University Requirements Common to All Bachelor Degrees
A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit. Some baccalaureate degrees may require additional hours. See specific degree/major.
- A cumulative grade average of at least C (2.0 grade point).
- Forty-five hours of upper division work (300-400 numbered courses).
- At least 12 hours in the major must be in the upper division courses.
- Nine hours of course-specific core coursework including EN 101 First Year Writing and EN 300 Advanced College Writing (Communication), and MA 112 Contemporary College Mathematics or MA 116 College Algebra (Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning and Literacy) further described under Core Requirements.
- Complete WU 101 The Washburn Experience (Information Literacy) or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience (conditional upon admittance into the Honors Program) with a minimum grade of C. Students transferring to Washburn University with 30 or more credit hours completed at an accredited post-secondary institution with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are exempt from the requirement to take WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience.
- Students entering Washburn University direct from high school enroll in WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience (conditional upon admittance into the Honors Program).
- Students not direct from high school entering Washburn University with less than 30 hours completed at an accredited post-secondary institution who have not completed a university success course with a minimum grade of C enroll in WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience (conditional upon admittance into the Honors Program) as determined by their Academic Advisor.
- Students transferring to Washburn University with 30 or more credit hours completed at an accredited post-secondary institution (after graduating from high school) with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are exempt from the requirement to take WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience. They are strongly encouraged to complete a series of independent online modules introducing them to the Washburn University Community of Learning.
- Students not falling in designated categories will be reviewed by Academic Advisors for applicable placement recommendations.
- Students originally determined as being required to complete WU 101 The Washburn Experience or HN 101 Honors First Year Experience who advance beyond 24 hours of credit without fulfilling the requirement with a minimum grade of C are required to complete a 3-credit hour Directed Readings project (IS 110 Special Topics) administered by the FYE Lecturer/Coordinator.
- A minimum of nine hours in each of the distribution groupings of General Education (see General Education Distribution Groupings and Subject Areas) from courses outside the major selected from at least two disciplines in each distribution group. The number of hours in each distribution grouping will vary by degree. The individual student should check with the major department. Courses in the student’s major discipline cannot fulfill distribution requirements; however, in many cases, courses required by the major department in correlated areas will fulfill some of the general education distribution requirements.
- To count toward a major, minor, or required correlated area, work must be of C grade or better. A correlated area is defined as any course or courses outside the major discipline required for the completion of that major.
- A/Pass/Fail option cannot be taken in the major department or correlated area unless written permission is obtained from the head of the major department for that course and filed with the University Registrar’s Office.
- Of the last 45 hours required to complete the bachelor degree, at least 30 must be earned from Washburn University OR at least 90 of the total overall hours required to complete the degree must be earned from Washburn University. In both cases, at least 25% of the credit hours required to fulfill the major (and at least 12 hours of the upper division credits in the major) must be earned from Washburn University. Programs with professional accreditation standards may have more stringent requirements. The academic residency requirement will be waived in the case of formal articulation agreements.
- At least 60 hours of the total credit hours required for the baccalaureate degree must be taken at a 4 year college or university.
- A student may be awarded a degree after completing the requirements for that degree in effect when he/she first enrolled or, if he/she chooses, in effect in any subsequent year except that no degree shall be awarded based upon requirements not in effect within six years of the date of graduation.
- A double major may be completed within the 120 hour total by meeting all the requirements of the two majors.
- Any candidate for a second baccalaureate degree must meet the specific requirements for both degrees and present an additional 30 credit hours beyond the first baccalaureate degree.
- For general elective credits for a baccalaureate degree, no more than a combined total of ten hours of credit in physical activity courses and music ensemble courses will count.
- No more than 12 hours of correspondence work may be offered toward any degree. This applies to correspondence courses only and not to extension courses. Courses failed by a student in residence may not be repeated by correspondence. Normally, courses offered on campus may not be taken by correspondence.
- While there is no specific limit to the total number of semester hours that may be taken on a non-graded basis such as A/pass/fail, credit by examination, advanced placement, and/or military service, a minimum of 84 hours presented for graduation must be on a graded basis. For international students presenting transfer credit from an international tertiary institution accredited by the Ministry of Education (or its equivalent) in that country, a minimum of 60 hours presented for graduation must be on a graded basis since Washburn converts grades earned in these transfer courses to CR, P and NC.
- Candidates for degrees other than the BBA degree are limited to a maximum of 21 hours of Accounting (AC) and Business (BU) courses within the 120 minimum required for graduation.