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Credit Courses

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a broad range of credit courses to help adult learners meet their educational objectives. These courses, some listed elsewhere in this catalog under the appropriate schools, and others developed by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, carry the same credit as similar courses taught on Grounds. The seven regional centers distribute class schedules before the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer sessions that list the courses being taught in their area, the class locations, and times. Most credit courses meet in the evening or on weekends. Course offerings are primarily at the graduate level.

Within the limits prescribed by the residential faculty of the University and stated in the policies of each academic school and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, qualified persons may apply credit courses taken at regional centers toward degree requirements.

Many students transfer course credits earned through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to programs at other colleges and universities with prior approval of the institution receiving the credit. Students also use credit courses for renewal of teaching licenses and other professional certificates. In such cases, students should consult their school superintendent and the Virginia Department of Education or other certifying bodies for licensure requirements.

Noncredit Programs


Noncredit programs are designed for individuals who want substantive intellectual activities, but who do not need additional credit or degree study. Such programs often explore complex issues in formats that best suit each offeringís distinctive educational agenda.

The flexibility of noncredit programming permits faculty from different disciplines to share insights on subjects in a way that would not be possible in a traditional class format.

Noncredit programming fosters collaboration between University of Virginia faculty and renowned scholars from other institutions; political, cultural, and business leaders; and noted artists and authors. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies program developers work closely with other University faculty and with representatives of the client audience in designing programs to ensure that the University extends its teaching and research resources to the citizens of the Commonwealth and the nation.

Organizational representatives and individuals are encouraged to discuss their education and training needs with the program developers, who can respond rapidly and effectively. For further information, telephone any regional center or program office, or view offerings online at >uvace.virginia.edu.

Community Scholar Program


The Community Scholar Program (previously known as the Citizen Scholar Program) is a nondegree program offered by the University of Virginiaís School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Through this program, adults within Charlottesville and surrounding communities can enroll in the regular, on-Grounds credit courses of the University. Community Scholars may enroll for an unlimited number of semesters, but may take no more than two courses per semester, along with any dependent laboratory or discussion sessions, for a maximum of eight credit hours. Participants have the opportunity to study with renowned faculty of the University of Virginia, enjoy the same intellectual challenges as students enrolled in degree programs, and earn college credit for their work.

Community Scholars bring a broad range of experiences and backgrounds to this program and their reasons for participating are similarly varied. Enrolling in undergraduate courses through the Community Scholar Program allows you to meet these varied needs whether or not you have earned a college degree. Interested participants with a college degree may enroll in either undergraduate or graduate level courses.

This program serves many purposes for the adult learner. Community Scholars pursue both professional and personal objectives. Some are advancing their careers by studying recent developments in their fields. Others are working to satisfy prerequisites for advanced study in medicine, engineering, or education, or exploring a graduate departmentís course offerings prior to applying to its formal degree program.

The Community Scholar Program does not grant degrees. A part-time bachelorís degree program, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS), is offered by the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies. If you wish to earn a degree full-time at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, you must apply to the Undergraduate Office of Admissions or the appropriate graduate school of the University.

Community Scholars may choose courses from departments and schools throughout the University with the exception of the Schools of Education, Law, and Medicine. Faculty members reserve the right not to admit a Community Scholar to a class based on class size or lack of prerequisite education. While this is an unusual occurrence, special circumstance may lead to such a decision.

Community Scholars must obtain permission of the instructor to enroll in each class. Instructors may be reached by referring to the University Registrarís Web site at: http://codd.itc.virginia.edu/cod/index.cgi. Permission forms can be obtained online at http://uvace.virginia.edu/community_scholar/ or by visiting the Charlottesville Center. If you are interested in enrolling in graduate level courses, proof of your undergraduate degree will be required at the time of registration. Participants that wish to enroll in the McIntire School of Commerce, 300-level and above Engineering courses, 700-level and above English courses, or Nursing courses with course mnemonics beginning with NUIP, will need to provide actual transcripts of all previously completed college credits to the Charlottesville Center several weeks prior to the start date of classes. This information will be forwarded to the appropriate department to assure that the needed prerequisites have been completed for your desired course(s).

If we can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact the Community Scholar office at (434) 982-4789 or e-mail us at communityscholar@virginia.edu. A comprehensive Web site for the Community Scholar Program can be found at http://uvace.virginia.edu/community_scholar/.


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