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Requirements for Graduation

Catalog Requirements
Students must complete the requirements for degree and major/minor from the catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment. Students may not use requirements from different catalogs to complete their degree. Students, not on an approved leave of absence, who are not enrolled at the College for one year or longer, are readmitted under the requirements currently in effect at the time of readmission. Catalog requirements stay in effect for six years except for undergraduate students in continuous enrollment. Students not in continuous enrollment desiring to complete a degree after the six-year limitation must do so under the most current catalog requirements or petition the dean of the college for an exception. Program and catalog requirement limitations are not extended to teacher certification requirements. Please contact the director of teacher education for certification details.

The college reserves the right to change the requirements within this catalog. Though the college attempts to communicate catalog changes to students, students are responsible for program completion and requirement updates. Information on requirement changes is available from program coordinators and the academic dean’s and registrar’s offices.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements
To earn a baccalaureate degree from St. Norbert College a student must satisfy credit, curriculum, grade point average (GPA) and residency requirements. A total of 128 semester credits successfully completed, a cumulative 2.00 GPA and major grade point average of 2.00, completion of the core curriculum program, and an approved major are required for graduation.

Minors are not required for graduation, except for certain teacher certification programs, but they require a cumulative 2.00 GPA for completion. GPA requirements for teacher certification are higher and are established by the teacher education discipline. Minors consist of a minimum of 24 credits whereas majors are required to have a minimum of 40 credits. Minors cannot be in the major discipline. Other restrictions on minors are listed under specific program requirements.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Students
Transfer students must complete at least 32 semester credits of the 128 credit required for graduation at St. Norbert College. In addition, 25% of advanced courses (at the 300 or 400 level) in any major must be taken at St. Norbert College. Minors require eight credits or one third of the minor to be completed at St. Norbert College.

All baccalaureate candidates must spend their senior year in residence at St. Norbert College. Students are considered to be “in residence” if they register for their final 32 semester credits from St. Norbert College. Exceptions to the senior residency requirement may be made for students having attended St. Norbert College full time for eight semesters by petition to the registrar or academic dean.

Transfer Credit From Other Institutions
A maximum of 12 semester credits from three courses may be transferred from other institutions and be counted in the 128 semester credits required for graduation once a student enrolls at St. Norbert College. Transfer credit from other institutions is accepted on face value in semester credits, with quarter credits equivalent to two-third’s a semester credit. Students who plan to transfer credit into St. Norbert College for courses in their major fields must have the courses pre-approved by the discipline coordinator and the registrar before they are taken. Courses fulfilling general degree or core curriculum requirements must be approved by the registrar. Grades earned at another college or university do not affect GPA at St. Norbert College. Courses with grades lower than a “C” are not accepted for transfer.

Double Majoring
Students double majoring in disciplines that qualify for different degrees receive only one degree from St. Norbert College though all majors and minors completed appear on the permanent transcript. For these double majors, selection of a degree is made at the time of filing an Application for Degree Form.

Cross-Listed or Double Counted Requirements
Courses cross-listed between programs may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements.

Graduation With Honors
Students will be graduated with honors if the final grade point average is as follows:

  • 3.50 - 3.74 – Cum Laude
  • 3.75 - 3.89 – Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.90 - 4.00 – Summa Cum Laude
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 48 semester credits at St. Norbert College to be eligible for academic honors. (The grades for work completed elsewhere will not be counted.) The computation is based on the student’s entire academic career at St. Norbert College.

Degree Application
Undergraduate students must apply for their degree by the end of the first week of their final semester. Graduate students need to apply during their last semester of attendance or when registering for thesis credit. A degree application fee is assessed to all students during their final semester of attendance. Download an Application for Degree form.

Semester Hours
Beginning in the fall of 2004, the college began to transcript all courses as semester hours in which one full course is equivalent to four semester credit hours. All courses listed in the catalog are full courses (4 semester credit hours) unless otherwise noted.

Course Load
A normal course load for full-time students during the regular academic year is 16 semester credits. No student may take more than 18 semester credits in any given semester except by permission of their advisor. The maximum number of credits allowed in any one semester is 20 semester credits. Course load for the winter session (J-Term) is limited to four semester credits. Course load for summer sessions is limited to a total of 16 semester credits with no more than four credits in a three-week session and eight credits in a five-week session.

Full-time status is defined as 12 semester credits for undergraduate students and six semester credits for graduate students during the fall and spring semesters.

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