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2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog
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[College of Continuing Studies]


The Division of Academic Programs and Services is charged with extending the resources of The University of Alabama in a manner that meets the diverse academic-credit needs of adult learners. To carry out its mission, it is the responsibility of the division to develop a comprehensive program of credit opportunities for adults employed full-time, to support the mission of the University, and to deliver a quality program.

For more information about the division's credit programs, write to The University of Alabama, Division of Academic Programs and Services, College of Continuing Studies, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388, call (205) 348-3021, or visit the Web site at

Evening Program

The Evening Program offers classes at times convenient for working adults. A student unable to continue his or her education in the traditional format (day classes) may enroll in the Evening Program. Graduate and undergraduate degrees in business, geography, and criminal justice are available through this program. Many other courses from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the College of Human Environmental Sciences, and the School of Social Work are offered after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information on the Evening Program, call (205) 348-0089 or visit the Web site at

External Degree (EXD) Program

The External Degree (EXD) Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate distance learning program for adults whose educational needs cannot be met through traditional residential programs. Previously earned academic credits transferred from regionally accredited colleges or earned through national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), independent studies, out-of-class learning contracts, correspondence studies, classroom work, and demonstrated prior learning may be applied toward a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies.

The EXD Program is intended to serve older, nontraditional students whose opportunities to use currently available educational resources may be limited. Applicants must have high-school diplomas or minimum General Educational Development (GED) equivalency scores of 50; be 25 years of age or older; and have educational goals that can be met through the program. All transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to gain admission. Applicants need not be Alabama residents.

For more information or to obtain a catalog and application, contact the External Degree Program at (205) 348-6000 or visit the Web site at

For specific EXD Program curriculum requirements, please refer to the section on New College (p. 103) in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Weekend College

Designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students, Weekend College offers a number of courses in the fall, spring, and summer on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Scheduling weekend classes is especially convenient for the part-time student who would like to pursue academic studies while working.

All Weekend College courses are approved by the appropriate department chairpersons and academic deans and are taught by UA faculty members. Weekend College students are admitted through regular University admission procedures and have full use of UA's educational resources and services.

For more information, call (205) 348-0089 or visit the Web site at

Adult Student Services

The Division of Academic Programs and Services provides a University-wide point of entry for adult students returning to campus or entering the University for the first time. The division provides the services listed below to meet the particular needs of adult students, the most rapidly growing portion of the student population. Through the Division of Academic Programs and Services, students can

For more information on adult student services available through Academic Programs and Services, call (205) 348-0089 or visit the Web site at

Gadsden Education and Research Center

Established in 1946, The University of Alabama's Gadsden Education and Research Center is an off-campus program serving residents of Northeast Alabama by offering graduate coursework for credit; by providing noncredit programs for professional development; by making test services available; and by serving as a source of information about and liaison with the University's main campus.

Currently the center offers more than 25 complete graduate degree or certification programs in education, including master's degree, Ed.S. degree, "class A" and "class AA" certification programs. You can also complete a bachelor's degree in human environmental sciences with a concentration in family financial planning and counseling at the Gadsden Center or a master's degree in nursing. (Applications for the nursing program are due June 1, 2001.)

For more information, call (256) 546-2886 or 1-888-223-4131, or visit the Web site at

Child Development Associate Training Program

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Program offers educational and training opportunities to teachers of preschool children. Theory and its application to the child-care environment are the foundation for the undergraduate credit courses that lead to assessment for the CDA credential. This federal credential is required of all Head Start teachers and many others who care for preschool children.

For more information, call (205) 348-7040 or visit the Web site at

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