NOTE: The transcript of the above video is below.
The Athens State University graduation requirements are clear and easy to locate. We will go over the major points of emphasis in this video. Students are highly encouraged to log-in to their customized Degree Works plan of study to keep up with their specific graduation requirements. A Degree Works overview can be found in the “new students’” area on the Help Desk web page.
The Athens State website covers the requirements in detail on the “Graduation Requirements” page and through the “Academic Catalogs.” These resources can be found by moving your cursor to the area titled “Academics” at the top of the Athens State homepage and then selecting either “Graduation” or “Academic Catalogs” from the drop down menu.
To get started, every student planning on completing a degree/major program at Athens State University must satisfy all general University requirements and meet all financial obligations before a degree is awarded.
For undergraduate, the areas of focus are total credit hours, hours of upper-level course work, GPA, and completion of minor requirements. You will need at least 124 credit hours total, 51 hours of upper-level course work, a 2.0* GPA at Graduation, and you will need to complete all Minor requirements, if applicable, to graduate.
Now, let’s briefly review those requirements in further detail.
- To be eligible to receive a degree, a student must: Complete a minimum of 124 semester hours with at least 25 percent of the degree requirements earned at Athens State University.
- Attain a minimum institutional grade point average of 2.0 on all coursework attempted at Athens State University and at least a 2.0 in the major field. College or departmental regulations may require grade point averages higher than 2.0. These degree-specific requirements are published in the appropriate degree/major section of the University catalog.
- Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours from an accredited baccalaureate degree granting institution; at least 51 semester hours of credit must be at the 300-400 level. Worth noting, every class you complete at Athens State will be at the 300-400 level.
- Complete all of the general education and pre-professional courses (Areas I-V) required for the degree or major(s).
- Apply no more than 64 semester hours of non-traditional/non-graded college credit toward the degree.
- Complete all course requirements for the degree or major(s).
- Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of upper level (300-400 level) coursework in the major at Athens State University, not including courses taken by reciprocal or visiting arrangements. College or departmental regulations may require completion of more than 15 semester hours of coursework in the major at Athens State University. These degree-specific requirements are published in the appropriate degree/major section of the University catalog.
- Complete all course requirements for the minor (when applicable).
- Complete the requirements for teacher certification (when applicable).
For new students, often it is the total hours, upper-level hour requirements and the degree specific GPA requirement that can be misunderstood when transferring credits in from other institutions.
Different major and minor combinations have different course requirements and hour requirements, so it is important to understand your specific requirements. And, Degree Works is a great resource to help with this. The Student Success Center, located in Sandridge Hall, is another resource available to students to help understand the overall scope of graduation requirements.
As enrolled students’ progress through their degrees, they are encouraged to consult with their assigned faculty advisor for specific detailed major/minor requirements and course content questions.
Achieving your bachelor’s degree is a significant achievement. The Athens State staff and faculty are here to assist you along your way.
That concludes the overview of Graduation Requirements. For the most current information regarding Graduation Requirements, be sure to review the resources on the Athens State Website.