Degree Information

Degree Classification - Definitions

Degree Candidates

All undergraduates admitted to a degree program or to the undeclared major by the Office of Admissions or through approved internal transfer recorded in the Office of the Registrar.

Non-degree Students

Non-degree is an academic term for “not formally accepted in a degree program.” Non-degree students are permitted to enroll for coursework toward professional development, personal growth, or certification. High school students may attend on a non-degree basis with written permission of their high school principal or guidance counselor.

Dual Degrees

A student who has successfully completed at least 30 credits of work at West Chester University may petition to pursue a second undergraduate degree concurrently with the first, such as a B.S. in computer science and a B.F.A. in art. If admitted to a second degree program, the student must, to receive both degrees at graduation, earn at least 30 credits beyond the requirements of the baccalaureate program with the fewest required credits for a minimum of 150 credits. When a student is enrolled in dual degree programs:

  1. The student may not be graduated until both the degrees are completed.
  2. All requirements for the curriculum of each degree must be satisfied.
  3. A course required in both degree programs does not have to be repeated for the second degree.
  4. All University requirements such as minimum GPA and number of credits taken at West Chester University in the major must be met for each degree separately.

Double Major

A student may select two majors within the same degree. In this case, a student must meet all of the requirements for both majors. The student should consult regularly with advisors from both programs. Students wishing to pursue two types of baccalaureate degrees (B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.S., B.S.Ed., B.S.N.) should see Dual Degrees section above.

Second Degrees

An individual may pursue a second degree at West Chester University after earning the first degree either at West Chester or some other institution. Such an individual must apply for admission through the Office of Admissions as a transfer student and earn at least 30 hours of West Chester University credit beyond the requirements of the initial baccalaureate program. In addition, a student must take at least 50% of the courses in his /her major or minor discipline (excluding cognate courses) at West Chester University. All requirements for the curriculum in which the second degree is earned must be satisfied. A given course required in both the degree programs is not repeated for the second degree.

Minor Fields of Study

Students who have enough flexibility in their major curriculum to fulfill the requirements of a minor must fill out and submit a minor selection application to the Office of the Registrar. To enroll in a minor field of study, students must have the permission of both their major and their proposed minor departments. Admission to the minor does not guarantee admission to the major. Students must complete 18 to 30 hours of courses selected in consultation with the minor program adviser. At least 50 percent of minor course work must be taken at West Chester. Also, beginning with students entering in the fall 1993 semester, students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the set of courses taken for a minor in order to receive transcript recognition of that minor. Certain minor programs may require a higher minimum GPA. Students should consult with the minor program adviser.

Please see academic department pages for minor offerings. 

Changing Majors

A student wishing to transfer from one program of study at the University to another program must file a change of major form in the Office of the Registrar. The student must meet the standards for admission to the desired program and must obtain written permission from the department involved. Any courses that were initially accepted for transfer credit from another college are subject to re-evaluation by the department to which the student transfers internally.