CAS Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts
Students must comply with the degree requirements as stated in a single catalogue edition in place during the time they are enrolled. The catalogue edition to be followed is the one in effect at the time the student matriculates at UVM, unless the student requests in writing to follow an edition that is published subsequently during his/her enrollment at UVM. Students may not mix requirements from different catalogues.
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 2.00 in a program comprised of a minimum of 120 semester credits. Students receiving degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences may apply no more than eight credits of physical education toward the 120 required for graduation.
Of the 120 credits required, students electing a minor offered by the college must complete 96 credits in courses offered by departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining 24 credits 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 credits in courses offered by the departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining 36 credits, 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 credits of military studies 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 D, E and F.
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/she earns thirty of the last forty-five credits applied toward the degree.
College of Arts and Sciences Guidelines for a Second Bachelor's Degree:
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences are not tagged degrees. As a consequence, someone who has completed either a B.A. or a B.S. in Arts and Sciences will not receive a second degree should s/he complete an additional major within the same degree.
If a B.A. or B.S. graduate of Arts and Sciences is readmitted and/or completes an additional major beyond the one used toward 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 course work completed satisfies the requirements for a different degree with a different major from the one initially awarded (i.e., B.A. graduate with major in physics completes requirements for B.S. with major in chemistry).
Students who do not complete the degree within seven years must comply with the requirements in the catalogue current at the time of readmission. Students readmitted to complete a second degree, or to complete an additional major within the same degree must also comply with this rule.
A student must complete the following courses which comprise the General and Distribution Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses used to satisfy these requirements must carry at least three credits and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis. Each semester Special Topics and cross-listed courses (095, 096, 195, 196, 295, 296) are offered which may meet General and Distribution Requirements. Contact the dean's office with questions about a specific course.
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. 2
*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. Approved for this category are: ASL 001, ASL 002, ASL 051, and ASL 052 and all other courses in Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, and Latin.
** Students with previous high school course work 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), music3, theatre4, 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.5
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.6
Social Sciences: Two courses selected from a list of approved offerings in anthropology, economics, geography, Global and Regional Studies, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, Vermont Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.7
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.
A student must complete an approved major in the College of Arts and Sciences by satisfying the requirements specified by the department or program supervising the major and by maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in the major field. Unless specifically required, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation. At least one-half of the credits used toward the major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont. Of these, at least twelve credits must be at or above the 100-level. Application of credits earned elsewhere to completion of the major is subject to approval by the appropriate department chair or program director. No courses applied toward satisfaction of major requirements may be taken on a pass/no pass basis.
A student must complete a minor approved by the College of Arts and Sciences in a field other than the major by satisfying the requirements specified by the department or program supervising the minor. 8 Also, a student must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in the minor field.9 Completion of a second major, either as part of the student’s B.A. degree program or as part of another degree program at UVM, will satisfy the minor requirement as long as there is no more than one common course used to satisfy the requirements for both majors. As with the major, at least one-half of the credits used toward completion of the minor requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont, and application of credits earned elsewhere toward completion of the minor is subject to approval by the appropriate department chair or program director. No courses applied toward satisfaction of the minor requirements may be taken on a pass/no pass basis.
Non-European Cultures: One course, other than a foreign language, which deals with non-European cultural traditions. The course selected to satisfy this requirement may also be used to fulfill the Distribution Requirements.1
Students completing the B.A. degree will be required to complete all seven of the Distribution Requirements 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 Requirements. 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.
Courses in this category may also fulfill the University Approved Diversity requirement. Please check the listing of University Approved Diversity courses found elsewhere in this catalogue. The following courses have been approved for this category: ANTH 021, ANTH 023, ANTH 024, ANTH 028, ANTH 059, ANTH 104, ANTH 152, ANTH 161, ANTH 162, ANTH 163, ANTH 165, ANTH 166, ANTH 172, ANTH 179, ANTH 180; ARTH 008, ARTH 146, ARTH 184, ARTH 185, ARTH 186, ARTH 187, ARTH 188, ARTH 189, ARTH 192, ARTH 285; CLAS 145, CLAS 149; DNCE 005, DNCE 031; EC 040, EC 045, ENGS 179, ENGS 182; GEOG 050, GEOG 150, GEOG 151, 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 106, HST 107, HST 140, HST 141, HST 146, HST 150, HST 151, HST 211, HST 240, HST 250, HST 252; MU 007, MU 105, MU 107; PHIL 121, PHIL 221; POLS 157, POLS 168, POLS 174, POLS 175, POLS 176, POLS 177, POLS 266, POLS 280; REL 020, REL 021, REL 026, REL 029, REL 130, REL 132, REL 141, REL 145, REL 163, REL 167, REL 234; SOC 171, SOC 212, SOC 272; WGST 116; WLIT 020, WLIT 109, WLIT 119, WLIT 145.
See the “Admissions” section of this catalogue for information concerning academic credit for Advanced Placement Testing.
Music Performance courses (one and two credits each) may be used to satisfy the fine arts requirement if their cumulative credit 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 051, ENGS 053, ENGS 081, ENGS 102, ENGS 103, ENGS 104, ENGS 105, ENGS 107, ENGS 108, ENGS 114, ENGS 117, ENGS 118, ENGS 119, ENGS 120; all French courses numbered FREN 141 or above except course numbered 200-219 or 290-294; all world literature courses; all German courses numbered above 100 except: GERM 103, GERM 104, GERM 121, GERM 122, GERM 201, GERM 202, GERM 213; all Greek courses numbered above 200; all Italian courses above 100 except ITAL 101; all Latin courses numbered above 100 except LAT 211,LAT 212, LAT 255; all Russian courses numbered above 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 200-219 or 290-294 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; DNCE 050; GRK 203, GRK 205; LAT 255; MU 001, MU 005, MU 006, MU 010, MU 011, MU 012, MU 015, MU 105, MU 106, MU 111, MU 112 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, linguistics, psychology, and sociology courses; CSD 094; 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 2.00, 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.