also in the 2009 catalog if you entered during Summer 2009 or Spring 2010.

Your catalog year can change. If you transfer from another college within Texas Tech or not enrolled for 3 or more semesters, your catalog will change to reflect your entry/re-entry into the College of Arts & Sciences. Also your catalog will expire after seven years and you will be changed the next catalog year. Suspension can also affect your catalog year.

Concurrent Enrollment Rule: "Concurrent" typically means "at the same time." The 2009/2010 catalog states: "Students who are registered at Texas Tech and wish to register concurrently at another institution must obtain prior written approval from the academic dean of the college in which they are enrolled. This approval apples to all residence courses, extension courses, and distance education courses in progress elsewhere at the time of registration and those begun during the semester." The College of Arts & Sciences typically does not grant such permission except under exceptional circumstances.

Degree plan: English and Philosophy majors are required to file a degree plan with the College of Arts & Sciences by the time they earn 45 to 60 hours. Arts and Sciences will place a hold on your account preventing you from registering. The procedure for completing a degree plan involves making an appointment with the appropriate major and minor advisor.

Intent to Graduate: This is also a form that must be turned into the college and the timing of its submission is college specific.

English and Philosophy majors are required to file the Intent to Graduate by the time they have earned 80 hours. However, the form must be filed at least a calendar year before your graduation month. The date is specific and is usually the Friday before the commencement date, the year before you are planning to graduate. So if you are planning on graduating in May of a particular year, the Intent must be filed by the Friday before the May commencement the year before you are graduating. The Intent to Graduate form can be acquired and filled in for the College of Arts & Sciences in Holden Hall 102. You cannot file the Intent to Graduate before you turn in the Degree Plan.

In order to change your graduation date after you file the Intent to Graduate you contact your Arts & Sciences advisor. It is easy to stay longer in order to finish. It is more paperwork (called a "Petition") in order to graduate earlier than the date you established when you file the Intent. Your best bet is always to put down your earliest possible graduation date and then push it forward if that turns out not to be possible. Keeping your Arts & Sciences advisor apprised of this is common courtesy and saves him or her a great deal of extra time and effort.