What is a degree? A common academic credential. Degrees are awarded when an undergraduate student completes a course of study that usually includes a major as well as general education requirements. Beyond the bachelor’s degree, students can earn graduate degrees for more advanced learning. Get notifications!Sign-up to receive an email when new articles are released from BetterCollegeStudent.com. SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! We won't sell or give away your info, ever. This is for new article notifications and major announcements only, promise.