Office of the Registrar

Degree Requirements

Program Sheets
Each student and his/her major department should maintain a program sheet which is a checklist of the requirements needed to earn a degree in one’s major. An electronic degree audit can be found in your Banner Web account by clicking the Degree Works for Students link. Detailed instructions can be found by clicking this linkopens PDF file . Every semester, you and your advisor should review the program sheet based on the work you successfully completed in the previous semester. This will allow you to keep track of what courses you have yet to take to earn your degree, and help your advisor to assist you in scheduling sequenced or irregularly offered major courses.

Applying For Graduation
For undergraduates, degrees are awarded at the end of intersession (January), Spring semester (May), Summer session (August) and Fall semester (December).  The Application for Graduation must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office (Using the online form). You may fill out a form here.


Graduation Date                                           Application Deadline

May                                                                        November 1

August                                                                   February 1

December                                                             April 1

January (Intersession)                                        April 1

Once the application is submitted, you will receive an evaluation from the Registrar’s Office listing the requirements you still need to fulfill.  Evaluations are done in the order in which they are received.  Students that apply by the deadlines listed above will receive their evaluations back before the next registration period begins.

Foreign Language Requirements

Language Requirement

The Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education require students to study a language other than English to at least an elementary level II. All students enrolled in these degree programs must fulfill the language requirement in one of the following ways:

1. Complete three years of a language other than English in high school with an overall “C” average.

2. Study a total of four years of two languages other than English in high school with an overall “B” average.

3. Successfully complete a proficiency exam in a language other than English, or provide the necessary documentation outlined in the language waiver policy in this catalog.

4. Successfully complete a language immersion experience of one semester abroad. Consult the Department of World Languages and Literature or Western’s International Center.

5. Successfully complete the specified language courses at WCSU. Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement by successfully completing an Introductory II second-semester course in languages offered in the Department of World Languages and Literature, or any one semester of a language course at the intermediate level or above that is taught in the target language, not in English.

Language Requirement Waiver

For students whose native language is other than English:

1. Western does not require students to complete the language requirement if they hold a bona fide high school diploma from another country whose language of instruction is other than English. However, the high school diploma must be translated and certified by the consulate or cultural attaché of the U.S. in the country where it was earned.

2. Students claim to possess knowledge of a language other than English will be tested. Please call the Department of World Languages and Literatures to arrange a time for the test.

3. If students do not meet the first condition (#1 above) or the second (#2 above, i.e., do not do sufficiently well on such a test), they will be expected to satisfy the requirement by doing some course work in one of the languages taught at Western.

Physical Education Requirement
Fitness for Life courses comprised of one semester hour of lecture and one semester hour of activity fulfills the requirement. Not more than 1 SH credit through varsity athletics is allowed toward the P.E. requirement and, in accordance with University policy, courses cannot be repeated for credit toward graduation.

Students are encouraged to take physical education activities beyond the minimum requirement throughout their total program for their own enjoyment and well being. Students who wish to may accumulate P.E. credits beyond the requirement to be used as free electives.

A resolution exempting Veterans from the physical education requirement has become a University policy. If you wish to opt for this P.E. waiver, please file a copy of your discharge papers, specifically form No. 214N, or V.A. 22-1993a, in the Registrar’s Office. If you have received a Veteran’s waiver you may take P.E. activities to earn free elective credit.