BA in Humanities & Social Sciences

California State University, Fullerton

Academic Policy

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The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities & Social Sciences Online Degree Completion Program requires you to comply with all California State University, Fullerton academic and conduct policies. If you have questions about any of the policies below, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences you must:

  • complete a minimum of 120 units.
  • maintain a cumulative, CSUF and major grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
    • Cumulative GPA: includes all units attempted, including units attempted at other institutions
    • CSUF GPA: includes all units attempted at CSUF
    • Major GPA: includes all units attempted in the major

Grading System

CSUF uses a traditional letter-grade system. Some instructors may also use a plus/minus system. To find out more about each letter grade and its corresponding grade point, visit the grading system page Opens in new window .

Academic Probation and Disqualification Policy

If your cumulative or CSUF GPA falls below a 2.0, you will be placed on academic probation. Once on probation, you will have the following semester of attendance to raise your GPA and be removed from academic probation.

A student on academic probation is subject to academic disqualification if the student’s GPA falls below:

  • 1.50 for Freshmen (0–29.9 units)
  • 1.70 for Sophomores (30–59.9 units)
  • 1.85 for Juniors (60–89.9 units)
  • 1.95 for Seniors (90 or more units)

Repeat Policy

You may repeat courses in which you earned a grade of “C-” or below up to two times. You may repeat up to 28 units at Cal State Fullerton. The first 16 of those 28 units fall under the “grade forgiveness” policy: only the most recently earned grade will be used to calculate your GPA. For the remaining 12 units, the original grade and all repeat grades will be used to calculate your GPA. All original grades remain on your academic record whether “grade forgiveness” is applied or not. Please review University Policy Statement UPS 300.015 PDF FileOpens in new window for a detailed description of this policy.

Repeating courses also affects your eligibility for financial aid. For more information, see the Repeated Coursework page Opens in new window on the Financial Aid site.

Student Responsibilities

As a student in the BA in HSS Degree Completion Program, you are responsible for:

Grades and Transcripts

Grades are available approximately two weeks after the official end date of the course. You can access your unofficial transcript online at any time through your Student Portal:

  • Go to Opens in new window .
  • Click “Portal for Students, Faculty and Staff” in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • Log in to the Portal with your username and password.
  • Click “Student Homepage” 
  • Click “Academic Records” 
  • Click “View Transcript”
  • Click the “View Transcript” button

You can request official transcripts from the CSUF Office of Admissions and Records. Visit Admissions and Records’ Transcripts page Opens in new window to find out how to submit your transcript request form PDF FileOpens in new window .

Leave of Absence/Stop-Out Policy

Under Cal State Fullerton’s “Stop-Out Policy,” undergraduate students may be absent for two semesters and maintain their continuing student status. If you are going to be absent for one or more semesters, please contact Program Lead Veronica Martinez at Since this program features a set curriculum, you will need to make arrangements to make up the course work.

For more information about the “Stop-Out Policy” and leaves of absence, visit the University’s Leave of Absence/Stop-Out Policy page Opens in new window .

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