The University requirements for graduation must be satisfied prior to the awarding of an undergraduate degree. Students meet the University requirements for graduation, including general education requirements, as follows:
a) New students are held to the University requirements that are published in the catalog with the effective date that corresponds to their Admission term.
b) Former students who are readmitted to WSU are held to the University requirements that are published in the catalog at the time they are readmitted and reflect their most current admission term.
c) Students who apply to graduate who are not currently enrolled will be held to the University requirements as follows:
i. Students applying to graduate through Summer 2016 will be held to the General Education Requirements listed in the 2009 WSU Catalog.
ii. Students applying to graduate beginning Fall 2016 will be held to the University Core Requirements listed in the 2012 WSU Catalog.
Students who were enrolled at WSU prior to Fall 2012 may petition to fulfill the University requirements based on an earlier set of requirements. All students may request to substitute their University and general education requirements for the most current set of those requirements.
Graduation requirements for a student’s degree are set at the time the student certifies the major and include college requirements. Graduation requirements for additional majors, minors, or other academic awards are set at the time of certification for those additional academic plans. The following exceptions apply:
a) All students after the time of certification may be required by the department to meet new major or minor requirements, provided the newer requirements neither oblige a student to enroll in more than a normal complement of credit hours in any semester nor prolong the time necessary to complete degree requirements.
b) Current students whose certification in the major or minor is more than eight years old may be required by the department to re-certify in the major or minor in order to meet current degree requirements. This may in some cases prolong the time necessary to complete the degree.
c) Former students who must reapply and be readmitted to WSU will be admitted as non-certified regardless of their prior certification status. These students will be eligible to recertify, on a space-available basis, when they meet the current requirements for certification set by the department.
d) Students who apply to graduate and who have not attended WSU for six or more years will need approval from their major department to complete the degree in the major in which they were previously certified. In some cases these students may be held to more current requirements which may prolong the time necessary to complete the degree. Students may choose to seek certification in a different major without being readmitted to the university in order to earn a degree.
e) Students shall have eight years to complete any degree, major, minor, or other academic award that has been discontinued, following the last inclusion in the WSU Catalog.
Department and program chairs have the authority to waive or provide substitute course work for major or minor requirements. Colleges have the authority to waive or provide substitutes for college requirements.