The purpose of the pass/fail privilege is to provide students with the opportunity to take elective coursework outside of their major field of study and learn without concern for the grade impacting their grade point average (GPA). In short, the pass/fail grading option was created for the following reasons:
- to encourage students to take courses of interest outside of their major/field of specialization
- to provide students who have not decided upon a major the opportunity to explore their talents in a particular field of study that may be of interest
Pass/fail is an option where, instead of taking a course for a grade, a student takes the class with only two options: pass or fail. A course taken pass/fail earns credit if passed and no credit if failed; no letter grade or grade points are given. Pass/fail allows eligible students to take some elective course work outside their major field of interest of interest and learn without concern for their grade point average (GPA).