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Degree Requirements 

Harpur College, as the founding unit of Binghamton University, has the longest history of Binghamton University's schools. Harpur College offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. The broad educational focus offered in the College, also gives students the opportunity to take part interdisciplinary scholarship or develop degree programs designed around individual interests, strengths and goals.

Harpur College seeks to provide the best in liberal arts education, offering a strong and diverse academic program. Accordingly, Harpur students are held to high standards, and are encouraged to grow academically and personally through our Harpur Degree requirements. The coursework and study required of Harpur students is detailed here:

For Students Entering in Fall 2010 and Later:

Parts of Harpur Degree

Finish with at least a 2.0 grade point average.

A student must earn at least a 2.0 grade point average ("C") to earn a degree. The grade point average is based only on courses taken at Binghamton University and does not include courses transferred.

Complete 126 credit hours in total.

Harpur College students must successfully complete 126 credit hours or more in order to earn their degrees. Binghamton University awards 4-credit hours for most of its courses. In addition to Binghamton courses, the 126 credit hour total may include credits earned through courses taken at other institutions and transferred, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate coursework and other credits by exam.

Complete the University General Education requirements.

Every Binghamton student must complete this set of university-wide requirements. Courses are designated in the schedule of classes with a series of letters indicating which General Education requirement they fulfill. View the requirements here.

Complete the Harpur College Upper Level, Residency and Writing requirements.

Harpur students must complete additional requirements designed by Harpur College of Arts and Sciences to complement and extend the general education requirements and further your liberal arts education.

    • Harpur College Writing Requirement
      The Harpur writing requirement exists beyond the general education composition and oral communications requirements. The writing requirement designations are:
      • C = Composition
      • W = Writing
      • J = Joint Oral Communication and Composition
      To fulfill the requirement, students must complete one of three combinations:
      • 4 "C" or "J" classes
      • 3 "C" or "J" classes plus 1 "W" class
      • 2 "C" or "J" classes plus 3 "W" classes.
    • Harpur College Upper Level Requirement
      In order to provide for mastery in a subject, students are required to a minimum number of upper level credits (300+ level.

      • For students who entered before Fall 2018: students must complete at least 44 upper level credits (300+ level).

      • For students who entered Fall 2018 or later: students must complete at least 46 upper level credits (300+ level).
    • Harpur College Residency Requirement

      Students are required to complete at least 44 credits in Harpur College. 

    • Harpur College Liberal Arts Requirement

      For students who entered before Fall 2016 or after Fall 2021: All Harpur College students must complete at least 94 credits of liberal art coursework.

      For students who entered Between Fall 2016 or Spring 2021: All Harpur College students must complete at least 90 credits of liberal art coursework.

Complete the requirements for a Harpur major.

Major requirements are designed by specific departments, and carry their own set of expectations and policies beyond the general University and College requirements. View major requirements in the University Bulletin.

For Students Entering Prior to Fall 2010:

Please consult with Harpur Academic Advising about your degree requirements.


Last Updated: 4/27/21