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.
Transfers to the College
Intra-University Transfers Intra-University
transfer into the College is not assured. With space in the College very limited,
seeking to transfer into the College compete for openings by applying during
the spring semester for the following academic year. IUT applications are not
accepted after the first Friday in June. Thus, all students must complete at
least two semesters at the University in the school in which they initially
enroll. Information and application forms are available at http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/undergrad/special_programs/iut.
Prospective transfers are encouraged to visit the College’s website for
current and accurate information about academic policies: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/forundergrads.html.
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
Deans List Full-time students who demonstrate
academic excellence while taking a minimum of 12 credits of graded course work
are eligible for the Deans 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 3.400 is necessary to be eligible
for the deans list. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG during the semester
is not eligible to be on the deans list.
Intermediate Honors A certificate of Intermediate Honors
is awarded to the top twenty percent of those students in the College of Arts
and Sciences who enter the University directly from high school or preparatory
school and earn at least 60 credits of course work in their first four regular
semesters. The computation is based upon the cumulative grade point average
at the end of the fourth semester. No more than twelve of the 60 required credits
may be earned on a CR/NC or S/U basis. Advanced placement and transfer credits
do not count toward the required credits.
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 3.400 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 3.600.
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 3.700, taken upper-level work in several departments in
the College, and carried a course load greater than 15 credits in each semester.
Undergraduates may not enroll in courses numbered 600 and higher without the
prior written approval of the Department, the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students use the “600
Form”, available in the lobby of Garrett Hall, to make a request for
enrollment in these upper-level courses.
Simultaneous Counting of Courses and Cross-listed Courses
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 and must be taken on a graded
basis. AP credits from secondary school and transfer credits awarded before
UVa matriculation 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), ENWR 210 (3 credits), or exemption
Students must meet the first writing requirement during their
first year at the University of Virginia. Students may meet this requirement
by successfully completing the ENWR 105/106 sequence, by passing either ENWR
110 or 210, 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
- The student is an Echols Scholar
- The student scored 720 or above on the SAT II writing exam
- The student scored a 5 on the AP English language subject test
- Composite exemption: Students are automatically exempt from the
first writing requirement if at least one of the following statements is
- The student scored 680-710 on the SAT II writing exam AND scored a 5
or above on the IB (higher level A 1) exam
- The student scored 680-710 on the SAT II writing exam AND scored a 4
on the AP English language subject test
- The student scored 700-710 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
Academic Writing Program to review a portfolio of your work. For more information
on portfolio exemption, see the placement guide at www.engl.virginia.edu/writing.
Second Writing Requirement: typically a 3-credit course
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 deans
Foreign Language: 0-14 credits, (through the 202 level;
212 in Portuguese; 201 for B.S. in Chemistry) or exemption, depending on previous
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 departments
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
Natural Science and Mathematics: 12 credits
Students must pass twelve credits 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 000ts 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,
the Division of Statistics, and MSE 201.
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 (except ECON 371), 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, as well as MDST 317 from the Media Studies 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 programs:
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, all courses above the 202 level, as well as MDST 301 from the
Media Studies department.
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, 180,
321, 323, and 381; and Architecture (ARCH) 101 and ANTH 237, as well as
MDST 201, MDST 350, MDST 361 and MDST 511 from the Media Studies department.
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
Students 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.
Students 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 reflected on their
The 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
Courses taken during a students 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.
The following major programs are offered:
- African-American and African Studies
- American Studies
- Art History
- Art Studio
- Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
- Biology (B.A. or B.S.)
- Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.)
- Cognitive Science
- Comparative Literature
- Environmental Sciences (B.A. or B.S.)
- Environmental Thought and Practice
- Foreign Affairs
- Human Biology
- Interdisciplinary Major
- Jewish Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Media Studies
- Medieval Studies
- Physics (B.A. or B.S.)
- Political and Social Thought
- Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law
- Religious Studies
- Russian and East European Studies
- Slavic Languages and Literatures
- Studies in Women and Gender
Concentrations 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 students concentration appears, along
with the major, on his or her transcript.
Interdepartmental 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 programsAsian, Jewish, Latin-American,
and Middle Eastern studies; and all the organized interdisciplinary studies
programsarchaeology, 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.
Interdisciplinary 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 students major committee. Details are available
in Garrett Hall.
Distinguished 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
3.400 will qualify a student for graduation with distinction, high distinction,
or highest distinction.
Teacher 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
Students may select a major in any area of the College and
combine it with a teaching specialization in one of the following areas:
- Elementary Education (grades K-8)
- Secondary Education (high school)
- Foreign Languages (French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish)
- Health and
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics)
- Social Studies
(History, Economics, Government [political science], Psychology, Sociology
and Cultural Anthropology)
- Physical Education and Health (see B.S.Ed. in
- Special Education (Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities,
Students 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 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 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
College and Engineering faculty committee. For information and an application,
consult with either Professor Charles Grisham (Chemistry) or Professor Worthy
Martin (Computer Sciences) or www.cs.virginia.edu/clas.
In 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.
Students 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.
The 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.
The 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).
College students may also minor in any of the other areas offered
by the School of Engineering (in addition to Computer Science), but must keep
in mind that these minors have not been approved as college-equivalent hours,
so the courses taken for the minor will remain as outside of the College hours
for graduation purposes (with the same 18-credit limit applying).
The 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
(USEMlimited to one per semester); personal skills (PLSKno more
than 2 credits); physical education (PHYEnor more than 2 credits); interdisciplinary
studies (INSTlimited to two courses; total of 3 credits maximum) or the
Departments of Naval, Air, and Military Science (NASC, AIRS, and MISCno
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). Language
House courses will be offered for 1 credit maximum per semester; with a 2-credit
maximum limit in the 120-credit total required for graduation.
Bachelor of Science
The requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology, the
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences,
and the Bachelor of Science in Physics are included in the appropriate departmental
descriptions (see Departments and Programs).
Bachelor of Arts with Honors
The 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 are subject to the course enrollment deadlines of
the School in which they are registered, not the School in which the course
is being offered. As such, College students taking courses in other schools
of the University must follow the College’s deadlines for dropping, adding,
and withdrawing from a class. Unless College instructors specify otherwise
on their syllabi, non-College students will follow the enrollment deadlines
that are applicable to their School of enrollment.
For 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
approval, the following courses are considered College-equivalent and may
be applied to the area requirement in humanities/fine arts: AR H 100, 101,
180, 203, 381, 321, 323; ARCH 101. By faculty approval, MSE 201 is considered
College-equivalent and may be applied to the Natural Science and Mathematics
The following courses may not count as area requirements,
but are considered College-equivalent: AR H courses (other than those noted
ARCH 102, 232, 268; COMM 320; CS courses; EDLF 545, 546, 564; EDHS 450; ENGR
207; L AR 512; 513; MSE 201; PLAN courses under 500 only if the minor in
planning is completed; and STS 300 and 310.
Students 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, 511,
512, or 515.
The 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 (limited to two courses; total of three credits maximum;
only offered on a CR/NC grading option), 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
Courses Taken at Other Institutions
Students 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 2.000 cumulative grade point average (2.500 for courses taken
abroad). After matriculation at the University, students may not fulfill College
area requirements with transfer course work, the only exceptions being a foreign
language course taught in the target country and courses taught at the University
of Virginia extension in Northern Virginia and the UVa direct credit study abroad
Subject to the above, work completed elsewhere with a grade
of C or better is transferred in credits only. 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 Universitys
official records. Students will receive no more, and may receive fewer, than
the number of credits earned at the host institution.
General In accordance with the Report of the 2020 Commission
on International Activities, the University is expanding the number and kinds
of its study abroad programs. Students participate in study abroad according
to the guidelines below; students interested in study abroad should consult
the information available in the International Studies Office in Minor Hall
and posted on its website: www.virginia.edu/iso. Students may also consult with
their Association Dean and with the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the
Study abroad happens either in UVa direct-credit programs
in which students enroll in UVa courses, receive grades, and meet area requirements
(and to a limited degree, major requirements) or in the usual non-graded
transfer credit programs sponsored by other institutions. Courses in UVa
direct-credit programs are recorded on the UVa transcript with a specific identifier
in the courses mnemonic. Other credits may transfer only from accredited
degree-granting colleges and universities. Any exceptions require special endorsement
by the Committee on Educational Policy and the Curriculum. Students are encouraged
to enroll in the Universitys direct credit programs because of the collaboration
between the University and the host institution; students may also choose from
a select list of accredited programs, approved by the Office of the International
Studies, the Deans Office, and the department. Students in the College
may transfer elective credits from these select programs without the need to
seek approval for each course from departments. Students may transfer specific
courses from other programs, however, only with the prior consent of the corresponding
UVa department, the Office of International Studies, and the Deans Office.
Eligibility Students must enroll for their first semester
and at least one additional semester at the University in Charlottesville and
complete here no fewer than thirty credits. Thus new students, either first-year
or transfer, may apply for study abroad only after they have matriculated in
a regular fall or spring semester at UVa. A maximum of 60 non-UVa credits from
other universities, foreign study (the Universitys direct-study programs
exempted), advanced placement, or dual enrollment may count toward the 120 credits
needed for the B.A. or B.S. degree in the College.
To study abroad, students must be in academic good standing.
Further, to earn degree credit students must have a cumulative GPA at UVa of
no less than 2.500 at the point of application or a 2.500 cumulative GPA (again,
at UVa) at the end of the term prior to the commencement of study abroad. Students
on Academic Warning are not eligible to apply for study abroad; students who
incur academic warning in the semester prior to the start of study abroad may
not earn degree credit abroad. These standards apply both to direct-study programs
and the traditional study abroad programs under auspices of another institution
or organization. Participation in the Universitys direct-study programs
is on a competitive basis; Program Directors may establish additional criteria
beyond minimum cumulative GPA for admission.
With approval of the students Association Dean and the
major advisor, students may study abroad in their seventh or even eighth semester.
In doing so students accept the risk of not graduating on time if their grades,
for any reason, are not received by the deadline set by the College Registrar.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Students enrolled in
UVa direct-credit programs are expected to meet the Colleges longstanding
criteria for good standing. Failure to do so will result in the academic sanctions
of Academic Warning or Suspension. Students participating in semester- or year-long
UVa direct-credit Study Abroad programs (not summer programs) are, like their
full time counterparts in Charlottesville, expected to complete at least 12
credits each semester in some combination of program and host-institution course
work. At least 9 credits must be from the direct-credit program. The remainder
of the credits may be transfer credits from the affiliated foreign institution.
Whether on direct-study programs or other approved programs, students who enroll
in 12 or more credits in a semester use one of the eight full-time semesters
of full time study they are allotted (transfer students proportionally fewer
than eight, as determined upon matriculation).
For 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
prior to study by
the Committee on Educational Policy and Curriculum.
Transfer credit taken before matriculation may be used for
fulfilling area requirements, or for fulfilling major requirements with special
permission of the department. Dual enrollment credit, however, may not be used
to fulfill competency requirements. Students in the College must take the second
writing requirement in the College and earn a grade of at least C-.
Students must submit a request for transfer of credit form
prior to enrolling in courses for transfer. Transfer 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 students cumulative grade
point average at the University of Virginia, the only exception being courses
taken at the University of Virginias Northern Virginia Center and UVa
direct-credit study abroad programs: grades from these courses are figured into
the students cumulative grade point average.
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. 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 College. For more information, see
the Transfer Credit section of Chapter 5.
International College Level Examinations
The College of Arts and Sciences offers advanced standing
credit and/or advanced placement for many international college-level examinations.
What follows describes the Colleges policy regarding these examinations.
We encourage students to contact us and the appropriate Departmental Undergraduate
Director if they have questions about receiving advanced standing credit or
advanced placement for any of these examinations. A list of the names of the
of Undergraduate Programs and their telephone numbers is located on the College
of Arts and Sciences web site.
The College of Arts and Sciences grants advanced standing credit
and advanced placement for qualifying examination scores in the Higher-Level
International Baccalaureate, the French Baccalaureate, the British A-Level,
the German Abitur, and select other examinations. We award advanced standing
credit or placement based upon qualifying examination scores (and, where applicable,
subject coefficients) and the recommendation of the appropriate Arts and Sciences
Credit and advanced placement are generally determined on a
case-by-case basis, on the students initiative, by the Deans Office
in the College of Arts and Sciences and by the Director of Undergraduate Programs
in the appropriate department(s). We do not award credit based upon the length
of study of a particular program. Since approved credit is advanced standing
credit, not transfer credit, we base the award of credit solely upon examination
results and not upon completed courses.
Advanced standing credit is included among non-UVa credits
on the student’s transcript and, along with transfer credit, is limited
to a total of 60 credits. The College of Arts and Sciences and individual departments
may limit the number of advanced standing credits awarded to an individual.
Students may receive at least one, and not more than two, semesters of introductory-level
credit per qualifying examination score. Departments have their own policies
on the use of advanced standing credit for their major or minor requirements.
The College does not award credit for foreign language subject
examinations of English language or literature.
The College does not automatically award credit for international
college-level examinations. To receive credit, students must provide an official
their examination certificate, including an official English translation
if requested. The certificate should be sent directly to the College of
Sciences, P.O. Box 400133, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4133, or delivered
in-person in a sealed envelope. Students must be prepared to provide to the
undergraduate directors official course descriptions, syllabi, and copies
of your examinations. No special form is required from the department to
the award of credit. Recommendations, however, should be made on departmental
letterhead stationery. Undergraduate directors may call Dean Frank Papovich
at 924-3350 with any questions.
We are pleased to assist students with the
review of international college-level examinations. Questions may be directed
to Mr. Papovich or to Gloria Gates
at (434) 924-8880. Readers are referred to the credits awarded for scores
on the IB and British Advanced Levels printed at the end of Chapter II.
Academic 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, along with links to Departmental homepages is available at http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/forundergrads.
Each 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.
In 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 association.
These 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.
Students 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.
Pre-Law 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. The pre-law advisor also completes
deans certification forms for those students applying to law schools that
Pre-Health 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
Informational meetings for pre-health students are held each
semester (particularly in the fall) by University Career Services in Bryant
Hall at Scott Stadium.
Foreign 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 students
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
A 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 deans
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 deans approval. Forms for securing extensions are available
in Garrett Hall.
Credit/No Credit Grades
Students 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
for any major, minor, or basic area requirements. It is the students
responsibility to confirm with the instructor the minimum academic level of
the grade of CR.
No 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 seldom granted.
Final 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 deans 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.
Students 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 deans
office. Students will then take the examination at the instructors convenience,
usually within four weeks of the last day of the examination period.
Unexcused absence from a final examination results in an automatic
grade of F in the course.
No 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 not permitted.
The 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
Regular 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.
The 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 students
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 instructors decision, not the deans, whether students
may be allowed such a privilege. Neither the Department of Student Health nor
the deans 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
students responsibility to consult directly with the instructor regarding
absence from class. Excuses for absences from final examinations must come only
from the deans office.
Upon 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.
Foreign 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:
"Students 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 departments 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."
Therefore a student experiencing exceptional difficulty
in a foreign language class should:
- Consult immediately with the appropriate language course coordinator.
The name of the coordinator may be obtained from the foreign language
- Undergo testing
- 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.
- If a student has received a diagnosis of a learning disability deemed
acceptable to the Universitys 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 Colleges Disability Accommodations
- Request 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 students Association
Dean in writing what these accommodations are to be. Ideally, accommodations
should be in place prior to the students enrolling in the course.
- Enroll with accommodations The coordinator reviews the students
progress after six weeks.
- If the student is able to succeed, the student continues to take
courses with accommodations until the foreign language sequence is completed.
- If the department finds that accommodations prove unworkable despite
the students maximum effort, the coordinator may recommend in writing
to the students 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 coordinators recommendation
and a diagnosis from the LNEC, the students dean may authorize the
modification of the requirement and so notify the student in writing. The
students 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).
- Substitute 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 deans 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
About 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. James Sofka is the Association Dean of the Echols Scholars
Two 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 students 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.
Simultaneous Enrollments Students may not enroll in two courses
that meet at the same time. In the rare case where this is necessary, students
must obtain the written approval of both instructors and the Dean of the College.
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 courses.
Transfer 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 students
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.
AP 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.
If 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. Dual enrollment credit may not be used to fulfill
Changes in Schedule
Changes in students class schedules are made via ISIS.
If admission to a course requires the instructors 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 Directory.
Discontinuing 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 students responsibility to drop the course
via ISIS by the drop deadline.
With the instructors permission, students in the College
may withdraw from a course with a grade of W for a period of eight weeks from
the semesters (not the courses) first day of instruction. After
this cutoff, students must either complete the course or, with the instructors
endorsement, submit a request for an incomplete to the deans office. Students
who discontinue a course at any point without complying with the proper procedure
receive a failing grade.
For 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.
To receive a degree, students must comply with the well-publicized
procedures administered by the College registrar, whose office is in Garrett
The 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
The Center for Undergraduate Excellences 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 on the fourth floor of the Harrison Institute/Small Library.
For further information, contact Assistant Dean Nicole Hurd, Director, or visit
Independent Study and Interdisciplinary Courses (INST)
Students 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 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. INST courses must be taken
on the CR/NC basis.
Each 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 Frank Papovich, Garrett Hall,
University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400133, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4133, and
should be submitted by August 1 for admission for the fall semester. Such requests
should include a letter of endorsement from the appropriate UVa departmental
graduate program director. Special students are not accepted for the spring
Admission 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
College 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 regular to non-resident status in the College
deans 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.
College 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.
All grades earned by College students in the School of Continuing
and Professional Studies are included in the students 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 students cumulative
grade point average.
Degree 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.
Students 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.
University of Virginia Degree students who believe they have
not used all of their financial aid eligibility should contact the Financial
Aid office directly.
Special 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.
Good 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 1.800 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 deans office to defer
the declaration for one semester.
Academic Warning Students who fail to remain in good
standing are placed on academic warning. The notations "less than 1.800
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
Suspension 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 Universitys Summer Session.
Leaves of Absence and Withdrawals
Voluntary 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 $125 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.
Voluntary Withdrawal Students may withdraw from the
University before the conclusion of a semester if they meet the conditions stated
in chapter 5.
Students 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.
In 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
For information about educational leaves of absence, enforced
withdrawal, and medical withdrawal, please see chapter 5. Students on financial
aid should consult www.virginia.edu/financialaid/withdrawal.html for additional
Students 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 deans office 30 days in advance of
the next University registration period.
Readmission 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 semesters.
Appeals from Students in the College
Students may 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
Adds, Drops and Course Enrollment Deadlines Students
who wish to appeal penalties attached to missed deadlines must see their association
deans. Further appeals may be directed to the associate dean for undergraduate
studies, Garrett Hall 213.
Grading 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
may appeal to the associate dean for academic programs, Garrett Hall 202.
College 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 students 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
Upon 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