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Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts degree, a student must satisfy these requirements:

1. Apply to Graduate via the online form found within Inside F&M ("Academics" Tab, followed by "Student Records & Registration" link, followed by "Student" Tab, followed by "Student Records" link, and finally "Apply to Graduate" link).

2. Earn 32 course credits (at least 21 of them with standard grades)

  • Within a time period of
    1. twelve (12) semesters of enrollment and
    2. eight (8) calendar years from initial matriculation,
  • With a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00, and
  • With standard grades in all General Education, Distribution, Writing, Language Studies, Non-Western Cultures, major or minor courses, or any other course used to satisfy a specific requirement;

3. Meet all General Education requirements by:

  • Completing the Foundations requirement during the first two years of study:
    1. for students matriculating in the fall of 2006 or beyond, the requirement is to pass two Foundations (FND) courses,
    2. for students matriculating prior to the fall of 2006, and no earlier than the fall of 1998, the requirement is to pass one course in each of the Foundations categories of Community, Culture, and Society (CCS), Mind Self, and Spirit (MSS), and The Natural World (NTW);
  • Completing the Distribution requirement by:
    1. passing at least one course in the humanities, the arts and the social sciences;
    2. satisfying the natural sciences distribution requirement:
      1. for students matriculating in the fall of 2006 or later, this requirement is satisfied by passing two natural science with lab courses or by passing one natural science with lab course and an additional course carrying the Natural Science in Perspective (NSP) designation,
      2. for students matriculating prior to the fall of 2006 but no earlier than the fall of 1998, this requirement is satisfied by passing one natural science with lab course;
    3. satisfying the Language Studies requirement:
      1. for students matriculating in the Fall 2007 semester or beyond, the requirement is to complete the third course in a foreign language sequence or to demonstrate equivalent proficiency through testing.  This requirement is waived for international students from non-English speaking countries.  See "Language Studies Requirement" in the College Catalog for further details,
      2. for students matriculating prior to the Fall 2007 semester, a two course requirement was in place.  See "Language Studies Requirement" in the College Catalog for further details;
    4. satisfying the Non-Western Cultures requirement by passing a course which has been designated as "NW," or through an experience which has been approved by the College as a suitable alternative, and
  • completing the First-Year Writing requirement by either:
    1. passing ENG 105
    2. passing a first-year seminar
    3. passing an introductory course which has been designated writing intensive (W), or
    4. earning a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam;

4. Pass an approved major field of study, with a minimum of a 2.00 grade point average in those courses considered by the major department to fulfill the major requirements;

5. Students matriculating in the Fall 1998 through Spring 2005 will complete an Exploration of at least three course credits approved by the major adviser; there is no Exploration requirement for students matriculating in the Fall of 2005 and beyond;

6. Earn at least sixteen (16) course credits on the Franklin & Marshall campus; and

7. Enroll in at least three course credits during each of the last two semesters (usually the seventh and eighth semesters) in which the student completes degree requirements, with the final semester being in residence at Franklin & Marshall College. Permission to complete degree requirements elsewhere must be secured from the Committee on Academic Status.

  • Petitions for exceptions to either of these rules on educational grounds must be made to the Committee on Academic Status.
  • Students who have attended Franklin & Marshall College for eight full-time semesters and who expect to complete the graduation requirements elsewhere may petition the Committee on Academic Status to do so.

For special graduation requirements for transfer students, see "Transfer Credit Prior to Matriculation" in the College Catalog.

Note

An invaluable resource in gauging progress toward the degree is Degree Works™, the College's degree audit system.  Students and faculty may access degree audits via the "Degree Works" link within the Academics tab of the Inside F&M portal.  While the electronic degree audit is usually accurate, at times the complicated nature of a major or other requirement may lead to inaccuracies.  Students are responsible for reporting audit discrepancies to the Registrar.  In addition, a discrepancy in the degree audit does not change the actual requirements for graduation; in particular, unfulfilled requirements are not waived because of degree audit discrepancies.  The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student.