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).


New Requirements as of Fall 2018

Basic Courses
1. One course at the introductory level – regular courses offered that fulfill this requirement are ANTH 2280 (Medical Anthropology), RELG 2650 (Theology, Ethics, Medicine) or PHIL 1740 (Life and Death)
2. ANTH 3290 (Biopolitics and the Contemporary Condition)
3. 6 credit hours in ethical and/or political theory (Two courses, one of which must be in ethics and one must be at the 3000 level or higher)
Bioethics Electives
4. The electives consist of 9 credit hours at the 3000-level or higher in bioethical or closely related courses.  Approved courses will be listed each semester.

While most electives should be at the 3000-level or higher, some exceptions will be approved. Which courses will so count will be up to the discretion of the Program Director and will be posted on the schedule of courses on the website.

The type and number of courses that will be eligible for double counting for each student will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director in collaboration with students and their academic advisers. The Director of the Bioethics Minor will work closely with related departments (e.g., Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies) to ensure that appropriate limits are set on the number of bioethics electives that may count towards their respective majors.



Effective with spring 2018, BIOL 3010 will be changed from a 4 credit course with required discussion sections, to a 3 credit course, with an optional discussion section.

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

See website for information.


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 professor Serbulea (, or 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, or having credit for, the corresponding lecture, concurrently or prior to the lab.

Grade requirements to enter some chemistry courses
CHEM 1420/1620 requires a C- or better in CHEM 1410/1610
CHEM 1820 requires a C or better in CHEM 1810
CHEM 2410 requires a C or better in CHEM 1420/1620
CHEM 2420 requires a C or better in CHEM 2410
CHEM 2810 requires a C or better in CHEM 1820

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.

New Classes for Spring 2019

CLAS 2559-001 Ancient Medicine
Mr. Moore
MWF 2:00PM-2:50PM
Imagine a world without antibiotics, with no understanding of genetics or cell biology, and where dissection of the human body was taboo. The practice of medicine in the ancient world was so limited by factors like these that doctors were often derided as lowly quacks merely out to exploit the vulnerable. Yet, despite these limitations in knowledge and technology, extraordinary doctors such as Hippocrates and Galen were able to make brilliant discoveries about disease and the human body that had substantial impact on medical practice not only in their own times but also in ours. In this course, you will have the opportunity to explore ancient medical writings to consider both the remarkable, often insurmountable, challenges faced by ancient doctors as well as the significant advances in medical knowledge achieved during these times. Readings will focus primarily on the art of medicine in ancient Greece and Rome but will compare parallel developments in Asia and Africa as well. Specific topics will include plague, cult practices, and reproductive medicine in the ancient world.
CLAS 2559-002 Divine Kingship in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Mr. Dillery   
MWF 3:00PM-3:50PM
In this course we will examine the ideology of kingship in the ancient Mediterranean world, from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Persia, Greece, and Rome, from the Forth Millennium BC to the end of Antiquity (roughly Fifth Century AD). In particular the focus will center on monarchy and its relation to the divine: the king as a god, as a child of the divine, as a human divinely authorized. Several related questions will be examined, but the chief one being: what does this connection with the divine achieve for the societies in question? There will be a midterm, final, and final paper.
CLAS 3559-002 Race & Ethnicity in Greek & Roman Antiquity
Mrs. Teets     
TR 3:30PM-4:45PM
This course explores how Greeks and Romans defined people groups and the differences between them that we would describe in terms of race or ethnicity. We will be driven by two key questions: how did Greeks and Romans construct identities and define difference, and how have interpretations of these constructions influenced modern thinking about race? We will examine both primary ancient sources in translations, and secondary sources spanning four centuries. We begin with a general orientation to the current state of academic discussions of race, and proceed to the current debate among classics scholars over whether “race” existed in Greek and Roman antiquity. From here, we will explore ancient Greek and Roman theoretical approaches to racial identity through primary source texts. Because a thorough examination of all Greek and Roman racial categorizations and their use/abuse in the modern era is not possible in one semester, we will explore a number of important case studies of both ancient and modern discourses, including the invention of the “barbarian” in the Persian Wars, the controversy surrounding Martin Bernal’s Black Athena, Cleopatra and Intersectionality, the Jewish diaspora and anti-Semitism, and the role of Greek and Roman sources in racial formation in American Slavery, Nazi Germany, and the so-called “Alt-Right.” Throughout the semester, students will practice reflective writing and design a final project in the medium of their choice that will allow them to pursue a topic of their particular interest.

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 here.

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.

New Computer Science course for non-majors!
CS2501: Data Structures, Processing and Analysis
Pre-requisite:  CS111x at UVA or equivalent

CS 2501 is a new course for students who don’t want to do a computing major but want a course beyond CS111x.  It's designed for students interested in learning more CS and programming and who are interested in big data, or in trying to complete the courses for the CS minor. It's a good choice for students in the CogSci CS track.

CS 2501 will be an intermediate programming course on data structures and algorithms with an emphasis on processing large real-world data sets.  Students will learn the *programming skills* and *computer science concepts* needed for a subset of our upper-level CS courses *without* taking our normal course sequence CS2110 and CS2150.   

The programming language will be Python, so you can focus on the course's topics without learning a new language. Python is also popular among many data scientists, and students will use an environment and modules often chosen by data scientists (e.g. Anaconda, numpy, matplotlib, etc.)  

If you’re wondering if this course will “count” for your degree program etc, see the main info page at the URL below:

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.


Visit the Economics Department homepage or contact the Undergraduate Coordinator (Christopher Swenson) 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 UVA 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-level 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.

Academic and Professional Writing

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.

For more information, application deadline and 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 or contact Professor Mrinalini Chakravorty, the director of the program. For application information see here.

Environmental Sciences


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 or Mr. Aaron Mills (Co-Directors of Undergraduate Programs).

Spring 2019 Courses

Lower Division:

EVSC 1010 Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Mr. T. Smith, 3 credits
EVSC 1020 Practical Concepts of Environmental Sciences, Ms. Blum, 1 credit
EVSC 1300 Earth’s Weather and Climate, Mr. Grise, 3 credits
EVSC 2010 Materials That Shape Civilization, Mr. Kelly, 3 credits
EVSC 2050 Introduction to Oceanography, Mr. Macko, 3 credits
EVSC 2200 Plants, People and Culture, Mr. T. Smith, 3 credits

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. The offerings and instructors for Spring 2019 are:

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

Upper Division: Planned upper division offerings for Spring 2019 include:

EVSC 3020 GIS Methods, Mr. Porter, 4 credits
EVSC 3880, Watersheds of Lewis and Clark, Mrs. Herman, 3 credits
EVSC 4002 Undergraduate Seminar, Mr. Macko, Mr. T. Smith 1 credit
EVSC 4010 Introduction to Remote Sensing, Mr. Yang, 4 credits

EVSC 4050 Topics in Oceanography, Mr. Macko, 3 credits
EVSC 4240 Restoration Ecology, Ms. Blum, 3 credits
EVSC 4490 Air Pollution, Ms. Pusede, 4 credits
EVSC 4870 Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Mr. Galloway, Mr. Mills, 3 credits
EVSC 4991 Conservation Theory and Practice, Mr. D. Smith, Mr. Cannon, Mr. Epstein, Mr. Shugart, 3 credits
EVSC 4993 Independent Study
EVSC 4995 Supervised Research
EVSC 4999 Thesis Research

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.

EVSC 5020 GIS Methods, Mr. Porter, 4 credits
EVSC 5030 Applied Stats for Environmental Science, Mr. D. Carr, 4 credits
EVSC 5050 Advanced Oceanography, Mr. Macko, 3 credits
EVSC 5082 Nitrogen Seminar, Mr. Galloway, 1 credit
EVGE 5860 Isotope Geochemistry, Mr. Macko, 4 credits

We will be offering six new courses next spring:

EVSC 1559 Science, Policy, Psychology and Art of Climate Change: (Ms. Lawrence, MW, 9:00-9:50am)
Students will explore the history of climate science and policy as well as the psychology of climate action and engagement. We will do that through reading of critical texts and engagement with the public. The engagement will include outreach to the community on a campaign to 'write climate for the right climate' and collaborating with an artist to produce a public art exhibit based on the paper collected during the campaign.  

EVSC 2559 Polar Environments: (Mr. Doney and Ms. Simkins, TR, 9:30–10:45 a.m.)
Marine biogeochemistry reflects a complex interplay of seawater and marine life, especially microbes and plankton. Course topics include physical oceanography, seawater composition and chemistry, stable and radioactive isotopes, box and advection-diffusion models, marine biological pump, air-sea gas exchange, particle fluxes and sediments, and ocean history and climate. Emphasis is on conceptual and quantitative understanding of the factors influencing marine biogeochemistry. Each week will cover a different topic with a lecture on Tuesday and discussion and in-class exercises on Thursday.

EVSC 3559 Climate Swerve: (Ms. Moody, TR, 11:00-12:15 a.m.)
This course introduces climate change from a quantitative and actionable direction.  Students research, interview and write about how specific local organizations enact sustainable innovation. Professor Robert Jay Lifton, Harvard Emeritus, defines “climate swerve” as the individual and collective awareness of a deviation from the ordinary that leads to actions of climate adaptation or mitigation.  Students will examine writing in that context.

EVSC 4559 Water and Watershed Resilience: (Ms. McGlathery and Mr. Band, W, 1:00-3:00PM)
Healthy and productive watersheds provide a range of ecosystem services to human communities including freshwater supply quantity and quality, flood protection, and terrestrial/aquatic habitat.  While healthy watersheds are vital to society they are increasingly threatened by a wide range of environmental issues such as over-development and wetland loss, pollution, climate change, and increased water demand. This course emphasizes conceptual understanding of vulnerabilities, resilience, and solutions for water and watersheds and taps into UVA’s expertise through the new pan-university Environmental Resilience Institute.

EVSC 4559 Global Tectonics: (Mr. Sen, MWF, 10:00-10:50am)
Plate tectonics deals with the evolution of the surface of the Earth and how the continental and oceanic crusts interact. In this course we will look at the driving mechanism of plate tectonics. We will use earthquakes and volcanism to understand the interior of the earth and the processes in the interior of the earth that drives plate tectonics. We will also address the impact of plate tectonics on society.

EVSC 4559 Geological Rock Deformation (Mr. Sen, MWF, 2:00-2:50PM)
Geologic Rock Deformation involves studying how the Earths’ crust deforms as a result of interaction of plates that are driven by Earth’s internal processes. The deformation of the crust is studied by analyzing structural features like folds, faults, folation, lineation etc. This course will related structures in multiple scales and establish how large and small scale structures can be used to portray the geologic history and mechanism of formation of features we see on the Earth’s crust.   

EVSC 4559 (may appear as EVSC 4670) Drinking Water Quality (Mr. Mills, MWF, 10-1:50)
This course examines aspects of water quality related to public health with a primary focus on drinking water.  Contamination of water by pathogenic microbes is covered, including the historical development of sanitation, modern treatment of drinking water, and how lack of clean drinking water affects populations in developing countries worldwide. Chemical contaminants include metals and organics such as pesticides and endocrine disruptors.

Faculty Advisors

The Department's Undergraduate Academic Requirements Committee (UGARC) is Mr. Aaron Mills (Co-Chair), Hydrology,, Mr. Tom Smith, Ecology,; Mr. James Galloway, Geosciences,, and Ms. Sally Pusede (, Atmospheric Sciences, and Mr. Bob Davis (co-Chair, fall semester only), Atmospheric Sciences.  When deciding on a major, students may contact any of these committee members. At that time, a faculty advisor will be assigned, and each student’s advisor preferences will be considered. 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 their area representative on the UGARC. Students with questions about interpreting requirements, transfer credits, SIS-related problems, and study abroad should see Mr. Mills or Mr. Davis (fall semester only).

Undergraduate Research

There are a number of ways majors can gain research experience, including Environmental Sciences majors have the opportunity to pursue research within the Department as part of the Distinguished Majors Program, a senior thesis, or through independent study and supervised research (  We also have a graduate mentoring program through which undergraduates work with a faculty member and one of their graduate students on a joint research project (  For more information, contact any Environmental Sciences faculty member.

Departmental Awards Ceremony and Reception

The annual Departmental Award and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 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 exciting event.

The Environmental Sciences Graduation Ceremony

The Department of Environmental Sciences will honor graduating majors in Clark Hall, after the University's Commencement Exercise on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Graduating majors will be contacted with further details.  

European Studies

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. The program includes one semester of study in Europe and will provide professional credentials to students interested in government or non-governmental organizations, policy-oriented research institutes, and transnational cultural institutions, media and businesses.

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.

For more information, contact Manuela Achilles, Director of European Studies at


Be sure to check out information about and descriptions of elementary and intermediate French courses.

Descriptions of current advanced undergraduate course offerings in French and French in translation, can be found here.

French Language Placement

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

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 here.

  • 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.
  • See the department placement page for more information on French courses, placement, and departmental policies.

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.

Global Development Studies

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


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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.

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

Institute of World Languages

Now Offering Maya K'iche'!

KICH 1020, Introduction to Maya K'iche' II
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
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' II
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.


See the Mathematics website for more information.

Transition to Higher Mathematics (Math 3000)

Math 3000, “Transition to Higher Mathematics”, is designed to provide a smooth transition from computation-oriented courses like calculus to proof-based courses. Unlike traditional math courses, Math 3000 does not cover a specific area of mathematics and instead concentrates on the key concepts and techniques that arise in mathematical proofs in various subjects. Topics covered in Math 3000 usually include sets, functions, cardinality, basic logic and proof techniques, basic counting methods and elementary number theory.
Students with no or limited prior exposure to rigorous proofs are strongly encouraged to take Math 3000 prior to or concurrent with Math 3310, Basic Real Analysis, or Math 3354, Survey of Algebra.

Revamped Distinguished Majors Program

The Distinguished Majors Program (DMP), a program of advanced training in mathematics within the math major, has been modifed 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.

New course offering, Spring 2019:

PHIL 2500: Environmental Ethics: TR 12:30-1:20
The course will begin with an exploration of some fundamental philosophical questions in environmental ethics, including: Who or what should be regarded as “morally considerable”?  Humans beings only?  All animals?  All living things?  What about species, or eco-systems, or landscapes?  What relationship is there between the aesthetic splendor of nature and the moral considerability of various natural entities?  Is it possible to have moral obligations to merely possible beings (e.g. to future human beings)?  If so, how should we conceive of the ground of these obligations, given that they cannot easily be pictured as reciprocal relations or quasi-contractual commitments?  Do we have moral responsibilities at the species-level – that is, to human history, or to the future of the human project on earth?  Should we be committed to the conservation of natural environments, or to their restoration to a more pristine condition, or both?  What role do ideas of balance or sustainability play in our understanding of the proper state of the natural environment?
In the second portion of the class, we will bring some of these abstract theoretical debates down quite literally down to earth, with a lengthy exploration of the threat posed to the planet’s climate by current forms of industrial production and consumption.  We will begin with some factual material about the likely impact on the climate, and by extension on geography and on planetary life, of current habits of getting and spending.  This will give us an opportunity for a concrete discussion of our responsibilities to future generations of human beings and to other planetary life forms, as well as to more abstract entities like species and eco-systems.  We will also discuss ethical questions surrounding the proposed use of geo-engineering to mitigate global warming.

(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.


New Major and Minor

Significant changes to the structure of the Psychology major and minor took effect following the 2017-18 academic year.  The new requirements, as well as the old, are detailed here:  Major Requirements

Students beginning their UVA studies after the spring of 2018 should follow the new requirements, while those who enrolled earlier may follow the old requirements, or perhaps, in consultation with the Psychology Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Undergraduate Coordinator, a hybrid of old and new.

Access to 4000- and 5000-level courses prior to 4th year

Enrollment in 4000- and 5000-level psychology courses is prioritized for 4th-year psychology and cognitive science majors.  However, after the initial registration period, non-4th-years may be admitted to such courses when space is available.  The process for putting oneself on a Permission List for such consideration is detailed here: 4000- and 5000-level enrollment

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 listings here for descriptions of courses offered.
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, Allison Pugh, if you have any questions.

Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Moratorium on Declaring Spanish Major – Major Advisors Not Assigned (Oct 22 – Nov 2)

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 Spring 2019 Advising period (Monday, October 22 - Friday, November 2). Faculty advisors in the Spanish program will only meet with their current advisees between Oct 22-Nov 2.

During spring 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 November 5.

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.
• Students should not be advised to declare their major during the first week of registration.
• Native speakers may not take conversation, and should speak to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Spanish to be placed at an appropriate level.


(1) Changes in placement policies: Formerly, scores of 4 or 5 on the AP Spanish Literature exam exempted students from taking SPAN 3010 (Grammar and Composition I) and SPAN 3300 (Texts and Interpretation), thus giving access to the higher 3000-level offerings. Starting in Spring 2018, only a score of 5 on the same exam will exempt students from taking SPAN 3010 (Grammar and Composition I) and SPAN 3300 (Texts and Interpretation). Therefore, students with an AP Spanish Literature score of 5 will be able to petition for enrollment in those courses for which either SPAN 3010 (Grammar and Composition I) or SPAN 3300 (Texts and Interpretation), or both, are prerequisites.
(2) Changes in prerequisites: The prerequisites for the following courses have been added/revised:
a. SPAN 3031 (Conversation Cinema - Latin America) now has SPAN 3010 and a survey course (SPAN 3400, SPAN 3410, SPAN 3420, SPAN 3430) as prerequisites.
b. SPAN 4040 (Translation I) now lists SPAN 3010 (or equivalent) or departmental placement and SPAN 3300 as prerequisites.
c. SPAN 4530 (Translation II) now has SPAN 3010 (or equivalent) and SPAN 4040 (Translation I) as prerequisites.
d. SPAN 4530 (Language Acquisition) lists SPAN 3010 (or equivalent) and SPAN 3000 (Phonetics) or SPAN 3200 (Intro to Span Lings) or another course in linguistics as prerequisites.
e. SPAN 4530 (Spanish vis-à-vis Other Romance Langs) has SPAN 3010 (or equivalent) and SPAN 3000 (Phonetics) or SPAN 3200 (Intro to Span Lings) or another course in linguistics as prerequisites.
(4) 5000-level courses: Effective Spring 2018, only those students who are Spanish DMPs (Distinguished Majors in Spanish) who are permitted to take a 5000-level course in Spanish can have it count as a 4000-level course/requirement to fulfill their Spanish Major.

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.