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rules & requirements: graduation requirements

Students must submit an application for degree/certificate early in the semester in which they plan to graduate. This application must be completed with the student’s academic adviser. Applications for degree/certificate are available at each campus location. When students apply for their degree, their work is evaluated by the criteria in place at the start of their work towards that degree. As the School of Continuing Studies responds to advancements in education, changes in our curriculum go into effect for students who start the program the following semester. If you are concerned that a change in our curriculum will affect your degree requirements, or if you would like to take advantage of such changes, see your adviser.

Associate Degree

To receive an associate degree, the student must complete all of the program requirements and have at least a 2.00 (C) grade point average.

Bachelor Degree

To receive a first baccalaureate degree from the School of Continuing Studies students must have a minimum of 120 credits of passing work.

Students must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average to graduate. They must also have a minimum 2.0 grade point average in their major. For School of Continuing Studies majors, at least 60 credits must be earned in courses at the 200 level or higher.

No more than half the credits used toward satisfying graduation requirements may be in the major. Students may take no more than 70 credits each of humanities, science, and social science. This includes credits in the major. Undergraduate students may not enroll in 700-level courses.

Students may not submit toward graduation requirements more than 6 credits of electives earned in courses with designations such as Independent Study, Special Projects, Directed Study, and Practicum. Students who must exceed this limit are required to petition the dean’s office.

Writing Requirement

English 1010, a 4-credit intensive writing course, is Tulane’s writing requirement. In addition to English 1010, students majoring in School of Continuing Studies disciplines must also complete 3 credits in intensive writing. Consult your academic adviser before registering for an intensive writing course. Students who need to review basic English skills before enrolling in English 1010 may wish to take CSEN 1000 for elective credit. English 1000 does not count toward the completion of the writing requirement.

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

Students working toward a bachelor’s degree are required to demonstrate proficiency in 3-4 credits of quantitative reasoning by passing any mathematics course; CPST 1070, Philosophy 1060 or 1210, or BSMT 3250.

Students majoring in an LAS discipline may not use CPST 1070, Phil 1060, or BSMT 3250 to satisfy this requirement.) Instead they must do one of the following:

  • Successful completion of one course in Mathematics (excluding Math 1190; excluding Math 1140 and Math 1150 without 1160 for BS and BSE students; excluding Math 1110 for BS, BSE, and BSM students)
  • Successful completion of Symbolic Logic (Phil 1210) for BA, BFA, and MARCH students only

Foreign Language Requirement

Students pursuing any bachelor’s degree offered by the School of Continuing Studies are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Proficiency is demonstrated through successful completion of the second level in any foreign language or two courses in Perspectives Outside the European Tradition/Comparative Cultures and International Perspectives (Non-Western). Students may also blend one language and one non-Western course. These are such courses as ANTH 1020, 3010, 3160, or HISL 1710, or LAST 1010.

Supporting Requirement

Students majoring in School of Continuing Studies disciplines are required to complete one course in oral communications. There are no supporting requirements for students majoring in LAS (Liberal Arts and Sciences) disciplines.

Distribution Requirement

Students majoring in School of Continuing Studies disciplines are required to complete 12 credits each of humanities/fine arts, sciences, and social sciences. In each distribution area, courses must be chosen from at least two different disciplines.

Students majoring in LAS disciplines must complete 12 credits in Cultural Knowledge, comprising any six credits of Humanities and Fine Arts and any six credits of Social Sciences. They must also complete 6-8 credits in Physical, Life and Behavioral Sciences. This requirement can be attained by successful completion of two courses selected from: architectural technological systems, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, neuroscience, physics, psychology, or in public health (only SPHU 1020 or SPHU 2020). Note: one of the science courses must be selected from a list of courses with an approved laboratory component.

Courses taken to satisfy proficiency and supporting requirements may not be used to fulfill distribution requirements for School of Continuing Studies majors. For majors in the liberal arts and sciences, courses taken to satisfy proficiency requirements may not be used for distribution requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses taken to satisfy proficiency, supporting, and distribution requirements may be used to fulfill major and minor requirements. However, you may not receive double credit for the same course. At least 24 credits in the major must not overlap with the minor. Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 in the major to receive the degree.

Residence Requirement

At least 60 credits of a student’s degree program must be completed at Tulane University, with the final 30 taken while enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies. For an associate degree, certificate, major, or minor, at least one-half of the credits required in the area of concentration must be completed while enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies.


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