Degree Requirements

To qualify for graduation and an undergraduate degree, a student must:

  • Apply for graduation (see Application for Graduation to right or pick up in the Registrar's Office)
  • Earn a minimum of 124 semester credit hours and meet the residency requirements of a minimum of 32 credits earned at Gordon, 32 of the last 40 credits for the degree either at Gordon (or in a Gordon-approved program by petition) and, for catalog years 2009-2015, 20 core credits at Gordon, including three of the five thematic courses (see Residency Requirements)
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above
  • Fulfill the liberal arts Core Curriculum requirements specified in the catalog (see Catalogs page), unless exception is made due to the student's major requirements
  • Fulfill major course or other requirements specified in the catalog, taking a minimum of 20 credits in that major at Gordon and earning any specified minimum GPA or course grades in that major (see Major Checksheets)
  • Be endorsed by the major department(s)
  • Complete all course work in the final semester (no incomplete grades), unless a petition to change degree status is approved in advance
  • Take all required examinations, including comprehensive examinations in departments requiring them
  • Be in good standing regarding behavioral expectations
  • Attend graduation exercises unless excused in advance

Students are entirely responsible to fulfill all graduation requirements. Advisors are available for advice and consultation. Since curricula may change from year to year, core and major requirements are determined by the catalog in use during the year in which a student enters. A student has the option of declaring a catalog in use during any year of attendance at Gordon and meeting all the requirements of that catalog. Requirements may not, however, be selected from more than one catalog. The College reserves the right to alter some program requirements as they deem appropriate or as necessary to remain in compliance with licensure or guild standards.

Students who wish to participate or march at Commencement prior to completion of their degree requirements must complete a petition to participate form and meet certain conditions. 

For information on degree or Latin honor qualifications, see Academic Honors.  For information on departmental honors, see each department. Departmental honors are available in: accounting, biology, business administration, chemistry, Christian ministries, combined languages, computer science, economics, English, finance, French, German, history, international affairs, kinesiology, mathematics, physics, poltical studies, sociology, and Spanish.