Policies and Procedures

University Requirements

Please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin (http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/undergraduate/) corresponding with your Program Requirement Term for detailed information regarding University graduation requirements.

Transfer students will be expected to satisfy all FSU Bulletin requirements corresponding to the academic year in which the student first enrolled at Florida State University. However, they may choose to "adopt" the requirements stated in the bulletin in effect for the academic year in which they enrolled at a Florida public community college. Please refer to the section on Catalog Year Changes [Link to the Catalog Year Change section above]. 

College Requirements 

  • Completion of a major
    • Each department sets the specific requirements for completion of the major(s) in that department. Students should meet with the department adviser in the intended major on a regular basis (e.g., once a semester) to lay out a plan of study. Since the required curriculum may change over time, it is important to refer to the appropriate edition of http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/undergraduate/ (or contact the department adviser) to be aware of specific requirements.
    • Students need to be aware that no more than 4 hours in courses counted toward the major can also count toward General Education requirements. 
  • Completion of a minor
    • Students must complete an approved minor.
      • In an attempt to ensure that each student who graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences has a broad, liberal education, a concentration of courses in a department outside the major department is required. It is the responsibility of the student to meet the requirements for a minor based on information provided in the General Bulletin. While many minors require only twelve (12) semester hours, others may require as many as eighteen (18) semester hours. The minor department does not have to be in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you have questions about the availability of specific courses, the preferred sequences of courses, etc., please contact the academic adviser for the minor department.
      • A complete list of minors can be found at http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/minors.html
      • Requirements for each minor can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin at http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/undergraduate/
      • Although most majors in the College of Arts and Sciences require selection and completion of a specific academic minor, this is not true for the following programs: secondary science/math teaching; humanities; foreign language/business; and certain science majors that have a required collateral minor.
      • In addition, students completing a double major do not have to complete a minor. Students must declare additional majors before accumulating 90 earned hours. 
    • No courses used in satisfying major, foreign language, or Liberal Studies requirements may also be counted toward the minor. 
    • Students pursuing two degrees must have a separate minor for each degree that is awarded by this college. If one of the degrees is to be awarded by another college in the university, the dean's office of that college will specify whether minor requirements must be satisfied.
    • While students may choose to pursue additional minors, only one minor per degree will be verified for graduation.
  • Foreign Language Proficiency
    • Florida State University requires study of a foreign language in high school as a condition for acceptance to the university (two years at the high school level). However, all students who intend to graduate with a bachelor's degree (either a B.A. or B.S.) from a department in the College of Arts and Sciences must show language proficiency beyond that required for university admission. Specifically, students must demonstrate proficiency equivalent to or beyond that attained upon completion of the intermediate level course (2000-level) in a language other than English.
      • Proficiency in an ancient or modern foreign language can be demonstrated by successful completion of enrollment in a 2000-level course in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew (Biblical or Modern), Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. All coursework used to fulfill the language requirement must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better, or an S grade if taken on an S/U basis. Proficiency equivalent to completion of a 2000-level language course may be demonstrated through exemption or placement examinations
        • Students who have completed two years of a classical or modern foreign language study in high school (and who want to continue study of the same language) would typically be advised to enter the course sequence at the second level, continuing through completion of the appropriate 2000-level course. However, it is recommended that students contact the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (369 Diffenbaugh, 644-2606) to receive specific information and advice about the appropriate enrollment level.
        • Exemption and placement options for Spanish, French, and German
        • Proficiency (through the 2000-level) and/or college credit may be earned for language through the CLEP or the placement exams. The CLEP and placement exams are scheduled throughout the academic year by appointment. These exams are not available to students with any prior college credit in the language. Refer to the Assessment & Testing Facility website (https://distance.fsu.edu/testing) for additional details about testing dates and registering an examination. 
        • Exemption and placement options for Classical Languages
          • Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in a classical Biblical language (i.e., Greek, Hebrew, Latin) should contact the Department of Classics (644-4259) for information about courses and exemption options.
          • Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in either Biblical or Modern Hebrew should contact Dr. David Levenson (dlevenson@fsu.edu) in the Department of Religion for information about courses and placement.
        • Exemption options for Native Speakers of another Language 
          • Native speakers of another language may be exempt from this requirement but only after demonstration of proficiency based on performance on placement exam. It is advised that such students contact the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (369 Diffenbaugh, 644-2606) to receive specific information about exemption and enrollment options.
      • Proficiency in American Sign Language
        • Students pursuing the Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Science degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences may substitute American Sign Language (ASL) for the foreign language requirement except where a particular foreign language(s) has been specified by a major or department. Those students choosing to use ASL to satisfy the College's foreign language requirement must complete up through the course ASL2160C with a grade of “C-“ or better. ASL courses may not be taken for a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) or Pass/Fail (P/F) grade. These courses may not be available to non-Communication Science and Disorders majors every semester.
        • Students who have taken previous coursework in ASL should contact the School of Communication Science & Disorders through the College of Communication and Information for the current ASL Placement Testing policy. 
  • Graduation Checks
    • Arts and Sciences Graduation Check
      • Students must initiate an Arts and Sciences Graduation Check online during the semester in which the student will complete 90 earned semester credit hours (this include earned hours PLUS your current enrollment, but no later than at least one semester prior to the term in which they plan to graduate. If a hold has been placed, please allow 1-2 business days to have the hold lift during peak times (first week of classes, during registration windows). Holds are processed in the order that they are received. 
      • The Arts and Sciences “college” check will indicate whether college and university requirements are completed and which still need to be completed. In addition, the respective academic department will indicate what, if any, courses must be taken to complete requirements for the major and associated collateral minor where applicable.
      • Click here to initiate an Arts & Sciences graduation check.
      • Students will receive a pick up date when the submission of the graduation check is completed. Students will also be emailed and a registration hold will be placed when the Arts & Sciences Graduation Check is ready for pick up in 010 Longmire. 
    • University Registrar’s Graduation Check
      • Student must initiate a Registrar’s Graduation Check online once a registration hold has been placed.
      • After your submit your request, the University Graduation Check hold will be removed by the Registrar’s Office within one business day.
      • You will receive an email notification after the Graduation Services staff completes the review. A new link will appear on the request page, allowing you to download your graduation check. Alternately, you may pick up a copy from the Graduation desk located in University Center A, Room 3900. Business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The following students are exempt from the requirement: students who have already requested the graduation check and those students with prior bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees.
      • Click here to be directed to the Registrar’s Office website. 
      • IMPORTANT: Requesting a graduation check is NOT the same as applying for graduation!
  • Graduation
    • Process
      • You should apply for graduation during the second and third week of the term when you will be completing all degree requirements. Please refer to the University Registrar’s Graduation Calendar for specific deadlines and important dates.
      • Submitting the Graduation Application Online
      • Under myFSU Links on the left-hand side of the screen, click the SC icon.
      • Under the Academics area, click the drop down box arrow and select Apply for Graduation.
    • Early Walker Policy
      • Students who are not completing all degree requirements should not apply for graduation. Students who wish to participate prior to completing all degree requirements must submit an Early Walker Petition through the College of Arts and Sciences Student Academic Affairs Office in 010 Longmire.
      • Students who apply for graduation with the intention to walk early and who do not have an approved Early Walker Petition on file will be deleted from the graduation list.
        • The College of Arts and Sciences has a strict early walker policy. Early Walker Petitions are rarely approved. A student should not submit an Early Walker Petition unless the student has truly documented extenuating circumstances that would prevent the student from attending the ceremony for the term that he/she will actually be completing all degree requirements.
        • Students must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative FSU GPA, 6 or fewer hours to complete all degree requirements, have satisfied all General Education requirements, and must meet one of the following conditions: 
          • Studying Abroad during their last semester.
          • Completing a required internship or field camp experience, more than 10 hours driving distance from Tallahassee.
          • Have an immediate family member schedule to graduate the same day as the FSU graduation ceremony.
          • In addition to meeting one of the conditions above, students must also have a 2.0 or higher cumulative FSU GPA, 6 or fewer hours to complete all degree requirements, and have satisfied all General Education requirements.
        • The final decision rests with the Graduation Office with the Registrar’s Office for any Early Walker requests.
        • Early Walker Petition as a PDF
        • If students are unable to participate in the graduation ceremony during the term in which they graduate, they can be permitted to participate in a future graduation ceremony within one year after they officially graduate. These "Late Walker" requests are always approved.
    • Impact on Future Registration
      • After you apply for graduation, a stop will be placed on any future registrations unless you have been readmitted to the university or your name has been removed from the graduation list.
      • When you receive a degree from the University, you are "discharged" as a student. If you wish to continue as special (non-degree seeking) student, or to work on a second bachelor's degree, you must apply for readmission to the University through the appropriate section of the Admission's Office.
      • Students seeking a Doctoral or Master's degree must be admitted through the Graduate Admissions Office.