Course Approval Process

Many courses require prerequisites or have restrictions which are noted in the course description and in the comment section of the course listing under the course title. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be able to register for that course.

A faculty member may make an exception and allow a student to waive the prerequisite or course restriction. In these cases, a student needs to submit a signed Course Approval Form to the Registrar's Office. 


  • Complete the Course Approval Form BELOW and click the "Submit" button.   
  • A copy of the form will be sent to the email you entered on the form.   
  • Print, sign, and obtain the signature of the relevant faculty member. Students may also attach an email from the faculty to the form.
  • Return the form to the Registrar's Office, Duffy 112, or scan and email the signed form with faculty signature to for processing.

Note: Course Approvals must be received and coded prior to a student's registration date/time in order to add the course to their schedule on your own. Approvals do not guarantee students a seat in the class.

When You Need a Course Approval Form:

When you have not taken a prerequisite course Prerequisite waived
When you are taking prerequisite over the summer or transferring in a prerequisite course Transfer Prerequisite in Progress
When a course is restricted to a specific major(s) or minor(s) Major/Minor Restriction
When a course is designated for a specific class year(s) Class Year Restriction
When a course is designated for Honors Scholars only Honors Restriction
When a course requires the permission of the instructor to register Faculty Permission Required
When a student wants to register for two courses that have a minimal time overlap  Time Conflict
When you want to register for a class that you have previously failed or withdrawn from.  Repeat course if withdrew/failed
Students may repeat a course one time in which a C-, D+ or D was earned. See the Registrar's Office for guidelines.  Repeat course if earned C-, D+, D
When you would like to take two Topics courses with the same number in the same semester. (e.g., Take 2 POL 357 Topics in Politics courses in the same semester)  Take 2 Topics with Same Number
When a student wishes to add a 1-credit WRI 401 Writing-in-the-Disciplines Supplement to an existing course in order to complete the WID requirement WRI 401 as 1 cr. Writing-in-the-Disciplines add-on
To request permission for an Online or Hybrid class Online or Hybrid class
When an athlete has a direct schedule conflict with a required course for their major or minor Athletic Direct Conflict Waiver (must first receive permission from Athletics)

Duffy Academic Center – 112

The Registrar's Office works to safeguard the accuracy, integrity, confidentiality and security of the student information system and of students' academic records; and to provide the accurate and timely dissemination of course and scheduling information.