6. Academic Programs and Requirements

6.1. Curriculum and Curricular Requirements

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6.1.2. General Curricular Requirements

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Effective Date: 3-2-1964

Revision Date: 02-19-2013



Each curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 124 semester hours of academic credit at the 100-level and above.  Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement.  No more than eight hours of credit in physical education activity courses may be applied to this minimum of 124 semester hours except that students majoring in Physical Education, Recreation or Dance may apply to the minimum 124 credit hours the minimum number of hours in activity courses required for their respective majors. 


GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  (effective for students who began their undergraduate program fall 2007 or later)

The General Education Program sets up minimum requirements which all students in the University must meet in five broad areas of study: Effective Communication. Quantitative Reasoning. Perspectives on Diversity. Knowledge of the Disciplines. Learning Beyond the Classroom.

A minimum total of 39 semester hours in the General Education Program is required.  Translated into specific areas, the General Education Program includes:


Effective Communication ........................................ two courses required

  1. One course in Written Composition
  2. One Course in Oral Communication


Quantitative Reasoning .......................................... one course required


Perspectives on Diversity ........................................ two courses required

  1. One course on Global Awareness
  2. One course on US Diversity


Knowledge of the Disciplines ................................... eight courses required

  1. Two courses in the Arts with different prefixes
  2. Two courses in Humanities with different prefixes
  3. Two courses in Natural Sciences with different prefixes
  4. Two courses in Social Science with different prefixes


Learning Beyond the Classroom ............................... two groups required

  1. Self and Well-Being
  2. Community Service, Citizenship & Leadership
  3. Cultural & Academic Activities & Events
  4. Career and Professional Development
  5. International & Multicultural Experience
  6. Undergraduate Research



Each student must complete a major subject of at least 30 unique semester hours and a minor subject of not less than 20 unique semester hours with the following exceptions:

  1. A student in the elementary teaching curriculum may present three minors of not less than 20 semester hours each, at least two of the minors being subject fields taught in elementary grades.
  2. A student who completes the specialized curriculums for teachers of art, teachers of business education, teachers of industrial education, and teachers of music, or the professional curriculums in applied science, business administration, nursing, music therapy, industrial technology, and occupational therapy will automatically satisfy major-minor requirements.

Hours of credit counted in a minor may not also be applied to a major or another minor, or vice versa.  General Education courses may be applied toward a major or minor where appropriate.

Credits in the required 121 English composition course and credits in professional education courses do not count toward majors and minors except in cases where such courses are specifically required or indicated as permissible as part of that major or minor.



Candidates for the bachelor's degree must earn at least 30 semester hours at Eastern Michigan University.  These 30 hours may be taken on or off campus.

Of the last 30 semester hours, prior to the granting of the bachelor's degree, at least 10 hours must be taken in courses offered by Eastern Michigan University.  These 10 hours may be taken either on or off campus.

Students with credit from a junior or community college must earn a minimum of 60 semester hours exclusive of junior or community college credit.  This rule is waived if a program-to-program articulation agreement is involved and the agreement is approved by the appropriate Eastern Michigan University departmental faculty, department head, and college dean and a Provost's office representative.



No student will be graduated if his or her cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0.  To be eligible for graduation, a student must also maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in each major and minor (some programs may require a higher GPA based on approved program requirements).




At least 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses must be earned at EMU in each minor.

At least 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses must be earned at EMU in each major.

At least 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses must be earned at EMU in each major which does not require a minor.




Not more than 60 semester hours in any one subject code may be applied toward the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor's degree.


The University Graduate and Undergraduate catalog are the organs for promulgation of official University policy concerning curriculum, degree requirements, course offerings, and the like.  The Catalogs are revised annually and, upon approval of the Board of Regents, become official University policy.


Authority for Creation and Revision

Minutes of the Board of Regents, March 2, 1964; para. .8.01.41M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, February 19, 1969; para. .753M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, March 19, 1980; para. 2214M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, June 17, 1997; para. .5250M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, February 19, 2013