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Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Degree and Graduation Requirements

Concordia offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. In addition, the College offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Education in World Language Instruction, Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, Master of Music Education, and Master of Science in Nutrition. It is important that students understand the requirements of their desired degree. Advisors will assist in selecting programs of study. All students have access to Degree Works, an electronic degree audit system. This tool, as well as the academic catalog, provides students the information necessary to evaluate their progress toward degree completion. The Office of the Registrar manages the system. Any questions or concerns about the degree audit and the information it provides should be directed to that office. However, the final responsibility for meeting all requirements rests with the student.

Students graduate according to requirements published in the Concordia College Catalog at the time of their matriculation at Concordia, or any one subsequent catalog published during their enrollment. Students who are readmitted two years or more after their last enrollment must satisfy requirements published in the catalog in effect at the time of readmission, or any one subsequent catalog published during their enrollment. Graduation rates are available from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor of Arts Degree – Requirements

  1. General
    1. 126 semester credits
    2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in Concordia courses
    3. Residence requirements met (see Residence Requirement)
    4. 40 semester credits with senior college credit (courses numbered 300 and above)
  2. Major
    1. Completion of all requirements for at least one major, as outlined in each major offered
    2. A minimum of 50 percent of the major requirements must be Concordia coursework
    3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in Concordia courses and all courses in the major presented for graduation. Individual department or programs may have more restrictive policies. Please consult the individual department or program page for details.
  3. Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirements
    The requirements for the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum described in the Core Curriculum.
  4. PEAK – Pivotal Experience in Applied Knowledge
    The requirements for PEAK as described in the Integrative Learning and PEAK in the Concordia Experience section of the catalog.

Bachelor of Music Degree – Requirements

  1. General
    1. Minimum 126 semester credits (excluding music ensembles)
    2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in Concordia courses
    3. Residence requirements met (see Residence Requirement)
    4. 40 semester credits with senior college credit (courses numbered 300 and above)
  2. Major
    1. The Bachelor of Music degree is available in five different areas: instrumental music, piano, voice, composition, and music teaching. Each program has its own requirements, which are listed in the music department pages.
    2. A minimum of 50 percent of the major requirements must be Concordia coursework
    3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in Concordia courses and all courses in the major presented for graduation
  3. Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirements
    First-Year Experience courses, completion of required non-music electives and both religion courses (as listed in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum)
  4. PEAK – Pivotal Experience in Applied Knowledge
    The requirements for PEAK as described in the Integrative Learning and PEAK in the Concordia Experience section of the catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Requirements

  1. General
    1. Minimum 126 semester credits (excluding music ensembles)
    2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in Concordia courses
    3. Residence requirements met (see Residence Requirement)
    4. 40 semester credits with senior college credit (courses numbered 300 and above)
  2. Major
    1. Completion of all requirements for a nursing major, as outlined in the nursing department pages of the catalog.
    2. A minimum of 50 percent of the major requirements must be Concordia coursework.
    3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in Concordia courses. The nursing department may have additional policies. 
  3. Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirements
    The requirements for the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum described in the Core Curriculum.
  4. PEAK – Pivotal Experience in Applied Knowledge
    The requirements for PEAK as described in the Integrative Learning and PEAK in the Concordia Experience section of the catalog.

Previous AA or Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Completion*

Students that have previously completed an AA from a regionally accredited institution or who have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) prior to enrolling at Concordia must complete the following Core Curriculum requirements at Concordia (or have them fulfilled with an equivalent transfer course):

  • World Language - One course at the second semester level or higher
  • Religion 200 Christianity and Religious Diversity

*Students that complete the MnTC through post-secondary enrollment or dual credit options will be required to take INQ 100 and PED 111 during their first year at Concordia College.

Second Bachelor's Degrees

Students that have earned a previous bachelor’s degree from Concordia College or from a regionally accredited institution and are seeking a second bachelor’s degree from Concordia College are required to complete a minimum of 32 credits of Concordia coursework that are unique to the Concordia degree. The second degree must be of a type that differs from the initial degree (e.g., a BA if a BM or BSN was previously earned) and in a major not previously awarded. Students must meet degree and program of study requirements listed in the catalog. Core Curriculum requirements required for each degree type are as follows:

  • Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Concordia College as a second degree are not required to complete Concordia’s Core Curriculum.
  • Students seeking a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College as a second degree are not required to complete Concordia’s Core Curriculum.
  • Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College as a second degree must complete the following Core Curriculum requirements at Concordia (or have them fulfilled with an equivalent transfer course):
    • World Language - One course at the second semester level or higher
    • Religion 200 Christianity and Religious Diversity

Graduation

Graduation Honors: The required grade point average (GPA) scale for Concordia College graduation honors is 3.5 for cum laude, 3.7 for magna cum laude and 3.9 for summa cum laude. Honors listed in the Commencement program are based on grades up to but not including the final semester. The final honors status is determined after all grades are complete and will then be placed on the transcript accordingly.

Diplomas and Commencement Participation: Diplomas are printed and released only to students who have satisfied all graduation requirements and who have settled all financial obligations with the Business Office. Students who are within 12 semester credits of completing their graduation requirements and will complete them by the end of the summer may participate in the May commencement ceremony. December graduates typically will participate in the May commencement ceremony after graduation. However, December graduates may elect to participate in the commencement ceremony preceding graduation if registered for all remaining degree requirements. A diploma is not awarded until all graduation requirements are met.

Residence Requirement: Residence is defined as enrollment as a full-time student at Concordia College with a minimum of 12 semester credits per semester. Candidates for a Concordia College degree must be in residence for the two semesters preceding graduation. Students in their final semester who can complete all outstanding degree requirements with part-time enrollment status (less than 12 credits) at Concordia College are automatically exempt from this requirement.