May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Policies

The Area and the Major

A program of study labeled as an area offers either a broader or more focused approach to the subject than a major. It requires more hours than the major and no minor is required.

A major requires a minor unless the student pursues a double major program of study. Exception: School of Education majors for teacher certification.

The area or major may be prescribed in some cases where a specific career or advanced degree is the student’s goal. A careful reading of the programs in the discipline of interest will guide the student in this regard. Additional information and direction is available from the academic advisor.

Double majors and areas with minor programs typically require additional terms to complete at additional expense. Financial aid limits may apply.

Foreign Language Requirements for Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts Degrees

Students who earn the required number of credit hours in foreign language study may earn the arts degree rather than the science degree. Associate degrees require six hours of language course credit and bachelor’s degrees, 12. The student may take courses in one or two languages only. The foreign culture courses numbered 101 do not count toward this requirement (i.e. SPA 101).

The foreign languages offered through the Division of Humanities (College of Arts and Sciences) include French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Additional information about language courses, advanced placement credit, and waivers/exemptions is found on Division of Humanities .


Applying to Graduate

Because enrollment is solely up to the student, completion of a degree may not and often does not occur on a predictable timetable. Therefore, students are required to apply for graduation upon completion of a set number of hours depending upon degree sought. Refer to the table below. The student is encouraged to apply as early as possible so that the official degree audit can be prepared. This can take up to 30 days, depending on volume of applications received. There is no penalty for changing the graduation date, so the student can apply for the earliest possible date and change it later if needed.

For Associate degrees, apply after earning 45 hours.
For Bachelor’s degrees, apply after earning 70 hours.

Applying to graduate initiates a number of services that will help the student determine how best to meet all graduation requirements. Failure to apply to graduate can cause delays in these services and may result in a later graduation date.

Applying for Graduation is completed on TigerNet. Once a student logs in, they will click on the Academics Tab then click on Graduation Application link, located on left side. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at if you have any questions.

General Requirements for Graduation

A candidate for a degree must meet the following requirements for graduation:

  1. All candidates must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of academic work with a minimum standing of 2.10 in the area of concentration, or in majors and minors, and a minimum overall average of 2.0. “D” grades are not acceptable in ENG 111  or ENG 112 . No “D” grade is accepted on area or major and minor programs unless approved by the division chair.
  2. Students seeking teacher certification must have an overall 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  3. All candidates must have completed all general education requirements.
  4. All candidates must have completed one major and one minor or an area as specified by the Division or School applicable in each case. In combination, a major and minor must total 51 hours, exclusive of courses in methods.
  5. All candidates must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of credit in courses numbered 300 or above.
  6. All candidates must complete a minimum of 25 percent of the requirements for graduation at Campbellsville University.
  7. All candidates must submit a Graduation Application on TigerNet.
  8. At least one-third of the course requirements in the major and in the minor or area of concentration must be completed at Campbellsville University with an average of “C” or better.
  9. All candidates for a degree must complete the last 30 hours of credit in residence.
  10. No more than 32 hours of correspondence and/or extension work will be accepted for credit toward the degree. No student may enroll for correspondence or extension while doing resident work without permission of the Registrar. Correspondence work in major or minor field must be approved also by the Chair of the Divisions concerned.
  11. The student must, in all cases, be responsible for meeting the requirements for graduation.
  12. All candidates must fulfill Chapel/Convocation Program credit requirements.

Satisfying Academic Requirements for a Degree

This section explains how courses are applied to a student’s program of study to determine progress toward degree completion.

All programs of study leading to a degree consist of a series of components called “aims.” A typical program of study will include the following components: General Education, major, minor, and free electives. As each course is completed with a minimum passing grade or higher, it is applied to the appropriate degree aim. Courses that do not apply to any other aim are consigned to the free elective aim.

When a course is required in both the General Education aim and another aim, it will satisfy both. When a course is required in two aims (excluding General Education), it will satisfy the requirement with the highest priority only, as follows: area, major, major related/additional courses, minor, minor related/additional courses. If a higher priority has been met, the course will meet the next highest priority that is unmet.

Progress toward completion of academic degree requirements is maintained electronically and may be monitored by the student and the academic advisor via TigerNet. Upon applying to graduate, a formal degree audit will be performed and provided to the student for review. The official degree audit provides detailed information regarding what courses have been taken, what courses remain to be taken, and any course substitutions that have been made and more.