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Course Sequencing Policy

Some specific departments at the University teach subject matter that builds over multiple courses taught in a particular order, or sequence, over multiple semesters. Courses are considered to be in sequence when concepts introduced in one course serve as direct preparation for the next course and there is a progression from one course to another. This applies to courses taken at the university and for transfer courses. If you pass a higher-level course in a sequence, you may not subsequently enroll for credit in a lower-level course in that sequence.

Please Be Aware That:

A “prerequisite” is a course that must be taken and passed before another course, however, a prerequisite need not be part of sequence.

A “sequence” is a set of courses that build upon each other.

Enrolling for credit in a lower-level course after credits have been earned in a higher-level course in a sequence completed at the Hunan University will result in the loss of credit in the lower-level course.

Enrolling for credit in a lower-level course after credits have been earned in a higher-level course not taken at the Hunan University in a sequence will result in the loss of transfer credit even though it is at the higher level. In this instance, your course work in the lower-level taken at HNU will remain on your HNU record.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Course Sequencing Policy

Q: How do I know if courses are part of a sequence?

A: Because this varies by discipline, there is no one answer. Sequencing typically occurs with lower-level (100- and 200-level) courses. Here are some general suggestions. Look to see if one course is a prerequisite for the next course (for example, Pre-Calculus is a prerequisite for Calculus), or if the courses are labeled in a way that indicates a progression (for example, French I, French II; Elementary Spanish, Intermediate Spanish).

Q: I've earned credit for ECON 101 and ECON 102. Can I repeat ECON 101 for a better grade? A: No. Courses that are offered in sequence cannot be repeated out of sequence. And courses repeated cannot be transferred。

Q: I took a course that is part of a sequence and realized that I really need to go back and take a course earlier in that sequence. Is that possible?

A: You may audit the earlier course in the sequence, but you may not take it for a grade.

Q:I withdrew from the second course in a sequence. Can I take the first course in that sequence? (For example, I withdrew from French 102. Can I take French 101?)

A: Yes, as long as the first course is not in a sequence with any other courses. If you are repeating that course, please review the repeat policy.

Q:I failed the second course in a sequence. Can I take or repeat the first course in that sequence? (For example, I failed French 102. Can I take French 101?)

A: Yes, as long as the first course is not in a sequence with any other courses. If you are repeating that course, please review the repeat policy.

Q: Who can I speak with about course sequencing?

A: You can check with your advisor, the department and/or the registrar’s office if you have questions about course sequencing.