Requirements for Graduation • Curriculum Requirements
for a Second Major or Degree • Honors Upon Degree
All students must be enrolled for a minimum of at least one course
in the semester in which they plan to graduate.
Students may complete all of the degree requirements listed in the catalog
on three possible dates?December (last day of the semester), May (designated
date), or July (last day of summer school). Candidates for graduation are
encouraged to attend the commencement ceremonies which are held in December
and May. Students who complete all degree requirements during the summer
session are invited to participate in the preceding May ceremony.
An application for degree form must be completed and on file in the
Office of the Registrar no later than October 1 for December graduates
and March 1 for May and July graduates. A graduation fee will
be assessed in the semester of intended graduation regardless of whether
or not the student participates in the commencement ceremony.
The transcript, not the degree, is proof of an earned degree.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
A candidate for a degree must have completed a minimum of 128 semester
hours of credit. A minimum of 43 of these hours must be upper division
level (300 and 400 numbered courses). All students seeking a Viterbo degree
are required to complete the General Education requirements and competencies
as well as all of the specified requirements for one of the major fields
of study listed under degree offerings in this catalog. Also, to fulfill
the Community Skills requirement to provide service to the community, students
must complete a service component designed by his or her major program
or department. Students who change majors or have two majors need only
complete one required service requirement. This requirement applies to
students who enter under the 1999?2001 catalog. No student whose grade
point average is below 2.00 shall be recommended for a degree. All students
must take as a minimum the last 30 consecutive semester hours at Viterbo.
In extended learning programs students complete 45 of the last 60 semester
hours from Viterbo University.
All students seeking the Bachelor of Science degrees must complete 7
credits of natural science and/or mathematics in addition to the 4 credits
of natural science in the General Education requirements.
All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the equivalent
of 14 semester hours of the same modern foreign language. From 4 to 14
credits for previous foreign language study will be granted upon successful
performance on a proficiency-based exam for those students with no previous
college course work in the language. See the Foreign Language section of
this catalog for more details.
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In order to be a candidate for graduation, a student must complete
all the curriculum requirements of the General Education program and of
Curriculum requirements indicated in the catalog at the time of a student’s
entry into Viterbo University remain in effect as long as the student attends
Viterbo on an uninterrupted basis and completes a degree within a period
of six years.
A change in major may necessitate a change to the catalog requirements
in effect at the time of declaration into the new/different program.
Curriculum changes that occur between catalog publications are communicated
to the college community. A student may choose to follow the new requirements
or the old requirements, but not a combination of both. Reasonable substitutions
will be made for discontinued and changed courses.
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FOR A SECOND MAJOR OR DEGREE
A student may receive a double major provided he or she has earned
the minimum number of semester hours of credit required for the degree
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 semester hours not included in the interdisciplinary
major are completed in the other major.
A student may receive two degrees simultaneously provided the following
conditions are met:
When a student who has earned a baccalaureate degree from another accredited
college or university seeks a second baccalaureate degree, Viterbo University
will accept the completed bachelor degree as having fulfilled the general
education requirements at Viterbo University except for courses in Religious
Studies which are unique to a Catholic education experience. Students must
take all courses required for the second major or minor and any other requirements
for that degree. Students must accumulate no less than 30 semester hours
from Viterbo University subsequent to the awarding of the first degree.
All specified requirements for both degrees are met.
The curriculum offered for the second degree includes at least 30 semester
hours of credit which are not counted towards the first degree. This means
a minimum of 158 semester hours is required.
The degrees are truly different; a student may not receive two B.A. degrees
or two B.S. degrees simultaneously.
Honors are conferred on those students who consistently demonstrate
a high degree of scholarship. Students who have submitted their appliation
for degree and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on October 1 for
the December graduation ceremony and March 1 for the May/July graduation
ceremony receive honor cords. However, 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.
•Effective Fall, 1999-2000
||Required Viterbo Grade Point Average
||Required Hours Completed at Viterbo on a Letter Grade Basis
|With Academic Distinction
||Minimum of 45, maximum of 59
||Minimum of 60
|Magna Cum Laude
||Minimum of 60
|Summa Cum Laude
||Minimum of 60