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:


Suggested Year

COMM 180(1)


COMM 201

1st or 2nd

COMM 202




ECON 201


ECON 202


ENWR 105/106, 110, 220


MATH 111 or 121(2)


STAT 212


Humanities/Fine Arts


(3-6 credits)(3)

1st or 2nd

Foreign Language


(0-14 credits)(3)

1st or 2nd

Social, Natural/Physical Sciences


(0-3 credits)(3)

1st or 2nd

(1) COMM 180 required for students entering McIntire Fall 2006 and beyond. Students transferring from other colleges and Universities should consult with the McIntire Office of Student Services regarding appropriate transfer courses, generally an Introduction to Business course and Computer Applications course will be accepted as meeting the requirement.

(2) Students planning to concentrate in Finance are encouraged to complete additional elective coursework in mathematics particularly if they received AP or transfer credit for the Math requirement.

(3) 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 (which may include additional ENWR), 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.

(4) Students are encouraged to take courses that emphasize oral and written communication skills as well as courses emphasizing moral reasoning and ethics. Students planning to concentrate in Information Technology are encouraged to take computer-programming courses.

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 & Systems


COMM 302

Behavioral Issues in Marketing & Management


COMM 303

Quantitative & Financial Analysis


Spring Semester

COMM 304

Communication, International Business & Organization Behavior


COMM 305

Data Management, Quantitative Analysis & Nonprofit Organization


COMM 306

Strategy and Value Enhancement


COMM 341

Commercial Law I(1)


(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:

Accounting (effective class of 2006)

Third Year

COMM 311

Intermediate Accounting I


COMM 312

Intermediate Accounting II


Fourth Year

COMM ___

Two 400- or 500-level accounting


courses from approved list



Third Year

COMM 311

Intermediate Accounting I(1)


COMM 372

Intermediate Corporate Finance(1)


Fourth Year

COMM 475

Intermediate Investments


One 400-level Capstone Finance course
     (1) Recommended in third year, may be completed fourth year.


International Technology

Third Year or Forth Year

COMM 420*

Project Management


Forth Year
Two 400-level Information Technology courses OR
One 400-level Information Technology course AND
One Management course from the following list:
Comm 462F - Managing and Leading
Comm 462K - Managing the Knowledge- Based Organization
Comm 466 - Strategic Management Consulting
Comm 467 - Organizational Change and Development

*Recommended in third year, may be taken 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


COMM 465

Business, Politics, and Culture in the European


Union or


COMM 469

International Management


COMM 472

International Financial Analysis or


COMM 474

International Finance and Accounting



Fourth Year

COMM 4__

Three 400-level management courses*


*COMM 453 may be substituted for 3 credits


Third Year

COMM 353

Marketing Techniques


Fourth Year

COMM 4__

Two 400-level marketing courses


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 credits 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. 57 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:
  1. 24 credits of core courses;
  2. 9-15 credits of courses in a concentration;
  3. 6-9 elective credits (6 must be outside the primary concentration except for students concentrating in accounting).

Grade Requirements


Students must achieve at least a 2.000 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 Requirement


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 credits. 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.

Academic Regulations


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 all graded coursework 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.

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 services 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, area coordinator, and associate dean by the School of Commerce add date. Commerce students may take COMM 499 only once.

Leave of Absence Upon successful 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 normally 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). Students must complete a Leave of Absence form. There are two options from which to choose: LDN (leave, domestic, not for credit) or LDC (leave, domestic, for credit). Students who pay the Leave of Absence fee have “on academic leave” entered on their permanent academic record. Students who do not complete the form are classified as “failed to return”.

Readmission depends upon a student’s status at the time of leaving the McIntire School. Students having at least a 2.000 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 2.000 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 or School Outside of Commerce Commerce students may earn a major or a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences or School Outside of Commerce. 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.

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 2.000 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. However, the credits may not be double counted toward the 120-credit degree requirement (e.g. each course contributes 3 credits toward the 120 credit 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 and 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 1.800 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.

Suspension normally lasts for one academic year. Suspended students may normally return only in the academic semester that follows the last successfully completed semester (e.g., a student suspended after the spring semester, third year, must enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester).

Additionally, a student who has been suspended only once must normally attend a full-time program at the University of Virginia summer session to make up grade point deficiencies. 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 is allowed for approved work completed in another college or university, or in other schools of this University upon presentation of a satisfactory transcript of record. The School of Commerce grants transfer credit based on an analysis of the content, level, and comparability of the courses taken, the applicability of the courses to the student's intended major and degree program, the quality of the student's performance in the course, and the accreditation of the institution at which the course work was completed. 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 McIntire School of Commerce be more than 63 credits. 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 (second floor, Peabody Hall). The completed withdrawal form, along with student I.D. 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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