McIntire School of Commerce
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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Prerequisites Prior to enrolling in the McIntire School, a student must complete the following courses:

Commerce Suggested Year
COMM 201 2nd
COMM 202 2nd
ECON 201 2nd
ECON 202 2nd
ENWR 105 and 106, 110 1st
MATH 111 or 121 1st
STAT 112 1st
Humanities/Fine Arts
(3-6 credits)(1)
1st or 2nd
Foreign Language
(0-14 credits)(1)
1st or 2nd
Social, Natural/Physical Sciences
(0-3 credits)(1)
1st or 2nd

(1)Requirements as defined in the Record, College of Arts and Sciences chapter, area requirements section. Three humanities credits are required prior to enrollment. Three additional humanities credits, along with three credits of social, natural/physical sciences, will be required before graduation and may be taken either before or after entering the McIntire School. The humanities and foreign language prerequisites may, under unusual circumstances and with prior approval, be completed during the third year or by transfer during the summer. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a public speaking course and computer programming course.

Third-year core curriculum During the third year a student must complete the following core curriculum in sequence during the fall and spring semesters:

Fall Semester
COMM 301 Strategy and Systems 4
COMM 302 Behavioral Issues in Marketing & Management 4
COMM 303 Market & Financial Analysis 4
Spring Semester
COMM 304 Strategic Issues in Marketing & Management 2.5
COMM 305 Financial and Data Management 3.5
COMM 306 Global Strategy and Value Enhancement 3
COMM 341 Commercial Law I(1) 3

(1) COMM 341 may be taken prior to enrollment in the McIntire School or in the fourth year, and if taken at the University of Virginia will be included in the student's 42 Commerce credits.

Fourth-year Concentrations During the fourth year a student must declare a concentration and complete the following courses:


Third Year

COMM 311 Intermediate Accounting I 3
COMM 312 Intermediate Accounting II 3

Fourth Year
COMM 410 Accounting Info. Systems(1) 3
COMM 414 Strategic Cost Management 3
COMM 342 Commercial Law II(2) 3

(1) COMM 320 may be substituted.
(2) May be completed third or fourth year.


Fourth Year
COMM 311 Intermediate Accounting I(1) 3
COMM 473 Investments: Equity Markets 3
COMM 475 Fixed-Income Securities 3
COMM 478 Strategic Value Creation 3

(1) Recommended in third year, may be completed fourth year.

International Business
Students are encouraged to study abroad in a chosen country or region.

First or Second Year
Area Studies(1) 6 credits

(1) Six credits of area studies courses that focus on other countries or regions of the world or foreign language courses above the 202 level.

Fourth Year
COMM 451 International Marketing 3
COMM 465 Business, Politics, and Culture in the European Union or  
COMM 469 International Management 3
COMM 472 International Financial Analysis or  
COMM 474 International Finance and Accounting 3


Fourth Year
COMM 453 May be substituted for three hours 3
COMM 4__ Three 400-level management courses 9

Information Technology

Third Year
COMM 320 Business Software Development 3

Fourth Year
COMM 327 Database Management Systems(1) 3
COMM 427 Systems Analysis and Design 3

(1) May be completed third or fourth year.


Third Year
COMM 353 Marketing Techniques 3

Fourth Year
COMM 4__ Two 400-level marketing courses 6

Commerce Electives Students are required to earn 6-9 credits in Commerce electives from among 300- and 400-level courses after enrollment in McIntire. For students not concentrating in accounting, six credit hours must be in areas outside the primary concentration.

Non-Commerce Electives After enrollment, students may take any courses necessary to complete the 51-credit requirement.

Credit Requirements


Students must earn 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science in Commerce. Of these:

  1. 54 credits must be in Commerce courses and ECON 201 and 202;
  2. 51 credits must be in non-Commerce courses (excluding ECON 201 and ECON 202);
  3. 15 credits may be in either Commerce or non-Commerce courses.

Students must earn the following minimum credits after enrollment at McIntire:

  1. 57 total credits;
  2. 42 credits in Commerce, including:
    • 24 credits of core courses;
    • 9-15 credits of courses in a concentration;
    • 6-9 elective credits (6 must be outside the primary concentration).

Grade Requirements


Students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average for:

  1. all course work completed;
  2. all Commerce courses and ECON 201 and 202;
  3. course work taken during the semester immediately preceding graduation. This semester must be completed in good academic standing (see Probation).

Residency Requirements


It is the philosophy of the McIntire School of Commerce that students should be broadly educated to deal with the complex issues of the business community and society at large. The school's program is designed to increase students' skills and build upon previous knowledge. In order to effectively achieve program goals, the school requires that students be enrolled full-time for two academic years and complete a minimum of 57 credit hours. Students are also required to complete all core, concentration, and elective Commerce courses at the McIntire School of Commerce (see Study Abroad section). Exceptions to this policy must be submitted to, and approved by, the McIntire Rules Committee.

Diploma with Distinction Diplomas inscribed "with distinction" are awarded to undergraduate Commerce students who have a grade point average in the top 15 percent of the class based on work completed while enrolled in the school.

Examinations Absence from exams will not be excused except for sickness on the day of examination attested by a physician's certificate or for another cause approved by the faculty. An unexcused absence is counted as a failure.

A student who is excused from more than one-half of a semester's exams due to illness may not be a member of a student organization that publicly represents the University until the examinations are taken. No student may remain in the McIntire School who misses all exams in two consecutive semesters due to illness.

Special examinations may be taken by a student with an excused absence on a date to be arranged with the course instructor.

Exclusion from Courses Any student who is making no real progress in a course may, at any time during the semester, be excluded from the course (with a grade of F) by the dean upon recommendation of the course instructor.

Grade Changes No grade may be changed after it has been submitted to the University registrar without the approval of the dean. 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.

Students who wish to appeal a Commerce grade must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor of the course. The appeal must be in writing and filed within 30 days of the first class day of the following semester. Absent a satisfactory outcome, the student should submit a written appeal to the associate dean of the B.S. in Commerce Degree Program, who will review the matter and consult with the Undergraduate Program Committee. The final level of appeal is to the dean of the McIntire School.

Incompletes The symbol IN (incomplete) is used when additional course work is required or examinations need to be taken in order to fulfill the requirements of the course. An IN automatically becomes an F ten days after the final examination date, unless work in the course is completed satisfactorily within that time or arrangements have been made with both the assistant dean for student affairs and the instructor for work to be made up later.

Independent Study COMM 499 (Independent Study in Commerce) may be taken only by fourth-year Commerce students who have obtained permission from the supervising faculty member by the School of Commerce add date. Commerce students may take COMM 499 only once.

Leave of Absence Upon completion of any semester in the McIntire School, a Commerce student may take a leave of absence for a year or more by meeting with the assistant dean for student services and filing a leave of absence form in Room 136, Monroe Hall. Students taking such leave may return only in the academic semester that follows the completed semester (e.g., a student who takes a leave after the fall semester, third year, must enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester).

Readmission depends upon a student's status at the time of leaving the McIntire School. Students having at least a 2.0 average in the McIntire School, who are making satisfactory progress toward their degree, may return in the appropriate semester as stated above. Students with less than a 2.0 average or who have not been making satisfactory progress toward their degree (e.g., they have not completed or passed courses required at the level attained when they requested the leave of absence) may be required by the assistant dean for student services of the McIntire School to attend the University's summer session to take prescribed courses before readmission.

Any student who wishes to be readmitted after a leave of absence must submit a readmission request to the assistant dean for student services of the McIntire School by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Major/Minor in the College of Arts and Sciences Commerce students may earn a major or a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior permission must be obtained from the chair or director of undergraduate programs of the department in which the student is seeking the major or minor.

In pursuing the above, students will not receive two degrees from the University. They receive a B.S. in commerce with a concentration and a minor (or major) appearing as degree information on the official transcript. If a student has a double concentration, the College minor or major appears on the transcript after the last semester in the McIntire School.

Students are responsible for completing the major or minor form (available in the College departments) and for obtaining the signature of the chair or director of the undergraduate programs. Forms are submitted to the registrar of the McIntire School, in Monroe Hall, who monitors the satisfactory completion of requirements.

Physical Education See Course Restrictions.

Probation Probation is a state of warning involving the withdrawal of certain privileges from the student. No student on probation may be a member of any organization that publicly represents the University. Probation is incurred when a student:

  1. passes fewer than 12 credits or earns less than a 2.0 grade point average in any one semester; or
  2. carries fewer than 15 credits of graded work per semester without permission; or
  3. after two or more semesters in the McIntire School, has a grade point deficiency exceeding nine grade points, either in all Commerce courses attempted or in all courses attempted at the University.

Probation shall last for one semester under (1) above and for so long as the grade point deficiency exceeds nine grade points under (3). Students are not usually removed from probation by attending summer school. However, if summer school work completely eliminates a grade point deficiency, the Rules Committee of the McIntire School will consider a petition for removal from probation.

Students placed on probation for work completed in the semester preceding graduation will not be allowed to graduate.

Repeating Courses No course, once passed (D- or better), can be repeated to improve the recorded grade.

Required Courses See Degree Requirements.

Simultaneous Counting of Courses Generally, a single course may not be counted simultaneously for credit in multiple concentrations. However, students concentrating in finance and accounting may count COMM 311 toward satisfying requirements for both concentrations and students concentrating in accounting and information technology may count COMM 320 toward satisfying requirements for both concentrations. However, the credits may not be double counted toward the 120-hour degree requirement (e.g. each course contributes 3 credit hours toward the 120 hour degree requirement).

Study Abroad Participation in study abroad enhances the academic program and provides a unique opportunity to experience another culture and function professionally in an international business environment. Students wishing to study abroad should visit the International Studies Office in Minor Hall and the McIntire Student Services Office to explore the various opportunities available. Several spring semester programs exist that allow students to study abroad with other Commerce students and faculty members and complete the third-year core requirements. Students should also consider the summer between the third and fourth year or the fall semester of the fourth year as other good periods to study abroad.

Interested students should work with their faculty advisor, area coordinator, the assistant dean, and the registrar of the McIntire School to prepare an appropriate program of study. For students who are studying abroad on a McIntire-approved program, the credits transferred from one study abroad semester will be included in the McIntire 57-credit residency requirement.

Suspension Suspension involves enforced withdrawal from the University and may be issued whenever a student:

  1. passes fewer than nine credits or earns less than a 1.8 grade point average in one semester; or
  2. after two or more semesters in the McIntire School, has a cumulative grade point deficiency in excess of 12 grade points, either in all Commerce courses attempted or in all courses attempted at the University; or
  3. incurs probation for the third time; or
  4. incurs probation after a suspension.

A student who has been suspended only once must normally attend a full-time program at the University of Virginia summer session. Upon completion of this program, the student may apply to the McIntire Rules Committee for readmission. The application for readmission is to be submitted to the Rules Committee through the assistant dean for student services of the McIntire School. Readmission is not automatic. A student who is readmitted after suspension is placed on a probationary status for a period of one semester. No student who is suspended a second time will be readmitted.

Transfer Credit Credit toward a degree will be allowed for approved work completed in a regionally accredited college or university or in other schools of this University upon presentation of a satisfactory transcript of record. However, no credit will be given for a required upper-level Commerce course unless the course is taken in the McIntire School or an approved McIntire study-abroad program. In no case will the total transfer credit granted toward a degree in the School of Commerce be more than 63 credits, or more than 33 credits completed in one academic year. No adjustment of transfer credit for prior course work will be made after the first semester in the school. (See Transfer Credit in Chapter 5.) Students wishing to transfer credit for course work taken after enrollment in the school must receive prior approval from the assistant dean for student services. In general, credit will not be granted for:

  1. work completed with grade lower than C;
  2. business courses beyond the elementary courses in accounting and principles of economics; or
  3. more than one credit of physical or health education courses.

Voluntary Withdrawal An official application to withdraw from the University must be submitted to the assistant dean for student services of the McIntire School. The application must state the reason for withdrawal and must be approved in writing by the dean of the McIntire School or a designated representative.

The application must be endorsed by the dean of students (2nd floor, Peabody Hall). The completed withdrawal form, along with student ID cards, must be deposited with the dean of students at the time of withdrawal.

A student who withdraws for reasons of ill health must obtain medical clearance from the Department of Student Health prior to readmission.

Failure to comply with these regulations will subject a student to suspension from the University by the vice president for student affairs.

Any student who withdraws without having obtained permission is recorded as having been suspended.

A Commerce student who withdraws during the first semester in the McIntire School (fall semester, third year) will not be guaranteed readmission to the school. Students who withdraw after the drop date will receive grades of WP or WF in their courses.

Any Commerce student who subsequently wishes to re-enroll must submit a written request for readmission to the assistant dean for student services of the McIntire School by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Commerce students may return only in the academic semester that follows the student's last successfully completed academic semester. For example, a student who withdraws during the spring semester, third year, must re-enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester. Readmission is not automatic and depends upon the student's performance at the time of withdrawal.

Enforced Withdrawal The faculty of the McIntire School may impose enforced withdrawal when a student exhibits habitual delinquency in class or any other fault that prevents the student from fulfilling the purposes implied by registration at the University.

Enforced withdrawal may also be imposed for failure to comply with University pre-entrance health requirements or for failure to obtain medical leave or medical withdrawal in the case of repeated or prolonged absence from class as a result of illness.


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