Course Catalog

Academic Information


Each student who is admitted to the GOAL Program is assigned an academic advisor who assists in the development of a written program of studies. Advising is provided for new students beginning at first registration, and for continuing students at mid-term of fall and spring semesters and in mid-summer. Studentsare strongly urged to attend scheduled advising sessions.



A full load is 12 semester hours each fall and spring semester and 6-9 semester hours during the ten-week Summer School. Students may attend the GOAL Program part-time.


The maximum number of hours for which a student can enroll in any given term is 21.5 semester hours. Course load limits include all transient course work. Students with a minimum cumulative Gardner-Webb University grade point average of 3.00 may appeal to the EPSC (Educational Policies and Standards Committee) for permissions to exceed this hour limitation. In no case will approval be granted for hours in excess of 25 semester hours in any given semester. All appeals must be submitted in writing to the chair of the EPSC prior to registration for the semester in question.



On-site registration is conducted prior to fall and spring, and summer semesters. However, phone and e-mail registration procedures have been developed for the mutual benefit and convenience of the University and students. If a student is unable to attend the scheduled advising period, it is the student’s responsibility to contact their academic advisor.


New students are contacted by their academic advisor and registered for the first semester.


Continuing students register for classes online through MyWebb according to the posted schedule on the official Academic Calendar. Before registration each student should consult with his or her academic advisor on course selection, core requirements, major requirements and other degree requirements. The academic advisor issues a PIN (personal identification number). However, it is the responsibility of the student, not the academic advisor, to ensure that all University graduation requirements are met. A student will not receive credit for any course for which registration has not been completed. Unless the student and his or her advisor consider it essential, a student should not change the schedule after registration.


Payment to the Business Office must be received on or before the published deadline date or the student will be subject to a late registration fee.


A student must be officially admitted to the University prior to registration. A student is not officially enrolled for a course until officially accepted for admission and cleared with the Business Office.



Any student may audit a class with the permission of the professor of the course. All auditors must file an application with the College of Distance Learning and Continuing Education. Auditors not enrolled in other Gardner-Webb classes will be charged $150 per credit hour for the course plus any special fees.


Auditors are subject to the attendance regulations of the University. Additional requirements, if any, are the responsibility of the professor. Credit will not be allowed for any course for which a student registers as an auditor.



The University reserves the right to cancel or discontinue any course because of insufficient enrollment or for other valid reasons. In order to assure quality instruction, the University reserves the right to close registration when the maximum enrollment has been reached, or to make changes in the schedule and/or faculty when necessary.



Students are requested to contact the Registrar’s Office in the event of any change of name or address. 704-406-4260.



The student’s schedule of classes may be adjusted by adding or changing courses with the approval of the Academic Advisor during the drop/add dates. Changes which result in the student taking the same number of hours as prior to the change will result in no additional tuition charges or reduction in tuition charges.



The term “independent study” is reserved for those courses specifically designed as guided reading and/or for student-initiated research that includes a written project/paper.


Independent study requires junior, senior, or graduate standing and the approval of the following: the professor offering the study, the student’s major department/school, and the appropriate Associate Provost. The student’s proposal must be submitted and approved by the end of the semester preceding the study. An independent study will not be used to repeat a course and is restricted to a degree or licensure-seeking student in a Gardner-Webb University program of study. No more than six hours credit in independent study may be applied toward graduation requirements. No more than three hours of independent study can betaken in any one semester.



A course by arrangement is restricted to a degree or licensure-seeking student in a Gardner-Webb University program of student (i.e., is not a transient student) and a catalog course which is not offered by the University during a given semester or which cannot be scheduled by the student. The course may be offered to the student on a one-to-one basis, provided the option is limited to instances of extenuating circumstances.


Course by Arrangement requires junior, senior, or graduate standing and the approval of the following: the professor offering the study, the student’s major department/school, and the appropriate Associate Provost. A Course by Arrangement must be scheduled before the end of the drop/add period of each semester. It will not be used to repeat a course. No more than two Course by Arrangements may be applied toward graduation requirements. No more than one Course by Arrangement can be taken in any one semester.



A student may repeat up to six courses in which a “C-“, “D+”,“D”, “D-“, “F”, “@F”, or “WF” is made to improve grades for GPA purposes. When a course is repeated (up to six courses), only the higher grade is counted in computing the Gardner-Webb GPA. Beginning with the seventh course all repeat attempts will be counted in the GPA. Students are allowed to retake courses that they fail due to academic dishonesty; however, the course hours attempted will continue tobe calculated in figuring the student’s grade point average.



Regular class attendance is an important student obligation, and each student is responsible for all work conducted in class meetings. Students are required by University policy to attend a minimum of 75% of the scheduled class meetings. Failure to do so will result in loss of credit for the course. Furthermore, it is the option of the professor to set a more stringent class attendance policy. During the first week of the semester, the professor will clearly state, in writing, the attendance policy which will govern the class. Students are responsible for knowing the number of absences they accumulate.


Students enrolled in online classes must also adhere to the University’s attendance policy as stated above.


Absence from class does not excuse the student from responsibility for class work. Planned class absences for foreseeable personal circumstances or official University business must be negotiated with the professor prior to the absence and plans made for the submission of course work missed.


If weather prevents class meetings, cancellations will be announced on local media stations, the Gardner-Webb University web site (, and at 1-877-GWU-SNOW. Professors and students may agree upon a mutually acceptable time for make-up of cancellations.


Students who miss scheduled tests and examinations without excusable reasons may not make up such assignments. Authorization to make up tests missed for excusable reasons is obtained from the professor of the class.


A student who does not take the final examination at the scheduled time will receive a failing grade in the subject unless excused by the instructor. If thestudent is excused, the grade will be recorded as Incomplete.