Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Science Degree, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree*

*Students who choose to pursue the Bachelor of Arts Honors, Bachelor of Science Honors, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors degree should plan to meet the specific requirements of the Honors Program in addition to all other graduation requirements.

Graceland University confers the degree of Bachelor of Arts, the degree of Bachelor of Science, and the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The type of degree granted is determined by the choice of major. These baccalaureate degrees are conferred on those students who satisfactorily complete the following requirements:

  1. 120 semester hours1
  2. 39 upper division semester hours (3000 and 4000 level courses)
  3. 2.00 grade point average on all work and 2.00 average in major(s)
  4. 30 of the last 60 semester hours taken immediately prior to graduation must be through Graceland University2
  5. A recognized major or equivalent
  6. Completion of the prescribed Essential Education Curriculum or, for elgible transfer students, the alternative essential education program3.

Prescribed Essential Education Curriculum

NOTE: No course may meet more than one learning outcome. Any learning outcome may be met through demonstrated competence rather than coursework.

Demonstrated competence: Other than coursework, there are many ways in which students may demonstrate that they have satisfied the intent of a learning outcome. Common options include internships, portfolios, proficiency exams, work experience, independent studies, performance, and excellent achievement in the area. For more information about demonstrated competence, students should see their advisor.

Learning Outcome One: Communication
Students will be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, demonstrating the information literacy necessary to participate thoughtfully in complex dialogues.

Learning Outcome Two: Critical Thinking
Students will be able to make decisions, draw conclusions, and advocate positions through open-minded inquiry. Students will incorporate a process that includes examining diverse and appropriate information from multiple sources, evaluating alternative arguments, and identifying and assessing assumptions that may frame the student’s thinking.

  • INTD1100 Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Science (3 s.h.) required for all full-time students entering Graceland with a first-time freshman classification (FF)
  • This outcome also will be fulfilled by an emphasis on critical thinking across the curriculum with course-embedded assessments.

Learning Outcome Three: Ethical Thinking and Action
Students can articulate their own ethical beliefs and identify ethical issues.  Considering diverse ethical perspectives and/or frameworks, students can consider the social dimensions of an issue and outcomes of ethical action, assessing ethical decision-making and action in light of the worth of persons, and/or values of community, justice, and/or the common good.

  • 3 s.h. from list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee

Learning Outcome Four: Global Learning
Students will be able to use a disciplinary perspective and tools of analysis to articulate an understanding of the interconnections (such as social, economic, political, religious, and environmental) of the world community, along with the global conditions and systems that affect the well-being of human communities and ecosystems. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to constantly question the source of their cultural assumptions and ethical judgments, leading to the habit of seeing things through the eyes of others.

  • 3 s.h. from list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee

Learning Outcome Five: Knowledge of Human Cultures
Students will be able to apply knowledge and methodologies from diverse fields (arts, humanities, social science, and histories) to explain, analyze and reflect upon human experiences. This involves the ability to identify patterns in human behaviors and cultures, noting commonalities and differences and the ability to creatively produce works that synthesize these concepts.

  • 3 s.h. Arts from list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee
  • 3 s.h. Humanities from list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee
  • 3 s.h. Social Science from list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee
  • 3 s.h. Histories from list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee

Learning Outcome Six: Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World
Students will be able to express quantitative ideas using language and appropriate notation in mathematics and natural sciences. Students should demonstrate literacy in both mathematics and natural sciences, by defining terms, by recognizing and by applying concepts, in order to understand the relevance of mathematics and natural sciences to contemporary life.

  • 3 s.h. Science from list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee
  • 6 s.h. Math--Two 3 s.h. courses from list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee

Students may choose to complete all designated coursework in one of the Liberating Arts themes approved by the General Education Committee.

A student who completes all course work for one of the Liberating Arts themes with no substitutions will also receive the following notation on their transcript: “Concentration: Liberating Arts Curriculum (Name of Theme, e.g. Sustainability) Theme.”

Alternative essential education program
A student transferring to Graceland University, with at least 48 s.h. applicable for transfer, from a regionally accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in transferable coursework, must satisfy Graceland University's essential education requirements by successfully completing 8 s.h. in each of the following areas: college composition/speech courses (to include at least 3 s.h. of composition and 3 s.h. of speech), humanities (literature, philosophy, religion, art, music, theatre, and foreign language courses), social sciences, and science/mathematics (to include at least 3 s.h. of college-level mathematics and 3 s.h. of natural science). The transfer student must also meet the following requirement:

  1. Discourse III (ENGL3100) or two lower division composition courses with a grade of "B" or better in each course - The Registrar's Office will review transfer work to determine which option a student uses. If it is determined that the two course option satisfies the requirement, a waiver of the upper division course will be indicated on the student's academic record. Courses used to waive this requirement may also be used toward the 8 s.h. of college composition/speech courses.

Essential Education Requirements for B.S.N. Degrees
Students must complete 8 s.h. in each of the following areas: college composition/speech courses (to include at least 3 s.h. of composition and 3 s.h. of speech, humanities (literature, philosophy, religion, art, music, theatre, and foreign language courses), social sciences, and science/mathematics (to include at least 3 s.h. of college-level mathematics and 3 s.h. of natural science). The student must also meet the following requirement:

  1. Discourse III (ENGL3100) or two lower division composition courses with a grade of "B" or better in each course - The Registrar's Office will review transfer work to determine which option a student uses. If it is determined that the two course option satisfies the requirement, a waiver of the upper division course will be indicated on the student's academic record. Courses used to waive this requirement may also be used toward the 8 s.h. of college composition/speech courses.

1No more than 8 s.h. of Physical Education activity courses numbered 0000-1000 may be presented toward the 120 hours required for graduation. No more than 2 s.h. of the 8 s.h. applied toward graduation may be earned through varsity athletics.

Up to 12 s.h. of PHED1700/2700/3700/4700 allowed toward total hours for graduation.

Non-music majors may present no more than 8 s.h. of music ensemble credit toward graduation. Music majors may present 12 s.h. of music ensemble credit.

No more than two developmental courses, number DEVL0000-1990, may be applied toward graduation.

No more than 4 s.h. of Free Market Practicum (BUAD3350) may be counted toward any graduation requirement.

2A Graceland student engaged in a formal program of study abroad, whether sponsored by a foreign or domestic institution of higher learning, will be considered "in residence" for a maximum of one academic year if he/she has his/her proposed program of study approved in advance by the Registrar and by the chairperson of the division in which he/she plans to major, and if he/she claims intent to complete a degree at Graceland.

3A student holding a BA, BS, BSN, or a more advanced degree from an accredited institution other than Graceland desiring to qualify for another major and/or degree is considered to have met the intent of the general education program by completion of the earlier degree. Such a candidate would be required to meet the major course and residence requirements only.

NOTE: A student completing two majors at Graceland on two different graduation dates will receive a second degree only if:

  1. he/she has earned at least 24 semester hours that apply to the second major after completion of the first, and
  2. the two majors normally lead to two different degrees (BA, BS, BSN)

Otherwise students will receive a single degree with a notation on the transcript that a second major has been earned. If a student is awarded a single degree with two or more majors, the student's declaration of a first major will determine whether the degree awarded will be a BA, BS, or BSN.

NOTE: Only courses that count toward a major may count toward a minor in that subject area.