Second Bachelor's Degree

This webpage is specifically for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue an additional bachelor’s degree.

If you are pursuing your first bachelor's degree, you may not earn a concurrent second degree, but you may add a second major. See the policy for second majors (double majors) on the Forms & Policies webpage or the Second Major or Concentration Request form.

Second Bachelor's Admissions

Register for Classes

To find out when you can register for classes, see the enrollment timelines for new and continuing post-baccalaureate students.

Prerequisite Approval

If you earned your original bachelor’s degree at HSU, your coursework will be in our system for prerequisite verification.

If you earned your original bachelor’s degree at another institution, your coursework will not be recorded in our system. You will need to contact the instructor and/or department office to seek approval to enroll based on your previous coursework. If approved, they will provide a permission number for you to use to enroll in the course.

Major Requirements & Major Contract (Second Bachelor's Degree)

During your first semester at HSU:

  1. Review the major requirements in the university catalog. 

  2. Schedule an appointment to meet with your major advisor.

  3. Complete a major contract in consultation with your major advisor. Your major contract will include all major requirements, including completed, in-progress and planned courses. 

  4. Provide course descriptions or syllabi for any undergraduate or transfer courses that are applicable to your current major. Your advisor will review the documentation and determine how those courses will apply to your degree. 

  5. Submit your major contract (approved by your major advisor and your department chair) to the Office of the Registrar. 

Second Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Prior to registration in your first semester, you will receive an Academic Progress Report from the Office of the Registrar explaining which university-wide graduation requirements need to be met and whether or not these requirements can be cleared with coursework from your first degree (specifically for Diversity & Common Ground and the GWPE, described below).
As a second bachelor’s degree-seeking student, you will not have an interactive Degree Audit Report (DARS) like undergraduate students pursuing their first degree. You will need to apply for graduation in order to receive a full evaluation and degree check prepared by your graduation counselor.

  • Residency Requirement: Complete at least 30 units in residence at HSU since completion of the first bachelor’s degree, including:
    24 of the 30 units units must be upper division coursework, and
    12 of the 24  units upper division units must be in the major. Completion of the major may require more than 12 units.

  • Diversity & Common Ground Requirement: Complete two Diversity & Common Ground courses. One course must be domestic in focus and the second may be domestic or non-domestic.

  • Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE) Requirement
    Learn about the GWPE requirement. Nursing RN-BSN majors do not need to complete the writing proficiency requirement.

  • Major: Complete all units required in the major.

  • Minimum GPA Requirement: Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major and 2.0 in all units attempted at HSU since the awarding of the last degree.

  • Application for Graduation & Degree Check: Complete a Second Bachelor’s Degree Application for Graduation. See Student Financial Services: Other Fees for current graduation fees.
    After your application is processed, your Graduation Counselor will prepare your degree check. A degree check will provide a complete evaluation of your progress toward the second degree.To be eligible for graduation, you must have a major contract and an application for graduation on file with the Office of the Registrar.

Honors at Graduation for Second Bachelor’s Degree Candidates

Humboldt State University awards honors to second bachelor’s degree candidates at graduation, based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of 30 units in letter-graded coursework in residence at HSU
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.50 on all work taken at HSU
  • Earned an overall minimum GPA of 3.50 on all work attempted, (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate), including all transfer work

The overall grade point average determines which honors the student receives at graduation:

SUMMA CUM LAUDE (highest honors) - 3.85 to 4.00

MAGNA CUM LAUDE (high honors) - 3.70 to 3.84

CUM LAUDE (honors) - 3.50 to 3.69


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