Asbury University undergraduates in all programs are subject to all academic policies unless the policy is specifically labeled as unique to one particular program.
All candidates for an undergraduate bachelor’s degree must meet the following requirements to graduate:
- Complete a minimum total of 124 semester hours. Students with waivers of any Foundations or other credit requirements must still complete the total 124.0 credits required for graduation with a bachelor’s degree.
- Students must complete a minimum of 49 semester hours (not transfer or institutional credit) as an Asbury University student.
- Students must complete the final three consecutive full-time semesters (or a minimum equivalent to 36 credit hours) at Asbury University. Part-time students will require more semesters at Asbury to meet this equivalent.
- It is expected that students will be registered at Asbury while at senior status (having 90 or more earned credits). [Exceptions: students completing partnership programs in Biology Pre-Nursing, Biology Pre-Pharmacy, or Engineering Math must meet the residency requirement in the three semesters prior to transferring off campus.]
- All students must complete a minimum of 12 of their final 21 credits at Asbury. If the maximum transfer limit (75 credits) has not been reached, pre-approved transfer approval may be granted to bring in no more than 9 credits from all other sources to finish degree requirements after attending Asbury. See Pre-Approved College Transfer in Academic Information for Undergraduates . [Exceptions: students completing partnership programs in Biology Pre-Nursing, Biology Pre-Pharmacy, or Engineering Math are required to transfer their senior year credits from the partnership institution to complete their AU degree.]
- 50% of all required credits/courses of all student’s major(s) and minor(s) must be completed at Asbury University. Exceptions: A limited reduction in this percentage may be approved for students in an approved partnership program.
- Earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
- Fulfill all Liberal Arts Foundations requirements - See the specific courses that fulfill Foundations in each Undergraduate program > “Traditional Undergraduate Foundations ” or “APS Foundations ”.
- Traditional undergraduates must fulfill the full Cross Cultural Engagement immersion experience.
- Traditional undergraduates must receive a passing grade of ‘P’ in their final registration in chapel. See chapel requirements in Academic Information for Undergraduates .
- Traditional undergraduates Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): All B.A. majors must fulfill all liberal arts core requirements, including Foreign Language, to receive the Bachelor of Arts.
- Traditional undergraduates Bachelor of Science (B.S.) majors:
- Specific Bachelor of Science (B.S.) majors such as the Chemistry B.S. majors must fulfill all Foundations requirements including Foreign Language to receive the Bachelor of Science.
- Non-foreign language Education majors must fulfill all Foundations requirements excluding Foreign Language to receive the Bachelor of Science. However, if the non-language Education majors complete the Foreign Language requirement, they will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts.
- APS majors receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with no foreign language requirement.
- Fulfill the requirements for at least one major. All majors and minors on a student’s record must be completed to graduate with these listed on record. 50% of the hours/courses for all majors and minors must be completed at Asbury University. Second majors and minors are not required for graduation and may be dropped by the student in order to graduate. See declaring majors and minors below.
- Complete comprehensive examinations and assessment tests as required by individual departments and programs or the University administration.
- Complete a “Graduation Application” form from the Registrar’s Office for the correct academic/commencement year of their expected graduation date by the posted deadline (generally, Oct. 15 for December graduation, and Feb. 15 for May or August graduation). The Graduation Application link will be emailed from the Registrar’s Office based on student’s remaining requirements and graduation date. Students may email Registrar’s Office for graduation application information when reaching fulfillment of all requirements. NOTE: If the student’s expected graduation date must be moved to a new academic/commencement year, a new graduation application is required to be submitted by the next posted deadline. To determine Commencement Eligibility, review Commencement requirements under Academic Information for Undergraduates .
- Education majors meeting the above requirements to earn the bachelor’s degree may have additional requirements to complete teacher certification as directed by School of Education advisors.
Fulfillment of all degree requirements is the student’s responsibility. See Student Responsibility below.
Following the Correct Academic Catalog
- Students must graduate under the requirements (Foundations, major, and minor) of the Academic Catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment. Note exceptions:
- Students may graduate under new requirements placed in effect while enrolled.
- Students changing majors and/or minors, or adding newly approved majors or minors must move all requirements (Foundations, major, and minor) to the Catalog in effect at the time of declaration. If declaring a newly-approved major or minor, student must move to the first available Catalog the new program is offered under (if declaring in advance of the next academic year).
- Returning Students after a break in enrollment:
- Students who withdraw or become inactive must re-enroll within two years of the last term attended to continue on the same year catalog degree requirements. Students who re-enroll after the two years become subject to all catalog degree requirements in place at the time of re-enrollment.
- Returning students may not re-enroll in a degree program, major or minor that has been discontinued. Returning students in such programs must declare a current active program at the time of readmission.
- After an absence of two years or more, students who reapply for graduation by submission of outstanding documents without reenrolling will be evaluated for graduation using the catalog degree requirements in place for the year of graduation application and may be required to complete additional courses.
- Former students may not graduate in a degree program, major or minor that has been discontinued. Students will be moved to the closest current active program in the year of graduation application and may be required to complete additional courses.
Official Rules for Declaring Majors and Minors
- All students receiving a bachelor’s degree must complete one major.
- Students are not required to have a minor.
- Majors and minors must be officially declared in the Registrar’s Office to be listed on the student’s record and official transcript. To declare, change, drop, or add a major or a minor, students must contact the Registrar’s Office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Freshmen / New Students are expected to complete their first semester before changing their original major or adding a second major.
- Majors and minors may not be added after a student has graduated.
- Undecided students are expected to have declared a major for the bachelor’s degree by the beginning of the junior year (60 credits earned).
- Electing to do the Associate degree should be declared before reaching junior status (60 credits earned).
- All associate’s degrees have liberal arts as a ‘major’. A minor is not required for the associate’s degree, but students may elect to add one minor where available.
- Bachelor degree students may choose to complete a second major. An additional major requires there be 24 unique, additional credits not part of the student’s primary major.
- Bachelor degree students may choose to complete up to two (2) minors. Each added minor requires there be 12 unique, additional credits not part of the student’s majors or other minors.
- Fifty percent of the course requirements for each undergraduate major or minor must be completed as a student at Asbury University. Exceptions: A limited reduction in this percentage may be approved for students in an approved partnership program.
For Majors or Minors to be listed on the Transcript or in the Commencement Program
- All majors and minors must be officially declared in the Registrar’s Office to be listed on the transcript when the degree is conferred. Concentrations within a major are not listed on the transcript.
- Only the majors will be listed in the commencement program.
- For any major to be listed at the time of the commencement, all majors must be officially declared in the Registrar’s Office by February 1 of the student’s commencement year for May or August graduation. For December graduation with commencement the following year, all majors must be declared by October 15.
- After the deadline and/or after commencement, extra majors and minors may be dropped in order to graduate in a timely manner, but no new majors or minors may be added to cause an extension of the student’s academic time and change the graduation date.
The requirements for graduation with any chosen major or minor are listed in this Academic Catalog. The current catalog’s course requirement check sheets are available online - see the Traditional major sheets, minor sheets, and the APS major sheets. Students following previous year’s academic catalogs should use the archived year’s sheets found in the right menu on each of the course sheets pages.
NOTE: The University reserves the right to change degree requirements, major and minor requirements, and course offerings, as well as to cancel any course not selected by a sufficient number of students (low enrollment) at the time offered.
Fulfillment of all degree requirements is the student’s responsibility.
Asbury provides academic advising resources for students, such as Degree Progress Audit, Major/Minor/Program Sheets, and Academic Advising. While these and other academic support resources are available to students, they are intended as student planning tools only and do not constitute final official degree requirements. The responsibility for understanding and fulfilling all degree requirements rests entirely upon the student. Any error in printed materials or digital/online records should be reported immediately by the student to the Registrar’s Office.