Meadows School of Art - Degree Requirements
Requirements for Graduation
Students who are candidates for a degree in Meadows School of the Arts must
submit a formal application for graduation to the Undergraduate Academic Services
Office by the end of the first week of class for December and May graduation, and
by the second day of summer school for August graduation. In addition to the
requirements for general education and the major, candidates for graduation must
also fulfill the following requirements:
A degree from Meadows School of the Arts is awarded by the faculty only in
recognition of developed abilities, demonstrated knowledge of the student’s particular
field of study, and the capacity to express an understanding of the art
medium. Merely passing all courses is not necessarily sufficient.
Requirements for the Major
Candidates for undergraduate degrees must complete the requirements for an
academic major in one of the divisions in Meadows. Students usually declare a
major at the end of the first year. Students may major in more than one program
within Meadows, or combine a major in Meadows with one in a different school.
All course work counting toward a major must be taken for a letter grade, except
for those courses that are routinely designated pass/fail. To change majors or to
declare a second major, students must process appropriate forms in the Undergraduate
Academic Services Office.
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements of the University must be met by all undergraduate
students, regardless of degree program or major. All courses used to meet
general education requirements must be taken for a letter grade. Questions concerning
general education requirements may be directed to the Undergraduate
Academic Services Office.
A student who wishes to double major (majors in two departmental areas or in
two schools) must satisfy the requirements of each department or school.
There are three classes of graduation “Latin” honors: summa cum laude, magna
cum laude and cum laude. Eligibility for graduation honors will be based upon a
student’s total academic program. All academic work attempted at other colleges
or universities that is equivalent to SMU work will be included in the calculation of the G.P.A. For students who have transferred to SMU or who have transferred
course work following matriculation at SMU, two grade-point averages will be
calculated: that for all work attempted, and that for work completed at SMU. Latin
Honors will be based on the lower of the two averages
Commencement Activities Prior to Completion of Degree Requirements
Participation in May graduation activities is allowed to students who are within
six hours of completing graduation requirements and are enrolled to complete the
required work during the summer following graduation activities. Students who
meet the above requirements may petition to participate in commencement