To qualify for graduation with a bachelor’s degree, a student must have been in residence at Texas State for at least two long (fall or spring) semesters or 30 weeks in summer terms. A student must also complete, through Texas State coursework, at least 25 % of the minimum number of semester hours required for the degree; within this requirement, at least 24 semester hours must be advanced and at least six hours of the advanced work must be completed in the major at Texas State. Additionally, at least 24 semester hours of the last 30 hours completed that are required for the degree must be taken at Texas State. Correspondence, extension, and off-campus coursework completed through Texas State may be applied toward residency requirements. Credit-by-examination may not be applied toward residency.
Graduating with Honors
To be eligible for graduation with honors, a student seeking a bachelor's degree must have completed a minimum of 54 semester credit hours at Texas State preceding graduation. Calculation of the GPA to determine honors status is based on all Texas State work applied to the first bachelor's degree, including work completed in the final semester.
Honors begins with a 3.40 Texas State GPA and is designated by the following:
- 3.40-3.59 Cum Laude
- 3.6-3.79 Magna Cum Laude
- 3.8-4.0 Summa Cum Laude
Hours earned through Texas State correspondence courses and extension courses are counted in the hours required to be eligible for honors and in the GPA calculation for honors. Hours earned through Texas State credit-by-examination, work/life experience, and other courses receiving “CR” (pass/fail) grades are counted in the hours required to be eligible for honors, but do not count in the GPA calculation. Remedial courses with a “CR” grade and graduate courses are not counted in either the hours required or the GPA calculation for honors.
Transfer students who have earned at least 60 semester hours at Texas State are eligible to graduate with honors if their Texas State GPA meets the above criteria. Students earning second bachelor's degrees are eligible for graduation with honors if they complete 60 or more hours at Texas State in pursuit of the second degree.
Taking correspondence courses in your final semester?
Texas State Correspondence requires at least 45 days to complete a course and some may take longer. It is strongly recommended that correspondence courses be started before the last semester.