Degree Requirements and Graduation
This catalog spells
out degree requirements, but the best way for students to track their specific
progress is through the degree audit on VitNet and through consultation with
Students must follow
the catalog requirements in effect when they enter Viterbo University. Students
who enter in the Viterbo in the summer session are consider new students, per
federal guidelines, for the fall semester and are assigned the catalog in
existence for the fall semester. These requirements remain in effect as long as
the student attends Viterbo University on an uninterrupted basis and completes
a degree within a period of six years. If students change their major, then
they may need to follow a different catalog.
Associate Degree Requirements
See the Associate
Degree Program section for associate degree requirements.
Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
Candidates for the
bachelor’s degree must accomplish the following:
- fulfill the core curriculum
- complete all courses required for the
major(s) and minor(s), if applicable
- earn a minimum of 128 credits
- earn a minimum of 43 upper division
credits (300 and 400 numbered courses)
- achieve a minimum grade point average
- earn a minimum of the last 30
consecutive credits at Viterbo not including alternative credits (see
Alternative Credit section of the Academic Regulations and Policies section) or
All students seeking
the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete (earn) 14 credits of the same modern
world language. See the world languages section of this catalog for information
about earning retroactive language credit.
All students seeking
the Bachelor of Science degree must complete seven credits of natural science
and/or mathematics in addition to the four credits of natural science in the
general education requirements, for a total of 11 credits.
of Letters and Sciences Graduation Requirement
All majors in the
School of Letters and Sciences are required to complete one of the following as
part of the baccalaureate degree requirements.
- A minor from any discipline on campus.
transfer students, secondary education majors, or students who change majors
after 28 credits at Viterbo, a concentration of nine credits in the same
discipline outside of their major will be accepted in lieu of a minor. For
example, a broad field social studies major would satisfy this requirement with
- A year of study in the same language.
be satisfied by four years of the same world language study in high school.
be satisfied by an Advanced Placement score of three or higher in any language,
regardless of whether or not Viterbo equivalent credit was awarded.
be satisfied by a minimum of six transfer credits of a world language.
be satisfied by retroactive Spanish credits, per the retroactive language
- A study abroad/immersion experience.
be satisfied with a credit bearing study abroad experience.
be satisfied with six credits of courses with embedded immersion experiences
(domestic or global) of a minimum of five days in length. As of the catalog
printing deadline, Viterbo offers the following courses: HIST 217, Christianity
in the Ancient World; HIST 220, The City in History; VUSM 340, Serving the
Common Good – The Lakota of the Great Plains.
be waived for a non-course embedded immersion experience (e.g. service trips)
if the student can demonstrate a pre-trip orientation, connection to
college-level academic content, and post-trip reflection.
A student may
receive two degrees simultaneously provided the following conditions are met:
- All specified requirements for both
degrees are met.
- The curriculum offered for the second
degree includes at least 30 credits which are not counted towards the first
degree. This means a minimum of 158 credits is required.
- The degrees are truly different; a
student may not receive two B.A. degrees or two B.F.A. degrees simultaneously.
- Nor can a student receive a major or
minor earned in one degree in a second degree; a student may not receive a B.A.
with a major and B.S. with the same major.
A student may
receive a double major provided he or she has the baccalaureate degree
requirements listed above and has met the requirements for each respective
major. A student may receive a double major when one of the majors is an
interdisciplinary major, however, only if a minimum of 18 credits not included
in the interdisciplinary major are completed in the other major.
Students completing a bachelor degree offered through the Center for
Adult Learning may not concurrently double major or double degree in a major
offered in another school.
Students may also
choose to complete one or more minors. Requirements for a minor may be
satisfied using courses taken to fulfill general education requirements, major
support courses and electives. At least 75 percent of the credits for the minor
must come from courses not required for the student’s major. Students may
declare a minor by completing a form obtained from the Academic Resource Center.
This form must be on file in the Office of the Registrar at least six months
prior to graduation.
Honor medallions, for the commencement ceremony,
are given to bachelor degree candidates who have applied for graduation by the
deadline date and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 as
of Sep. 1 for the winter ceremony and Jan. 1 for the spring ceremony (spring
and summer graduates.) The candidate must also have or be projected to have a
minimum of 45 letter graded credits earned at Viterbo University upon degree
completion. That is, if the candidate does not have a minimum of 45 credits as
of the dates above but the credits earned as of the dates above plus registered
credits equal a minimum of 45 credits, the candidate will be given an honor
cord. The student must be registered for credits in the graduation term, no
later than Sep. 1, for winter commencement, and March 1 for spring
commencement, which includes those completing requirements in the summer.
Final honors are
determined and confirmed after all grades have been issued and credit checks
are completed. These honors are noted on the diploma and the transcript.
Students are eligible for honors upon degree completion if they have earned the
required number of semester hours on a letter grade basis and have met the
required grade point average.
Viterbo Grade Point Average
Hours Completed at Viterbo on a Letter Grade Basis
Graduation and Commencement
All students must be
enrolled for a minimum of at least one course in the semester in which they
plan to finish their requirements. Because of the preparation involved with
commencement and federal reporting requirements related to earning a degree,
students must participate in the ceremony in the term they complete
requirements. Students completing requirements in the summer must attend the
preceding May ceremony.
Students must file an
application for degree form in the Office of the Registrar no later than Sep 15
for December graduates and Jan. 15 for May/summer graduates. This form
indicates the intent to graduate and is used to provide information to students
concerning commencement events, as well as provide Viterbo University with
information to order diplomas and caps and gowns.
Degrees are official
after the registrar checks that students have met all graduation requirements.
The date listed on the diploma/transcript will be the term in which the requirements
were met. If students earn credit for prior learning after they have completed
other graduation requirements, their diplomas will list the term in which the
credit was granted.
Diplomas earned by
graduates will be sent approximately eight weeks after the grades for the
semester are due, to the address listed on the application for degree form. All
indebtedness to the university must be cleared before a diploma and official
transcripts will be released. The transcript, not the diploma, is proof of an
earned degree. Only one diploma is ever issued.