Advising--Glossary

Here is a list of words, phrases and acronyms that are common to academic advising at Gonzaga. Please let us know if you have any questions. Suggestions are welcome also! Thanks.

  • 128 -- the minimum number of semester credits needed to graduate from Gonzaga.
  • Add -- as in "to add a class". Adding a class to your schedule over can often be done via Zagweb (except for incoming freshmen or new transfer students, who must see their advisor) but if the course is closed or restricted the add process will require a  paper form you need to have signed. It can be found here or at various locations around campus.
  • Application for admission to the business school -- the paper form that must be filled out in order to take upper division classes in the SBA. There are forms for business majors (here) and business minors (here). Students must meet various criteria in order to be admitted to the business school.
  • Application for graduation -- this paper form can be used to apply for graduation. Be sure to fill out parts 1 and 2. You can also apply to graduate via Zagweb. Paper or online please pay attention to all deadlines for undergraduate degree candidates. Missing deadlines causes problems including late fees. The submitting of this form triggers an official evaluation by the Registrar's Office of your degree status. You cannot graduate without this.
  • Blackboard -- the classroom management information system used by Gonzaga. While not all of your professors will use it those that do tend to rely on it heavily. Here is a link to a quick-start guide.
  • Broadening -- beginning with the 2012-2013 catalogue business majors are required to satisfy a "Broadening, International or Experiential" requirement. A broadening course is defined as any upper division course from outside the student's concentration(s) that is not part of the international or experiential course menu.
  • Catalogue -- the University annually publishes a catalogue. The catalogue contains much information about the University and its activities. From an academic advising perspective the University catalogue is a very important document for it contains information about degree requirements and policies. It is critical to note that degree requirements and thus catalogues change over time. It is your responsibility to know what catalogue you are "on". It likely corresponds to the year of your initial enrollment at Gonzaga. You also have the option of changing catalogues although some restrictions apply. You can find more information on catalogues here.
  • Concentration
  • Core class -- a course that is required of everyone in the University (e.g., ENGL 101) or in a particular school/college. For example, all business students must take ACCT 260. It is part of the business core.
  • Course attribute -- certain courses are designated to fulfill certain requirements. These designations are called attributes. For example, MGMT 355 (International Management) would be designated as an international course in the business school. Other attributes include social justice, fine arts, and experiential. Using Zagweb you can search for courses by attribute.
  • Double counting -- there are times when a course can satisfy two requirements. This is called double counting. For example, PSYC 101 could double-count for both psychology major and the business school's social science requirement. There are times when permission must be received for double counting. You can find that form here. Double counting can be tricky so always consult with your advisor.
  • Drop -- as in "dropping a course". To drop is to officially remove yourself from being enrolled in a course. Be aware that there are two types of "drops" both with their own deadline. The first is the date by which you can drop a class and NOT have it appear on your transcript. This date is usually very early in the semester. Technically this is known as a drop. Once the drop deadline passes you can only withdraw from a course. During the withdraw period the course in question will still appear on your transcript with a grade of "W". This "W" does not impact your grade point average The second deadline is the date by which the course cannot be dropped without processing a "late withdrawal form". This form can be found here or at various locations around campus. A drop can be done via Zagweb (except for incoming freshmen or new transfer students who must see their advisor).
  • Experiential -- part of the requirements of the business major can be satisfied by taking an experiential course. Experiential courses such as internships are "hands-on" and can be identified via the attribute search function in Zagweb.
  • GAMP -- the Gonzaga Alumni Mentorship Program is a tremendously successful initiative run by the Career Center. It matches current Gonzaga students with Gonzaga alums who have indicated a willingness to serve as mentors. Read more about GAMP here.
  • Good academic standing
  • Graduation evaluation -- the process by which your academic transcript is compared to the requirements of your degree program. Both you and your advisor can run one at any time via Zagweb. You also must formally apply to graduate in the fall of your junior year. This application kicks off the formal and official evaluation of you transcript by the Registrar's Office. See above for more information about "application for graduation".
  • Integrative -- prior to the 2012-2013 catalogue business majors were required to satisfy an "Integrative, International or Experiential" requirement. An integrative course is a course that has been designed to present material that is not  specific to any one discipline. These courses serve the purpose of allowing students to view business and its related issues from multiple perspectives. Integrative courses can be identified via the attribute search function in Zagweb.
  • International -- part of the requirements of the business major can be satisfied by taking an international course. International courses can be identified via the attribute search function in Zagweb.
  • Internship -- in addition to being available to all business and accounting majors, part of the requirements of the business major can be satisfied by completing an internship. Internships are a great opportunity students to gain experience and apply what they have learned. You can read more about SBA internships here.
  • Jepson -- as in the Jepson Center....the home of Gonzaga's School of Business Administration.
  • Lower division courses -- 100- or 200-level courses are often referred to as lower division courses.
  • Midterms
  • Overload -- the maximum number of credit hours per semester a student can be enrolled in is 18. If you wish to be enrolled in more you need permission and you can find the form here.
  • Probation
  • Quarter credit -- one method of measuring academic credits. Quarters typically run 10 weeks (usually three per year excluding summers) and classes meet more often over that 10 week period than they would during the same period of time in a semester based system. What is most important to you is that 1 quarter credit does not equal 1 semester credit (5 quarter credits are the equivalent to 3.3 semester credits). This is critical to remember when you are thinking about transferring coursework into Gonzaga. The quarter system can still be found in some places including the State of Washington's community college system.
  • Semester credit -- another method of measuring academic credits. This is the method Gonzaga and many other institutions use. Semesters are approximately 15 weeks long and there are typically two per year (excluding summers). As mentioned above 1 semester credit does not equal 1 quarter credit.
  • Senior residency requirement -- your last 30 credits are to be taken at Gonzaga. If the need arises for you to do otherwise you must get approval using this form.
  • Substitution -- it is possible to substitute one course for another. This may happen when a course you need to satisfy a specific requirement is not available for one reason or another. In this situation you may be able to substitute another course for the specific course requirement. Approval via this form is necessary.
  • Transfer course -- any college course you transfer into Gonzaga. This can refer to courses you took before you came to Gonzaga or courses you take after you have been enrolled here. Six important things about transferring courses after your enrollment at Gonzaga: 1) get prior approval to take the course via this form; 2) know if the course you want to transfer is a semester or a quarter course; 3) you must earn a grade of "C" or higher for the course to be accepted as transfer credit;  4) you must have the transfer transcript sent to Gonzaga's Registrar Office; 5) the grade you earn in the transfer course is not included in Gonzaga's calculation of your cumulative grade point average; and 6) courses considered equivalent to a Gonzaga course that was completed with a D or higher cannot be transferred back to Gonzaga.
  • Upper division courses -- 300- or 400-level courses are often referred to as upper division courses.
  • Waiver -- in rare cases it is possible to have a requirement waived. If the need arises for you to do so you must get approval using this form. Note: the waiver of a course does not waive or reduce the total number of credits required for the degree.
  • Withdraw -- to remove yourself from a course after the drop period has closed. During the withdraw period the course in question will still appear on your transcript with a grade of "W". This "W" does not impact your grade point average The second deadline is the date by which the course cannot be dropped without processing a "late withdrawal form". This form can be found here or at various locations around campus.
  • Zagweb -- one of the key resources you have for managing your academic life. Registration for classes, checking and accepting financial aid packages, course evaluations and graduation evaluations all take place here.