Current Students

Welcome to the HLA Current Students page. Whether you are just entering the program or are nearing the end of your degree, this page has information to help you be successful as an HLA student. 

Once you've been admitted to WSU, please carefully read through the steps you must take After Your HLA Advising Appointment. These steps are also listed in this printable Becoming an HLA Student Checklist (PDF).

To satisfy the academic standards of the HLA major, students must:  
  • Adhere to all WSU student policies including the Academic Integrity Policy and the Student Conduct Code. Refer to the WSU Undergraduate Catalog and WSU Student Handbook for more details.
  •  Follow appropriate online etiquette: Taking an online course and corresponding via the World Wide Web presents communicators with the task of overcoming the lack of non-verbals in communication. When taking a course online, it is important to remember several points of etiquette that will facilitate communication between the students and their instructors. Please be respectful and courteous at all times in written or direct communications with your instructor and fellow classmates. Behave as politely as you would in a regular classroom. Language that might come across as offensive, inappropriate or strong will not be tolerated in discussion posts, emails or any communication among all members of the course. For more specific rules on etiquette, consult your course materials
  • All major courses must be taken for a letter grade.
A total of 120 semester credits are needed to graduate with a baccalaureate degree from Winona State University. Graduation requirements include completion of WSU General Education Program (GEP) requirements, as well as all HLA major course requirements. Technical credits that have been approved in articulation and/or transfer may apply to the necessary 120 credit total.

At least 40 of the required 120 credits must be upper division (300 and 400 level). Also, at least 30 of the 120 credits needed for graduation must be earned at WSU during a student's junior and senior years. The coursework making up the HLA Interdisciplinary Core includes 36 total credits (32 at the upper-division level) through WSU. An additional 12 credits of upper division coursework must be completed through the HLA electives at the 300 and 400 level. These additional 12 credits of upper division coursework can be attained through Bemidji State partnered courses in the HLA program or through other WSU upper-division courses as approved by the HLA program director. See program director for current electives and coursework transferability.

In order to qualify for graduation, HLA students must additionally demonstrate a 2.5 GPA in HLA major coursework AND achieve a "C" or above in all courses that count toward the HLA major.

For a checklist of WSU's graduation requirements, see the Academic Policies & University Requirements section of the WSU Undergraduate Catalog.

Visit the Undergraduate Adult Entry page to learn more about the services available to you as an adult student at WSU. 

At this time, 12 credit hours of elective courses for the HLA major are offered through Bemidji State University (BSU). You will find information that will help you take courses at BSU as a WSU student below.

BSU e-mail
setup and maintenance is managed and serviced by Bemidji State.

Forwarding Bemidji e-mail:
If you wish to have your BSU e-mails forwarded to your WSU e-mail account, please contact BSU's Information Technology Services and ask them how you can do this.

Registering for BSU Courses: You will receive an e-mail at the beginning of each semester outlining the process for BSU registration. If you experience difficulties registering after you receive this e-mail, please call 507-457-2315 or e-mail hla@winona.edu.

BSU D2L access
is managed and serviced by Bemidji State.

Tuition & financial aid information
for the HLA program is linked to on the left navigation panel. See this page for information about tuition, fees and applying for financial aid.

Tuition & fee statements
are issued separately from each campus. Read through BSU's process (see "Receiving a Bill") and WSU's process to ensure you understand how you will receive and pay your bills.

eTranscript:
The courses you take at BSU will not show up on your WSU transcript until you request that they be retrieved from BSU. After you have finished a semester and your grades are posted on your BSU student e-services, complete this online request form to have your grades brought into your WSU student record. THIS FORM IS NOT A REQUEST TO HAVE WSU PROVIDE YOU WITH AN ELECTRONIC VERSION OF YOUR WSU TRANSCRIPT VIA E-MAIL OR TO MAIL A COPY OF YOUR WSU TRANSCRIPT. Any questions about this process or the status of a transcript evaluation should be directed to the Warrior Hub.

Textbooks
for BSU courses are managed through the Bemidji State University Bookstore.

If you are unable to find the online general education courses you need/desire from WSU, you can take online general education courses from any other MnSCU institution and have them transferred into WSU.

Rochester Community & Technical College (RCTC) has online options for every category of the General Education Program. If you would like advising regarding general education courses at RCTC, please contact Paula Carlsen who serves both RCTC and Winona State students on the University Rochester Center campus.