A student is generally graduated according to degree requirements published for the semester of her initial Columbia College registration as a degree-seeking student unless attendance has not been continuous. In cases of readmission, degree requirements published for the semester of readmission must be met.
A student in an approved bridge program is generally graduated according to degree requirements in effect on the date she signs her letter of intent unless the letter of intent becomes invalid or attendance at Columbia College has not been continuous after initial enrollment. A student with an invalid letter of intent who does not sign a new letter of intent before enrolling at Columbia College is graduated according to degree requirements published for the semester immediately prior to her Columbia College registration as a degree-seeking student. In cases of readmission to Columbia College, degree requirements published for the semester immediately prior to readmission must be met.
Any student may choose by written request to be graduated according to degree requirements published after her current graduation requirements. A student making this choice must accept all changes made to the degree requirements between the two publication dates.
The College reserves the right to change requirements for graduation when it is decided that such changes are necessary. Graduation is permitted only after a student has completed all attempted courses and has satisfied all of the relevant academic requirements for her degree program. A graduate must satisfy all financial obligations to the College to be able to participate in Commencement, receive a diploma, or have her official transcripts released.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are required to complete 120 semester hours of college work. This work must include the appropriate General Education requirements and a major field of study chosen from those listed in the General Education Requirements. Students enrolled in the Second Bachelor’s Degree program should refer to the special requirements.
Students who meet the requirements for the music education articulation agreement may complete the B.A. degree requirements with 120 credit hours, all requirements for the major in music, and nine hours of graduate work in education.
GPA Needed for Graduation
The College requires a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and a GPA of at least 2.50 in the major and optional minor fields.
Degree applicants must complete a minimum of 25 percent of all courses required by the degree at Columbia College. This requirement means that at least 30 semester hours of coursework must be taken at Columbia College.
A student must take at least 12 semester hours in her major at Columbia College. These 12 hours cannot include courses graded on a pass/fail basis.
A student must take at least half of the hours in her minor at Columbia College.
Application for Degree
A student must file an Application for Degree with the Office of the Registrar. Students completing requirements in December must turn their form in no later than October 1, for May completion no later than October 15, and for August completion no later than June 15. Degrees will be conferred at commencement in May, August, and December.
A degree will not be conferred in absentia except with special permission of the Provost. The student must file this request with the Provost not later than one month before she expects to graduate.