The College of Arts and Sciences offers an education in the
liberal arts leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.
The faculty believe a good liberal arts education must provide students with
an extensive base of intellectual content and skills that enables them to explore
ideas, evaluate evidence critically, draw reasoned conclusions, and communicate
ones thoughts in a clear, coherent manner. Such abilities are particularly
important in a world in which knowledge and professions are changing rapidly,
and the United States is increasingly part of a global social and economic network.
A good liberal arts education thus demands not only rigor and depth, but also
sufficient breadth to expose students to a wide range of subjects and methods
of studying them.
The Colleges website, http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/undergrad,
contains a wealth of current information pertinent to the topics covered in
Competency Requirements These requirements provide the
foundation for successful study in the liberal arts, for meeting subsequent
challenges in the work place, and for serving effectively as an educated member
- Composition: We expect every liberal arts graduate to have the ability
to write clearly, succinctly, and in a logical manner.
- Foreign Language: Language is not simply a means to communicate, but also
an avenue for insights into other cultures. Many students also discover
that learning a second language improves their understanding of English
and broadens their awareness of an increasingly diverse America.
- Courses for competency requirements must be taken on a graded basis.
Area Requirements The faculty established area requirements
to ensure that all students have the background and breadth for further learning
in a variety of disciplines. In completing these requirements, students explore
a wide range of disciplines, points of view, and modes of inquiry. In addition,
they investigate unfamiliar areas and thus can make more informed judgments
about their major and elective courses.
The faculty encourages students to design programs of study
that offer the maximum range of intellectual opportunities. The area requirements
are therefore organized to provide experience with a broad array of intellectual
approaches rather than prescribe a specific body of content:
- Social Sciences allow students to explore techniques of analysis
and modes of reasoning for studying a wide range of social, economic, and
- Humanities: improve the students understanding of the achievements
and potential of literature and the arts, whether verbal, visual, or musical.
They may also address basic questions concerning values and ethics.
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics improve a students comprehension
of the fundamental principles of natural phenomena and of scientific methods
as a way of describing and understanding the world.
- Non-Western Perspectives broadens students exposure to other
cultures and to the ways those cultures perceive their environment or organize
- Historical Studies introduce students to the historical forces
that have shaped and changed the nature of human societies and methods that
are required to study such forces. Encourages students to think about cause
and effect and the continuity and change over time.
All courses used for area requirements must be taken on a graded
The Major The faculty requires each student examine
one subject in depth in order to experience sustained, cumulative study of a
range of related topics and issues over a period of several semesters. The declaration
of a major in a single subject also allows students to focus on an area of interest
where they would like to develop their intellectual capacity. The faculty does
not view the major as a direct path to a particular career. However, by developing
a mastery of a particular area, students advance their intellectual capabilities
in ways that will be of value in a range of later endeavors.
A degree program must be completed in four academic years and,
under certain conditions, can be completed in three. The first two years are
intended to be spent in developing the knowledge and skills associated with
a broad range of basic academic disciplines, including natural science, history
and social science, the humanities, foreign language, English composition, mathematics
and fine arts. In the third and fourth years, students are expected to continue
at a more advanced level in several of these fields and to concentrate in one
of them (the major subject). Twelve or more credits attempted in a single semester
for work at another institution will constitute one of the eight semesters allotted
for full-time registration in the College.
The minimum residence requirement for a degree is two academic
years. The last year of candidacy must be spent in this University, and courses
offered in the major for the degree must be completed at the University unless
written exception is made by the dean of the College in consultation with the
department or interdepartmental program concerned.
For graduation from the College the candidate must have satisfied
the area requirements given below and a plan of major study. In addition, the
candidate must have passed and offer for a degree a minimum of 120 credits of
approved courses, of which at least 96 must be passed on a graded (A-B-C-D)
basis. Among the 120 credits must be at least 102 College or College-equivalent
credits. A candidate must have made a grade point average of at least 2.000
on all graded courses taken in the College or elsewhere in the University and
offered for a degree. A student who has received a baccalaureate degree cannot
submit any courses offered for that degree toward another degree in the University.
Students are subject to the area requirements in effect during the academic
year when they first enter the University. Students are subject to the requirements
for the major in effect during the semester in which they declare the major.
The College of Arts and Sciences
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400133
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4133
2005-2006 College of Arts and Sciences Calendar
August 17-29 – Final Registration via ISIS
August 24 – Classes begin
September 7 – Last day to drop a course
September 9 – Last day to add a course; last day
to change to or from credit/no credit (CR/NC) or audit (AU) grading options
September 30 – Last day to submit degree application
for January 2006 graduation
October 3 – Reading day
October 19 – Last day to withdraw from an individual
October 24-November 4 - Advising, selection of spring courses
November 15 – Last day to withdraw from the University
and return for spring 2006 semester
November 19-27 – Thanksgiving recess
December 1 – Last day to request change in examination
December 2 – last day to submit degree applications
for May 2006 graduation
December 6 – Classes end; last day for fourth-semester
students to declare a major
December 8-16 – Final examinations
January 17 – Deadline for completing authorized incompletes from fall
January 11-20 – Final Registration via ISIS
January 18 – Classes begin
February 1 – Last
day to drop a course
February 3 – Last day to add a course; last day
to change to or from credit/no credit (CR/NC) or audit (AU) grading options
22 – Last day to withdraw from an individual course
7 – Advising; selection of fall 2005 courses
April 18 – Last
day to withdraw from the University and return for fall 2006 semester
27 – Last day to request change in examination schedule
May 2 – Classes
end; last day for fourth-semester students to declare a major
May 4-12 – Final
May 21 – Final Exercises
June 9 – Deadline for
completing authorized incompletes from spring 2006 semester
Compliance with College Regulations Students are held
responsible for selecting their courses in accordance with the course restrictions
and policies printed here, in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Handbook,
and in advising material distributed by departments. Only after the approval
of the deans office has been obtained in the form of a petition may a
student enroll in a course that does not comply with the Colleges regulations.
Requests for Exceptions and Appeals Students who believe
there is a valid reason for requesting an exception to any of the rules should
file a petition to their Association Dean. In most cases, the recommendation
of a course instructor or advisor is required on the petition before it is filed.
An unfavorable response from the dean may be appealed to the Committee on Faculty
Rules. The College has established procedures to deal with requests for exceptions
to rules in cases involving psychological issues. College students should contact
their Association Dean for information about such procedures.
Accuracy of Students Records and Use of E-mail
Students are responsible for verifying the accuracy of their academic records
by the drop deadline and, thereafter, each time they make a change in their
schedule. Students who fail to do so are subject to various penalties as determined
by the dean. Changes to the transcript are permitted only during the current
and immediately subsequent semesters. Upon payment of a nominal fee, transcripts
may be requested from the Office of the University Registrar in Carruthers Hall.
VISTAA reports and final semester grades are available through ISIS. Errors
must be reported to the deans office within the stated deadlines; after
one semester has lapsed, a students record is considered permanent.
The College of Arts and Sciences sends much of its official
correspondence via e-mail. Students are expected to open and maintain an active
UVa e-mail account and are held responsible for all materials sent via electronic
mail. Examples include end of the semester academic status letters, notice of
failure to declare a major, various official newsletters, and requests to schedule
an appointment with your Association Dean, etc. When students use non virginia.edu
mail accounts, it is their responsibility to make sure their UVa mail is forwarded
to that account. Students with questions about their e-mail accounts are directed
to the ITC Help Desk in 235 Wilson Hall (924-3731) or to ITCs web site:
www.itc.virginia.edu/helpdesk. Students who object to the use of email for the
transfer of information regarding their academic standing should notify their
association deans in writing and anticipate that the processing of information
about them is likely to be slower.