Degree Requirements

Every degree program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is made up of three components: the Core Curriculum, Courses in the Major, and Free Electives. The Baccalaureate degree is awarded when the curriculum prescribed by the College for one or more of the various degree programs has been satisfied. Candidates for graduation must meet all of the following seven requirements:

  1. A minimum of 122 credit hours;  
  2. The successful completion of the Core Curriculum, academic major requirements, and free electives*; 
  3. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. (Science students must also have a minimum technical grade point average of at least 2.00); 
  4. A minimum of half of the Core Curriculum requirements must be fulfilled at Villanova University; 
  5. A minimum of half of the requirements for the major must be fulfilled at Villanova University; 
  6. The final 30 credits of the degree program must be earned at Villanova University or a Villanova University approved program; 
  7. At least 61 credits must be earned at Villanova University. 

*Please note that a maximum of 10 credits in courses fewer than 3-credits may be applied to a students free-elective area. Lab courses do not count toward the 10-credit limit. Further restrictions regarding subject of these courses apply. 

See the College of Professional Studies Catalog for information on the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (BIS), the Bachelor of Arts in General Arts, etc.