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VARIABLE NAME: AOE

DESCRIPTOR: Area of Emphasis

DEFINITION: Used for identifying a student's area of emphasis within the degree program that totals at least 18 credit hours of coursework. Unlike a minor, an area of emphasis requires CHE approval. Areas of Emphasis that total less than 18 hours of coursework do not require CHE approval and are not carried on the students' records.

VALUES: See the USC Codebook, under Simple Search select AREA OF EMPHASIS (E1141) for codes and descriptions.

FIELD ATTRIBUTE: A3

SOURCE: USC INFO and Degrees Awarded Files

EXAMPLE: To select students with an area of emphasis in Japanese within the Professional Masters of Business program, type AOE='855' in the WHERE statement.