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Summary of General Education Requirements

Effective Fall 2010 for students entering Fall 2010 and later

Courses used to satisfy the First Year Seminars, the Communication Skills, and the Wellness requirements of the General Education Requirements may not be used to meet the fields-of-study requirements for the degree. The First Year Seminars must be taken in the first year of matriculation. The Communication Skills and the URAware Wellness requirements are normally met in the first year of University study, and should not be postponed beyond the second year.

First-Year Seminars

  • A student may satisfy this requirement by passing two FYS 100 seminars.

Communication Skills II - Foreign Language

  • A student may satisfy this requirement in a modern foreign language or in a classical language by meeting one of the following alternatives:
  1. Passing the intermediate (212 or 202) level of one language, presenting a score of 5 or 4 on a Modern Foreign Language or Latin Advanced Placement test, or presenting a score of 5, 6, or 7 on an IB High Level exam in a Modern Foreign Language;  
  2. Presenting a score on the SAT-II Subject Test acceptable to the language faculty concerned, or a score of 3 on a Modern Foreign Language Advanced Placement test; 
  3. Making an acceptable score on a departmental placement test; 
  4. For non native English speakers, obtaining an acceptable score on the TOEFL.

Only alternative (1) carries unit credit toward a degree.

Fields of Study

A student may satisfy the fields-of-study requirements by passing one approved course in each of the areas of historical studies, literary studies, natural sciences, social analysis, symbolic reasoning, and visual and performing arts. Such courses must have been approved by the General Education Committee and the faculties of the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Leadership Studies as meeting these requirements.

Courses meeting general education requirements are designated in the catalog following the course description, as well as in the Schedule of Classes. All courses used to meet general education requirements must be passed with a grade of D- (.7) or higher. No general education courses may be taken pass/fail.

Unit Value Summary

First-Year Seminar Course

Two FYS 100 seminars = 2 units*

Communication Skills

Second language (COM 2)  = up to 4 units**  
Oral communication = non credit***

Fields of Study

Historical studies (FSHT) = 1 unit
Literary studies (FSLT) = 1 unit
Natural science (FSNB/FSNC/FSNP) = 1 unit
Social analysis (FSSA) = 1 unit
Symbolic reasoning (FSSR) = 1 unit
Visual and performing arts (FSVP) = 1 unit          

Total: up to 12 units

* Students transferring from another college or university with 6.82 units or more of credit are exempt from the First Year Seminar requirement.
** May be satisfied by a demonstration of proficiency upon entrance to the University without carrying credit (language courses carry variable credit).
***Described in University of Richmond undergraduate catalog.