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General Graduation Requirements
Each candidate for graduation must complete a minimum of 120-128 credits (depending on the major), with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for those courses accepted to meet the requirements for the major and minor course of study.
Candidates for bachelor’s degrees must complete three elements in their academic programs: liberal arts core, major requirements, and free electives. Many students choose to use electives to complete the requirements for a minor or teacher licensure.
Among the minimum 120 credits required for the degree, 45 credits must be upper-division (300- and 400-level) courses.
A course offered in substitution for a required course or the request that a requirement be waived must be initiated through an appointment with a Registrar’s Office representative who, with the student, will initiate the Exception to Graduation Requirements process. The appropriate department chair, school dean, or program director will determine approval.
Each student seeking a baccalaureate degree must select a major area of study for specialization. For a complete list of majors and descriptions, see the “Majors, Options, and Minors” section of this catalog.
A “double major” is defined as two different majors earned simultaneously with the same baccalaureate degree (i.e., both being a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree).
Students may elect to complete concurrently the requirements for two majors. The Petition for Candidacy for a Degree form, which is sent to the student once 80 credits have been earned, must be completed with both majors listed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Any major or minor additions or changes after submission of the original Petition for Candidacy for a Degree form must be updated in the Registrar’s Office. Courses meeting auxiliary requirements may count in meeting curriculum requirements for both majors. Both majors must be completed prior to graduation.
There are restrictions regarding which majors may be taken in combination with other majors and options, as well as restrictions on which majors may be taken in combination with specific minors. These restrictions are specified under the listing of requirements for each major.
Students wishing to complete a different second major after the first major has been completed and conferred must complete a minimum of 30 additional credits, including the major requirements.
Minors, though not required for graduation, are offered. Requirements for a minor are described in the “Majors, Options, and Minors” section of this catalog. No more than one course from the major department will count toward any minor. Students may count no more than one course toward two minors. If a minor is chosen, it must be completed prior to graduation. Minors may not be added after a bachelor’s degree has been awarded.
There are restrictions regarding which minors may be taken in combination with specific majors and options, as well as restrictions on which minors may be taken in combination with other minors. These restrictions are specified under the listing of requirements for each minor.
Restrictions on Repeated Courses
Certain courses in the curriculum may be repeated and count toward graduation. To determine whether a course may be repeated and the conditions under which it may be repeated, check the course description. In addition, please note limits on these courses:
PE Activity: No more than six credits in different physical activities.
COOP: No more than 12 credits of any combination of COOP 200, 300, and 400. The School of Business Administration only allows 10 credits for its majors.
Departmental 299/499: No more than eight credits in any combination of Departmental 299/499 courses. These restrictions are specified under the listing of requirements for each major.
ED 289/ED 489: No more than six credits in ED 289 and no more than six credits in ED 489.
Graduation Requirements for Second Bachelor’s Degree Candidates
Students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree after earning the first bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 additional credits at Fort Lewis College. To be recognized, the first degree must be from a regionally accredited institution. General education requirements are waived for those students whose first degree is a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. No honors are awarded upon receipt of a second bachelor’s degree.
Students who have previously completed a minor while attending any institution (including Fort Lewis College) may return to or attend Fort Lewis College and obtain a major in that area by completing the degree requirements and a minimum of 30 additional credits.