The student is responsible for ensuring that he/she complies with all regulations and completes all degree requirements. Requirements for graduation are determined by a dual system reflecting both the quality and quantity of a students work. These are expressed in terms of semester credit hours and in a calculated GPA derived from assigned course grades.
A candidate for a bachelors degree must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit of academic work. At least 25% or 30 credit hours of the degree requirement must be taken at Cumberland University. At least 25% upper division credit hours (300-400 numbered courses) for the degree must be earned at Cumberland University. The candidate must complete those courses required in the General Education Core (GEC), the specific requirements for a chosen major and sufficient elective hours to complete the total credit hours requirement. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 is required for all course work taken and accepted at Cumberland University. A student must earn a grade of C or better in each core course required by the academic major.
Students continuously enrolled in Cumberland University ordinarily will be allowed to graduate under the catalog that is current when they enter Cumberland University, provided graduation is within eight years of the time of that entrance date and the required courses are still in the University curriculum. Cumberland University will make every effort to honor curricula listed in the students entering Catalog. The University reserves the right to change degree requirements due to federal or state government licensure changes, to regulatory agency mandated modification, or to other extenuating circumstances. Continuously enrolled students may elect to graduate under any one catalog in use during the eight-year period with approval of the Dean of the appropriate School. If a student is not in continuous enrollment in the University, he/she must meet all requirements listed in the catalog including regulations that are in effect at the time of his/her return. Exceptions to this policy may be requested in writing to the Dean of the appropriate School.
Degree requirements for each academic major offered by the University are published in this document. All academic degree requirement modifications must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and by the appropriate Dean. Students must submit degree requirement modification requests in writing to the Registrar.
The curriculum is designed to ensure that students study a common body of knowledge covering a broad range of disciplines. The purpose is to see that students develop those skills necessary for analytical thinking, for communicating ideas, and for choosing an area of study that will be rewarding. The General Education Core (GEC) includes this common body of knowledge.
The University reserves the right to hold diplomas and/or transcripts until the student has satisfied his/her University obligations.