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UNO Administrative Calendar

Discovery Building Dream Session
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Community Engagement Center 201 Large Meeting Room
Graduate Faculty Meetings
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - Milo Bail Student Center Council Room
Chancellor's Cabinet
2:00 PM - EAB 200
Academic and Student Affairs Leadership Meeting
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Community Engagement Center 118 First Floor Video Conference Room

For a comprehensive list of events, please refer to the calendars below.

Alternative Delivery Options:
For existing programs (degrees, majors, minors, concentrations, and certificates) the Office of Academic & Student Affairs must be notified after appropriate department/school & college approval. For undergraduate programs the Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) will be informed. For Graduate Program, the Courses, Programs, and Evaluations (Committee B) will be informed. Notification of "Alternative Delivery" should be done for all programs (degrees, majors, minors, concentrations, and certificates 50% or more of the program is available in a format other than on-campus delivery of courses. Please send information or your questions to Deborah Smith-Howell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Dean for Graduate Studies (

Certificates (may be undergraduate or graduate; all campus approvals & Board of Regent & CCPE approval required):
  • Generally 12-18 hours of coursework
  • Provides an opportunity for a credential recognizing a specific set of skills and knowledge
  • With approval of the units offering undergraduate or graduate major or minor, the coursework from a certificate may be applied to an UG or GR degree program
  • Certificates provide an independent or professional credential that is awarded in addition to or independently from an undergraduate or graduate degree

Concentration/Specialization/Tracks (needs college approval and Educational Policy Advisory Committee/Academic & Student Affairs notification for undergraduate and Committee B and Graduate Council for graduate):
  • Subset of a major with a limited number of hours required
  • Generally 12-18 undergraduate credit hours or 9 hours graduate credit hours
  • Shares a core set of requirements for the major
  • May overlap with other concentrations/specializations within a major
  • Has some distinct or unique requirements that differentiate from other concentrations or within the major
  • BGS Option One concentrations have 30 hours of coursework
  • FYI—recognized on transcript

Degree (needs all campus approvals & Board of Regents & CCPE approval):
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in ____
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Etc.
  • Recognized on the diploma

Major (needs all campus approvals & Board of Regents & CCPE approval; for graduate majors also need Executive Graduate Council):
  • Minimum of 30 hours of UG coursework or 30 hours of graduate work
  • Discipline/Content specific with a coherent plan of study
  • Limited overlap with other majors
  • Requires at least 15 hours of upper-division credit (3000/4000)
  • Provides both depth and breadth within a specific content area
  • FYI—not printed on any diplomas but recognized on transcript

Minors (need campus approval only by Educational Policy Advisory Committee & Deans Forum for undergraduate or Committee B and Graduate Council for graduate):
  • Generally 12-18 hours of undergraduate coursework or 9 hours of graduate coursework specified by the department(s) offering the minor
  • Provides an opportunity for a secondary set of skills and knowledge in addition to a major
  • Is an area outside of the major