Office of the University Registrar

Understanding Programs and Credentials

When submitting an undergraduate program or credential proposal in the UW Curriculum Management system (UW CM), it is important to understand the difference between a program and a credential. In essence, a program is what students do; a credential is what students get.

Program: Curricular area of study. Includes majors and minors.
Credential: Specific transcripted degree or minor student graduates with.

A program in UW CM may have a one-to-one relationship with a single credential (one program/one credential), or it may have a one-to-many relationship with multiple credentials (one program/multiple credentials). Please review the following examples:

One-to-one relationship with a single credential (one program/one credential)

Undergraduate Major

  • Program: Social Welfare
  • Credential: Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Social Welfare

Undergraduate Minor

  • Program: Informatics
  • Credential: Minor in Informatics

One-to-many relationship with multiple credentials (one program/multiple credentials)

Undergraduate Major

  • Program: Geography
  • Credentials: Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Geography; Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Geography: Data Science

Undergraduate Minor

  • Program: Drama
  • Credentials: Minor in Acting; Minor in Design for Performance; Minor in Theatre Studies

To learn more about the undergraduate program proposal process, please refer to these FAQs.

Note: Please contact the UW Graduate School to create or modify a graduate program or credential.