Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021


Standards for Graduation

Students are eligible for the bachelor’s or associate degree upon successful completion of general education, the major requirements and total credit requirements for that degree as specified in the appropriate section of this catalog.

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all credits attempted at Western is required for graduation, as well as a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses for the major. Certain programs have a higher minimum standard.

In addition, at least 30 credits and at least half of the major requirements must be completed at Western.

Note that two components constitute a major in the Ancell School: the business core and the specialization, e.g., accounting, finance. All B.B.A. candidates must complete at least half of the total number of credits that comprise the business core and the specialization and at least half of their specialization at Western. Some programs require meeting additional and/or higher academic standards as noted in the appropriate catalog section.

Graduation Honors

To be eligible for graduation honors, students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of quality point-bearing credits at WCSU and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. No pass/fail credits or transfer credits are included in this minimum.

December graduates and May candidates for graduation honors who will be recognized at the May commencement ceremonies, are identified at the conclusion of the Fall semester preceding graduation. Candidacy for May graduation honors does not guarantee the award of graduation honors upon completion of degree requirements.

Application for Graduation

Degrees are awarded at the end of each semester and summer session. Applications for a degree must be filed in the Registrar’s Office by Oct. 1 for the following May graduation, Feb. 1 for August degree recipients, and April 1 for December degree recipients.  You may access the Application Graduation form at https://www.wcsu.edu/registrar/graduation.pdf

Undergraduates within eight credits of those required for the degree are eligible to participate in the commencement exercises.

Replacement Diplomas

A replacement Diploma fee of $25.00 is required.   Please make check or money order payable to Western Connecticut State University.  You may access the Replacement Diploma form here.  Additional copies of diplomas will be marked as duplicate copies and will bear the signatures of the current administration.

Commencement Exercises

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration,

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate in Science degrees are expected to attend the commencement

exercises, held in May.