Requirements (Undergraduate)

Marywood University grants the following degrees on the undergraduate level.

Baccalaureate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture

Marywood University awards a number of master’s degrees, certificates, the Ed.S., Ph.D. and Psy.D. See the graduate catalog for details.

Candidacy Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree

A candidate for a baccalaureate degree must present a minimum of 126 undergraduate credits of college work that fulfill all general and departmental requirements; 60 of these credits must be earned from Marywood. At least one-half of the credits required for a major must be earned at Marywood University. Individual departmental sections in this catalog should be consulted for general policies and exceptions.

For graduation, the cumulative quality point average must be at least 2.00. Courses must be selected so that the requirements of at least one major program are fulfilled with a quality point average of 2.33. Some programs require higher quality point averages than the general school requirement. Consult this catalog for individual program descriptions and information about these exceptions.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

A student who holds a baccalaureate degree from Marywood University or another accredited school may pursue a second baccalaureate degree. Acceptable credits from the first degree will be applied to the second degree; however, in all cases, at least 60 additional credits will be required for the second degree. The second degree program must also include one complete major program.

Degree Completion and Commencement

Degrees are granted in January, May, and August. All degree requirements must be fulfilled by the published deadline for each graduation date. There is one commencement ceremony each year, and students must apply to participate.

Students intending to complete degree requirements must formally register as degree candidates at the time of their final semester’s registration.

Academic Support

Transition to College

Orientation for new students consists of a series of events designed to assist in the transition to college life. Prior to enrolling in classes, students participate in assessment activities and are introduced to the concepts of curriculum planning, course selection, and departmental and liberal arts requirements. During the summer orientation program, students meet with a faculty advisor to discuss academic goals and student schedules for the upcoming semester.

Academic Advisors

All students are assigned an academic advisor at the beginning of their studies at Marywood. In nearly all cases, advisors are faculty members of the department in which the student is majoring. Academic advisors have the responsibility of assisting students with programs of study which will meet student needs and capabilities as well as school and department requirements. Each semester, faculty advisors meet with students to develop schedules of courses prior to registration for the upcoming sessions. Academic advisors also play an important role in providing direction, support, and referrals to university resources for any needed specialized assistance.

International students and students with disabilities may receive additional academic advising support. Students interested in these services should contact the appropriate office on campus for information.

Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to meet all requirements for his or her major program and general requirements for all students. Marywood University is committed to helping students become active in this decision-making process.

University Graduation Requirements

A student must earn a minimum of 120 credits in order to graduate. Included in this number are one’s major and minor program requirements, which vary from program to program, as well as up to 46 credits of general requirements (depending on possible waivers). Students in programs requiring less than 120 total credits will be expected to fulfill the remaining credits in other ways—such as with additional electives, a second major or a minor.

General Requirements for All Students

Liberal Arts Core*

 Check department listings or index for specifics for Liberal Arts requirements.


I. First Year Experience
  UNIV 100  1 credit
  ENGL 160  3 credits
II. The Human Condition in its Ultimate Relationships  
  Religious Studies 6 credits
  RST 100 Modern Belief and one other RST course above the 100 level  
  Philosophy 6 credits
  PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy and one other PHIL course above the 100 level  
III.  The Human Condition in the Context of the Physical Universe  
  Mathematics 3 credits
  Science 3 credits
IV. The Human Condition in Relation to Self and the Social Structure  
  Social Science**# 3 credits
V. The Human Condition in its Cultural Context  
  Literature# 6 credits
  ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature and one 300-level course offered by the department  
  Foreign Language***# 6 credits
  Fine Arts# 3 credits
VI. The Human Condition in its Historical Context  
  History# 6 credits
46 credits


*One course in a student's curriculum must fulfill a Global Studies requirement; Global courses may also fulfill the requirement for one of the courses above that is marked with a hashmark (#).
**(e.g. Psychology 211, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Criminol­ogy or any other social science course.)
***Both classes must be in the same language. A student who has completed four years of the same foreign language in high school may take just one, three-­credit course to satisfy the foreign language requirement. That course must be above the 212 level.

Some Science courses have a required one credit laboratory component. Students pursuing these courses will earn three credits for the lecture. They will earn one credit for the lab which is graded independently. It is important to note that some majors require Science courses which include a lab.

Departmental Component – Major Program

Check department listings for specific requirements for major program.