In certain rare instances, a department chair may make an academic exception to permit a student to substitute a course for a certain course requirement. In these instances, the department chair should email regmail [at] (regmail[at]emmanuel[dot]edu) and we will make the change to the student's degree audit to reflect the academic exception.

Courses that are major requirements may also be courses that fulfill general requirements. This overlap is permitted. An example of this is PSYCH 1501 (SA) and (SS) which fulfills a psychology major core requirement and also fulfills one of the Social Analysis (SA) general requirements for students matriculated prior to Fall 2021 and the Social Sciences (SS) general requirement for students matriculated Fall 2021 or later.

Students Matriculated Fall 2021 or Later: A course that is designated as (WI) Writing Intensive may fulfill the Writing Intensive Requirement for students in the General Education Curriculum starting Fall 2021 and later as well as a major course and an AOK. Courses that fulfilil the Social Justice (SJ) and Diversity and Multiculturalism (DM) Essential Values Requirements may also fulfilll major courses or overlap with an AOK, but cannot also fulfill another Essential Value.

Yes. Students are permitted to have course overlaps between degree programs. A course may overlap between a general requirement and a major or minor requirement, between two majors, between two minors or between a major and a minor. 


  • Students may declare a total of three (3) programs: two majors and one minor or one major and two minors.
  • A student may declare two (2) majors within one department, but may not declare a major that has two different concentrations.
  • A course cannot fulfill more than one requirement within a program. Example, THRS 2213 is a course that is approved to fulfill a Theology and Religious Studies Elective within the International Studies major and also could fulfill the Area/Regional Elective within the International Studies major. However, this course cannot be used to fulfill both requirements.

No. A course cannot fulfill more than one requirement within a program. Several majors have course requirements with a menu of courses that could fulfill the requirement and some of the same courses could be used to fulfill another requirement within the major. Despite a course being an option under multiple major requirements, a course can only be applied to one requirement in the major and the student will need to use a different course to complete the other requirement(s).

Arts and Sciences Students Residency Requirements:

All A+S undergraduate students must complete 64 credits at Emmanuel in order to graduate. You may have transferred in more than 64 credits to Emmanuel, but a minimum of 64 credits at Emmanuel, including 50% of your major and any minor must be completed at Emmanuel in order to earn a Bachelor's degree. Internships to fulfill the College Requirment (whether a major program requirement or not) and senior capstones must be completed at Emmanuel with an Emmanuel registered course and supervised and graded by Emmanuel faculty.

Graduate and Professional Programs (GPP) Students Residency Requirements: 

Undergraduate programs within the Graduate and Professional Programs have varying residency requirements based on program. Please note that undergraduates must complete sixty-four (64) credits at Emmanuel to be eligible to earn Latin Honors.

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Up to 80 credits may be transferred in. Forty-eight (48) credits must be completed at Emmanuel College to meet the residency requirement.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Up to 96 credits, including up to 40 credits for Associate of Science in Nursing degree coursework may be transferred into the RN-BSN program. Thirty-two (32) credits must be completed at Emmanuel College to meet the residency requirement.
  • Graduate Programs: Graduate students may be transfer at maximum 6 credits into the graduate program that has not been used for any other graduate program.  All other program requirements must be completed at Emmanuel.

No. Students who apply and are accepted into the graduate degree programs at Emmanuel will in the natural course of fulfilling the degree requirements complete the coursework required for the respective certificate program offered at Emmanuel. Degree-seeking students are not eligible to receive the certificate and will be awarded only the senior credential, the degree, upon completion of the degree requirements on the degree conferral date. 

The graduate level coursework from the 4+1 program will be applied to the graduate degree and cannot also be used for the undergraduate credit requirement. Students enrolled in the 4+1 program should view the "Total Credit Requirement" block on the Progress page to view the total credits completed and credits needed. This requirement block has been programmed to exclude graduate level courses.

Unfortunately, no. Emmanuel has two degree conferrals per year- the date of the May commencement ceremony and December 31st. Students who do not finish their degree requirements in time for a degree conferral are pushed to the next degree conferral date. Students who finish their coursework over the summer, will have their degrees conferred and be considered officially graduated on December 31st. Diplomas for December graduates will be available to be mailed or picked up in late January. December graduates who plan to attend commencement in May will receive their diploma at the May commencement ceremony when they cross the stage.

Students who finish their requirements over the summer may request in writing, a letter of degree requirement completion from the Office of the Registrar. This letter will verify that all of the requirements for the degree have been fulfilled and the degree will be conferred on December 31st.

It depends both on what the class is being used for and what degree program you are in. Undergraduate students require a grade of C (2.0) or better for courses to fulfill major or minor requirements. A grade of D (1.0) is needed for general requirements and free electives to earn credit. Nursing students should see the Nursing Student Handbook for specific course requirements needed for Nursing Program. Undergraduates must have a major and cumulative GPA of 2.0 to graduate. 

Graduate students must earn a minimum of B (3.0) in an individual course for the course to "count" for the program, and must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to graduate.

Undergraduate students may take up to two courses as Pass/Fail that are being used only for free elective credit. View the Pass/Fail policy for more information, deadlines, and process.

Yes. COF courses have been set up with equivalencies in our system and should automatically appear in your degree audit (Progress screen on Student Planning). However, if a course is not appearing on the audit in the way in which a student believes it should be, they are encouraged to contact us at regmail [at] (regmail[at]emmanuel[dot]edu).

If you believe your anticipated graduation date is incorrect, please contact the Office of the Registrar at regmail [at] (regmail[at]emmanuel[dot]edu). Our Senior Assistant Registrar for Records will review your degree requirements and update your record accordingly.

Students with a declared major will be able to view their major GPA on the Progress page of Student Planning. Scroll down to the Major requirement section. Under the title of the major but before the first requirement, will note "Must have 2.000 minimum GPA for this requirement. Current GPA: (student's major GPA will be listed here)."