In addition to the general education requirements and major and minor requirements, a candidate for any baccalaureate degree must have met the following requirements:
- Minimum of one hundred twenty (120) SH with an overall grade point average of 2.0.
- Satisfy all academic requirements specified by major and minor programs including grade point average.
- Complete a minimum of forty (40) SH of upper-division courses (3000 and 4000 level courses).
- No more than thirty (30) SH of correspondence and/or credit by means of assessment can be applied to the degree, with a maximum of fifteen (15) percent of total hours required for graduation earned through correspondence.
- Complete a minimum of 41 general education core curriculum credits. Students in non-traditional two plus two programs will meet requirements specified in their program of study relating to General Education.
- Attend Winston-Salem State University for at least two semesters including the semester immediately preceding graduation. This requirement does not apply to students who participate in WSSU-sponsored programs abroad or who earn course credit at a cooperating university through WSSU domestic and international university exchanges.
- Complete at least twenty-five (25%) of the one hundred twenty to one hundred twenty-eight (120-128) SH required for the degree through enrollment at Winston-Salem State University.
- Complete the senior year through enrollment at Winston-Salem State University if the period of residency is only two semesters.
All degree candidates, including transfer students, are allowed six years from the date of enrollment at the university to complete the curriculum under the requirements and regulations in effect at the time of enrollment. After that period of time, the current requirements and regulations must be met. For this purpose, the six years will be counted from August 1 of the year of enrollment to August 1 of the year of graduation. Substitutions and/or changes in course requirements must be recommended by the department head and approved by the dean.
Candidate for Graduation:
Prior to filing application for graduation, a student must:
- Receive departmental approval as a major in a specific academic program,
- File an application for graduation form with the registrar, and
- Indicate on the application for the graduation the catalog under which he or she intends to graduate.
The registrar makes the final check on course requirements during the final semester and determines the total credits earned by the student, as well as other university-wide requirements.
All teaching degree candidates are required to contact the School of Education and Human Performance regarding additional licensure requirements such as the appropriate PRAXIS II exam and specialty tests.
Before a student may receive his or her diploma, the student must obtain clearance indicating that the regular fees, library, dining hall, bookstore, and all other financial obligations have been paid.
Application for Graduation and Teaching Certificate
- Written application must be made for the degree and the teaching certificate.
- Application must be made on an approved form provided for this purpose.
- Appropriate forms should be obtained from the major departments.
- Forms must be filed in accordance with dates appearing on the University calendar.
- A late filing fee is charged to students who do not make application before the deadline. (See university’s Web site at www.wssu.edu for updated information.)
Graduation Ceremony Participation Policy
Only students who have successfully completed all requirements for the degree as certified by the registrar and who have satisfied all financial obligations may participate in the university’s graduation ceremony. All requirements for the degree and financial obligations should be completed by the due date for senior grade posting. Students who are completing courses in the semester in which they plan to participate in the graduation ceremony should monitor their grades as they are posted in the students’ electronic records (specifically mid-term and final grades).
Adopted by the WSSU Board of Trustees September 18, 2009
Additional Bachelor’s Degree
The following are requirements for persons seeking an additional bachelor’s degree:
- A minimum of 30 additional SH completed at Winston-Salem State University beyond the hours required for the first degree, for each subsequent degree.
- Satisfaction of upper-division requirements in the major field selected as recommended by the department head.
- Satisfactory completion of other requirements of the University as approved by appropriate officials.
Undergraduate Degrees Offered
Winston-Salem State University offers degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science.
Bachelor of Arts—The Bachelor of Arts degree program offers students an opportunity to become acquainted with a variety of subjects, which provide the fundamentals of a liberal education. It enables students to secure preparation for advanced work and provides opportunity for further specialization in some area.
Degree Programs—Each student shall select a major from among the following: accounting, African and African American studies, art, biology, birth to kindergarten education, business administration, English, English secondary education, gerontology, history, justice studies, mass communications, political science, sociology, and Spanish.
Bachelor of Science—The Bachelor of Science degree program provides students with a sufficient number of courses in general education as well as prepares them with the basic entry level skills for the world of work.
Degree Programs—Each student shall select a major from among the following: accounting, biology, biotechnology, birth to kindergarten education, business administration, chemistry, clinical laboratory science, computer science, economics, elementary education, exercise science, finance, health care management, information technology, management, management information systems, marketing, mathematics, mathematics secondary education, middle grades education, motorsport management, music business, music education, physical education, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, special education, sport management, and therapeutic recreation.
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies—The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program is designed for students who have earned an associate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. It allows them to expand their knowledge of the arts and sciences while deepening their knowledge of a chosen academic area. Interdisciplinary Studies majors are required to fulfill all general education core requirements, earn a minimum of 30 SH of credit within one of the university’s academic areas, and complete a minimum of 120-128 approved SH (including transfer credits) to earn the degree. The degree is open to any students enrolled at the university.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing—The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is awarded to students who successfully complete the Nursing program requirements.
Bachelor of Social Work—The Bachelor of Social Work is awarded to students who successfully complete the Social Work program requirements.
Minor Program—For major degree programs, which require a minor, refer to the appropriate department requirements.
Graduation with Honors
Effective May 12, 2001, candidates for graduation eligible for Latin honors must complete at least sixty (60) semester hours of graded course work offered by Winston-Salem State University (traditional and non-traditional delivery) and will be designated on the commencement program as:
|Summa Cum Laude
|Students having attained a grade point average of 3.80—4.00.
|Magna Cum Laude
|Students having attained a grade point average of 3.50—3.79.
|Students having attained a grade point average of 3.00—3.49.
Effective May 12, 2001, candidates for graduation eligible for honors who have completed at least 30 semester hours and less than 60 semester hours of graded course work offered by Winston-Salem State University (traditional and non-traditional delivery) will be designated on the commencement program as follows:
Distinction Students having attained a grade point average of 3.00-4.00.
Students having received the Honors Program’s General Honors and Departmental Honors Awards will also be eligible for the Honors Bachelor’s Degree. The honor will be recorded on both the student’s academic record and diploma.