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School of Public
and Environmental
Affairs 2002-2004
Academic Bulletin

SPEA Web Site
Undergraduate Advising Office
SPEA 240
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
(800) 765-7755 Local (812) 855-0635
Contact SPEA

SPEA Web Site
Business/SPEA Building (BS) 3027
801 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317) 274-4656 toll free (877) 292-9321
Contact SPEA

Undergraduate Programs

Programs and Information
Requirements for Admission
Policies Governing the Undergraduate Program
Honors and Accelerated Master's Programs
International Programs
Washington Leadership Program
Indiana Leadership Program

Programs and Information

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers a wide range of undergraduate programs at all of the Indiana University campuses—Bloomington, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Northwest (Gary), South Bend, East (Richmond), and Southeast (New Albany). The undergraduate degrees are the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs (B.S.P.A.), the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.), the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management (B.S.H.S.M.), the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (B.S.C.J.), and, through a joint program with the College of Arts and Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (B.S.E.S.). The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers the following associate degrees: Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (A.S.C.J.) and the Associate of Science in Public Affairs (A.S.P.A.). In addition, the undergraduate program includes minors and certificate programs. Not all degrees, minors, and certificates are offered at all campuses.

Information concerning these programs can be obtained by visiting our Web site at www.indiana.edu/~speaweb or from the following SPEA campus offices:

Director, Undergraduate Programs
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
SPEA Building 260
Indiana University
1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-2100
(812) 855-9485
Toll free: (800) 765-7755

Student Services Office
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Business/SPEA Building 3027
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
801 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5152
(317) 274-4656
Toll free: (877) 292-9321

Fort Wayne
Division of Public and Environmental Affairs
Neff Hall 260
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 Coliseum Boulevard East
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
(219) 481-6351

Division of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University Kokomo
2300 S. Washington Street
Kokomo, IN 46904-9003
(765) 453-9289

Northwest (Gary)
Division of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408-1197
(219) 980-6695

South Bend
Division of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University South Bend
2210 Weikamp Hall
P.O. Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
(219) 237-4131

East (Richmond)
Director of Admissions
Indiana University East
2325 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1289
(765) 973-8208

Southeast (New Albany)
Criminal Justice
Indiana University Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150-6405
(812) 941-2622

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Requirements for Admission

Admission to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs on all campuses, except Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne, requires sophomore standing and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.

SPEA Bloomington requires application to its undergraduate programs and has a competitive admission process. Students are required to complete one of the courses listed below with a minimum grade of C.

SPEA E162 Environment and People (3 cr.)
SPEA E272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3 cr.)
SPEA V160 National and International Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA V161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3 cr.)

Students should apply for admission when they are enrolled in the preadmission course. Admission decisions are based on the grade in the above required course, the SPEA GPA, the cumulative GPA, and grade trends. A minimum cumulative GPA requirement for admission is established each semester.

Applications for the Bloomington programs are available in the SPEA Undergraduate Advising Office, SPEA 240 and on the Web at https://www.indiana.edu/~speaweb/undergradapp.html. Application deadlines are May 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.

SPEA Indianapolis has a special program to admit freshman students simultaneously to SPEA and to the University College. To be eligible for this dual admission, applicants must meet the general university and campus requirements for admission; have a minimum combined SAT (or equivalent) test score of 990 and be in the top quartile in their high school ranking.

Students who do not qualify for dual admission at Indianapolis or choose not to apply for freshman-level entry may be admitted to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs after they have completed 12 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.

SPEA Fort Wayne admits university-accepted students directly into the pre-SPEA program. To be eligible for admission to SPEA degree programs, a student must have earned a 2.30 cumulative GPA and completed 30 credit hours, including C or higher in the math and computer science requirement, ENG W131, SPEA J101, and SPEA V170. Transfer students and those who wish to change their major to a SPEA degree program are accepted into the pre-SPEA program until these prerequisites are met.

Intercampus Transfer

Students admitted to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at any campus of Indiana University may transfer permanently to SPEA on another campus, provided they meet the requirements for admission and good academic standing at the desired campus. Students wanting a temporary intercampus transfer need only meet the good academic standing requirements.

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Policies Governing the Undergraduate Program

The following academic policies of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs are applicable to all SPEA undergraduate programs regardless of the campus where they are offered. Additional policies at individual campuses may also apply to SPEA students.

Grading Policies
SPEA follows the official grading system of Indiana University, which is as follows:

A+, A = 4.00
C = 2.00
A– = 3.70
C– = 1.70
B+ = 3.30
D+ = 1.30
B = 3.00
D = 1.00
B– = 2.70
D– = 0.70
C+ = 2.30
F = 0.00

The following grades carry no points: I (Incomplete—an Incomplete will change to an F if the work is not completed within the time period specified by the instructor [an instructor can specify any period of time up to one year]), NR (No Grade Reported), P (Pass), R (Deferred), S (Satisfactory), W (Withdrawal —check the current Schedule of Classes for deadlines). On the Bloomington campus, any SPEA undergraduate student may retake a course for which he/she received a grade below an A during the first 45 hours of course work. Students may exercise this option for no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credits and may use this option only once for a given course.

The Indianapolis campus has an expanded policy in regards to computing the cumulative GPA. A student may replace any grade in a course by retaking it a second time. Both courses must have been taken since fall of 1996 at IUPUI. Students may replace 5 grades for a total of 15 credit hours.

The student's transcript shall record both grades. For the course retaken, only the second grade shall be counted in the determination of the student's grade point average (GPA).

Good Academic Standing
Students are in good academic standing when their semester and their cumulative grade point averages are 2.00 or above, and their grade point average in all courses counting in the SPEA core and major/concentration requirements is at least 2.30. Students must be in good academic standing to graduate.

A student will be placed on academic probation if his/her cumulative or semester grade point average is below 2.00 or his/her SPEA core and major/concentration GPA falls below 2.30. In order for the core and major/concentration GPA to be considered, a student must have completed 12 or more credit hours in the core and major/concentration.

Critical Probation
After one semester on probation, students who fail to return to good academic standing will be placed on critical probation. At the discretion of the undergraduate program director, these students could be dismissed. If a student is given the opportunity to enroll under critical probation, SPEA will establish strict conditions that must be met before that student will be allowed to register for future classes.

Students will be dismissed if they fail to return to good academic standing after one semester on critical probation. Students may also be dismissed if, in the opinion of the undergraduate program director, they are not making satisfactory progress toward their degrees.

Dismissed students must petition their campus undergraduate program director for readmission. Dismissed students whose petitions are denied will not be allowed to register.

Grade Appeals
Students have one year to appeal a grade given by a SPEA faculty member. Resolution of the issue with the class instructor must be attempted before submitting a written appeal to the appropriate program director.

Student Rights and Responsibilities
These provide for due process in the event of disciplinary or other actions and are explained in detail in the student handbook, Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. In accordance with federal law, student records are confidential and are available to other persons only under specific conditions, as outlined in university regulations. Students are responsible for planning their own academic programs and for meeting the requirements for their degree or certificate programs. Faculty and academic advisors are obligated only to assist students in meeting this responsibility.

Academic Integrity
This is a basic principle requiring that students take credit only for ideas and efforts that are their own. Academic dishonesty violates that principle and undermines the bonds of trust and cooperation among members of the university community. Penalties and procedures that are applicable when academic misconduct or dishonesty occurs are provided in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. The policy on academic dishonesty is also published each semester in the Bloomington Schedule of Classes.

Sex Offenders Screening Policy for Students/Applicants
Indianapolis applicants should be aware that criminal convictions may result in ineligibility for participation in certain courses/activities within the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Questions regarding school policy on such matters should be addressed to the appropriate program director or the director of student services.

Other Policies Concerning Degree Requirements

Bulletin Policy
Students are expected to complete the requirements for their undergraduate degree within 10 years of admission to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Students are allowed to continue beyond this time period only at the discretion of the undergraduate program director or campus director. If a student has not taken classes for three years or more, that student must satisfy the program requirements of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in effect at the time of reactivation. Requests for deviation from requirements listed in the bulletin must be approved in writing by the program director, whose decision is final.

Hours Requirements
Students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for most of the Bachelor of Science degrees and a minimum of 60 credit hours for the Associate of Science degree. However, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science requires 122 credit hours. The campus at which a student completes the plurality of course work will award the degree, provided that campus is authorized to grant the degree/major/concentration and that the student has been admitted to that campus. Students may transfer no more than 90 credit hours (60 credits from a junior college) toward a Bachelor of Science degree or 30 credit hours toward an Associate of Science degree. Class standing, based on total credit hours that count toward minimum degree requirements, is as follows: senior, 86 or more; junior, 56-85; sophomore, 26-55; freshman, fewer than 26.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for the B.S. and A.S. degrees. In addition, a SPEA core and major/concentration GPA of 2.30 must be maintained in order to graduate. As a joint degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs, the B.S. in Environmental Science requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) to graduate. All courses taken to satisfy major requirements must be completed with a C- or higher and with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) for all courses taken in the major. For students seeking certificates or minors from SPEA, the minimum GPA requirement is 2.00 in all applicable course work.

Generally, courses taken to meet a specific degree requirement cannot be double-counted (used to satisfy any other degree requirement). One exception to this rule is SPEA students earning a SPEA minor may double-count two minor courses.

Application for Degree
All students must fill out an application for degree at the SPEA Records office on their campus. This application must be filed six months before the expected graduation date.

Degrees Awarded with Distinction
SPEA recognizes outstanding performance by awarding bachelor's and associate degrees with three levels of distinction to students who rank within the upper 10 percent of their SPEA graduating class and have completed a minimum of 60 hours at Indiana University for a B.S. (30 hours for the A.S.). The levels of distinction are as follows: highest: 3.90 and above, high: 3.70 through 3.89, distinction: 3.50 through 3.69.

Requirements for a Second Bachelor's Degree
Students must petition for approval to work toward a second bachelor's degree. If permission is granted, students are required to take 30 credit hours beyond the credits used for the first bachelor's degree and satisfy all the requirements for the second degree. Generally, SPEA encourages students to work toward a graduate degree rather than a second bachelor's degree.

Available Options
A student in good academic standing may choose to take a maximum of eight elective courses (two per academic year) pass/fail for the B.S. degree or two courses for the A.S. degree. Deadlines for exercising this option are published in the Schedule of Classes and are strictly enforced.

With prior approval, a student may take three courses, totaling no more than 10 credit hours, by correspondence through the School of Continuing Studies. Under no circumstances may a student satisfy a core or major/ concentration requirement by correspondence.

With SPEA faculty approval, a student in good standing may earn a maximum of 9 credit hours through the SPEA internship program. Fort Wayne limits the internship to 12 credit hours: 6 credit hours within the concentration/ major electives and an additional 6 credit hours that can count for general electives. The SPEA internship program is described in more detail elsewhere in this bulletin.

SPEA students may choose to pursue a minor from another school, department, or within SPEA in an area other than their degree or major/concentration. Students interested in a minor should contact that department for additional information.

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Honors and Accelerated Master's Programs

Sophomores and juniors who have completed at least 45 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher may apply for the Honors Program. The primary requirements are that a student maintain the 3.50 GPA, successfully complete designated honors courses, and write a senior thesis. Students may propose a unique course of study in consultation with the SPEA honors advisor.

The Accelerated Master's Program (A.M.P.) is a competitive program for outstanding SPEA students. Students may apply to the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.), the Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) or the Master of Science in Environmental Science (M.S.E.S.) early in their junior year.

Participation in this program allows the student to fulfill some graduate program requirements during the senior year. Graduate courses count for both graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. Before starting the graduate program, students must have satisfied all general education and core requirements with a minimum of 96 credit hours completed toward their bachelor's degree (90 credit hours for students seeking the M.H.A. degree). For additional information, students should contact the appropriate program director.

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International Programs

SPEA offers several opportunities to study abroad for credit:

  • The Rotterdam Program in the Netherlands (spring and fall)
  • The Parliamentary Internship Program in Canberra, Australia (year-round)
The Rotterdam program is a one-semester program that allows students to take 15 credit hours in the general area of public affairs. The Parliamentary internship is available with or without course work and is offered each semester and during the summer (the Australian winter). In addition, IU offers many other officially approved study abroad programs that can, with the authorization of your advisor, count for SPEA credit.

All these programs are taught in English, and the IU credit obtained costs the same as it would if you remained on campus. Financial aid that you have obtained for your studies is normally applied to these overseas experiences. Experience has taught us that studying abroad does not adversely affect your GPA, increase your cost of study, or delay your graduation, even though many people seem to think one or all of these things will happen.

Our purpose in creating these study abroad opportunities is to provide you with a unique chance to broaden your horizons, help you prepare yourself for a world that is becoming much more international and global, and allow you to challenge yourself by facing something new. Of course, there are opportunities to travel and socialize as well as study-and that is all part of the educational experience. More than 200 SPEA students have benefited from this opportunity. There are many programs from which to choose, and students are advised to make use of the overseas study resource center on the third floor of Franklin Hall.

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Washington Leadership Program

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers the Washington Leadership Program each fall and spring semester in Washington, D.C. Junior and senior undergraduate students from all majors at IU Bloomington, as well as the regional campuses, are eligible to apply. This program consists of two senior-level seminars (each worth 3 credit hours) and an internship (worth 5 or 6 credit hours). Students complete internships by working four days per week in an assigned congressional office, public interest group, federal agency, or nonprofit organization.

Students reside and have their classes in Alexandria, VA. Tuition is based on the regular fees for Indiana University. Students in the program remain eligible for any scholarships or financial aid they would normally receive as Indiana University students. Interested regional campus students should contact the SPEA program director. In Bloomington, students should contact the SPEA placement and internship office.

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Indiana Leadership Program

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers students the opportunity to earn 6 academic credits through participation in the Indiana Leadership Program. This program, available each fall and spring semester, consists of an internship, monthly seminars, a final paper, and a presentation to all intern sponsors for that semester. Students complete the internship by working 24 hours per week in an assigned local or state government agency.

Students can maintain full-time status at Indiana University by taking 6 additional credit hours. Participants in this program remain eligible for the scholarships or financial aid they would normally receive as Indiana University students. For more information on this program, contact the SPEA Placement and Internship Office in Bloomington.

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