General Major Requirements

Approved by:  University Curriculum and Policies Committee

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Related PoliciesGeneral Minor Requirements | Special Major

Related Forms, Procedures and References:  Academic Catalog

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Baccalaureate Major Requirements

Baccalaureate majors consist of not fewer than 32 nor more than 50 credits.

All course work in a baccalaureate major is subject to the following restrictions:

  • Courses in a major must be taken for a regular letter grade. A minimum grade of C- is required for a course to be counted toward the major. Unless otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) must be earned for all major course work.
  • A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.
  • Transfer courses, substitutions, and courses taken on campuses of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) for a St. Catherine's major require the approval of the chair of the major department.
  • Supporting courses for some majors must be completed for a letter grade with at least a C- or C. Unless otherwise stated, required supporting courses may be completed with the S/U grading option.

Special Majors

Baccalaureate students may plan and gain approval for a special major involving work in two or more departments when no existing major or double major meets their academic needs. The Special Major Petition form with complete instructions and requirements is available from the Office of the Registrar Forms page. Petitions must be submitted at least one year prior to graduation. Special majors are to consist of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 courses (48 to 60 credits), with at least half of the courses (24 to 30 credits) numbered 3000 or above. Special majors require the approval of the University Curriculum and Policies Committee.