Academic Catalog

B.A./B.S./BSEd Degree Graduation Requirements

These are reminder lists for students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) degree.

For details and other requirements, consult the academic policies and curriculum requirements specified in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog. Contact the Office of Academic Services (Lee Hall, room 206; 540-654-1010) for additional information or for responses to questions. The final responsibility for meeting specific requirements for a degree rests entirely with the student.

Requirements For Students Matriculating Fall 2008 Through Summer 2020

  1. A Degree Application (with correct completion and diploma dates) filed in the Office of the Registrar during the second semester of the junior year by the announced deadline.
  2. An officially declared and successfully completed Major Program.
  3. Departmental approval of the Major Program, evidenced by a Senior Checksheet/Degree Verification completed and signed by the student and the major advisor, on file in the Office of the Registrar by announced deadlines for summer, fall, or spring completion.
  4. At least 120 valid credits earned.
  5. At least a 2.00 grade-point average in the Major Program (UMW coursework) and at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average for all UMW coursework.
  6. Successful completion of all General Education Course Requirements, as follows:
    1. First-Year Seminar - one course designated as a first-year seminar.

    2. Quantitative Reasoning - two courses 

    3. Natural Science - one two-course sequence, one course which must include a laboratory

    4. Global Inquiry - one course 

    5. Language - intermediate competency (202 level) in a second language

    6. Arts, Literature, and Performance - two courses focusing on art, literature, or performance (one appreciation, one process) 

    7. Human Experience and Society - two courses from two different disciplines; one must be taken in a social science discipline

    8. Experiential Learning - one faculty supervised experience involving a significant experiential learning component 

    9. Writing Intensive Requirement - four courses designated writing intensive (WI)

    10. Speaking Intensive Requirement - two courses designated speaking intensive (SI)

  7. No more than two physical education (PHYD) credits in any single semester or entire summer session (all terms), and no more than 8 PHYD credits in all.
  8. Completion of outcomes assessment testing, as required.
  9. No more than one pass/fail course per semester or entire summer session, and no more than 8 pass/fail courses in all. No more than two satisfactory/unsatisfactory courses per semester.
  10. No more than 7 repeated courses (repeats are permitted only in courses in which the original grade was C-, D+, D, F, or FA).
  11. Pass/fail courses used only as general electives.
  12. At least 30 credits earned at UMW as a degree-seeking student (not including physical education credits or credits earned as a special non-degree student).
  13. Fifteen of the last 21 credits for the degree earned at UMW (or a maximum of 6 transfer credits in the last 21 credits taken).
  14. At least one-half of the Major Program required credits earned at UMW.
  15. No more than 60 credits in any one discipline counted in the required 120 credits.
  16. No more than 8 credits in theatre practicum, THEA 390 Theatre Practicum .
  17. No more than 6 credits in URES 197 Undergraduate Research may be counted toward graduation.
  18. No more than 3 courses or 9 credits can be shared between two majors.
  19. No more than 2 courses can be shared between the major and the minor.
  20. No more than 2 courses can be shared between two minors.
  21. No more than 8 credits in debate and/or communication consulting practicum: COMM 481 Policy Debate Practicum, COMM 482 Public Debate Practicum, COMM 483 Communication Consulting Practicum.
  22. No more than 8 credits in ENGL 380 Practicum in Journalism.
  23. No more than 4 credits in ENGL 480 The Peer Tutoring of Writing.
  24. No more than 12 credits of individual instruction in music counted in the required 120 credits, and no more than 10 credits in music ensemble courses (orchestra, chorus, ensemble).
  25. No more than 12 credits (combined total) in internship and supervised teaching.
  26. No more than 12 credits in education (EDUC) courses counted for students not accepted into a specific teacher licensure program.
  27. Only the specific education courses required for one approved teacher licensure program counted in the required 120 credits. Students pursuing elementary licensure may not count any secondary education courses. Students pursuing secondary licensure may not count any elementary education courses. A student pursuing teacher licensure must apply and be accepted into a specific licensure program offered by the UMW Department of Education.

Requirements For Students Matriculating Fall 2020 And Beyond

 

NOTE: any students who matriculated before fall 2020 and who voluntarily elected to transition to the new general education requirements are also governed by this set of graduation requirements. 

  1. A Degree Application (with correct completion and diploma dates) filed in the Office of the Registrar during the second semester of the junior year by the announced deadline.
  2. An officially declared and successfully completed Major Program.
  3. Departmental approval of the Major Program, evidenced by a Senior Checksheet/Degree Verification completed and signed by the student and the major advisor, on file in the Office of the Registrar by announced deadlines for summer, fall, or spring completion.
  4. At least 120 valid credits earned.
  5. At least a 2.00 grade-point average in the Major Program (UMW coursework) and at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average for all UMW coursework.
  6. Completion of one Writing Intensive (WI) course and one Speaking Intensive (SI) course taken in the major.
  7. Successful completion of all General Education Course Requirements, as follows:
    1. FOUNDATIONS
      1. One course designated as a First Year Seminar 
      2. Three courses designated Writing Intensive (WI) in addition to the one course required in the major
      3. One course designated Speaking Intensive (SI) in addition to the one course required in the major
      4. Intermediate competency in a second language, defined as the completion of any 201 course in a second language. (Completion of Level IV of a language in high school satisfies this requirement.)
    2. METHODS OF INVESTIGATION
      1. Arts and Literature - one course
      2. Humanities - one course
      3. Natural Science - one course that includes a laboratory
      4. Quantitative Reasoning - one course
      5. Social Science - one course
      6. Two additional courses from at least two different methods of investigation
    3. CONNECTIONS
      1. Digital Intensive - one course designated Digital Intensive (DI) 
      2. Diverse and Global Perspectives - one course designated Diverse and Global Perspective (DGP) 
      3. Beyond the Classroom - one faculty supervised experience involving a significant experiential learning component 
      4. After Mary Washington -one experience focused on translating the liberal arts experience for life after Mary Washington 
  8. No more than two physical education (PHYD) credits in any single semester or entire summer session (all terms), and no more than 8 PHYD credits in all.
  9. Completion of outcomes assessment testing, as required.
  10. No more than one pass/fail course per semester or entire summer session, and no more than 8 pass/fail courses in all. No more than two satisfactory/unsatisfactory courses per semester.
  11. No more than 7 repeated courses (repeats are permitted only in courses in which the original grade was C-, D+, D, F, or FA).
  12. Pass/fail courses used only as general electives.
  13. At least 30 credits earned at UMW as a degree-seeking student (not including physical education credits or credits earned as a special non-degree student).
  14. Fifteen of the last 21 credits for the degree earned at UMW (or a maximum of 6 transfer credits in the last 21 credits taken).
  15. At least one-half of the Major Program required credits earned at UMW.
  16. No more than 60 credits in any one discipline counted in the required 120 credits.
  17. No more than 8 credits in theatre practicum THEA 390 Theatre Practicum
  18. No more than 6 credits in URES 197 Undergraduate Research may be counted toward graduation.
  19. No more than 3 courses or 9 credits can be shared between two majors.
  20. No more than 2 courses can be shared between the major and the minor.
  21. No more than 2 courses can be shared between two minors.
  22. No more than 8 credits in debate and/or communication consulting practicum: COMM 481 Policy Debate PracticumCOMM 482 Public Debate PracticumCOMM 483 Communication Consulting Practicum.
  23. No more than 8 credits in ENGL 380 Practicum in Journalism.
  24. No more than 4 credits in ENGL 480 The Peer Tutoring of Writing.
  25. No more than 12 credits of individual instruction in music counted in the required 120 credits, and no more than 10 credits in music ensemble courses (orchestra, chorus, ensemble).
  26. No more than 12 credits (combined total) in internship and supervised teaching.
  27. No more than 12 credits in education (EDUC) courses counted for students not accepted into a specific teacher licensure program.
  28. Only the specific education courses required for one approved teacher licensure program counted in the required 120 credits. Students pursuing elementary licensure may not count any secondary education courses. Students pursuing secondary licensure may not count any elementary education courses. A student pursuing teacher licensure must apply and be accepted into a specific licensure program offered by the UMW Department of Education.