To earn a bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science), a student must:
- Complete 32 full academic courses (equal to 128 semester hours), plus two physical education credits;
- Earn one PE credit by the end of the freshman year and an additional one by the end of the sophomore year;
- Meet the General Education Requirements of the college before the beginning of the senior year;
- Of the 32 academic full courses (128 semester hours) presented for a bachelor’s degree, no more than 13 full courses (52 semester hours) may be presented in any single subject. Students and their advisors are strongly encouraged to develop a program of study for the junior and senior year that reflects breadth of involvement in disciplines beyond their principal academic interest;
- Complete an academic major, including one writing-intensive course in the major. Note: To be accepted as a major in a particular field of study, a student must have maintained at least a 2.00 GPA in the courses already taken in that field;
- Attain a grade point average of at least 2.00 on all academic work at Sewanee;
- Spend at least four semesters in residence, including the final two semesters;
- Earn a minimum of 64 semester hours of credit at Sewanee;
- Pass a minimum academic load of three courses per semester (as well as seven during the upper-class years).
During the first two years, many of the student's courses are options listed within prescribed categories of general education. During the last two years, a student's courses are usually selected from those offered in a major field of study but also include ample electives.
The college offers a broad undergraduate education in the arts and sciences rather than highly specialized training. Toward this end, and to fulfill the aims suggested by the fourth bulleted item above, no major is allowed to require more than 11 courses in the major field. During the final year, each student is required to pass a comprehensive examination in the major field before graduation. A student who at the time of the comprehensive examination does not have at least a 2.0 grade point average is not allowed to take the exam until the grade point average has been raised to that required level.