Department and Program Announcements


American Sign Language

In addition to our language classes, we will offer additional advanced courses, which are taught in English with a sign language interpreter and open to all students.

Course descriptions are available on the program website.

American Studies

American Studies no longer requires an application to declare the major.

Students in the American Studies major study US culture and its local, regional, national, and global forms and effects. Our methods are interdisciplinary and creative—meaning we combine the best approaches from the traditional disciplines, often to ask unconventional questions of unconventional sources.

We are also an intellectual community committed to fostering interactions between undergraduates and faculty members.


Art History

Students must complete 11 courses for the major. Under this new model (as mentioned in the previous newsletter), credit toward the major may be granted for one class at the 1000-level.

All students who wish to participate in the departmental DMP program, must enroll in both the ARTH 4051, Theory and Practice seminar taught by Eric Ramírez-Weaver, as well as, in the research methods Discussion section led by Lucie Stylianopoulos.

Studio Art

Requirements for Major
Majors acquire essential artistic skills as well as experience in the handling of a wide variety of ideas, materials and methods. The program puts the student in touch with the problems of creation and with the ideas and practice of artists in the contemporary world.

There are no prerequisites for entry into the Studio Art Major. The major requires 30 credits in ARTS and ARTH courses including ARTS 1610, Introduction to Drawing I, and ARTH 2471, Art since 1945. ARCH 1020 is an equivalent to ARTS 1610.** Fifteen credits must be of 2000 level ARTS and {at least} six credits of 3000 or 4000 level ARTS courses. ARTS 4900 (Advanced Projects in Art) does not count toward the major in Studio Art. ARTH 2471 (Art Since 1945) is required and should be taken in the fall term of the third year. Three credits in any other ARTH (Art History) course or 3 credits of any ARTS Special Topic Elective are also required {can be used to fulfill the major}. Majors must complete a concentration in Cinematography, New Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture, which culminates in a thesis exhibition. A concentration in Studio Art is defined as 2 courses at the 2000 level of the concentration area and 2 courses at the 3000/4000 level of the concentration area. Students must register for the appropriate 4000-level course in their concentration during the spring of their fourth year, as this course is the basis of their thesis exhibition. Concentrations in Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture require ARTS 2620, Introduction to Drawing II, as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses in these concentration areas. Life Drawing counts as an equivalent to Drawing II. Majors must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in all 30 credits of Studio Major courses, or be dropped from the program. A grade of C- or below does not count for major credit. With approval of the Director of the Undergraduate Program, students may transfer up to 9 credits to the major. With regard to double majors, in accordance with CLAS regulations, 18 credits in the Studio Art major must be free standing, that is, not counting in two majors.
Requirements for Minor
The minor in studio art requires 18 credits in ARTS courses including ARTS 1610. 15 credits of ARTS 2000 level or above courses in at least two concentration areas. ARTS 4900 (Advanced Project in Art) does not count toward minor in Studio Art. Minors must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in All 18 credits of Studio Minor courses. No ARTS course graded C- or below may count for minor credit. With Approval of the Director of the Undergraduate Program, students may transfer up to 6 credits to the minor. All credits in the minor must be free standing, in accordance with CLAS requirements.

Additional Information
For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Program in Studio Art, McIntire Department of Art, Program in Studio Art, Ruffin Hall, 179 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130; (434) 924-6123; Fax: (434) 982-4699;

**Note to Studio Faculty: ARCH 1020 is offered only in the fall semester. It is a required course in the School of Architecture and all Architecture students are automatically enrolled. Yet they typically have room for approximately an additional 20 students; please direct College students to ARCH 1020 if your drawing I class is full.


The Astronomy Department offers a B.S. degree in Astronomy-Physics and a B.A. degree in Astronomy. The B.S. Astronomy-Physics degree is for students planning on graduate school in Astronomy or Physics in preparation for a research career. The Astronomy B.A., which is less rigorous and not intended as preparation for graduate school, is frequently used as a second major by students in fields as diverse as Education, Economics, and Philosophy. The Department also offers a minor in Astronomy. Contact Craig Sarazin ( if you are considering a major in Astronomy or Astronomy-Physics. Contact Shane Davis ( if you wish to declare a minor in Astronomy.

Those students even remotely considering a major in Astronomy should consider taking the pre-majors seminar, ASTR 1610 - Introduction to Astronomical Research for Potential Astronomy/Astrophysics Majors, offered this spring (it replaces ASTR 1740). Each week this group meets with a Department faculty member for an hour to discuss his or her research. Through its discussion of forefront research by the researchers themselves this seminar provides a broad perspective on "real-life" Astronomy and is an ideal vehicle for becoming involved in a research project within the Department. Corequisite: One semester of calculus and one semester of physics, or instructor permission.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy-Physics is offered jointly by the Astronomy and Physics departments. This program prepares students for graduate study in astronomy, physics, computer science, and related fields. Students take MATH 1320, 2310, 3255, 4210, 4220; PHYS 1710, 1720, 2620, 2630, 2640, 2660, 3210, 3310, 3420, 3430, 3650; ASTR 2110, 2120, 3130, 4993, 4998 (Senior Thesis), and six additional credits of 3000-5000 level astronomy courses.

The Minor Program in Astronomy is intended mainly for students with a strong interest in the subject who do not have the time to commit to the mathematics and physics courses required for the major.  The minor consists of 15 credits of Astronomy courses: ASTR 1210 and 12 additional credits of astronomy, at least 6 of which must be at the 3000-level or above. ASTR 2110 may be substituted for ASTR 1210.
Prospective astronomy-physics majors are strongly urged to consult with the astronomy undergraduate advisor during registration week of their first semester at the University.

Further information is available on the Astronomy Department's website, Astronomy Major's and Minor's web page, and in the Schedule of Classes (SOC).



The Biology Department offers B.A. and B.S. degrees. Complete information about Biology major programs can be found on the Biology Undergraduate Program website:  There are checklists to help students plan a course of study for a Biology major or minor.

The Introductory Biology sequence consists of BIOL 2100 (Introduction to Biology with Laboratory: Cell Biology & Genetics) and BIOL 2200 (Introduction to Biology with Laboratory: Organismal & Evolutionary Biology).  Students who have taken introductory biology or those with AP credit for introductory biology may enroll in most 3000-level classes (classes with additional prerequisites, such as CHEM 1410 and/or 1420, will be noted in the Schedule of Classes).

A list of regularly offered Biology major courses is linked to the Biology Course Offerings website.
The Biology Department offers a B.A./B.S. major program with a Specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation. Please consult the website or contact Professor Laura Galloway or Professor Deborah Roach for more information.

Students interested in research are encouraged to consult the Biology Independent Research website for detailed information, as well as for suggestions on how to find a research mentor.

For complete information about Biology degree programs, including declaring a Biology major, please consult the Biology department website or contact your Biology major advisor, Ms. Katherine Taylor, or the Director of Undergraduate Programs.


In order to declare a B.A. major in Biology, students are required to have completed BIOL 2100 or BIOL 2200 or any 3000-level BIOL course at UVA. Students with AP or IB BIOL credit for BIOL 2100/2200 must have completed any 3000-level BIOL course at UVA prior to declaring the B.A. degree. Prospective B.A. majors must have attained a 2.000 cumulative GPA at UVA and be in good academic standing.

In order to declare a B.S. major in Biology, students must have completed all three B.A. core courses (BIOL 3000 Cell Biology, BIOL 3010 Genetics & Molecular Biology, BIOL 3020 Evolution & Ecology) at UVA and attained a 2.700 cumulative GPA (B- average) for these three courses. This is an overall GPA requirement for the 3 core courses, not an individual course grade requirement. Students must also have attained a 2.000 cumulative GPA at UVA and be in good academic standing prior to declaring the B.S. degree in Biology. Typically, students who wish to pursue the B.S. will initially declare a B.A. degree at the end of their second year and later change (i.e. re-declare) to the B.S. program, once they have met these eligibility requirements.

See the Biology Department website for information on how to declare the major.

Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

For a list of all CREES classes, click here.


The Chemistry Department has a variety of different degree programs including specializations that allow students to tailor a program to individual needs. Specializations include Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, Materials, Environmental Chemistry, and Chemical Education.
We maintain an extensive web page outlining the different programs. We also have FAQs, information on study abroad, and extensive undergraduate research opportunities. Interested students should consult our web page (
Because of the variety of programs and course options students have, we strongly recommend that anyone interested in majoring in chemistry see one of our advisors as early as possible.

Chemistry Advising Information
The general chemistry and organic chemistry courses are offered as part of two tracks:

1) the main track (“400 series”) include CHEM 1410/1411 and 1420/1421, first and second semester general chemistry lecture/lab, and CHEM 2410/2411 and 2420/2421 organic chemistry lecture/lab courses;

2) the accelerated track (“800 series”) include CHEM 1810/1811 (Chemical Structure, lecture/lab), CHEM 1820/1821 and 2810/2811 (Organic Chemistry, lecture/lab), and CHEM 2820 (Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics).   These courses are equivalent to two years of honor-level general chemistry and organic chemistry courses.

The accelerated track is intended for students that have completed AP/IB Chemistry courses in high school, and have completed the AP/IB exam with a high score. The class size in the accelerated courses is smaller, involving more interactive class activities; however, the workload is heavier, the lectures are faster-paced, and require intensive preparation both before and after class meetings. The accelerated laboratory courses expose students to advanced experimentation using modern instruments that will give a strong preparation for pursuing undergraduate research in chemistry and related fields.  

Switching between the two tracks may be possible but students must check with a chemistry advisor first. Details about the general chemistry course options can be found here:
Prior to enrolling in CHEM 1410(1610) or CHEM 1810, it is recommended that students discuss their selection with a chemistry advisor.

Both tracks satisfy the chemistry major/minor lower division course requirements. The one-credit organic chemistry laboratory courses (CHEM 2311 & 2321) satisfy the organic chemistry laboratory pre-health requirement, but not the chemistry major/minor unless CHEM 2421 is completed subsequently.

Students dropping or withdrawing from a chemistry lecture are required to drop from the corresponding lab. For example, if a student drops CHEM 1410, they must drop CHEM 1411 as well. You cannot take a lab without taking the corresponding lecture, concurrently or prior to the lab.

Grade requirements to enter some chemistry courses
CHEM 1420 requires a C- or better in CHEM 1410
CHEM 2410 requires a C or better in CHEM 1420
CHEM 2420 requires a C or better in CHEM 2410

Students not meeting these requirements are strongly encouraged to retake the course to have a better understanding of the material and get the required grade; a petition for an exemption may be filed with the Chemistry Undergraduate Studies. Please note that if you had a grade of D- or higher, retaking the course does not affect your credits or GPA, but it will appear on the transcript.


The Classics Department has been educating students in Greek and Latin language, literature, and culture since the University was founded. Located in Cocke Hall on the historic Lawn, the Department is home to an internationally renowned faculty and a strong and varied group of graduate students and undergraduate majors. The Department offers the B.A. in Classics, the M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics, and (in cooperation with the Curry School of Education) the M.T. in Latin. The research specialties of the faculty span classical antiquity and extend to the Middle Ages.

Students seeking information about the Department of Classics and declaring a major or minor in Classics may consult the departmental website.

We offer courses in ancient Latin and Greek, as well as courses in English Translation.  For descriptions of current undergraduate course offerings in the Classics Department, please go to the website here.

Undergraduate Research
Research on the ancient world is an important aspect of the department's work at all levels. Advanced undergraduates have the opportunity to carry out research projects under the direction of a faculty member through the department's Distinguished Majors Program.
The purpose of the Distinguished Major Program (DMP) in Classics is to allow students of exceptional ability and accomplishments to do advanced work beyond the ordinary undergraduate level, both in advanced courses and in directed research, and to receive formal recognition for their attainments. The following describes the regulations of the Program.

Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature is now a standard major and a distinguished major. The program welcomes students with a background in at least one foreign language who are interested in the study of literature, but do not wish to be constrained by the limits of a single national or linguistic tradition. Students interested in Comparative Literature should begin by taking the prerequisite survey of European Literature, CPLT 2010-2020.

Comparative Literature majors take a minimum of two upper division courses in each of two different literature departments. At least two of these courses must include readings in an original language other than English. The remaining literature courses must include at least one seminar at 4000-level or above and a course in literary theory (CPLT 3600, ENCR 3000, or approved equivalent). Students must consult with an advisor in the comparative literature program to determine the suitability of their elective courses. The total number of credits required for the major, beyond the pre-requisites, is 27.

For more information, please contact Paul Cantor at

Computer Science

The Computer Science offers a BA degree for students in the College, in addition to our BS degree for students in Engineering. For more details, see

The prerequisite for the BA degree is satisfied by completing one introductory computer science course (either CS 1120, CS 1110, CS 1111, or CS 1112) with a grade of C+ or better, or have comparable experience. tudents may be permitted to declare the major while they are currently taking the introductory course.

East Asian Studies

The East Asian Studies major is an interdisciplinary major featuring a language core in DEAL-LC and additional coursework in both DEAL-LC and other departments. Not all concentration courses must be from within DEAL-LC. For instance, a course on Buddhism in Religious Studies would count towards the major. Current lists of possible concentration courses are available on the DEAL-LC website. Students are also encouraged to consider taking DEAL-LC and East Asia-related courses outside their country concentration.


Changes in the Undergraduate Program in Economics - Executive Summary (for detailed information see the department web site)

• Students who declared their economics majors after February 1, 2010 have to complete a second statistics course before they graduate. For most students, this will be ECON 3720 (ECON 372 under the old numbering scheme) although there are two other courses that also satisfy the requirement.
• Students declaring their major under the new rules will have to complete four rather than five elective courses, offsetting the increase in required courses from four to five.
• Effective fall 2009, students will have to have a C+ rather than a C in their statistics course (most typically STAT 212) and calculus course (most typically, MATH 122) to declare the major.
• The new statistics requirement would have to be completed by the end of the sixth semester. Majors who fail to complete the new statistics requirement, the existing ECON 3010/3110 requirement, or whose Economics GPA has fallen below 2.0 at that time will be dropped from the major. Students who want to declare a major in economics after their sixth semester will have to have completed ECON 3010/3110 and ECON 3720 (or an acceptable alternative) before they can declare.
• The grade requirements for majoring in economics (that is, minimum grades in statistics, calculus, and microeconomics) have been extended to students declaring the minor.
• “Retake rules” are being changed slightly. Students will in the future be allowed to meet a declaration prerequisite by retaking the same course. However, there will be a “two strikes and you’re out” provision, whereby students who twice fail to obtain the required grade in microeconomics, statistics, or calculus are declared ineligible for the major.
• A variety of situations (courses taken in other schools at the University, Semester at Sea courses, courses taken under direct credit semester abroad programs) will all be treated as transfer courses, and be subject to the same restrictions as transfer courses, when we decide whether to accept them
for elective credit towards the major. This is not so much a change in policy as an attempt to codify our existing policy.
• We explain exactly how we compute the Economics GPA.
• There are minor adjustments in the finance concentration, notably officially accepting ECON 4370 as a finance concentration elective. (We have done this informally in the past.)
• There is a minor adjustment to the International Concentration, changing ECON 4220 from a requirement to an elective, which is being done because we sometimes can’t staff ECON 4220.
• Change the econometrics course required for the Distinguished Majors program from ECON 4720 to either ECON 4720 or ECON 3720.
• ECON 3720 will become a 4-credit course.
• Students who received a 5 on the AP Statistics exam will not be required to complete STAT 2120 before declaring a major.

Since Spring 2012 the Economics Department has enforced a modified microeconomics prerequisite for students wishing to declare an economics major. Before Spring 2012, one could declare an Economics major with a grade of C+ or above in either Econ 2010 or Econ 3010/3110 (microeconomic principles or intermediate microeconomics). Now the department requires a C+ in Econ 3010/3110 (intermediate microeconomics). Students who fail to satisfy this prerequisite the first time they take Econ 3010/3110 are free to retake the course one time, but if they twice fail to earn a C+ or above in the class, they are ineligible for the major.

Economics majors who plan to study abroad should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies about their plans at least a semester in advance.

Visit the Economics Department homepage for more information.


Change in Major Requirements

The prerequisite to the English major is ANY ENLT 2000-level course.

Students considering an English major should be aware that the pre-requisite to the major, any ENLT 2000-level course, must be taken at U. Va. AP credit given for ENLT classes will not fulfill the pre-requisite. Special arrangements may be made for transfer students only.

  • A student majoring in English may count one course, 2000 or above, taken in a foreign literature department (literature in the original or in translation), toward the major, with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • CPLT courses fall into this category so a student may choose to use either CPLT 2010 or CPLT 2020 for this one foreign literature opportunity.
  • CPLT 2010 will no longer fulfill the pre-1800 distribution requirement for the major.

Creative Writing

The upper-level creative writing workshops (3000-level and above) require students to apply for instructor permission at least 2 weeks in advance.

Advisors and students can look at the undergraduate creative writing page to find more information:

The Area Program in Literary Prose

If you are a rising second-year and love writing, think about applying to the new Area Program in Literary Prose, which was launched fall of 2014 and is now seeking a new cohort of writers.

The APLP allows talented undergraduates to pursue serious study of the craft of literary prose writing (fiction, nonfiction, hybrid forms between) within the context of the English major. This program stresses not only writing but extensive reading and thinking about the nature of narrative, and it encourages exploration in corollary disciplines engaging strategies of narrative, according to each student’s individual focus.

This is a two-year course of study, and admission is competitive. Students apply in the spring semester of their second year and declare a major in English (although the requirements for the APLP differ from those for a standard English major); students are encouraged to double-major or minor in another discipline that relates to their literary inclinations.

The deadline for application this Friday, 24 March 2017.

For more information and application materials, see the APLP website.

Modern Literature and Culture (MLC) Program

The English Department’s area program in Modern Literature and Culture (MLC) is intended for motivated students who wish to concentrate on literature of the modern and contemporary period (1789 to the present) and who also desire to combine literary study with work in other fields. MLC is a distinct program within the English major. The guiding idea is that an interdisciplinary approach will lead the student to a more comprehensive and subtle understanding of the modern world. Accordingly, students in the program develop a curriculum that will permit them to situate literature in relation to other areas relevant to modern culture, such as history, global studies, religion, political science, bioethics, environmental science, or the visual arts.

For more information, please visit the MLC page on the English Dept. website at or contact Professor Mrinalini Chakravorty, the director of the program. Applications are due by March 14, 2017, at 5 p.m. in Mrinalini Chakravorty's mailbox in the English Department.

Environmental Science


The Department of Environmental Sciences is recruiting students for both its BS and BA degrees. We encourage you to recommend our department to fellow students who may not have selected their major at this time.  Anyone needing assistance in determining whether a degree in Environmental Sciences is right for them should see Mr. Bob Davis (Co-Director of Undergraduate Programs).

Core Courses: Each of our four required core courses is offered every semester, and each consists of a 3-credit lecture and a 1-credit laboratory.

EVSC 2800, 2801 Fundamentals of Geology, Mr. Howard, 3 credits, 1 credit
EVSC 3200, 3201, Fundamentals of Ecology, Mr. Smith, 3 credits, 1 credit
EVSC 3300, 3301, Atmosphere & Weather, Mr. DeWekker, 3 credits, 1 credit
EVSC 3600, 3601, Physical Hydrology, Mr. Mills, 3 credits, 1 credit
*Note that EVSC 3201 meets the Second Writing Requirement for the College.

Undergraduate students are reminded that courses at the 5000-level are open to them, and most advanced majors should be able to handle the subject material in those courses as well as they can handle 4000-level courses.

Faculty Advisors

The Department's Undergraduate Academic Advising Committee (UGARC) are Mr. Bob Davis, Atmospheric Sciences,; Mr. Jim Galloway, Geosciences,; Mr. Tom Smith, Ecology,; and Ms. Janet Herman, Geosciences,  When deciding on a major, students should contact Bob Davis or Jim Galloway, UGARC co-chairs.  At that time, a faculty advisor will be assigned. If the student has a preference, that advisor may be assigned. During the course of the student's time in the department, their assigned advisor is the primary source of information. For more complicated issues, they can contact the area representative on the UGARC. Students with questions about interpreting requirements, domestic transfer credits, or SIS-related issues should contact Mr. Davis.  Those with questions about study abroad and international transfer credits should see Mr. Galloway.

Environmental Sciences Organization

The Environmental Sciences Organization (ESO) serves as a link between Environmental Science students and faculty, and provides a fun forum for promoting undergraduate involvement in department and environment related activities. Fall and Spring semesters, ESO meetings are held every Tuesday from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Clark 346 (The Odum Room).
The ESO website is If you would like to join ESO, please contact the secretary, Clay Kulesza ( or the 2016 ESO Co presidents, Emily Ewing ( or Angie Kim ( . Other officers are Vice President, Amber Kozacek, Treasurer, Becca Flick, and Outreach Coordinator, Zach Perkins. Check out the bulletin board in the lobby of Clark Hall for notices of ESO meetings and events.  Department long- and short-sleeved t-shirts are available from ESO. The ESO faculty advisor is Tom Biggs (

Major's Seminar

The Environmental Sciences Organization sponsors the Major's Seminar each semester from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays to address subjects in environmental sciences and related fields. The seminar covers the interests of the Department of Environmental Sciences and specific issues related to the environment. Current research in the department, local concerns, and world-wide environmental issues broadly categorize the seminar topics. If you have any suggestions for the seminar, please contact Mr. Steve Macko (  Please remember that because this course is not graded, it cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for the degree, but the 1 credit can count toward the 120 credits required for graduation.

Specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation

The Department of Environmental Sciences, in conjunction with the Department of Biology, offers an opportunity for students to obtain the Bachelor of Arts or Science in Environmental Sciences with a Specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation. Candidates for the Specialization must fulfill all the requirements for the Environmental Sciences major with additional Specialization requirements.

The requirements for the Specialization are as follows:

(1) Related math and science courses are calculus (MATH 1210 or 1310), organismal biology (BIOL 2020 or BIOL 3010) with lab (BIOL 2040), and either chemistry with lab (CHEM 1410/1411) or physics with lab (PHYS 1610/2010);
(2) the four core environmental science courses (EVSC 2800, 3200, 3300,3600) with their labs;
(3) Two introductory courses in environmental conservation (EVSC 2220, BIOL 3450), population ecology (EVSC 4130) and the a seminar in environmental and biological conservation (EVSC 4142);
(4) an additional four upper-level courses in either Environmental Sciences or Biology. These additional courses must cover each of the following areas: Biological Diversity—a course focused on a particular group of organisms (e.g. plants, birds, mammals); Environmental Diversity—a course focused on a particular habitat (e.g. wetlands, oceans, forests, grasslands, tundra); Techniques in Conservation—a course focused on policy, related chemical or physical sciences, statistics, modeling, geospatial analysis, or field methods; Field Experience—this can be fulfilled through any field-oriented class (e.g. Stream Health Monitoring Internship, Orphaned Lands Assessment), a field-based independent study with faculty in Environmental Sciences or Biology, a course at a University of Virginia field station (Mountain Lake Biological Station, Blandy Experimental Farm, the Virginia Coastal Reserve LTER), or an internship with a conservation agency that includes field work.

Students who are interested in this Specialization should consult with an advisor who is a faculty of the
Environmental Conservation Program, preferably when declaring their major. The EVSC Director of the program is Ms. Deborah Lawrence.

Undergraduate Research

There are a number of ways majors can gain research experience, including participation in the various programs listed below:

Distinguished Majors Program

The Department of Environmental Sciences participates in the College's Distinguished Majors Program designed for highly qualified students with an overall GPA of 3.4 or above. This study plan requires 12 hours of advanced work (6 hours for advanced course work related to the research specialization and 6 hours of Supervised/Thesis Research). These 12 credits may be used toward the EVSC major electives requirement. It is best to begin this program in the early portion of your third year. The project must be completed by the semester you plan to graduate.
For additional information, consult  or contact Mr. Tom Smith ( Contact department about deadlines.
If you expect to have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 upon graduation and are interested in doing a significant research project of your own, you should seriously consider this program. It is usually a 2- or 3-semester effort that involves working with a faculty member of your choice, developing a research proposal, doing the research and presenting it to a forum of peers and faculty.  Please see the faculty member with whom you would like to work and explore the program with them, or contact Mr. Tom Smith, DMP Director, to discuss research.

Senior Thesis Program

The senior thesis option is available for all EVSC majors, regardless of GPA.  As with the DMP, these students will work with a faculty member to develop a research idea, conduct the research, write a senior thesis, and present/defend this work.  Senior thesis students can earn six credits of Supervised/Thesis Research that can count toward the EVSC major elective credit.  Interested students should see the faculty member with whom they would like to work and explore the program with them, or contact Mr. Davis or Mr. Galloway to discuss research opportunities.
Supervised Research and Independent Study
Supervised Research is not only a component of the Distinguished Majors and Senior Thesis Programs; any EVSC major may conduct supervised research.  Supervised Research is an excellent way to learn specific lab or field techniques as part of a faculty member’s research project. Students will use these research methodologies to generate data and analyze and produce results. To become involved, you should contact a faculty member whose area of research is of interest to you. If you simply want to gain lab or field experiences, then seek their advice on how to proceed. If you have your own research topic to propose, then seek their agreement to supervise your project. Such a project would usually involve background reading, data collection or analysis or any set of scientific research components agreed to by you and your supervisor, and a written report on your findings. Some projects may require more than one semester to complete, and some may even lead to publication in scientific journals or presentation at conferences. The experience of completing an undergraduate research project, besides being intellectually rewarding, provides excellent preparation for graduate work. Those who are considering graduate study are strongly encouraged to conduct a Supervised Research project in their third or fourth years.
Independent Study projects are developed in a similar manner, by contacting the faculty member with whom you would like to work.  Independent Study projects are not necessarily directly related to ongoing research efforts, but allow students to learn about an interesting and relevant topic (effectively on their own) that may not be specifically offered in our curriculum.  This is accomplished typically through reviewing literature, with a variety of on-campus or off-campus experiences, under the supervision of an EVSC faculty member.

Graduate Mentoring Program

The undergraduate research mentoring program seeks to connect undergraduate students who are interested in gaining experience with scientific research in the environmental sciences with graduate students who can provide those opportunities. Undergraduate students may either 1) assist a graduate student with an existing research project or 2) develop their own research project under the guidance of a graduate student. Due to the varied nature of student interests, research projects, and graduate student needs there is no single prescribed format for the research program or the mentor-mentee relationship. The undergraduate student often receives academic credit for their work although volunteering – especially for shorter-term research experiences – and employment are also possible outcomes.
For more information, please visit our web site at:

Paid Research Experiences

Many of the research projects in the Department need various types of skilled student labor during the school year and summer. If you are interested in using or developing a research skill for pay, please contact the faculty member of your choice and explore with them the possibility.

Summer Research Scholarships
Some of the research projects in the Department have scholarships for summer research work. Recently these have been through the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project and through Blandy Experimental Farm, , although several other programs offer these scholarships occasionally. Watch for notices of availability, or contact the faculty directing these projects in the Fall or early Spring.

Additional Research Funding Opportunities

Center for Undergraduate Excellence

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally related fields of study. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. For details and application deadlines go to

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs and projects. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. (2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

Undergraduate student participants in either Sites or Supplements must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. More information is available at

Students may not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites and should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at

Majors Professional Development

Majors can gain professional experience in the field of Environmental Sciences in a number of ways through participation in the research or advanced course work in the Department. Each of these experiences will provide insight into how you may want to proceed within the field and each can provide the types of interaction with our faculty that can lead to independent research opportunities, paid research experience, or simply excellent letters of recommendation for career opportunities.

Graduate Course Work

Environmental Sciences courses at the 5000-level can be taken by any well-prepared undergraduate. These courses are considered to be introductory graduate work. These courses can provide valuable advanced training if you are considering graduate school or employment. One would usually take graduate-level courses in the 4th year. Success in these courses can lead to letters of recommendation from your instructor.

Departmental Seminars and Theses Defenses

A variety of professional presentations are offered in the Department, and majors are encouraged to attend. Although some of the material presented may be advanced, the types of questions being researched and the research approaches being used should suggest professional skills you may want to develop. The Department Seminar (every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Clark 108) is often given by a visiting scientist from another institution or agency presenting his or her research findings.   Our own doctoral students are also required to present their findings in the Department Seminar prior to graduating.  Additionally, throughout the year, Doctoral and Masters candidates present and defend their research. These defenses provide in-depth information about progress in the field of environmental sciences and may suggest further study that you may wish to pursue. The Majors Seminar series on Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. in Clark 108 provides a range of information on careers, research, and societal issues related to the environment. Announcements of specific talks are posted in the front of Clark Hall, distributed by e-mail, and listed at

ESO's Activities

The Environmental Sciences Organization (ESO) provides a link between the Environmental Sciences Department and the students of the University. While the organization is mainly geared toward undergraduate majors and minors in the department, it has its share of members from many different disciplines of the University. However, all members have one thing in common—an interest in the Environmental Sciences. ESO aims to aid students in becoming more involved in and educated about the Environmental Sciences Department. Members are provided with many opportunities to get to know the professors in the department as well as what the department has to offer outside of a major or minor. One of the organization's core components is the aid, advice, and support that members have to offer each other about courses, activities, and resources within the department. ESO is able to do this through its many activities such as peer advising about courses, seminars about the Department and professions in environmental sciences, and career and job search resources. Other enjoyable activities sponsored by ESO include the department barbeque, hiking trips, canoe trips, whitewater rafting, and a variety of fun outdoor activities. All University students are welcome to join and participate in any activity.

End-Of-The-Year Announcements

Departmental Awards Ceremony and Reception
The annual Departmental Award and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Clark Hall 108.  The undergraduate awards to be presented include the Wallace-Poole Award for the outstanding major and additional awards for each area of the department.  The Distinguished Major levels will be announced, and the Grant Goodell Award for most outstanding interdisciplinary thesis will be given.  We urge you to attend this
The Environmental Science Graduation Ceremony
The Department of Environmental Sciences will honor graduating majors in Clark Hall, after the University's Commencement Exercise on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Graduating majors will be contacted with further details.   


You will get the most benefit from your experience as an Environmental Sciences major if you engage with the faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduate students in taking advantage of the broad range of academic, professional, and social activities in the Department.  Please get to know your advisor, your professors, your teaching assistants, your research colleagues, and your fellow students.  If you need any more information about your chosen field of study or about our program, please ask any member of the Department.

European Studies

New Interdisciplinary M.A. Program in European Studies
Is Europe in Your Future?  Make it Happen!
The University of Virginia’s new M.A. program in European Studies--with a 4+1 B.A./M.A. option --trains students to think across disciplines and cultures and apply a diverse array of methodologies to the study of Europe in a global framework.
This program offers an intense, scholarly environment--including one semester of study in Europe-- that will challenge students and position them to be more successful in finding their place in the global workforce.
Now accepting applications for fall 2017 enrollment. (Rolling admissions/Application deadline: May 1st)
UVA undergraduates interested in the 4+1 BA/MA program should apply during the spring semester of their 3rd year.

Find out more! Come to an Information Session:
•    Tuesday, Feb. 28th from 5-6 pm, New Cabell Hall 291
•    Monday, April 10th from 5-6 pm, New Cabell Hall 349

Visit our program website:

For more information, contact Professor Janet Horne, Director of European Studies at


For descriptions of and information about elementary and intermediate French courses, please see:

For descriptions of current advanced undergraduate course offerings in French and French in translation, please see:

French Language Placement

For information on the French Placement Test (Should you take it? How? When?), see

For placement information based on scores from the online (F-CAPE) French Placement Test or from AP and SAT II, and Higher Level IB exam scores, please see

  • Please note that placement scores for the SAT II and the UVA-administered placement test (F-CAPE) are binding only when used to qualify the student for exemption from the language requirement.
  • Standardized tests provide only a partial measure of students' proficiency and achievement in French. Students who do not test out of the requirement are encouraged to take the highest level of French possible, even if their placement score is a little lower than expected.
  • Students with over two years of High School French may not take FREN 1010, a course designed for true beginners. FREN 1050 is designed specifically for students who have had more than two years of high school French, but need to start from the beginning for various reasons, the most common being a lapse of several years since the last French course taken.
  • FREN 2320 is designed specifically for new students who don't quite fit into 2010 or 2020. Entering students who place into 2020, for example, will typically take FREN 2320, in order not to start at the mid-point of a two-semester sequence.  Students who earn As or Bs in 2020 should not take FREN 2320. They should go directly to FREN 3031.
  • For more information on French courses, placement, and departmental policies see

Dr. Cheryl Krueger is the Department's Director of Undergraduate Programs. She can be reached at Be sure to check out our website for information on the French major, study abroad, and internships.



Prerequisites for declaration of the German Studies major are completion of or exemption from GERM 2020 and completion of GETR 2330, Introduction to German Studies.

Requirements: students must complete 3 credits (usually 10 courses) beyond GERM 2020 and GETR 2330; 5 courses must have German as the language of instruction, three of which must be: GERM 3000 (Intensive Grammar), GERM 3010 (Introduction to Literature), either GERM 3110 or 3120 (Surveys of German Literature) or an approved substitution in German literature. Additionally, German Studies majors will devise in consultation with their German Department advisor and, where necessary, an advisor from outside the German Department an individualized program that includes two relevant courses in a specific area of concentration (e.g. history, philosophy, politics, or art history) and three additional courses from departmental offerings (GETR or GERM) or from approved courses offered by the Departments of History, Media Studies, Drama, Art History, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Music, Religious Studies, Anthropology, and the School of Architecture. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that all students take at least one course in modern German history.

German in Translation Courses
The German Department offers a number of courses in English translation, which may be of interest to students seeking courses in Comparative and World Literature, Film, Media Studies, Jewish Studies, Political and Social Thought and Philosophy. Many of these courses are cross-listed so if one class is full, check the other department. Descriptions are available through the department's web site.

New faculty members

Paul Dobryden is a new addition to the Department of Germanic Languages
and Literatures whose research and teaching interests revolve around
German film history. His current research examines intersections of
media technology and environmental design in the 1910s and 20s. He is
teaching a course on German silent cinema, and in Spring 2017 will offer
a course on film noir, dealing with films made in Hollywood by exiled
German and Austrian directors. Future courses will link German film and
media culture to broader issues of technology, design, and the environment.

Global Development Studies

See the GDS web site for information on the major and new classes.


Nau Hall
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Charlottesville, VA 22904-4180
(434) 924-3478 Fax: (434) 924-7891
With one of the largest faculties in the University, the Department of History offers courses in African, East Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and United States history, as well as in global, transnational, oceanic, intellectual, environmental and comparative history. Many of the department’s courses delve into politics and diplomacy.  A sizable number specialize in social, legal, cultural, or economic history and study class, race, and gender as well as cities, villages, workers, peasants, women, and slavery. Historians seek to explain whether people in the past acted and thought differently from the way they do today, and to describe the forces behind continuity and change over time. The study of history provides students with an opportunity to understand different cultures, and their own, more fully.

The members of the faculty are internationally recognized for outstanding teaching and scholarship, some having won major national and international prizes in their fields. Many have received teaching awards. All are firmly committed to undergraduate education, making themselves easily accessible to students.

Currently there are c. 350 students majoring in history.  Most begin in either an introductory survey or introductory seminar. Surveys cover a broad topic or era (e.g., the age of the Renaissance; Colonial Latin America, 1500-1824). 1500-level seminars, limited to fifteen first- and second-year students, focus on reading, writing, and thinking through the study of a defined historical topic (e.g., history, politics, and the novel; revolution, rebellion, and protest in Russian history; insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan). Virtually every course in the department, with the exception of discussion sections, is taught by a faculty member. Discussion sections, limited to twenty students, supplement large lecture classes and are led by advanced graduate students. Advanced courses have thirty to fifty students. Fourth-year history seminars, a requirement for the major, are limited to twelve students, and focus on historical research and writing; a substantial thesis is required.

Whatever geographical area or thematic emphasis students choose, they learn to focus clearly and to defend interpretations supported in fact and theory. Approximately ten percent of History majors go on to do graduate work in history, often at top programs. Students with this major also go to law, business and medical school, and to graduate programs in other social sciences and humanities. History graduates also go into business, both domestic and international, government, teaching, foreign service, non-governmental agencies, public service, journalism, and writing and editing.

For descriptions of current undergraduate course offerings in the History Department, please go to

Students seeking information about the Department of History and declaring a major or minor in history may consult the departmental website at

Institute of World Languages

Now Offering Maya K'iche'!

KICH 1020, Introduction to Maya K'iche' I
TuTh 4:00-5:15
New Cabell Hall 044
Course coordinator: Allison Bigelow (Spanish, UVa) .  This class is the second part of a year-long introductory sequence to K'iche', a Maya language spoken by about a million people in the western Highlands of Guatemala, and one of the major indigenous languages in the Americas. Students will enrich and expand their conversational skills and cultural knowledge from K'iche' 1010. It is offered as part of the UVa-Duke-Vanderbilt consortium for distance learning in less commonly taught languages. The completion of KICH 1010 with a grade of C- or higher.

KICH 2020, Intermediate Maya K'iche'
TuTh 2:00PM - 3:15PM
Course coordinator: Allison Bigelow (Spanish, UVa). KICH 2020 is the capstone course in a four-part sequence in K'iche', a Maya language spoken by a million people in western Guatemala. Students will build from earlier coursework to write an original essay in the target language, integrating primary and secondary sources like published works and interviews that they conduct. The class is offered as part of the UVa-Duke-Vanderbilt consortium for distance learning in LCTLs. The completion of KICH 1010, 1020 and 2010 with a grade of C- or higher.

Jewish Studies

See program website for information.


News from the Math department - March 2017!

Calculus News

For Fall 2017, four sections of Calculus I (those taught by Gates, Krstic, Shalotenko, and Simone) will
offer instruction based on active- and cooperative-learning strategies. Goals for the course include
improvement of students' technical reading and writing skills, as well as increasing their confidence and
competence in communicating technical information orally.

We have recently developed two courses to be taken (optionally) instead of Math 2310, Multivari-
able Calculus. These are Advanced Calculus I and II, Math 2315 and Math 3315. These courses cover
the usual material in Multivariable Calculus at a deeper level and in addition cover linear algebra
and di erential equations. Success in these courses (B- or better) exempts the student from the math
major requirement of taking Linear Algebra, Math 3351 and Ordinary Di erential Equations, Math
3250. While a student can choose to take just Math 2315, exemption from Linear Algebra and ODE
requires success in both courses.

Revamped Distinguished Majors Program

The Distinguished Majors Program (DMP), a program of advanced training in mathematics within
the math major, has been modi ed to deepen the experience. The major new requirement is the DMP
thesis written under the supervision of a faculty member in two successive semesters. See the Math
web page for a complete description. It should be mentioned that a successful completion of the DMP
is the only route to obtaining High or Highest Distinction on the diploma at graduation.

Media Studies

Media Studies majors are accepted into the program based on an application process. Students who have satisfied the pre-requisites are invited to apply to the major in the Spring semester (usually 4th or 6th semester). The application will be available in the Spring semester prior to course enrollment. Transfer students coming into the university in their 5th semester will be given an opportunity to apply in the Fall of the 5th semester. We do not accept major applications at other times of the year.

Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures

For course information see our website.

The Major in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies
The Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies major is an interdisciplinary concentration featuring a core of language work and additional coursework in the Middle East or South Asia. Not all concentration courses must be from within MESA-LC. For instance, a course on Islam in Religious Studies would count towards a concentration in either the Middle East or South Asia regions. Current lists of possible concentration courses are on the MESA-LC website. Students are also encouraged to take MESA-LC and related courses outside their geographical region of concentration. The Middle Eastern languages taught in MESA-LC are Arabic, modern Hebrew (with Biblical Hebrew taught in Religious Studies), and Persian. The South Asian languages taught are Hindi, Sanskrit, and Urdu.

The Major in Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures
The Department offers a major in Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures for students wanting to achieve proficiency in a major Middle Eastern or South Asian language and a deeper understanding of its literature and culture. The core of this major is a high level of competency in the language and a more focused set of regional concentration courses. 

Students should check with their advisor concerning the current availability of this major in the language or languages of their interest. Those advisors are:
Arabic - Ahmad Obiedat
Hebrew - Zvi Gilboa 
Persian - Zjaleh Hajibashi
Hindi - Griffith Chaussée
Sanskrit - Robert A. Hueckstedt
Urdu - Griffith Chaussée

The Distinguished Majors Program
MESA-LC offers a Distinguished Majors Program for qualified majors in order to provide the opportunity to pursue in-depth analysis of issues and topics related to the major.


The McIntire Department of Music offers a wide variety of opportunities to all university students interested in studying music. Students have the opportunity to pursue all musical genres, ranging from jazz, to African, to computer music. As the diversity of our courses and performance groups continues to grow, the McIntire Department of Music remains one of the leading music departments in the nation. Whether one prefers to be a part of a performance group or learn about music in a more academic setting, our distinguished faculty are principally involved in teaching their students. Classes are available for students with all levels of experience, so everyone from beginners to skilled professionals has a chance to broaden their knowledge and understanding of music.


Changes to Program Offerings:
Philosophy no longer offers an Honors Program, instead focusing on its Distinguished Majors Program as the sole offering for students who want something that goes beyond the Major.  Details of the DMP are here:

Spring 2017 Courses

PHIL 3500-001Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
Instructor: Elizabeth Barnes

This class explores philosophical issues related to sex, sexuality, and gender. Discussion covers topics such as: sexual consent, sexual autonomy, pornography, the nature and varieties of sexual orientation, and the relationship of sexual orientation to gender.

The Good Life
Instructor: Elizabeth Barnes

We all want to live a good life - not just a morally good life, but a flourishing, thriving, fulfilled life. But what does it really mean to thrive as a human being? Is it a matter of being happy? Of having your desires satisfied? Of doing something meaningful or valuable? This class explores theories of well-being and puzzles about how we reason about wellbeing.

PHIL 2070: Knowledge and Reality:
Instructor: Ian McCready-Flora

This course examines our basic understanding of reality, and what this understanding tells us about the nature of the reality thus known. What can we know about the world?  How can we know it?  And what is the nature of the reality thus known?  We will examine influential answers to these questions, including: (I) skepticism, which denies that we can have genuine knowledge of external reality; (ii) idealism, which claims that the known world is dependent on, or even limited to, our own minds; and (iii) realism, which maintains that we can achieve knowledge of a mind-independent reality. The course will introduce philosophical methodology, and will familiarize students with some key issues in epistemology and metaphysics.  Readings will be taken from both historical and contemporary philosophers; these include Descartes, Hume, Russell, and Putnam, among others.

(Service) Physical Education

Costs Associated with Courses

  • Equestrian: $700.00
    If you wish to enroll in an equestrian class you should contact Claiborne Bishop at 293-6568 (or for specific course information (these classes are always listed as "TBA"). It is the student's responsibility to contact the stable to arrange riding lessons.
  • Golf:
    Beginning/Intermediate: ~$145.00
    Advanced: ~$300.00
  • Ice Skating: $100.00
  • Skiing and Snowboarding:
    $105.00 (for those who own their own equipment)
    $155.00 (for those who need to rent equipment)
  • SCUBA Diving: $225.00

For more information on any of the P.E. courses call Sandra Perry at 924-3167. All costs are subject to change.


To serve the wide range of interests of physics majors, the department offers both a BS degree and a BA in Physics, and jointly with the Astronomy Department, a BA in Astronomy/Physics. Students planning graduate study in physics or physics related areas or preparing to enter jobs in a science or engineering discipline should elect the BS or the BA with a Distinguished Major course sequence, or for astronomy or astrophysics, the Astronomy/Physics BA. The basic BA is designed for students interested in physics and planning to enter professional schools in business, education, law, and medicine, and for liberal arts students desiring a strong background in physical science but with career objectives in other areas.

For information about physics courses, programs, degrees, etc. please click here.

In particular, note that the courses PHYS 1010,1020 (now: The Physical Universe I,II) have been redeveloped.

For help selecting courses and advice about physics major programs, please contact an undergraduate physics advisor through this page.

Because of the variety and demands of the majors, we strongly recommend that anyone interested in majoring in physics see one of our advisers as early as possible. Advisors can be selected through this page.


Changes to declare a Politics Major

If you have already declared a major in the Politics Department, you may ignore this message.

The Politics Department is in the process of changing its prerequisite to declare a major in our Department.  If approved by the College of Arts and Sciences, as of August 15, 2012, our prerequisite to declare our major will be two courses in Politics (mnemonics PLAD, PLAP, PLCP, PLIR, PLPT) completed with grades no lower than C in either and with an average grade of 2.5 between the two prerequisite courses.

Anticipating this change in our rules, you should make sure that, if you are considering a major in our Department, you have completed, or are enrolled in, Politics courses that will allow you to meet the new prerequisite.

After declaration of the major, our rules for remaining in good standing in the major and earning major credit will remain unchanged. That is, students will be able to count towards the major only courses in which they earn grades of C or higher, and, post-declaration, students must maintain an average of C (2.0) overall in all Politics and related courses presented for the major. Students who do not remain in good standing may be discontinued from the major. 

Check our website or our Facebook page or follow us on twitter for further updates.


Prerequisites for Declaring the Major

1. Students must complete at least two psychology classes with grades of C or better and have a minimum 2.000 GPA for all psychology courses taken. One class must be PSYC 1010 and the other a 2000-level class. The 2000-level psychology class credits also count toward the major credit requirements. Transfer or AP credit may count for one or both classes.

2. Students must complete one of the following math courses with a grade of C- or higher: MATH 1210 (Applied Calculus I), MATH 1220 (Applied Calculus II), MATH 1310 (Calculus I), MATH 1320 (Calculus II), APMA 1090 (Single Variable Calculus I), or APMA 1110 (Single Variable Calculus II). Students with transfer credit or AP credit in one of these courses (e.g., AP Calculus AB, or AP Calculus BC) are exempt from the requirement.

3. Students cannot declare a psychology major after having completed their sixth semester unless they have already taken PSYC 3005. A student does not have to have the required C grade in PSYC 3005 to satisfy the declaration requirement.

For more information see the Undergraduate Handbook.

Class Restrictions
Most 3000- and 4000-level class will be restricted to psychology and cognitive science majors and minors until after 4th-year students have registered in order to help them satisfy graduation requirements.

Public Heath Sciences

The Department of PHS is located in Hospital West, on the third floor, suite 3181. Enter the suite and find the PHS classroom through the first door on the right. RSVP is appreciated but not required. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Kathy Nixon at 924-8646 or at


The Department of Sociology offers a wide range of courses at every level. Please see for the description of courses offered in fall 2017.
The Department limits enrollment in 4000-level seminars to Sociology majors and minors for the first week of registration.
For more information about the Department of Sociology and the programs that it offers please consult our website

You can contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sarah Corse, if you have any questions.

Course descriptions for other sociology courses can be found online at

Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Moratorium on Declaring Spanish Major – Major Advisors Not Assigned (March 20-March 31)

The Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese welcomes the opportunity to have new Spanish majors join our department. However, in order to serve our current Spanish majors, we will not assign Spanish major advisors during the Fall 2017 Advising period (Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 31). Faculty advisors in the Spanish program will only meet with their current advisees between March 20-31.

During fall advising, major advisors will NOT be available to meet with students who want to declare a major in Spanish. The department will  resume accepting Spanish major declarations the week of April 3. This notice only applies to those who want to declare a major in Spanish.

If you have questions, please contact department administrator, Shawn Harris (

1010-2020 level Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

• The Italian placement exam is offered only once a semester. Students with prior experience in Italian must take the placement exam to enroll in an Italian course. Please RSVP by e-mailing Professor Emily Scida. 
• Students enrolling in SPAN 1020-2020 must present proof of placement during the first week of the semester. Proof of placement includes: a UVA Spanish placement exam score, an SAT II exam score, successful completion of the prior course in the sequence, or permission of the department. For lost UVA Spanish placement exam score, please contact:
• Students are not permitted to enroll in a 1010-2020 course that is different from their placement without permission from the department.

Registration Restrictions, SPAN 3000+
• With the exception of SPAN 3010, 3020 and 3300, Spanish 3000-4000 level courses will allow enrollment only be instructor consent.  Priority will be given to Spanish and Latin American studies majors and minors by year. No invitations to enroll will be offered before April 10, 2015.
• Students should not be advised to declare their major during the first week of registration.
Other Reminders, SPAN 3000+
• SPAN 3010 must be taken before taking any other SPAN course with a number higher than 3010. This requirement is waived for those who have scored a 5 on the AP Spanish Language Exam. If you have scored a 5 on the AP Spanish Language Exam, you may not take 3010 for credit.  If you have scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Spanish Literature exam, you may not take 3300 for credit.  You may proceed to any course for which 3010 or 3300 is a pre-requisite.
• Native speakers may not take conversation, and should speak to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Spanish to be placed at an appropriate level.
• SPTR 4704 Islam in Medieval Europe: Islamic Iberia is a new course that requires enrollment in a lecture and a discussion section.  Spanish majors and minors should enroll in sections 100 (lecture) and 101 or 102 (discussion).  Other students should enroll in sections 200 (lecture) and 201 (discussion).  All lectures will be conducted in English. Discussion section 201 will be conducted in English.  Sections 101 and 102 will be conducted in Spanish.
• SPTR 3850 Fiction of the Americas

Study Abroad
• Students who wish to receive credit for study abroad from the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese should contact the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Spanish as early as possible in their planning.
• Students who want credit from the Spanish section should consult the department’s study abroad policy.

For more information consult the department web site.


ITALIAN STUDIES MAJOR - Informazioni importanti!

The Italian Studies major is growing! This year we have more students than ever choosing to pursue Italian Studies, either alone or in combination with another major.  Foreign Affairs/Politics, English, History, Art History, and Psychology, along with Spanish, French, and other foreign languages/lits are only some of the majors that pair very well with Italian.

First years:  you can begin taking ITTR courses (Italian topics taught in English translation) to get acquainted with the Italian major or minor as early as right now, your first year at UVa.  (And these courses count toward the major/minor as well!) 

Students in ITAL 3010 or beyond can take ITAL 3110 Medieval and Renaissance Masterpieces.  See for details on these courses.


Due to pressing program needs, ITAL 3030, one of the Group A core courses for the Italian Studies major and minor, has been temporarily suspended.  In its place, Italian Studies majors/minors will be required to take an additional ITAL course from the Group B offerings. 

Study abroad in Italy Students who spend a summer, semester, or January term at one of our excellent Italian programs (UVa in Siena, UVa in Florence, J-term in Tuscany) find it a great way to make fast progress toward completing the Italian Studies major.
For more information consult the Italian program section on the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese department web site. Specific questions on the Italian major or minor, contact Prof. Adrienne Ward,


For information see the Statistics Department web site.

Women, Gender and Sexuality

See more related course descriptions on the WGS website.

Women, Gender & Sexuality is excited to announce that we are now officially a department!!
For the first time this fall, WGS will be offering a 7000-level course for graduate students, "Fundamentals of Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) is an interdisciplinary program in which students study gender relations with an emphasis on transnational perspectives. By examining social issues, literary texts, media, technologies, and historical materials, students develop a critical, socially engaged sense of how gender shapes and is shaped by the world around them.  Topics range from women’s political participation to the history of sexuality, women writers, theories of race, class, gender, and nation, gendered inequalities, masculinities, body politics, gender and music, women and money, feminist environmentalism, and gender and technology, to name but a few.

Major Requirements (Effective August 2015)
There are three ways to complete a major in Women, Gender & Sexuality: the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with no area of concentration, the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with a concentration in Gender Studies, and the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with a concentration in Sexuality Studies.

 A. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) without concentrations requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level or above. These must include the following required courses:

     1.    WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender and Sexualtiy Studies
     2.    Either WGS 3810 Feminist Theory or WGS 3800 Queer Theory
     3.    One WGS or WGS affiliate course designated as providing Global Perspectives
     4.    WGS 4050 Senior Seminar or other 4000 level course designated as a Senior Seminar taken during
            the Spring of the fourth year
     5.    2 WGS elective courses

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include up to two Independent Study courses (which may include one semester of an approved internship). Three courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, three courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.

 B. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) with a concentration in Gender Studies requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level or above. These must include the following required courses:

     1.    WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies
     2.    WGS 3810 Feminist Theory
     3.    WGS 4050 Senior Seminar or other 4000 level course designated as a Senior Seminar taken during
            the Spring of the fourth year
     4.    One WGS or WGS affiliate course designated as concentrating on Global Perspectives
     5.    Two WGS elective courses designated as providing a Gender Focus

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include up to two Independent Study courses (which may include one semester of an approved internship). Three courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, three courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.

 C. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) with a concentration in Sexuality Studies requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level or above. These must include the following required courses:

     1.    WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies
     2.    WGS 3800 Queer Theory
     3.    WGS 4050 Senior Seminar or other 4000 level course designated as a Senior Seminar taken during
            the Spring of the fourth year
     4.    One WGS or WGS affiliate course designated as concentrating on Global Perspectives
     5.    Two WGS elective courses designated as providing a Sexuality focus

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include up to two Independent Study courses (which may include one semester of an approved internship). Three courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, three courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.
Please visit our website for detailed information and course descriptions.

Undergraduates will be interested in a new course, WGS 4559: "Gender & Sexuality in Islamic Societies," which will examine the politics of gender and sexuality in various Muslim societies since the 19th century. It covers a range of topics and themes, including: historical, theological, political, and anthropological accounts of gender discourse; various feminist movements; and sexuality, marriage, family, masculinity, and LGBTQ issues. Of particular interest is how social and state actors have attempted to mobilize gender for political gain.