The curriculum applies to all incoming first-year students who
registered for the fall of 1994 or subsequent semesters. Students
who entered prior to 1994 and now resume their undergraduate education
are subject either to the curriculum in place when they matriculated
or the current one. The dean of the College determines the year
level of all new transfer students and informs them before matriculation.
Intra-University Transfers Intra-University transfer
into the College is not automatic. Information and an online application is available at http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/undergrad/special_programs/iut.php.
The Dean of the College re-evaluates the AP and prior transfer credits
of intra-University transfers.
See the web site for the deadline for submitting applications and
refer to the College's web site for current and accurate information about academic policies in the College: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/undergrad/.
Transfer Back to the College Students who have
transferred from the College to another school at the University
but wish to reverse the process and return to the College in the
same semester, before beginning classes in the other school, must
apply to transfer by the Friday after final registration or the
second Friday of the semester. The application is available in Garrett
102. A student who completes one or more semesters in another school
of the University and then wishes to return to the College must
apply as an Intra-University Transfer. See above.
Awards and Honors
Dean's List Full-time students who
demonstrate academic excellence while taking a minimum of 12 credits
of graded course work are eligible for the Dean's List of Distinguished
Students at the end of each semester. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis
are not counted toward the 12-credit minimum. A current minimum
grade point average of 3.4 is necessary to be eligible for the dean's
list. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG during the semester
is not eligible to be on the dean's list.
Intermediate Honors A certificate of Intermediate
Honors is awarded to students entering the University directly from
high school or preparatory school who earn at least 60 credits of
course work at the University and are among the top twenty percent
of their class in the College of Arts and Sciences. The computation
is based upon the cumulative grade point average at the end of the
fourth semester. The notation "intermediate honors" is
also placed on the student's official academic record. No more than
twelve of the 60 required credits may be earned on a CR/NC basis.
Further, students need to have remained in good standing. Advanced
placement and transfer credits do not count toward the required
Theses and Commencement Honors Degrees with distinction,
high distinction, and highest distinction are awarded by the Committee
on Special Programs to students who have a grade point average of
3.4 or higher and have been recommended by the departments or interdepartmental
programs in which they have completed a Distinguished Majors Program
(DMP) or the equivalent. Distinguished majors programs require that
students submit a written thesis. All degree programs in the College
of Arts and Sciences offer a distinguished majors program except
astronomy, drama, and medieval studies. In departments offering
thesis courses, non-DMP students may have an opportunity to write
a thesis; contact the specific departments for more information.
The committee also awards distinction (but not high or highest distinction)
to students who have not enrolled in, or who have discontinued,
a DMP but who complete their degree with a grade point average of
at least 3.6.
Phi Beta Kappa To be eligible for election to
Phi Beta Kappa, students must have completed distinguished work
in advanced courses in several Arts and Sciences departments. While
no set grade point average is established for election, successful
nominees have usually earned a cumulative grade point average of
at least 3.7, taken upper-level work in several departments in the
College, and carried a course load greater than 15 credits in each
100-299 Lower level undergraduate:
introductory and survey courses.
300-499 Upper level undergraduate: advanced courses
that may have prerequisites or require instructor permission.
500-599 Introductory graduate level: courses for
beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
Undergraduates are not to enroll in courses above 599 without the
prior, written approval of their Association Dean.
Where possible, odd numbers signify fall semester courses, and
even numbers spring semester courses. The Committee on Educational
Policy and the Curriculum (CEPC) is responsible for approving course
content and determining course level.
Simultaneous Counting of Courses and Cross-listed
One course (including cross-listed courses such as
AAS 101 and HIAF 203) may simultaneously meet no more than two area
requirements; it may also satisfy the second writing requirement.
Courses taken to fulfill the area and second writing requirements,
with the exception of foreign language courses through the 202 level,
may be counted toward a first or second major or toward a minor.
Following matriculation, all competency and area
requirements must be completed at the University of Virginia. AP
credits from secondary school, and transfer credits before enrollment
for the first time, may count as area requirements, with the exception
of the second writing requirement. Dual-enrollment credit may not
be used to meet first writing or foreign language requirements.
Test scores cited in this section are from the SAT II Subject Tests
recentered in April 1995.
First Writing Requirement: ENWR 105/106 (6 credits)
or ENWR 110 (3 credits) or exemption.
Students must meet the First Writing Requirement during the first
year. Students may meet this requirement by successfully completing
the ENWR 105/106 sequence, by passing ENWR 110, or by exemption.
Students may earn exemption in one of three ways:
- Single-measure exemption. Students are automatically
exempt from the first writing requirement if at least
one of the following statements is true:
- The student is an Echols Scholar
- The student scored 740 or above on the SAT II
- The student scored a 5 on the AP English language
- Composite exemption. Students are automatically exempt
from the first writing requirement if at least one
of the following statements is true:
- The student scored 680-730 on the SAT II writing
exam AND scored a 5 or above on the IB (higher level A 1)
- The student scored 680-730 on the SAT II writing
exam AND scored a 4 on the AP English language subject test
- The student scored 700-730 on the SAT II writing
exam AND scored a 4 or 5 on the AP English literature exam
- Portfolio exemption. Students who feel that their test
scores do not fairly represent their ability to write academic
arguments may ask the Associate Director of the Academic Writing
Program to review a portfolio of their work. For more information
on portfolio exemption students are referred to the placement
guide at www.engl.virginia.edu/writing.html.
Second Writing Requirement: typically a 3-credit
Students must complete an additional course, in any department in
the College, whose written work in English meets the criteria for
this requirement. The course may carry one or more credits. There
are no exceptions to the second writing requirement. Courses elected
under this heading may also be counted toward completion of other
segments of the area requirements, as well as toward a major or
minor. A course offered for the second writing requirement must
carry a grade of C- or better and must be taken in the College.
All students must satisfy this requirement at the University of
Virginia by the end of the sixth semester, with the necessary form
filed by the same deadline in the dean’s office.
Foreign Language: 0-14 credits, (through the 202
level; 212 in Portuguese; 201 for B.S. in Chemistry) or exemption,
depending on previous work. Placement in a language sequence is
by SAT II Subject Test score and departmental recommendation. Students
who achieve the following SAT II Subject Test scores are exempt
from this requirement: 660 or above in French; 650 or above in German,
Italian, Latin, or Spanish; 640 or above in Chinese or Japanese;
or 560 or above in Hebrew. Students must follow the department's
recommendations in the completion of the foreign language requirement.
Once placement occurs, the foreign language requirement is fulfilled
by the completion of each course in sequence (no skipping). Credit
for introductory language courses is disallowed if it duplicates
foreign language credits offered for admission to the College.
Students may be exempted from foreign languages not taught in the
College upon certification by a faculty member or outside examiner
designated by the dean of the College. Students may also meet the
foreign language requirement by completing, or gaining exemption
from, the fourth semester of American Sign Language.
Natural Science and Mathematics:
Students must pass twelve hours of natural science and/or mathematics
courses from at least two departments. Exceptions are: BIOL 000t,
CHEM 000t, PHYS 000t, ASTR 000t, EVSC 000t and EVSC 230, MATH 000t
and MATH 103. The courses designated as 000t's are equivalencies
determined by the College of Arts and Sciences. These courses were
taken prior to matriculation and are considered to be elective credit.
For the purpose of fulfilling this requirement, statistics and mathematics
are considered one department. Students are strongly encouraged
to include courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, and the
biological sciences. These courses may be chosen from the Departments
of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Economics (ECON 371 only), Environmental
Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and the Division of Statistics.
For the purpose of fulfilling this requirement, statistics and
mathematics are considered one department.
Social Sciences: 6 credits
Students must pass a minimum of one course (three or more credits)
from two of the following departments or programs: African-American
and African studies, anthropology (except ANTH 237), economics,
politics (except PLPT), linguistics (200-level or above), psychology,
sociology, and studies in women and gender. Students may also choose
EVSC 230 from the environmental sciences department and AMEL 301,302
from the asian and middle eastern languages and cultures department.
Some foreign language courses taught under ANTH do not fulfill
this requirement, nor do literature courses under AAS. Courses taken
for this requirement may also count toward one other area requirement.
Humanities: 6 credits
A student must pass a minimum of one course (three or more credits
each) from two of the following three groups of departments and
Literature: classics, comparative literature, English
(except ENWR 105/106, 110, 210, 220, 270, 282, 370, 371, 372,
380 and ENSP 106) and foreign literature-Asian and Middle Eastern
languages and cultures (except ARAB 225, 226, 323/523, 324/524,
CHIN 206 and AMEL 301, 302), French, German, Slavic languages
and literatures, and Spanish, Italian and Portuguese courses in
translation and all courses above the 202 level.
Fine Arts: Art History; Studio Art; Drama; Music (except
courses MUSI 150-MUSI 159, MUSI 150A-MUSI 159Z, MUSI 160-MUSI
169, MUSI 160A-MUSI 169Z, MUSI 351-MUSI 369); Architectural History
(AR H) 100, 101, 102, 105, 150, 203, 351, 331/531 and 333/533;
and Architecture (ARCH) 101 and ANTH 237.
Moral, Philosophical and Religious Perspectives: Political
Theory (PLPT), Philosophy, and Religious Studies, as well as MDST
401 from the Media Studies department.
Historical Studies: 3 credits
Students must pass a minimum of one course (of at least three credits)
from the Department of History or a course from another department
that is substantially historical, as recognized by the Committee
on Educational Policy and the Curriculum (CEPC). Courses taken for
this requirement may also count toward one other area requirement.
Students must pass a minimum of one course (of at least three credits),
from any department among those recognized by the CEPC as dealing
substantively with a culture other than the Western cultural heritage,
including minority sub-cultures in the West. Courses taken for this
requirement may also count toward one other area requirement.
Liberal Arts Seminars (LASE), University Seminars (USEM 170, 171),
and other courses numbered 170 and 171 count as non-College credit
and may not be counted toward the area requirements.
must enroll in either a major program offered by one of the departments
or an interdepartmental program before the end of their fourth
semester; in addition, they must present to the dean of the college,
as part of a plan of study, a program requiring no fewer than
18 nor more than 30 credits in the major subject, approved by
an official advisor. The major program may require up to 12 credits
in related courses.
may major in two subjects, in which case the application for a
degree must be approved by both departments or interdepartmental
programs. Students who double major must submit at least 18 credits
in each major; these credits may not be duplicated in the other
major. There is no triple major. Students receive one diploma,
but the double major status is refleted on their transcript.
credit/no credit option may not be elected for the courses offered
in the major program. Beyond the courses required for the major,
however, a student may register for other courses in their major
field on a credit/no credit basis.
taken during a student’s first and second years may count
toward the major program with the permission of the department
or interdepartmental program concerned. Courses applied toward
the major may not be transferred from another institution to the
University except with special permission of the department. Courses
(other than foreign language through 202) may count simultaneously
toward fulfillment of a second major. Students beyond the second
year must remain in good standing as a major or have their enrollment
in the College cancelled.
following major programs are offered:
Some departments and interdisciplinary programs offer concentrations
along with the major. Students in these departments or programs
may concentrate in designated areas of study that also meet the
requirements of the major. Concentrations typically involve special
topics, applications, or disciplines, and may include courses
taken in other departments or schools of the University. A student’s
concentration appears, along with the major, on his or her transcript.
Programs A number of
degree programs are administered by committees rather than by
departments. These include African-American and African studies,
American studies, comparative literature, Russian and East European
studies, all the area studies programs—Asian, Jewish, Latin-American,
and Middle Eastern studies; and all the organized interdisciplinary
studies programs—archaeology, cognitive science, the Echols
Scholars Program, linguistics, media studies, medieval studies,
political and social thought, political philosophy, policy and
law, and studies in women and gender.
Major Students wishing
to focus on an area for which there is no departmental or interdepartmental
major program may apply to the chair for acceptance in the Interdisciplinary
Major Program. Such a plan of study must include at least 30 credits
of courses, in addition to a 6-credit thesis. The program must also
be approved by three faculty sponsors, who will serve as the student’s
major committee. Details are available in Garrett Hall.
Major Students who show
exceptional promise in their major field of study may be eligible
for admission to the Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) within their
department. This program consists of at least twelve credits of
advanced work and a thesis, special project, experiment, or exhibit
based on at least six credits of supervised research, advanced laboratory
work, or advanced study, as determined by the department. Successful
completion of the program with a University cumulative grade point
average of at least 3.4 will qualify a student for graduation with
distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction.
Education Students in
the College may also apply to the five-year Education Program
sponsored jointly with the Curry School of Education, which leads
to the simultaneous receipt of both a B.A. degree from the College
and a Master of Teaching degree from the Curry School of Education.
Students will also be certified to teach on the elementary or
secondary levels. Students wishing to pursue careers as teachers
will major in an academic discipline in the College and simultaneously
begin professional courses leading to teacher certification.
may select a major in any area of the College and combine it with
a teaching specialization in one of the following areas:
wishing to pursue programs leading to teacher certification should
contact the Office of Admissions in the Curry School of Education,
104 Ruffner Hall, (434) 924-0740. Additional information is also
listed in chapter 9 of this Record. Students in the B.A.-M.T. Program are responsible, each semester,
for confirming their compliance with both College and Curry School
certification requirements. In particular, students in the B.A.-M.T.
Program must carefully plan their courses from the start so as
to earn no fewer than 102 College or College-equivalent credits.
Joint College and Engineering Program in Computer Science
Beginning in the fall, 2003, and operating on a trial basis for
three years, a limited number of College students will be accepted
into a new 30 credit hour certificate (not degree) program in
computer science. The courses will be selected, with the assistance
of a faculty adviser, from computation-oriented courses in the
College and from most CS courses. College students in the program
must declare and maintain a major in the College. The program
will be administered by a joint CLAS and SEAS faculty committee.
For information and an application, students should consult with
either Professor Charles Grisham (Chemistry) or Professor Worthy
Martin (Computer Sciences). They may also refer to http://www.cs.virginia.edu/clas.
addition to a major, students may choose a minor concentration
in a second subject. Not all departments and interdepartmental
programs offer a minor. Credits applied toward a minor may not
also count toward completion of a major.
intending to minor must complete the appropriate forms in the
department no later than the add period of their next to last
semester in the College (normally the seventh semester). A minor
consists of no fewer than 15 and no more than 24 credits of graded
work in a program of studies approved by the sponsoring department.
Students may not declare two minors, but they may declare two
majors and a minor. As with the major, courses taken credit/no
credit may not be included in the minor program. Courses used
to meet area requirements in the College and the second writing
requirement may simultaneously be offered in fulfillment of a
minor, except that foreign language courses through level 202,
and 212 for Portuguese, may not be included as part of a minor.
School of Architecture offers minors in architecture, architectural
history, urban and environmental planning, landscape architecture,
and historic preservation that are open to students in the College.
The courses required for these five minors are exempt from the
limitations on electives stated in the paragraph below (Electives)
only if requirements for the minor are completed. Requirements
for these minors are described in chapter 7.
School of Engineering and Applied Science offers a minor in computer
science for College students consisting of 18 credits. These courses
include CS 101, CS 201, CS 202, CS 216, CS 308, and CS 340. Additional
details are available at the Department of Computer Science online
site, www.cs.virginia.edu, and
in Thornton Hall, A122. Space in the CS minor is limited, therefore
admission to the minor is competitive. Students who complete approved
minor programs outside the College may, once they have completed
the program, count these credits as inside the College. For approval
by the Committee on Special Programs, such minors must have a
primarily liberal arts focus and be consistent with the academic
objectives and standards of the College. They are supervised by
committees that combine members from the College and the other
schools involved. At present, the following minor programs are
approved: the minor in planning and the minor in architectural
history (both in the School of Architecture).
remaining courses needed to make up the 120 credits required for the
degree are considered electives and may be taken in the College or,
with the restrictions noted below, in other schools of the University.
Because each College degree must contain no fewer than 102 credits
in College or College-equivalent courses, a degree program may also
include up to 18 credits of courses offered in the Schools of Commerce,
Education, Engineering, Architecture, Nursing, or selected from the
following: liberal arts seminars (LASE); university seminars (USEM—limited
to one per semester); personal skills (PLSK—no more than 2 credits);
physical education (PHYE—nor more than 2 credits); interdisciplinary
studies (INST—limited to two courses; total of 3 credits maximum)
or the Departments of Naval, Air, and Military Science (NASC, AIRS,
and MISC—no more than 12 credits). It is desirable to reserve
such courses for the last two years. Additional restrictions placed
on electives include a limit of eight credits of music performance
(they may not count toward the humanities area requirement) and a
limit of 6 credits of EDHS courses counting toward a degree. Certain
liberal arts courses taken outside the College are considered College
equivalent and count toward the 102 College credits needed for graduation.
These include all computer science courses (CS) in the School of Engineering
and Applied Science and architectural history courses (AR H) in the
School of Architecture (for additional courses in this category, see
Intra University Courses).|
Bachelor of Science
requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology, the Bachelor
of Science in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Science in Physics are
included in the appropriate departmental descriptions (see Departments
Bachelor of Arts with Honors
purpose of the baccalaureate degree with honors is to enable students
of special ability and interest in their third and fourth years to
pursue a course of independent study under the guidance of a department
faculty and the supervision of the Committee on Special Programs.
Honors students devote their time primarily to their chosen subjects
for two years, during which they read independently in that field
and participate in tutorials and seminars conducted by their departmental
tutors. Honors programs vary slightly from department to department,
but candidates in all departments are evaluated finally by visiting
examiners from other colleges and universities. Depending upon this
evaluation, they may receive degrees with “honors,” “high
honors,” or “highest honors” as the only grades
for two years of work. It is also possible they may be recommended
for no degree, or for an ordinary Bachelor of Arts degree. The most
visible honors programs are those offered by the Woodrow Wilson Department
of Politics and the Department of Philosophy. Other departments that
have accepted candidates for this degree are anthropology, music,
and psychology. Further information may be obtained from those departments
and from the chair of the Committee on Special Programs.|
students offering the minimum 120 credits for the B.A. or B.S.,
at least 102 must be College (or College-equivalent) courses;
thus, no more than 18 credits from other schools of the University
may apply. By faculty approval, the following courses are considered
College-equivalent and may be applied to the area requirement
in humanities/fine arts: AR H 100; AR H 101; AR H 102; AR H 150;
and ARH 203.
following courses may not count as area requirements, but are considered College-equivalent:
ARCH 102; ARCH 232; AR H courses (other than those noted above);
COMM 320; CS courses; EDLF 545, EDLF 546; EDLF 564; EDHS 450;
ENGR 207; L AR 512; L AR 513; MSE 201; TCC 300; TCC 310; and PLAN
courses under 500, only if the minor in planning is completed.
in the special education part of the B.A.-M.T. Program are permitted
to count the following additional six credits of Curry School
courses as College-equivalent: EDIS302 (or EDIS 500) and one of EDIS 510; EDIS 511; EDIS
512; or EDIS 515.
following are considered non-College courses: EDHS [other than
341, 344, 350, and 351 (College students entering the College
after the 1998-1999 term may offer no more than six credits of
EDHS courses toward the 120 required)], INST (limitations begin
fall 2000; two courses with a total of three credits maximum),
ROTC (12 credits maximum), USEM (limited to one per semester),
and all other courses from all other schools at the University.
Up to 18 credits of these courses may count toward the 120 required
for a College degree.
Courses Taken at Other Institutions
who wish to take academic courses at another institution after
matriculation at the University must have the prior written permission
of the dean and the undergraduate advisor or chair of the department
that offers corresponding work at the University. Permission is
not granted unless students have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade
point average (2.5 for courses taken abroad). After matriculation
at the University, students may not fulfill College area requirements
with transfer course work, the only exception being a foreign
language course taught in the target country and courses taught
at the University of Virginia extension in Northern Virginia.
to the above, work completed elsewhere with a grade of C or better
is transferred in credits only. The courses thus completed reduce
the number of credits and grade points that must be earned at
the University for a degree. For example, students earning 10
credits at another institution are required to earn only 110 credits
at the University (instead of 120) and 220 grade points. For all
College students entering in the fall of 2000 and after, 60 of
the 120 credits required for graduation must be taken at the University
of Virginia. Please note that the credits transfer to the University,
but the letter grades do not appear on the University’s
official records. Students will receive no more, and may receive
fewer, than the number of credits earned at the host institution.
apply to study abroad in the International Studies Office in Minor
Hall. For students who qualify, study abroad is permitted during
the summer, for up to two semesters on accredited study abroad
programs, or at an accredited foreign university. Approval of
the application prior to departure and a minimum cumulative grade
point average of 2.5 are necessary to have credits transferred
to the University of Virginia from a foreign institution or accredited
study abroad program. Only 60 credits of transfer from other universities,
foreign study, advanced placement, or dual enrollment may count
toward the 120 credits needed for the B.A. or B.S. degree in the
may transfer only from accredited degree-granting colleges and
universities. Any exceptions require special endorsement by the
Committee on Educational Policy and the Curriculum. Departments
share responsibility with the International Studies Subcommittee
of the College in determining which programs are eligible for
transfer by University students. Area Requirements may be fulfilled
on specified UVA sponsored study abroad programs in which the
instructors and the specific courses have been reviewed and approved
by their respective academic departments. On study abroad programs
which are approved to grant UVA credit and grades, the department
assigned course numbers fulfill area requirements as if the course
were taught on-grounds. If a student participates in the program
of an accredited degree-granting college or university, an official
transcript sent directly to the College is required for transfer
of credit. If, instead, a student participates in a non-accredited
or non-degree granting program that has been approved by the Committee
on Educational Policy and the Curriculum, the program must send
official notification of grades directly to the College.
transfer credit, the College will consider only courses completed
at a degree-granting institution of higher education that has
been fully accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies
(e.g., the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), or from
a program approved by the Committee on Educational Policy and
credit taken before matriculation may be used for fulfilling area
requirements, or for fulfilling major requirements with special
permission of the department. Students in the College must take
the second writing requirement in the College and earn a grade
of at least C-.
credit is allowed only for those courses in which a grade of C
or better has been earned. Courses in which a grade of CR is received
must be certified to be the equivalent of a grade of C or higher
to be accepted. Only credits are accepted in transfer. Grades
do not transfer and do not affect the student’s cumulative
grade point average at the University of Virginia, the only exception
being courses taken at the University of Virginia extension in
Northern Virginia: grades from these courses are figured into
the student’s cumulative grade point average. Students must
submit a request for transfer of credit form prior to enrolling
in courses for transfer.
credit is evaluated only for the degree program to which students
are admitted, and the amount of credit awarded is subject to change
if students change degree programs. In the College, the amount
of transfer credit awarded and the number of full-time semesters
previously completed determines class standing. A maximum of sixty
credits may be transferred to the University from a combination
of testing programs and academic institutions.
more information, see the Transfer Credit section of Chapter 5.
advising for College undergraduates is the responsibility of the
dean of the College, the assistant deans, and the faculty of the
departments within the College. Detailed information about the
academic policies and programs of the College is contained in
the College of Arts and Sciences Student Handbook (sent to students the summer before they enter) and the Transfer Student Handbook (sent to
all incoming transfer students). The College's web site http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/forundergrads.html
is a primary source of valuable information and academic advice,
including links to departmental homepages.
department and interdepartmental program has a faculty member
who is charged with organizing undergraduate advising in its major.
These persons are usually designated 'directors of undergraduate
studies' or 'undergraduate chairs,' and are thoroughly informed
about every course offered for undergraduates in that field. A
list of the directors of undergraduate studies appears in the
Course Offering Directory and online
at the website in the preceding paragraph. Mid-way through each
semester, the departments and interdepartmental programs in the
College issue a complete description of courses to be offered
in the following semester. These are available separately in the
departmental offices and on departmental homepages.
order to provide every entering student with individual academic
counseling, the College has developed the association system.
The student body of the College is partitioned into numerous associations
representing first-year residences or transfer student status.
Each association has an Association Dean, several faculty associates,
and a graduate advisor who lives in the first-year dormitory.
The faculty associates serve as academic advisors to first- and
second-year students. The Association Dean and the graduate advisor
assist in matching students with their faculty associates and
have a general responsibility for the intellectual life of the
academic advisory services are coordinated with the residence
life system, in which selected upper-class students reside in
the dormitory as resident assistants and help first-year students
with their adjustment to the University. The graduate advisor
and the Association Dean are the principal links between academic
advising and the more general concerns of residence life.
pursuing teacher education and the combined programs with the
Curry School of Education have two advisors, one from their College
major, and one from the parallel Teacher Education Program in
the Curry School. Although B.A. students are primarily responsible
for the following rules and policies of the College, there are
additional regulations regarding the Teacher Education Program
(similar to the rules for any major). Students should therefore
consult both advisors before making any decisions regarding academic
programs or course selections.
Advising A law school
advisory program is offered by University Career Services in Bryant
Hall at Scott Stadium. Available to all University students considering
the study of law, the pre-law advisor provides current students
and recent alumni sound advice on the admission practices and
procedures of law schools throughout the country. Glenn N. Cummings
is the Director of Preprofessional Services. Dr. Cummings also
completes dean’s certification forms for those students
applying to law schools that require them.
Advising While there
is no pre-medical “minor” or concentration at the
University, a student planning to apply to medical, dental, or
veterinary school should bear the following in mind when planning
his/her undergraduate curriculum:
Virtually all medical schools require one-year courses with
laboratory in chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, and physics.
Some schools also list requirements in English and math.
Prospective students in health education should major in the subject
that interests them most. It makes no difference what the college
major is. However, non-science majors should elect one or two
advanced science courses during their third year, preferably in
biology or chemistry, and science majors should elect advanced
courses in the humanities and social sciences. It is important
to demonstrate a broad education in liberal arts to admissions
meetings for pre-health students are held each semester (particularly
in the fall) by Glenn Cummings, Director of Preprofessional Services.
Study Advising Both
foreign languages and international studies are especially strong
academic programs in the College. Many opportunities exist, some
of them unique to this University, for studying abroad. About
ten percent of the students graduating from the College offer
some credit from study abroad toward their degrees. Plans for
foreign study should be made well in advance, normally during
the first semester of the second year. Students contemplating
foreign study should consult an advisor in the Office of International
Studies in Minor Hall. A cumulative grade point average of at
least 2.5, after the student’s most recent enrollment in
Charlottesville, is required to receive credits from studying
abroad. Students considering foreign study should bear in mind
that no more than 60 credits of transfer from other universities,
foreign study, advanced placement, and dual enrollment may count
toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
grade of IN becomes an F ten days after the end of the examination
period unless a form requesting an extension of time has been signed
by the course instructor and approved by the Association Dean. An
approved grade of IN does not convert to F until four weeks after
the end of the examination period. The faculty has adopted a policy
that, unless authorized by the dean’s office, students must
complete all course work before taking the final examination. Instructors
are not authorized to extend the time for completion of course work
without the dean’s approval. Forms for securing extensions are
available in Garrett Hall.|
Credit/No Credit Grades
have the option of receiving the grades CR (credit) or NC (no
credit) in place of the regular grades A through F for a given
course. This option is taken at the time the student registers
for the course. Instructors have the right to deny students permission
to take courses on a CR/NC basis. If this occurs, students may
either change back to the regular grading option or they may drop
the courses entirely. Courses taken for CR/NC may not be used
for any major or basic area requirements. It is the student’s
responsibility to confirm with the instructor the minimum academic
level of achievement for the grade of CR.
more than two courses may be taken on a CR/NC basis in any semester
or in summer session exclusive of physical education courses.
A maximum of 24 credits of CR/NC courses may be used toward a
degree. Second-year transfer students are permitted to submit
up to 18 credits of CR/NC work toward a degree; for third-year
transfer students, a maximum 12 credits of CR/NC work are allowed.
Courses in interdisciplinary programs cannot be taken on a CR/NC
basis. Students may not use a CR/NC course to repeat a course
in which a grade has already been given. If this should occur,
the credits in the CR/NC course would not count toward graduation.
The deadline for selecting the CR/NC option is the same as the
add deadline, and requests for exceptions to the deadline are
examinations are given in regularly scheduled courses during a
designated period of time at the end of each semester. Final exams
in courses may be given only at the times listed in the Course Offering Directory issued
each semester by the Office of the University Registrar. Examinations
in courses not fitting the regular class times are scheduled by
the instructor to avoid conflicts as best as possible and allowing
for individual arrangements. Faculty members are not authorized
to change the announced times of their examinations. Such changes
may be authorized only by the dean’s office, and then only
for compelling reasons. All students must have the opportunity
to take the exam at the time announced in the Course Offering Directory. Further,
the Association Deans authorize requests, when endorsed by a faculty
member, to reschedule a final examination to avoid congestion
according to the rules of the College up to one week prior to
the first day of the examination period.
are not permitted to take a final exam before its regularly scheduled
time. When genuinely serious conditions exist, students, with
the consent of the course instructor, may be allowed to postpone
a final exam until after the regular examination period. When
the instructor concurs, a student must submit a postponement request
on a form provided by the dean’s office. Students will then
take the examination at the instructor’s convenience, usually
within four weeks of the last day of the examination period.
absence from a final examination results in an automatic grade
of F in the course.
grade may be changed without the approval of the dean after it
has been submitted to the University Registrar. The dean is not
authorized by the faculty to change a grade submitted to the University
Registrar except when an instructor certifies that, because of
errors in calculation or transcription, an incorrect grade has
been submitted. Extra work to raise a grade, once submitted, is
College limits the time in which a grade change is approved to
the fall or spring semester following the one in which the grade
was received, except when there is indication that the student
violated the integrity of the course.
attendance in classes is a vital part of the educational process.
At the University of Virginia each student is expected to accept
the responsibility of attending classes regularly and promptly.
Instructors are encouraged to state their policy on attendance
to their classes; they may refer any student whose attendance
record they consider unsatisfactory to the dean.
dean of the College will follow faculty requests to confer with
students who are absent from classes too often and, when necessary,
will impose academic discipline upon these students, either when
recommended by instructors or deemed necessary by his or her office.
Absences traditionally excused are those that occur because of
hospitalization, serious illness, death in a student’s family,
important religious holidays, or authorized University activities
(field trips, University-sponsored athletic events, or the like).
Students anticipating the need to be absent are expected to consult
with the instructor in a timely manner. The instructor is not
obligated to allow students to make up missed work; it is the
instructor’s decision, not the dean’s, whether students
may be allowed such a privilege. Neither the Department of Student
Health nor the dean’s office issues excuses for class absence
or for missed quizzes. Only when students are unable to contact
instructors themselves (e.g., debilitating illness, leaving town
suddenly for family emergencies, protracted absences) do the Association
Deans send notification to instructors; otherwise it is the student’s
responsibility to consult directly with the instructor regarding
absence from class. Excuses for absences from final examinations
must come only from the dean’s office.
the recommendation of the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center,
the College of Arts and Sciences provides appropriate accommodations
for students with diagnosed disabilities. Students diagnosed
with a specific foreign language learning disability are referred
to the policy outlined below.
Language Learning Disability In order to meet the needs of students with specific learning
disabilities that impede the learning of a foreign language,
the College faculty passed the following legislation at its
February 1984 meeting:
who are diagnosed by approved services, either before or after
their admission to the University, as having specific learning
disabilities may petition the dean of the College to receive
such accommodation within the structure of required courses
in foreign language as in the view of the department concerned
is feasible and appropriate. If an accommodation proves unworkable,
the dean of the College, on the department’s recommendation,
may authorize the substitution of other courses dealing (in
English) with the culture or literature of a non-English speaking
people or with the history or description of language. For every
semester of required foreign language not taken the student
will be required to pass an authorized substitute course."
a student experiencing exceptional difficulty in a foreign language
immediately with the appropriate language course coordinator.
The name of the coordinator
may be obtained from the foreign language department.
a. Consult the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC), located
in the Elson Student Health Center, (434) 243-5180, and present
either a prior diagnosis or discuss testing to be undertaken.
The center will determine if a previous diagnosis was made according
to acceptable standards and within three years of admission to
the University or anytime thereafter. In the absence of an acceptable
prior diagnosis, the LNEC staff will counsel the student regarding
undergoing neuropsychological testing for the purposes of establishing
a diagnosis. The LNEC will refer the student to approved testing
agencies both within the University and the community. The student
bears the cost of such testing.
b. If a student has received a diagnosis of
a learning disability deemed acceptable to the University’s
LNEC and can document unsuccessful efforts to learn a foreign
language at an accredited institution, the student may confer
with his or her College Association Dean regarding modification
of the foreign language requirement. A petition from the student
will be reviewed by the College’s Disability Accommodations
accommodation If testing
confirms a learning disability that adversely affects the learning
of a foreign language, the LNEC will suggest possible accommodations
in the foreign language classroom (e.g., extended time in class
tests, de-emphasized oral or aural components, extra tutorial
assistance). The student then takes the accommodation request
to both the instructor and the language coordinator. The instructor
and the coordinator will inform the student of the accommodations
the student will receive in the class. The coordinator will notify
the student’s Association Dean in writing what these accommodations
are to be. Ideally, accommodations should be in place prior to
the student’s enrolling in the course.
with accommodations The
coordinator reviews the student’s progress after six weeks.
a. If the student is able to succeed, the student continues to
take courses with accommodations until the foreign language sequence
b. If the department finds that accommodations prove unworkable
despite the student’s maximum effort, the coordinator may
recommend in writing to the student’s Association Dean that
the foreign language requirement be modified. Note:
Modification is to be recommended only after proper accommodation
procedures have failed.
- Modification Upon receipt of the coordinator’s recommendation
and a diagnosis from the LNEC, the student’s dean may authorize
the modification of the requirement and so notify the student
in writing. The student’s transcript will have the notation
“Foreign Language requirement modified.” Grades earned
in foreign language classes will continue to appear on the transcript.
However, if a student is diagnosed with a foreign language learning
disability, a failing grade received in the semester that the
student was referred to the LNEC for testing, or that the student
with a prior diagnosis identified him or herself to the LNEC,
will be converted to NC (no credit).
courses Upon modification, the student will be required to take the
appropriate number of substitute courses to fulfill the foreign
language requirement. As specified in the faculty legislation,
these courses are to deal (in English) with the culture or literature
of a non-English speaking people, or with the history or description
of language. The substitute courses should form a cohesive cluster
focused on one language area, either continuing the work begun
in the language class or choosing a new area. The substitute courses
should be drawn primarily from foreign literature in translation
courses (course mnemonic ending with TR, e.g.; CHTR, FRTR, GETR,
ITTR, JPTR, PETR, POTR, RUTR etc.); classics (CLAS); those classes
from anthropology, history, religion, or other departments that
deal exclusively with a specific non-English speaking country
or culture; or linguistics (LNGS, with the exception of black
English, since the faculty legislation calls for non-English speaking
culture or literature). The student is to seek his or her dean’s
prior approval for each substitute course. Substitute courses
may not be applied toward the first major or toward other area
requirements except the second writing requirement. They must
be taken for a grade.
Echols Scholars Program
170-200 unusually accomplished students are invited to join the Echols
Scholars Program at the time of their admission into the University.
The program combines a stimulating residential environment with special
academic advising for first-year students. Echols scholars are exempt
from the foreign language, first and second writing, and area requirements.
First-year Echols scholars and all Echols scholars who maintain a
3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average have priority registration
for courses and the option of declaring an Echols major. Lynn Davis
is the Association Dean of the Echols Scholars Program.|
essentially different courses offered under the same course number
may both be counted for degree credit upon the written recommendation
of the director of undergraduate studies in the department concerned.
Two essentially identical courses, whether under the same course
number or not, may not both be counted for degree credit. If a
course is passed and repeated, only the first grade received is
entered in the computation of grade point average and counts toward
the 120 credits required for graduation, although the repeated
course and its grade do appear on the student’s transcript.
If a course is failed and then repeated, both courses and grades
appear on the transcript and are computed in the grade point average.
Enrollments Even though ISIS cannot prevent simultaneous enrollments in two courses,
students should be aware that the faculty have the authority to
require 100 percent attendance and participation in the scheduled
courses and that the deans office, upon request from a faculty
member, may disenroll a student, with a grade of W, from one of
the other courses.
Credit If a course taken
elsewhere and transferred to the University is repeated and passed
at the University, only the credits awarded for the transferred
course count toward the 120 credits required for graduation. The
course repeated at the University does appear on the student’s
transcript, but the grade earned does not enter into computation
of the grade point average, nor do the credits earned count toward
the 120 required for graduation.
Credit If a course for
which AP credits have been awarded is repeated at the University,
the AP credits are disallowed. The repeated course is posted,
with its credits counting toward graduation and its grade included
in the computation of the grade point average.
a course for which dual enrollment credits have been awarded is repeated,
the dual enrollment credits are disallowed. The repeated course is
posted, with its credits counting toward graduation and its grade
included in the computation of the grade point average.|
Changes in Schedule
in students’ class schedules are made via ISIS. If admission
to a course requires the instructor’s permission, a course
action form signed by the instructor must be submitted to the
department offering the course. Students taking the course are
responsible for ensuring that this form has been properly completed
and submitted. Students may add and drop courses through the deadlines
stated in the current Course Offering
a Course Students may
not be removed from a course due to lack of skills or knowledge
unless these requirements are identified in the course prerequisites.
Students who decide to discontinue a course in which they have
enrolled must use ISIS to drop the course within the published
deadlines. Students who fail to revise their list of current courses
by using ISIS within the well-publicized deadlines become subject
to penalties determined by the dean. Students who fail to appear
for a first class meeting and who have not made arrangements with
the instructor are subject to disenrollment from the course. However,
it is the student’s responsibility to drop the course via
ISIS by the drop deadline.
the instructor’s permission, students in the College may
withdraw from a course with a grade of W for a period of eight
weeks from the semester’s (not the course’s) first
day of instruction. After this cutoff, students must either complete
the course or, with the instructor’s endorsement, submit
a request for an incomplete to the dean’s office. Students
who discontinue a course at any point without complying with the
proper procedure receive a failing grade.
year-long College courses, the deadlines to add and drop are those
for the first semester, and the withdrawal deadline is that of
the second semester.
receive a degree, students must comply with the well-publicized
procedures administered by the College registrar, whose office
is in Garrett Hall 102.
application process for May graduation begins in October, with
the final deadline to file a May degree application falling in
December before Christmas break. The application deadline for
August graduation falls in June, and for January graduation the
deadline falls in September. Students who miss a deadline may
apply for the subsequent graduation and must register for the
semester in which it occurs.
Center for Undergraduate Excellence
Center for Undergraduate Excellence's mission is to assist College
students in finding an interconnected course of study that challenges
preconceptions, builds intellectual curiosity, hones analytical thinking,
and prepares students for lives of leadership and service. To this
end, we advise students regarding national and College fellowship
competitions, undergraduate research opportunities, and the creation
of interdisciplinary majors. Students are encouraged to visit the
center throughout their undergraduate careers. The Center is located
in the Lower Level of Garrett Hall, Room B-5. For further information,
contact Assistant Dean Nicole Hurd, Director, or visit http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/cue.|
Independent Study and Interdisciplinary Courses
who wish to do independent study must do so under the auspices of
a Departmental or interdisciplinary degree program in the College.
Interdisciplinary courses taught under the INST mnemonic must be approved
by the Committee on Educational Policy and the Faculty of Arts and
Sciences in order to count toward the B.A. and B.S. degrees in the
College. Once approved, they count among the 18 hours of non-College
credits students may include in the 120 total credits required for
a College degree. College students may count no more than two INST
courses for a total of 3.0 credits.|
year a very few students are admitted to non-degree, one-year
enrollment as special students in the College. The purpose is
to provide graduates of four-year institutions, with strong academic
records, an opportunity to prepare themselves for graduate work
in Arts and Sciences, here or elsewhere. This program is not meant
for students who wish to apply to medical school, law school,
or business school. Written requests for admission as a special
student should be addressed to Assistant Dean Lynn Davis, Garrett
Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903, and should
be submitted by August 1 for admission for the fall semester.
Special students are not accepted for the spring semester.
as a special student does not imply or guarantee admission to
a degree program in an undergraduate or graduate school of the
University. Admission to undergraduate schools may be offered
only by the dean of undergraduate admission. Admission to graduate
programs may be made only by the deans of graduate admission of
each individual graduate school.
Changing Registration Type from Full Time
to Continuing Education
students registered full time at the University have until the drop
deadline (two weeks) to request conversion of their registration status
to enrollment in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies,
thereby qualifying for a full refund of their tuition. These students
do not withdraw, but have their status changed from RRE (regular returning)
to NLV (non-resident) status in the College dean’s office. The
student then registers, pays the appropriate tuition, and adds courses
through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Students
who seek to withdraw from the College, but do not plan to enroll in
the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are subject to the
same reductions in tuition remitted as described in Chapter 4.|
students may take up to two courses each semester in the School
of Continuing and Professional Studies. Credit-bearing laboratories
or discussions are not counted as separate courses. Students,
when registered for a University sponsored study abroad program,
may take up to nine credits at one time. A total of 16 credits
taken through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
may be applied toward the B.A. from the College. Students who
enroll in course work at the School of Continuing and Professional
Studies regional center other than Charlottesville must submit
to the College registrar (Garrett Hall 102) a transfer of credit
form to ensure that their grade points and credits are accurate.
grades earned by College students in the School of Continuing
and Professional Studies are included in the student’s formal
academic records and computation of grade point average. Similarly,
grades for courses taken through the continuing and professional
studies prior to matriculation in an undergraduate degree program
are included in the student’s cumulative grade point average.
seeking students enrolled through the School of Continuing and
Professional Studies are not eligible for financial aid through
the University. There are alternative, non-University loans available
to students taking classes through the School of Continuing and
Professional Studies. For further information, please contact
Student Financial Services at (434) 982-6000.
enrolling in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
do not pay the required fees (which include such items as athletic
tickets, intramural access, Student Health, University Transit,
Student Legal Services and University Union tickets) expected
of full time students. As such, they are not eligible to use the
services of the Department of Student Health or purchase the University
endorsed student health insurance plan, nor will they receive
the above mentioned services while taking classes through the
School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
of Virginia Degree students who believe they have not used all
of their financial aid eligibility should contact the Financial
Aid office directly.
permission is required to register for fewer than 12 credits or more
than 19 credits each semester. Any student who completes fewer than
12 credits receives an academic warning (see below). Students who
register but enroll in no courses have their registration terminated.|
Standing Students are
considered to be in good standing at the end of a semester if,
in that semester, they have completed at least 12 credits of course
work with at least a 1.8 semester average and have no more than
one grade below C-. In order to enroll in a fifth semester, students
are required to have passed at least 54 credits; passing at least
84 credits is necessary to enroll in a seventh semester. Students
who fall behind in the number of credits required are obliged
to make up their work in the summer session or, with prior approval,
at another accredited institution. To remain in good standing
by the end of the fourth semester, students must either be in
a major or have received permission from the dean’s office
to defer the declaration for one semester.
Warning Students who
fail to remain in good standing are placed on academic warning.
The notations “less than 1.8 GPA,” “low grades
below C-,” and “reduced course load” are placed
on the students’ permanent academic records following the
term in which they were placed on warning. A student on warning
is expected to meet with his or her Association Dean no later
than the add period of the ensuing semester. These students are
strongly urged to devote more time to their academic work and
are referred to academic support service. Students on academic
warning who withdraw or take a leave of absence are eligible to
return upon application, but do so on academic warning and are
subject to suspension if they do not attain good standing.
Students are subject to suspension after two consecutive semesters
on warning. Students who fail to earn at least nine grade points
in a semester are also subject to suspension. One full fall term
and one full spring term must elapse before they may return to
the College. Application for readmission is considered upon presentation
of evidence that the difficulties that led to suspension have
been overcome (see below). Students under suspension may not apply
transfer credits from other institutions toward their degree from
the College. Two semesters must pass before a suspended student
may enroll in the University’s Summer Session.
Leaves of Absence and Withdrawals
Leaves of Absence Absent
notice to the contrary, the College expects students to register
each semester and proceed to the completion of their degree programs.
Students may request to take a leave of absence to pursue educational
interests at other institutions; information on the necessary
fee and conditions by which they return is available under “Leaves
of Absence and Withdrawals” in chapter 5. Students who pay
the $75 leave of absence fee have "on academic leave"
entered on their permanent academic record and do not apply for
readmission. All others must apply for readmission at least 30
days prior to final registration for the semester in which they
intend to enroll. Students who enter a degree program at another
institution, however, must reapply to the University as transfer
students and are not guaranteed acceptance.
may withdraw from the University before the conclusion of a semester
if they meet the conditions stated in chapter 5.
in the College of Arts and Sciences who withdraw within 10 class
days immediately preceding the final examination period are not
permitted, except for providential reasons, to re-enter the College
for the succeeding semester nor to present transfer credit earned
during the same time.
very unusual medical circumstances, documented by professional
certification, a College student has one semester in which to
petition for a retroactive medical withdrawal. If approved, all
grades convert to Ws and the student is obliged to be absent for
a full semester before resuming full-time study.
who do not enroll at the University for a semester or more and
who are not on an educational leave of absence, must be formally
readmitted, regardless of whether they were on an approved leave
of absence. In order to accomplish readmission, they must be cleared
by their academic dean, the Department of Student Health, and
the Office of the Dean of Students. Application for readmission
must be made to the dean’s office 30 days in advance of
the next University registration period.
application forms are available in Garrett Hall and at www.virginia.edu/artsandsciences/forundergrads.html. For students under academic suspension from the College, the
completed application must include a statement that (1) addresses
their readiness to return to full-time study, in light of any
serious difficulties during their most recent enrollment (e.g.
financial, medical, personal hardship), and (2) outlines the courses
needed to fulfill their degree requirements over the remaining
Appeals from Students in the College
appeal negative decisions about enrollment, grades, or general
academic policies in the College according to the procedures which
follow. It is understood that only students may submit appeals.
Appeals must be made in a timely manner; students should consult
with their association dean for details.
Drops and Course Enrollment Deadlines Students who wish to appeal penalties attached to missed deadlines
must see their association deans. Further appeal go to the associate
dean for undergraduate studies, Garrett Hall 213.
and Classroom Issues Students who wish to appeal a grade must first attempt to resolve
the issue with the instructor of the course. Absent a satisfactory
outcome, the student consults with the chair of the department.
If this path proves unsuccessful in the resolution of the matter,
the student writes to the associate dean of the College for academic
programs (Garrett Hall 202).
Policies and Rules Students
whose petitions for exemption from College rules have been denied
by the association deans may appeal to the Committee on Faculty
Rules (c/o associate dean for academic programs, Garrett Hall
202). The committee consists of faculty members who are not association
deans. If the negative decision is upheld by the Committee on
Faculty Rules, the student's route of appeal is to the associate
dean for academic programs (Garrett Hall 202). The associate dean
for academic programs, who is in the line of appeals, does not
vote in the periodic meetings held by the association deans to
address the academic standing of students in the College.
recommendation of the department in which the student was majoring,
the Faculty of Arts and Sciences may make a posthumous award of the
degree the student was pursuing, if the student had earned at least
90 credits and was registered at the University within twelve months
at the time of death. Eligibility for posthumous degrees extends to
students enrolled in B.A. and B.S. programs.|