Academic Glossary of Terms


Academic Probation

Students who fail to meet certain academic performance standards may be placed on academic probation.  This is a temporary designation which requires that students return to satisfactory academic standing.

Academic Suspension

Students may be suspended for failure to meet academic standards or for academic dishonesty.  Suspended students are not permitted to register for courses, but may reapply for admission after a period of one year.


Admission is the process of applying for and being accepted as a student of the University.  Admission at Ambrose University is directly into the program of choice.  Depending on a student’s circumstances, he or she may meet the criteria in one of several admission categories.  Course selection is not part of the admissions process.


Students who audit a course do not take the course for credit.  Although they are full participants in the classroom and are required to attend all classes, audit student do not complete the academic requirements of the course.


A concentration is a specific area of focused study in a degree program.


A co-requisite is a required course that must be taken in the same semester as another course.


Students who receive credit for a course may use it toward the completion of a program or as a prerequisite.  The number of credits attached to a course varies based on the amount of work required and number of instructional hours.


Discipline describes an area or subject matter of study.


An elective is a degree requirement that the student is allowed to choose.  In some cases, there will be limitations on the choices: a degree may require the student to choose a course in English, or a course in Christian Studies (REL) at the senior level.  Electives that allow the student to choose any course are called Open Electives.


Faculty refers to the academic staff of a university.


A full load is enrolment in fifteen credits per semester.


A full-time student is enroled in at least nine credits per semester.

GPA (Grade Point Average)

This shows a student’s academic performance and is calculated by dividing the number of grade points (also known as quality points) by the number of credits received.  GPA may be calculated by semester, or a s a cumulative measurement (CGPA).


The Humanities encompass disciplines that are concerned with human thought and culture.  At Ambrose University, the Humanities include English, Languages, Music, Philosophy and Christian Studies (REL).

Junior Level

Courses at the junior level are courses with course numbers at the 100 level.  These courses are usually introductory courses in a discipline and are suitable for first-year students.


A major is a focused area of study in a degree program.  It requires more in-depth study of the area than in a concentration.


A minor is a secondary area of study which can be included in a degree.


A part-time student is enroled in fewer than nine credits per semester.


A prerequisite may be listed in the course description, meaning that successful completion of another course must be met before a student may register for the course.


The academic year is divided into semesters.  The Fall semester runs from September to December, the Winter semester from January to April and the Spring/Summer semester from May to August.

Senior level

Courses at the senior level are those whose course numbers are at the 200, 300 or 400 level.  These courses often have prerequisites and are generally designed for students in their second, third, or fourth year of study.


A transcript is as complete and official academic record.  It includes courses taken and grades received.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is credit granted toward an Ambrose University when the course has been completed at another academic institution.