The Indispensable Academic Catalog

What courses are required on my degree plan?
Why was I placed on academic probation?
How much are the course fees?
What are the admission requirements?

These and more are popular questions among college students. Students call, email, google and ask their friends for answers but, all of these questions and more can be answered in the college or university’s academic catalog.

Typically, an academic catalog is issued either annually or biannually to provide a comprehensive list of information about admissions, academic calendars, registration and records, cost and financial services, transfer polices, program of studies, student policies, course descriptions and more. Let us look at several practical ways that students can best utilize their academic catalog.


Course Descriptions

One of the most practical ways a student can utilize the academic catalog is through the course descriptions. Course descriptions provide students with information on what the course will cover. Students should pay special attention to the end of the course description to ensure they meet the prerequisite. For example:

CSTH 4330 – Doctrine of Revelation. This course is a historical and contemporary study of issues relating to human knowledge of God including natural and special revelation. Particular attention is given to the issues of the relationship of revelation and reason and to the nature and role of the Bible in revelation: inspiration, authority, inerrancy, and interpretation. CSBS 1311, CSBS 1312, PHIL 2315 or CSTH 2316.

In this course, student must have already completed CSBS 1311, CSBS 1312, PHIL 2315/CSTH 2316. By ensuring these courses’ requirements are met before enrolling, students can avoid last minute schedule changes.

Degree Plan Requirements

Another practical way a student can learn from the catalog is through the degree plan requirements. Before declaring a major, it is recommended that students read the required list of courses. If a student hates the idea of science courses, then they may want to focus on majors that have other requirements such as foreign language. A student can also look at courses of interest and see how these come together in a degree in ways they perhaps had not previously thought.

GPA Requirements

Are you aware of the required GPA to remaining above academic good standing? What are the ramifications of falling below this standard? For many schools, the GPA requirements will vary by the number of hours a student has completed. By being aware of the requirements and ramifications, students can set their plan to success with clear direction.


While the academic catalog at any university will never be listed on the New York Time’s Best Seller’s list, it is vital that students become familiar with the content to ensure a successful college career!

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Elizabeth Webb

Elizabeth Webb

Elizabeth Webb is the Assistant Registrar for Curriculum, Registration, and Records at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is an alumni who received her BBA in Marketing and MBA in Management.
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Elizabeth Webb is the Assistant Registrar for Curriculum, Registration, and Records at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is an alumni who received her BBA in Marketing and MBA in Management.