Degree and Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate students at VCSU have four degree options: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Bachelor of University Studies.

In addition to selecting a major program of study, students must choose which degree to pursue. The Bachelor of Science degree prepares students in specific discipline areas, while the Bachelor of Arts degree provides academic breadth in the liberal arts. The Bachelor of Science in Education is designed to prepare students for licensure as elementary and secondary teachers.

The Bachelor of University Studies degree is designed to allow the student the flexibility of designing a course of study which fits with his or her interests and goals in life. The student must have a degree plan approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The proposed degree plan must meet with the generally accepted goals of a bachelor’s degree.

Double Degree and Second Degrees

Students may earn two or more bachelor’s degrees provided the degrees are different. For example, students cannot earn two Bachelor of Science degrees such as a B.S. in Professional Communication and a B.S. in Music. Students must meet all requirements for each degree. The degrees may be earned concurrently (Double Degrees) or at different times (Second Degrees).

Double Major

Students may elect to earn a single degree with more than one major. Students may complete a double major (two majors) or any number of majors. Students must meet all requirements for each major within the single degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and History.

Adding a Major/Minor After a Degree Has Been Posted

Students who have previously completed a degree may elect to complete a major and/or minor earned subsequent to graduation.

Bachelor of Arts

  1. Completion of the General Education Requirements.
  2. Completion of a major and a minor, a double major, or a composite major.
  3. Completion of the 16 semester hour cultural block. In consultation with their advisor, students select a 16 hour block of related courses from the following areas: Spanish, art, music, English, theatre, photography, and history. Courses used for this requirement may not be double-counted and may not include credits for portfolio preparation or internships.
  4. Completion of the Graduation Requirements.
  5. Completion of a minimum total of 120 semester hours.

Bachelor of Science

  1. Completion of the General Education Requirements.
  2. Completion of a major and a minor, a double major, or a composite major.
  3. Completion of the Graduation Requirements.
  4. Completion of a minimum total of 120 semester hours.

Bachelor of Science in Education

  1. Completion of the General Education Requirements.
  2. Completion of an education major.
  3. Completion of the Professional Education sequence.
  4. Completion of requirements for admission to Teacher Education.
  5. Successful completion of student teaching experience.
  6. Successful completion of Praxis II requirements.
  7. Completion of the Graduation Requirements.
  8. Completion of a minimum total of 120 semester hours.

Bachelor of University Studies

  1. Completion of the General Education Requirements.
  2. A statement of the interests and goals the student expects to meet by choosing the Bachelor of University Studies degree.
  3. A program of study consisting of a minimum of 120 semester hours with at least 50 semester hours of upper-level credit, and an area of concentration of 32 semester hours. The courses may cross departmental lines but the areas must be related and justified by the student’s goals.
  4. Completion of the Graduation Requirements.

Graduation Requirements

All students must meet certain general requirements before graduating from Valley City State University. The student enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program may elect to graduate under the requirements of the catalog in effect during the year of graduation or under the catalog in effect when he or she originally enrolled in the University provided the time lapse is less than seven years.

The following represent the conditions for graduation:

  1. All candidates for a degree in a specific term must make formal application with the Office of the Registrar. The deadline dates for applying are December 1 for spring semester and May 1 for summer and fall semester.
  2. A minimum of 120 semester hours are required for graduation with a bachelor’s degree.
  3. A minimum of six hours of Valley City State University credit are required for a major and three hours for a minor. All candidates for a degree must complete 30 semester hours from VCSU. A minimum of six hours of VCSU credit is required for all certificates.
  4. All academic requirements must be completed before a student may graduate.
  5. For the bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 30 upper division semester hours must be completed at the 300 and 400 course level. Career-Technical Education majors complete an area of technical specialty in lieu of this requirement.
  6. The same course may not be used to fulfill requirements in two areas except when the student is graduating with a composite major, double major, or with more than one minor. Majors in education are considered “composite” majors.
  7. All candidates for a degree must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. The student must also demonstrate a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in each of the following areas: major, minor, area of concentration, certificate, and general education. Those students receiving a B.S. in Education degree must have met the GPA requirements for continuance in teacher education.
  8. All financial obligations to the University must be met at least two weeks before the date of graduation.
  9. Degrees are conferred at commencement exercises held at the close of the spring semester. Candidates for graduation are those students who have satisfied graduation requirements summer through spring. Students completing graduation requirements spring semester are expected to participate in the exercise. Other immediately preceding term graduates are encouraged to attend, as well.

Failure to Complete Requirements

Students must complete all requirements for the degree within 30 days of the end of the semester of graduation or apply for graduation in a subsequent semester.

Graduation Honors

The student who has achieved a cumulative grade point average between 3.50 and 3.74 at the time of graduation qualifies for the honor, cum laude. The student who has achieved a cumulative grade point average between 3.75 and 3.89 qualifies for the honor, magna cum laude. A student who has achieved a cumulative grade point average between 3.90 and 4.00 qualifies for the honor, summa cum laude.