Course Numbers

001-099 Non-degree credit, pre-college level courses including remedial skills courses do not count toward graduation. (ASC 066, ASC 067, ASC 068, ASC 069, ASC 087, ASC 088, ASC 091, ASC 092, and ASC 093).
100-199 Taught at the freshman level, or the first course in a sequence.
200-299 Taught at the sophomore level.
300-499 Taught at the junior and senior level, but open to sophomores with permission from the instructor.
500 Designation as a professional non-degree course that cannot be applied to an undergraduate or graduate degree.
501 or higher Graduate level course.


DSU Graduate Course Credit Hour Policy

Graduate Courses: Dickinson State University courses numbered 501 and above may be taken for graduate credit. Derived from the U.S. Department of Education regulations, the definition of a credit hour is based on direct faculty instruction - contact hours, plus independent (out-of-class) work. While variability among and between courses is anticipated, in general, graduate-level students are expected to spend 3-4 hours outside of class for each hour spent in class. That said, historically and philosophically the emphasis in graduate education has been and is predicated on subject-matter mastery—meaning that, to a degree, the appropriate amount of time (hours) spent by a student out-of-class is determined by the student’s ability to demonstrate mastery to the satisfaction of the professor.

Graduate Course Content Criteria: The following criteria (derived based on a review of graduate program best-practice exemplars) are put forth to provide guidance to graduate-level course preparation and delivery.

  • Course content should be intellectually challenging to graduate students.
  • Graduate-level subject matter should emphasize the literature of the discipline(s) and/or be drawn from relevant research and scholarly activity.
  • Graduate courses should build on previous discipline-specific knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences.

Special course numbers include:

X90 Education methods courses within disciplines
X91 Discipline Seminar
X92 Experimental Course
X93 Peer Tutoring
X94 Independent Study, Undergraduate Research
X95 Service Learning
X96 Study Tours
X97 Internship, Externship, Cooperative Education
X98 Pre-professional Experience, Clinical, and Student Teaching
X99 Special Topics, Readings