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Tallahassee, FL. 32307

Graduation Requirements and Procedures


Associate Degree Requirements -The associate in arts (A.A.) certificate may be granted upon formal written application to the Office of Retention for  students who have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours with a 2.0 grade point average or better and successfully completed) General Education sequence and Gordon Rule courses. The last 30 semester hours must have been earned at FAMU.
Bachelor’s Degree Requirements -To qualify for a bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline specified in this catalog, the student must have;
-          Earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00
-          Completed Gordon Rule requirements (see suggested courses elsewhere in this publication)
-          Completed General Education requirements (see suggested courses elsewhere in this publication)
-          Completed Foreign Language requirement (see suggested courses elsewhere in this publication)
-          Satisfied the Summer term attendance requirement - minimum of 9 semester credits
-          Completed at least 30 semester credit hours at FAMU. At least 25% of the credit hours required for an undergraduate degree program must be earned through instruction offered by FAMU. The university requires at least two semesters completed in residence for any degree and the last 30 hours must be earned in residence. If the term of residence is only two semesters, that period must be the student’s senior year, provided at least 30 semester hours are earned at FAMU during this period.

.Petitions for a waiver of up to six hours of the last 30 hours in residence, due to a documented hardship or unusual circumstance, may be submitted through the student’s academic advisor, chair or program leader to the dean or director for consideration. Only waivers approved by the dean or director are valid. Courses taken while on university sponsored study abroad programs count as residency requirement for graduation purposes.
-          General and specific degree requirements are listed elsewhere in this catalog.
-          Students must complete the “Student Intent to Graduate” form and submit to the department or division Chairperson immediately prior to or at the beginning of the term in which degree requirements are expected to be met.
-          Successful applicants must have earned at least a “C” average in all work attempted toward the degree.
-          The applicable degree with the appropriate major will be awarded, upon the recommendation of the faculty, department and the dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled.
-          Student must have completed a minimum of 120 semester required hours, which must include satisfactory completion of all State of Florida/institutional undergraduate requirements, and curriculum requirements.
Note: Some academic areas require more than 120 hours for graduation. In addition, a student who changes his or her major may have to earn more than 120 hours in order to meet requirements for graduation.
Important: Credit hours in excess of 144 may incur extra charges. See information on Excess credit hours surcharge in this publication or on the Registrar web page (www.famu.edu/Academics/Registrar/)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements –To qualify for a bachelor of arts degree all requirements listed above under the bachelor’s degree requirement must be met, in addition to completing 12 semester hours in the (same) foreign language. Contact your academic department for details.

Second Bachelors degree – A student who wishes to receive two baccalaureate degrees in the same semester must (1) declare double majors, (2) complete the prescribed degree requirements of each program, and (3) complete a minimum of 150 semester hours (30 hours must be taken in residence). Departments and colleges may have additional requirements. Students are advised to consult their academic advisor or department chair for departmental requirements. Students must complete an application for graduation online for each major. If a student holding a bachelors degree from FAMU wishes to obtain a second bachelors degree the student must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours after the requirements for the previous bachelor’s degree.

Foreign Language Requirements – All undergraduate students are required to have two years of Foreign Language study prior to graduation with a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University. Two years of Foreign Language study is defined as two years (2 units) in high school or eight to ten (8-10 credits with grade “C” or higher) semester hours in one Foreign Language or American Sign Language - French, Spanish language and Literature, Arabic, Japanese, German, Chinese, and American Sign language at Florida A&M University or  another accredited College/University. Students may meet this requirement by successfully demonstrating equivalent foreign language competence on the basis of scores determined by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies as adopted by the Board of Governors; or demonstrating equivalent foreign language or American Sign Language competence through other means approved by the university.
 This requirement will not apply to transfer students (a) who received Associate in Arts degree prior to September 1, 1989, or (b) enrolled in a program of study leading to associate degree from a Florida Community College (Florida College System) and maintained continuous enrollment until they are admitted to a university prior to August 1, 1989.

Students who earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited post secondary institution prior to enrollment as students seeking second bachelor’s degree are exempt from this requirement
Application for Graduation- A student who wishes to apply for graduation is encouraged to complete the 'Student Intent to Graduate' form and take it to his/her academic advisor, at least one semester prior to the one in which the student intends to graduate. Students will complete, print/forward "Student Intent to Graduate" form to their academic advisors prior to applying for graduation via iRattler on their Student Center page... This form is available at www.FAMU.EDU/Academics/Registrar/Forms/Student Intent to Graduate. Students applying for the Associate in Arts Degree should forward completed "Student Intent to Graduate" forms to the Office of Retention.
Upon receipt of the "Student Intent to Graduate" form the academic advisor reviews student’s academic record for graduation purposes. The department’s business process for graduation reviews should be followed. If student is determined eligible to apply for graduation, the department Coordinator with appropriate access places a Positive Service Indicator (Eligible to Apply – ETA) on the student. This allows student to submit the application online via iRattler immediately prior to or at the beginning of the term in which a student expects to complete all requirements for a degree... The university calendar designates the deadline dates on which this action must be taken. If a student fails to graduate, he or she should consult with his or her department or division chairperson or dean and reapply for a subsequent term.

Graduation Honors-Eligibility for graduation with honors for students seeking the Bachelors/Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires the following cumulative grade point averages: 3.70-4.00-Summa Cum Laude; 3.30-3.69-Magna Cum Laude; 3.00-3.29-Cum Laude. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 45 semester hours at FAMU in order to be eligible to graduate with honors. Students receiving the masters and doctor of philosophy degrees are excluded. The cumulative grade point average on file at the time of application for graduation (usually the term prior to the term in which the student intends to graduate) will be used to determine eligibility and designate graduation honors in commencement program.   However, the student’s final cumulative grade point average (usually the last term in which the student graduated) will be used to list the graduation honors on the student’s final transcript.

Summer Term

The Summer Term may consist of two or more sessions. Courses offered during the summer sessions are organized to make them equivalent in content, method, and credit to those of a full semester During the Summer Term the university supplements the regular instructional program with credit and non-credit activities such as institutes, workshops, and conferences.

Summer Semester Attendance Rules—Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 6C-6.16, mandates that students entering a university in the State University System after September 1, 1976, who have less than 60 hours credit upon admission must earn 9 credit hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer terms.

The objective of this rule is to more efficiently utilize system facilities and the state’s investment in them by encouraging year-round attendance and thereby reducing peak load demands normally incident to the fall term of each academic year.