CAS Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts
Students must comply with the degree requirements as stated in one edition of the Catalogue in place during the time they are enrolled. However, since the curriculum is viewed as a coherent whole, selected parts from different catalogues may not be counted. Students who do not complete the degree within seven years must comply with the requirements in the catalogue current at the date of readmission. Disputed rulings may be appealed to the Committee on Academic Standing.
A student must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in a program comprised of a minimum of 120 ¬semester hours. Students receiving degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences may apply no more than 8 credits of Physical Education toward the 120 required for graduation.
Of the 120 hours of credit required, students electing a minor offered by the College must complete 96 hours in courses offered by departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining 24 hours may be taken in courses offered by any academic unit at The University of Vermont. Students electing an approved minor offered by another school or college of the University must complete 84 hours in courses offered by the departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining 36 hours of credit, to include courses required for the minor, may be taken in courses offered by any academic unit of The University of Vermont.
No more than eight hours of Military Studies credit may apply toward the degree. Courses taken on a pass/no pass basis may not be used toward completion of any requirement listed below under sections C and D and E.
A student must be matriculated in the College of Arts and Sciences and in residence at The University of Vermont during the period in which he or she earns 30 of the last 45 hours of academic credit applied toward the degree.
Guidelines for a Second Bachelor's Degree
- The bachelor of science in the College of Arts and Sciences is not a tagged degree. As a consequence, someone who has completed a B.S. in Arts and Sciences will not receive a second degree should he or she complete an additional major within the same degree.
- If a B.S. graduate of Arts and Sciences is readmitted and/or completes an additional major beyond the one used towards the original diploma, the additional major and course work will be added to the transcript. A second degree will only be awarded when the additional coursework completed satisfies the requirements for a different degree with a different major from the one initially awarded (i.e. B.S. graduate with a major in chemistry completes requirements for a B.A. in physics).
- Students who do not complete the degree within seven years must comply with the requirements in the catalogue current at the time of readmission.
A student must complete the following courses which comprise the general and distributive requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses used to satisfy these requirements must carry at least three hours of credit and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis. Each semester Special Topics and cross-listed courses (95, 96, 195, 196, 295, 296) are offered which may meet general and distributive requirements. Check in the Dean's office if you have a question about a specific course.
- Race Relations and Ethnic Diversity in the United States: One course which addresses centrally the question of race relations and ethnic diversity in the U.S.1 The course selected to satisfy this requirement may also be used to fulfill the distributive requirement, but one course cannot be used to satisfy both General Requirements 1 and 2.
- Non-European Cultures: One course, other than a foreign language, which deals with non-European cultural traditions.2 The course selected to satisfy this requirement may also be used to fulfill the distributive requirement, but one course cannot be used to satisfy both General Requirements 1 and 2.
Students completing the B.A. degree wil be required to complete all seven of the Distribution Requirement categories (Foreign Language, Mathematical Sciences, Fine Arts, Literature, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.) No more than two courses from the same department may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement. No single course may satisfy more than one category, except that a foreign language course which fulfills the literature category simultaneously fulfills the category of foreign language. Courses which satisfy major and minor requirements may also be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
Foreign Language: Two courses in the same foreign language * at the appropriate level, as determined by the offering department. **A student who has achieved a score of 4 or better on an appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) Test, and receives AP credit for two semesters of language, has satisfied this requirement.3
* The following courses are NOT approved for this category: CHIN 020, CHIN 095, CHIN 096; FREN 095, FREN 096; ITAL 095, ITAL 096; JAPN 010, JAPN 095, JAPN 096, JAPN 121, JAPN 122, JAPN 221, JAPN 222; SPAN 010, SPAN 095, SPAN 096. ASL 001, ASL 002, ASL 051, and ASL 0052 and all other courses in Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, and Latin are approved for this category.
** Students with previous high school coursework in French, German, or Spanish must take an online placement exam in order to register for courses used to satisfy this requirement in one of these languages. See department websites for access to online placement exams.
Fine Arts: One course in Studio Art or Art History, Dance (DNCE), Music,4 Theatre,5 or Film and Television Studies.
Literature: One course selected from a list of approved offerings in Classics, English, French, German, World Literature, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.6
Humanities: Two courses selected from a list of approved offerings in ALANA U.S. / Ethnic Studies, Art History, Classics, Greek, History, Latin, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion.7
Social Sciences: Two courses selected from a list of approved offerings in Anthropology, Communication Sciences, Economics, Geography, Global and Regional Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Vermont Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.8
Natural Sciences: Two courses, one of which must include laboratory experience, chosen from GEOG 040, GEOG 140, GEOG 143, MMG 065, and all offerings in Astronomy, Biology (including BCOR), Plant Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics.
- Courses in this category may also fulfill the University Diversity requirement. Please check the listing of Approved University Diversity courses found elsewhere in this catalogue. The following courses have been approved for this category: ALAN 051; ANTH 064/ VS 064, ANTH 160, ANTH 169, ANTH 187; DNCE 150; EC 153; ENGS 057, ENGS 111, ENGS 159, ENGS 160, ENGS 163, ENGS 176, ENGS 177; GEOG 060; HST 068, HST 187, HST 188; MU 005; POLS 028, POLS 029, POLS 129; PSYC 269; REL 024, REL 025, REL 102; SOC 019, SOC 119, SOC 219; THE 075, THE 076; WLIT 116.
- Courses in this category may also fulfill the new University Diversity requirement. Please check the listing of Approved University Diversity courses found elsewhere in this catalogue. The following courses have been approved for this category: ANTH 021, ANTH 024, ANTH 028, ANTH 059, ANTH 130, ANTH 152, ANTH 161, ANTH 162, ANTH 163, ANTH 165, ANTH 166, ANTH 172, ANTH 179, ANTH 180; ARTH 008, ARTH 146, ARTH 185, ARTH 187, ARTH 188, ARTH 189, ARTH 192, ARTH 285; CLAS 145, CLAS 149; DNCE 005, EC 040, ENGS 179, ENGS 182; GEOG 050, GEOG 150, GEOG 154, GEOG 156; GRS 001, GRS 200; HST 009, HST 010, HST 035, HST 036, HST 040, HST 041, HST 045, HST 046, HST 055, HST 062, HST 063, HST 067, HST 140, HST 141, HST 146, HST 149, HST 150, HST 151, HST 240, HST 250, HST 252; MU 007, MU 105, MU 107; PHIL 003, PHIL 121, PHIL 221; POLS 157, POLS 168, POLS 174, POLS 175, POLS 176, POLS 177, POLS 266; REL 020, REL 021, REL 026, REL 130, REL 132, REL 141, REL 145, REL 163, REL 167, REL 234; SOC 171, SOC 212, SOC 218, SOC 272; WGST 116; WLIT 020, WLIT 109, WLIT 119, WLIT 145.
- See Admissions Section for information concerning academic credit for Advanced Placement Testing.
- Music Performance courses (one and two credit hours each) may be used to satisfy the Fine Arts requirement if their cumulative credit hour total is equal to or greater than three.
- Speech courses will not satisfy the Fine Arts requirement.
- The following courses have been approved for this category: CLAS 037, CLAS 042, CLAS 153, CLAS 155, CLAS 156; all English courses except: ENGS 001, ENGS 004, ENGS 005 (writing courses only), ENGS 050, ENGS 053, ENGS 101, ENGS 102, ENGS 103, ENGS 104, ENGS 105, ENGS 107, ENGS 114, ENGS 117, ENGS 118, ENGS 119, ENGS 120; all French courses numbered FREN 141 or above except course numbered FREN 200- FREN 219 or FREN 290- FREN 294; all World Literature courses; all German courses numbered above GERM 100 except: GERM 103, GERM 104, GERM 121, GERM 122, GERM 201, GERM 202, GERM 213; all Greek courses numbered above GRK 200; all Italian courses above 100 except ITAL 101; all Latin courses numbered above LAT 100 except LAT 211,LAT 212, LAT 255; all Russian courses numbered above RUSS 100 except: RUSS 101, RUSS 121, RUSS 122, RUSS 141, RUSS 142, RUSS 161, RUSS 221, RUSS 222, RUSS 251, RUSS 271; all Spanish courses numbered SPAN 140 or above except: courses numbered SPAN 200-SPAN 219, or SPAN 290-SPAN 294 or SPAN 299.
- The following courses have been approved for this category: all Art History, History, Religion courses; ALAN 055, ALAN 159; CLAS 021, CLAS 022, CLAS 023, CLAS 024, CLAS 035, CLAS 121, CLAS 122, CLAS 149, CLAS 154, CLAS 157, CLAS 158, CLAS 159, CLAS 221, CLAS 222; GRK 203, GRK 205; LAT 255; all Philosophy courses except PHIL 013; POLS 041, POLS 141, POLS 142, POLS 143, POLS 144, POLS 146, POLS 147, POLS 148, POLS 241, POLS 242, POLS 244, POLS 245, POLS 249.
- The following courses have been approved for this category: all Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology courses; CMSI 020, CMSI 080, CMSI 090, CMSI 094, CMSI 162, CMSI 165; GRS 091; all Geography courses except GEOG 040, GEOG 140, GEOG 143; all Political Science courses except: POLS 041, POLS 141, POLS 142, POLS 143, POLS 144, POLS 146, POLS 147, POLS 148, POLS 241, POLS 242, POLS 245, POLS 249; VS 052; WGST 073.
- Only one course may be applied toward completion of both a major and a minor requirement.
- The minor grade-point average will be calculated from the first set of courses which satisfy the minor requirements. However, if a student's grade-point average in these courses falls below 2.0, and there are additional courses which are approved for inclusion in the minor, a student may elect to drop for purposes of the grade-point average calculation, one course graded below C and to replace this course with an approved alternate.