Requirements for a bachelor’s degree from UWF are listed below. The colleges and departments may have requirements which exceed these minimums. Students should refer to their degree audits to review degree requirements. The degree audit must indicate all requirements have been completed. Please consult the individual departments for details. Minimum requirements are:
Students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from any regionally accredited institution, including UWF, may earn an additional bachelor’s degree by completing the following requirements:
Students earning UWF bachelor’s degrees may work on two programs simultaneously and receive two degrees in the same semester.
Double majors are defined as seeking one degree, e.g. BA, with two separate majors concurrently, e.g. BA in Psychology, and a BA in Sociology. Students must declare a major in each department (as applicable) and be assigned an Academic Advisor in each discipline. After successful completion of all requirements for both majors, students will be awarded one degree with two majors listed on the diploma and transcript. Students seeking a double major must complete the requirements for both programs at the time of graduation.
Students pursuing two different degrees (e.g. BA+BS, BSBA+BA, etc.) and graduating with both simultaneously will be awarded a dual degree. Dual degrees will only be awarded for programs with different degrees. Students must declare a major in each department (as applicable) and be assigned an Academic Advisor in each discipline. After successful completion of all requirements for both majors, students will be awarded two separate diplomas; one for each degree.
In addition to meeting the requirements listed for the bachelor’s degrees, these students must do the following:
Refer to General Academic Policies for information on dual majors (one degree with two majors). Degrees must be awarded in the same semester.
The A.A. degree is available to students who have done the following:
Students who meet these requirements do not automatically receive the A.A. degree. Students must submit a Change of Major form with the A.A. Degree indicated as the Secondary Major. Students must apply for the degree through the online Graduation Application (see Academic Calendar for submission deadlines). The A.A. degree will not be awarded in the same semester that the baccalaureate degree is awarded or in any semester following the completion of the baccalaureate degree.
To be considered for a posthumous degree, generally undergraduate students shall have successfully completed at least eighty percent of the chosen UWF degree program, be in good standing at the University of West Florida, and have met the University of West Florida degree residency requirements. The student’s academic department must initiate the request for a posthumous degree through the Provost’s Office.
The University will confer baccalaureate honors recognition on those students who have earned:
The following minimum GPAs are required for graduation honors:
|Magna Cum Laude||3.70|
|Summa Cum Laude||3.90|
Previous recognition on the President’s or Dean’s Honor Rolls does not ensure baccalaureate honors at graduation.
Bachelor, Master, Specialist, and Associate degree candidates: Students should follow the instructions for Applying for Graduation.
Students applying for a certificate should complete the Completion of Certificate form and submit to the Office of the Registrar. Awarded certificates will be listed on the student's academic transcript.
Doctoral degree candidates should contact the Office of the Registrar for a graduation application.
All applications must be submitted during the application period. Specific dates are noted in the Academic Calendar. Students who miss the deadline should contact their academic department to determine eligibility and to request a late submission. Students submitting a late application risk not being included in the commencement program and important graduation communication.
Commencement ceremonies at UWF are held twice a year, at the end of the fall and spring semesters, for students graduating with baccalaureate, master, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Associate of Arts degree and certificate candidates are not permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee that all graduation requirements are complete. “Applications for Graduation” must be completed/submitted by the date stated in the Academic Calendar in order to participate in commencement. Students will receive information about graduation through their student e-mail accounts. Commencement information is also available on the web at uwf.edu/commencement.
Students who plan to graduate in the summer should apply for summer graduation only. Prospective summer graduates have the option to participate in either the preceding spring or following fall commencement ceremony.
Prior Fall 2014, the Student Academic Support System (SASS) was UWF's degree audit system. Beginning in Fall 2014, Degree Works will identify and track all graduation requirements for each baccalaureate degree at the University. Students may check their individual progress toward degree completion by reviewing their degree audit, which is available in MyUWF. The degree audit is used for the final graduation check and a completed audit is required before an undergraduate degree is awarded.
In addition to the requirements for the major program of study, students must satisfy the following general University requirements:
All students (except for students holding an A.A. or certification of the completion of General Studies requirements from a Florida public university or college) who enter UWF must complete the requirements specified as General Studies. The General Studies requirements are the basic studies that provide students with a broad educational foundation and are essential requirements for all A.A. and baccalaureate degree programs. Courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The General Studies requirements are specified in the distribution as follows:
|Total Semester Hours:||36-37|
To fulfill the writing and mathematics requirement for earning the first baccalaureate degree, students are required to satisfy the Gordon Rule, Florida Statutes by taking six semester hours of English coursework and six semester hours of additional coursework in which students are required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. In addition, six semester hours of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher are required. Students are required to take six semester hours of theoretical math or three semester hours of theoretical math and three semester hours of applied math. Students must have a grade of "C-" or better in the courses to successfully complete this requirement. Courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Students must complete these requirements before advancing to upper-division status. Transfer students should refer to the Transfer Credit section of this catalog. Students should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation of transfer mathematics courses for General Studies requirements, Gordon Rule, and credit for graduation. The following UWF courses are approved for Gordon Rule (some courses may be more or less than 3 sh):
An important component of a liberal education is the study of cultures other than one's own. As such, multiculturalism encompasses the appreciation of the values, expressions, and modes of organization of diverse cultural communities. To further such study, the University of West Florida requires all students pursuing a bachelor's degree to complete at least one course that explores one or more of the dimensions of another culture (language, religion, socio-economic structures, etc.). Students are exempt from this requirement if they have completed an A.A. degree, the General Education Program at a Florida public institution, or a baccalaureate degree.
The requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of a multicultural course designated on the following list. Several of the selections are General Studies courses, and students may enroll in these to meet both the general studies and the multicultural requirements.
This list is continually updated and students are encouraged to check with their advisors for alternative options.
Florida Statutes require that students admitted to a Florida public university meet the foreign language requirement for demonstrating competency in a foreign language. Students who have earned an A.A. from a Florida public community college may be admitted to the University, but must demonstrate competency prior to graduation with a baccalaureate degree. Students completing 8-10 semester hours of American Sign Language with passing grades will have satisfied the foreign language admission requirement. The foreign language requirement must be satisfied prior to progression to upper-division status. In addition, each academic department may determine specific language requirements for students and will recommend or require languages and proficiencies according to individual needs, career objectives, and academic programs.
Competency may be demonstrated in the following ways:
Undergraduate transfer students are exempt one of the following applies: (1) they received an A.A. from a Florida public college prior to September 1, 1989; or (2) they enrolled in a program of studies leading to an associate degree from a Florida public college prior to August 1, 1989, and complete at least one academic course each twelve month period beginning with the student's first enrollment in a Florida public college and continuing until the student enrolled at UWF.
Students entering most bachelor’s degree programs at any Florida public institution must successfully complete a set of lower division courses specified as “common prerequisites” for the selected program. The common lower division prerequisites for a given program are listed with other course requirements for that program. The Common Prerequisite Manual at FLVC.org lists the common prerequisites courses and substitutions for each university program. Students are urged to consult their advisors early about choices of majors and to schedule General Studies and common prerequisites course work.
Undergraduate students entering one of the state universities of Florida with less than 60 semester hours of credit must earn at least nine semester hours prior to graduation by attendance during one or more summer sessions at one of the state universities. Students may satisfy this requirement through on line courses at UWF as well as any other UWF courses. Courses taken within the community college, state college system, or outside of the State University System of Florida cannot be used to satisfy summer hours.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours (25% of the degree program) in a planned program at UWF. In addition, the last 30 semester hours of course work for the undergraduate degree must be completed in residency at UWF. Courses taken while on University sponsored study abroad programs count as resident credit for purposes of meeting graduation requirements. Courses taken at another institution will not meet the UWF residency degree requirement.