Division of Academic Affairs
College of Arts and Sciences
and the General College
The Academic Advising Program
Requirements for Degree Programs within the College of Arts and Sciences
Credit by College Board Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or SAT Subject Examinations
Credit by Examination
Independent Studies for Credit
Policy on Credit for Internships - The College of Arts and Sciences
Special Undergraduate Programs
Center for Student Success and Academic Counseling
Other Academic Services
Karen M. Gil, Ph.D., Dean
Terry Ellen Rhodes, D.M.A, Senior Associate Dean for the Fine Arts and Humanities
Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Jonathan Hartlyn, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Global Programs
Shannon Kennedy, Interim Senior Associate Dean for Program Development and Executive Director of the Arts and Sciences Foundation
Tammy McHale, M.B.A., Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Planning
Bobbi Owen, M.F.A., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Division of Fine Arts
Louise Toppin, D.M.A., Chair
David Navalinsky, M.F.A., Vice Chair
Art, Dramatic Art, Music
Division of the Humanities
Samuel Amago, Ph.D., Vice Chair
American Studies, Classics, Communication Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, Women’s and Gender Studies
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Vacant, Vice Chair
Applied Physical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Exercise and Sport Science, Geological Sciences, Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Statistics and Operations Research
Environment and Ecology
The Division of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Heather Williams, Ph.D., Chair
Mark Crescenzi, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Aerospace Studies; African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; Anthropology; Asian Studies; City and Regional Planning; Economics; Geography; History; Military Science; Naval Science; Political Science; Public Policy; Sociology
Archaeology; Contemporary European Studies; Global Studies; Latin American Studies; Peace, War, and Defense
The Academic Advising Program
Lee Y. May, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Glynis Cowell, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Alice C. Dawson, Ph.D., Senior Assistant Dean
Cheryl F. Junk, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Barbara E. Lucido, M.Ed., Assistant Dean
Gary Alan Miller, M.S., Senior Assistant Dean
Elizabeth O. Shuster, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Marilyn J. Wyrick, M.A., Senior Assistant Dean
Lara Wind, B.A., Graduation Coordinator
David Adamson, M.F.A.; Matthew Andrews, Ph.D.; Todd L. Austell, Ph.D.; Andrea L. Caldwell, M.S.; Nicole Cobb, M.A.; Marcus L. Collins, M.S.; Carolyn S. Covalt, M.A., M.F.A.; Elizabeth Cox, M.Ed.; M. Richard Cramer, Ph.D.; Jean S. DeSaix, Ph.D.; Melissa R. Edwards, B.A.; Deborah S Graczyk, M.A.; Kara A. GrawOzburn, M.A.; Matthew Harvey, M.F.A.; Kristen Hondros, Ph.D.; Michael Jahn, M.A.; Elizabeth A. Jordan, Ph.D.; Roger J. Kaplan, Ph.D.; Jennifer Kott, B.A.; Stephen Lich-Tyler, Ph.D.; Hilary Lithgow, Ph.D.; George E. Maitland, Ed.D.; Hollie Mann, Ph.D.; Anna J. Millar, M.B.A.; Rachael Murphey-Brown, Ph.D.; Mérida Negrete, M.M., Musc.Ed.; Kimberlee Nelson, M.Ed.; Sarah B. Nelson, M.Ed.; Julianne B. Page, M.S.N., R.N.; Valerie C. Pruvost, Ph.D.; Joy J. Renner, M.A., R.T.; Dexter Robinson, B.A.; Chloe Russell, B.A.; Jamie Samples, M.A.; Gidi Shemer, Ph.D.; Kenneth B. Shugart, M.A.; Dennis Soberl, B.S.; Deborah Stroman, Ph.D.; Domenic Tiani, Ph.D.; Charlotte Waterhouse, M.Ed.; Linwood Webster, M.S.; Jonathan Weiler, Ph.D.; Harold Woodard, M.A.
The Academic Advising Program serves all students in the General College and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The charge of the Academic Advising Program is to assist students with all aspects of their academic planning while providing a foundation for appropriate academic decisions. Students are assigned a primary advisor but may see any advisor for their concerns. Advisors provide students with assistance and advice about options for course selection, maintaining required scholastic standards, and planning a complete educational program. Advisors help ensure that students are making satisfactory progress towards their degree. Advisors discuss choices about majors with advisees and help them identify appropriate courses to satisfy General Education and major/minor requirements. In addition, advisors explain academic policies, procedures, and regulations and provide referrals to appropriate campus resources as needed. Advisors’ office locations, office hours, and contact information are posted on the Web at advising.unc.edu.
All first-year students and sophomores are enrolled in the General College. During their junior and senior years, students pursue academic majors/minors either in the College of Arts and Sciences or in one of the professional schools. To continue in the College of Arts and Sciences, students must meet the academic eligibility requirements discussed in later sections of this bulletin. To enter a professional school, students must be accepted into the program. (See admission information for professional schools in this bulletin.)
As juniors and seniors, students may receive academic advice regarding major studies, course registration, graduate school, internships, and career opportunities from faculty advisors in their major department or curriculum offices, or from the professional school to which they have been admitted. Some departments and schools require students to meet with a departmental advisor each term before they can register for the next term (applies to students who have 60 or more credit hours or are projected to have 60 or more credit hours at the end of the current term). Students in majors/minors that are part of the College of Arts and Sciences should also consult with an advisor in the Academic Advising Program at least once each year to ensure that they are making acceptable progress toward meeting degree requirements, including General Education requirements.
Each student is ultimately responsible for selecting appropriate courses and complying fully with all published regulations and requirements of the College.
To avoid problems with registration and to ensure graduation by the expected date, students are strongly encouraged to declare a major during their sophomore year or early in their junior year. Students who have not declared a major before registration opens for their fifth semester will not be permitted to register for their fifth semester until they have consulted with an advisor in the Academic Advising Program.
Students are expected to complete their undergraduate degree in eight semesters. Summer terms are not included in this semester count. Students entering the University as first-year students in summer 2007 or later, as sophomore transfer students in summer 2008 or later, or as junior transfer students in summer 2009 or later who wish to attend a ninth semester must submit a written petition to, and receive permission from, their dean. Students who receive approval to attend a ninth semester will graduate with one major only and no minors.
Jean S. DeSaix, Ph.D.; Domenic Tiani, Ph.D.
UNC–Chapel Hill has no formal predental or premedical curriculum or major. Instead, students should choose one of the four-year B.A. or B.S. degree programs and incorporate appropriate prerequisite courses in their planning. Medical and dental school programs encourage students to major in what they are interested in studying; no specific majors are recommended. CHEM 101 and 101L should be taken in the first semester if possible because most prehealth prerequisites require several semesters of chemistry, and biology courses benefit from a chemistry foundation. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Health Professions Advising Office (second floor, Hanes Hall) soon after entering the University to learn the latest course requirements and other preparations necessary to become an outstanding candidate for the health career of choice. The office gives advice about many professions, including allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, optometry, public health, chiropractic, and the other allied health professions. Advising information, advising hours, and information about joining the prehealth information listserv may be found on the office’s Web site at preprofessionaladvising.unc.edu.
Jennifer Kott, B.A.
UNC–Chapel Hill has no formal prelaw curriculum or major. Instead, students should follow one of the four-year B.A. or B.S. degree programs. Most law schools do not require, or even recommend, that students major in any particular field; instead, most law schools prefer a course of study that provides a foundation for the undertaking of legal studies, with the emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, and analytical and critical thinking skills. However, a student wishing to practice patent law will need a degree in one of the sciences.
Prelaw students should emphasize academics. The campus Learning Center offers programs designed to help enhance reading skills and provide preparation for the LSAT. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. Students also are encouraged to use the online scheduler at advising.unc.edu to make an appointment with the prelaw advisor in Hanes Hall (second floor). They may also wish to visit the prelaw Web site at preprofessionaladvising.unc.edu/pre-law.
Graduate School Advising
This resource is offered to students in the College of Arts and Sciences interested in pursuing graduate studies through the Pre-Graduate Education Advising Program in Hanes Hall (second floor) or in their major departments. The Pre-Graduate Education Advising Program exists to advise undergraduate students who are considering a graduate degree in various disciplines (sciences, arts and humanities, social sciences, and professional arenas). Our advisors can help clarify the differences in gaining and utilizing a doctorate vs. a master’s degree and the opportunities a terminal degree may offer. The program is primarily responsible for helping students considering graduate school understand what their next steps are in researching and applying to graduate programs, so that they can move forward independently and effectively. Students interested in graduate study also should speak with departmental or curricular advisors, the director of undergraduate studies for their major, and other faculty. For more information, visit preprofessionaladvising.unc.edu/pre-graduate.
Requirements for Degree Programs
within the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs of study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music, and bachelor of fine arts degrees. In all, students may choose from more than 50 major fields of study. Specific requirements for each major are listed alphabetically by department in the “Academic Departments and Schools” section of this bulletin. That section also includes information on professional school majors available to undergraduates by application and acceptance.
To graduate with a baccalaureate degree, students must successfully complete at least 120 semester hours of coursework and attain a final cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Students also must satisfy all General Education requirements.
A minimum of 45 academic credit hours must be earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses. At least 24 of the last 30 academic credit hours applied to the degree requirements must be earned in UNC–Chapel Hill courses.
Unless specifically prohibited by departments or curricula, major or minor courses may be used to satisfy General Education requirements. Courses in a student’s major or minor department or curriculum, or specifically required by the major or minor, including foreign language courses, electives, and any additional required courses (or any courses cross-listed with such required courses) may not be declared a Pass/D+/D/Fail course. No course used as a General Education requirement may be taken Pass/D+/D/Fail, except for lifetime fitness (LFIT) courses and some forms of experiential education that award only Pass/Fail credit. (See “Regulations Governing the Pass/D+/D/Fail Option.”)
A maximum of 24 semester hours of courses from professional schools (business administration, education, information and library science, journalism and mass communication, law, social work, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or public health) may be taken for credit toward a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.
No more than 45 semester hours in any subject, as defined by subject code, may be used toward fulfilling the B.A. graduation requirement.
Students must complete a major field of study as prescribed by the department or curriculum. Although a specific grade point average in the major is not required, a minimum of 18 hours of C or better (C- does not qualify) in the major is required. Certain majors require 21 hours of C or better grades in the major. Students transferring credits in their major field must earn a grade of C (not C-) or better in at least three-fourths of those courses and credit hours in the major that are taken at UNC–Chapel Hill. All students, including students transferring from another institution, must take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill. Some majors require a gateway course that must be taken first, before enrolling in any other courses that satisfy the core requirements in the major. The gateway course is not counted in the hours of C, but students cannot continue in the major without having completed the gateway course.
Students completing the requirements for more than one bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences will earn only one degree and receive only one diploma. For additional information, refer to the “Academic Procedures” section of this bulletin.
For information on repeating course enrollments, refer to the “Academic Procedures” section of this bulletin.
Bachelor of Arts
The bachelor of arts degree is awarded with majors in the following subjects:
African, African American, and Diaspora studies
Contemporary European studies
Exercise and sport science
Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures
Latin American studies
Management and society
Peace, war, and defense
Physics and astronomy
Women’s and gender studies
Students seeking a bachelor of arts degree must complete the Supplemental General Education requirement. Among other options, completing a minor or a second major fulfills the Supplemental General Education requirement.
Bachelor of Science
Four-year programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science provide for specialization in a particular field and necessary instruction in related fields. In some B.S. programs offered by professional schools, General Education requirements may be reduced. Most B.S. programs, however, require students to complete quantitative reasoning courses beyond the General Education minimum and/or require specific quantitative reasoning courses.
The bachelor of science degree is awarded with majors in the following subjects:
Applied science (joint program with the UNC School of Medicine)
Mathematical decision sciences
Physics and astronomy
Bachelor of Fine Arts
A four-year program leading to the degree of bachelor of fine arts is offered by the Department of Art. It provides, for qualified students, preprofessional training in creative aspects of the field of art. Approximately one-half of the program is in the field of the major, and the other half is in the liberal arts and sciences.
Bachelor of Music
The four-year program leading to the degree of bachelor of music, housed in the Department of Music, emphasizes training and achievement in the performance or composition of music. Approximately one-half of the program (66 credit hours) is in the field of the major, and the other half (54 hours) is in the liberal arts and sciences.
Joint Degree Programs with the National University
UNC–Chapel Hill undergraduates can spend anywhere from two to four semesters at the National University of Singapore and receive a joint bachelor of arts degree from both institutions. Programs are offered in biology, economics, English, geography, history, and political science. For more information, refer to the “Academic Departments and Schools” section of this bulletin for the department housing the program.
Combining Majors and Minors
The College of Arts and Sciences will award only one bachelor’s degree to a student. Students are permitted, however, to study up to three subjects in depth. They may do this in one of the following ways: one major, two majors, one major and one minor, two majors and one minor, or one major and two minors. Students enrolled in professional schools who wish to have a second major or minor in the College of Arts and Sciences must receive permission from their professional school and the College of Arts and Sciences.
A student may pursue in-depth study in multiple areas by fulfilling in eight semesters all major/minor requirements in each of the selected disciplines, in addition to General Education requirements. Students may not pursue two concentrations (emphases, options, or tracks) within the same major. In general, students may pursue a minor in the same department or curriculum as the major, provided they follow the double-counting rules described below and do not exceed 45 credit hours of coursework in any one subject. For example, a major in Asian studies with a concentration in Japanese and a minor in Korean, both housed in the Department of Asian Studies, are permitted. Some departments may restrict majors and minors within the same academic unit, so please consult an academic advisor.
Courses that fulfill requirements for a major or minor may be double-counted (applied to a second major or minor) with the following general limitation: more than half (not merely half) of the courses and course credit hours taken in each major/minor must be exclusive to that major/minor. In a 10-course major, for example, at least six courses, and at least 51 percent of the credit hours, should be counted exclusively in that major and should not double-count even if cross-listed with courses in a student’s second major or a minor. Some majors may further restrict double-counting courses. Students who are pursuing two majors and a minor (or two minors and a major) may, in principle, use a single course to satisfy requirements in all three areas of study, provided that more than half (not merely half) of the courses and course credit hours taken in each major/minor are exclusive to that major/minor.
The College offers over 70 academic minors in its departments and curricula. In addition, arts and sciences students may minor—provided they are given permission by the respective professional schools—in business administration (Kenan–Flagler Business School), in education (School of Education), in information systems (School of Information and Library Science), in journalism and mass communication (School of Journalism and Mass Communication), and in speech and hearing sciences (UNC School of Medicine). Students enrolled in the professional schools who wish to complete a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences must receive permission from their professional school. For more information about the following minors, refer to the “Academic Departments and Schools” section of this bulletin for the department or curriculum housing the minor. An asterisk (*) indicates that students must receive permission to be admitted to the minor.
African studies (African, African American, and Diaspora Studies)
African American and diaspora studies (African, African American, and Diaspora Studies)
American Indian studies (American Studies)
Arabic (Asian Studies)
Astronomy (Physics and Astronomy)
Business administration (Kenan–Flagler Business School)*
Chinese (Asian Studies)
Classical humanities (Classics)
Coaching education (Exercise and Sport Science)*
Cognitive science (Psychology)
Comparative literature (English and Comparative Literature)
Composition, rhetoric, and digital literacy (English and Comparative Literature)*
Creative writing (English and Comparative Literature)*
Education (School of Education)*
Environmental science and studies
Exercise and sport science
Folklore (American Studies)
French (Romance Languages and Literatures)
German (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Global cinema (English and Comparative Literature)
Hindi-Urdu (Asian Studies)
Hispanic studies (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Information systems (School of Information and Library Sciences)*
International American studies (American Studies)
Islamic and Middle Eastern studies (Religious Studies)
Italian (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Japanese (Asian Studies)
Jewish studies (Religious Studies)
Journalism and mass communication (Journalism and Mass Communication)*
Korean (Asian Studies)
Latina/o studies (English and Comparative Literature)
Mathematical decision sciences (Statistics and Operations Research)
Medical anthropology (Anthropology)
Medicine, literature, and culture (English and Comparative Literature)
Medieval and early modern studies (History)
Modern Hebrew (Asian studies)
Philosophy, politics, and economics (Philosophy)
Portuguese (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Recreation administration (Exercise and Sport Science)
Russian culture (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Sexuality studies (Women’s and Gender Studies)
Slavic and East European cultures (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Social and economic justice (Sociology)
Southern studies (American Studies)
Spanish for the professions (Romance Languages and Literatures)*
Speech and hearing sciences (UNC School of Medicine)*
Study of Christianity and culture (Religious Studies)
Sustainability studies (Environment and Ecology)
Urban studies and planning (City and Regional Planning)
Women’s and gender studies
Writing for the screen and stage (Communication Studies)*
The requirements and limitations that apply to all undergraduate academic minors are as follows:
• A student may have no more than two minors, regardless of the student’s major degree program. Departments and curricula may exclude certain minors from being elected and completed by students majoring in these departments and curricula.
• More than half (not merely half) of the credit hours and courses (including cross-listed courses) taken to satisfy the minor requirements must be counted exclusively in the minor and not double-counted in other majors or minors.
• At least nine hours of the minor must be completed at UNC–Chapel Hill and not at other academic institutions. Certain departments may require that more than nine hours must be completed at the University.
• Some departments or curricula may disallow the double-counting of courses in the minor and as General Education courses.
• A minimum of 12 hours of C (not C-) grades or better is required in the minor, though some minors may require more. Students who transfer in courses in the minor must earn C or better grades in three-quarters of the courses and hours that they take for the minor at UNC–Chapel Hill. Students who use By-Examination (BE) credit (see section below) toward a minor may have fewer than 12 hours of coursework remaining to complete the minor (especially for minors with fewer than five courses or 15 hours); in these situations, earning grades of C or better in all of the remaining coursework is required.
• All courses in the minor department or curriculum must be taken for a regular letter grade. As with courses in the major, one Pass/D+/D/Fail course taken before the declaration of the minor may count toward that minor. Otherwise, no course in the minor department may be taken Pass/D+/D/Fail.
• If students plan to pursue the completion of a minor, they are encouraged to declare their minor by early in the junior year.
Credit by College Board Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or SAT Subject Examinations
Students who meet UNC–Chapel Hill standards on certain approved College Board Advanced Placement examinations, examinations of the International Baccalaureate Program, or certain SAT II Subject Tests (e.g., foreign language) may receive academic credit for comparable University coursework. Each year the Office of Undergraduate Admissions publishes the minimum scores necessary for the awarding of course credit; however, final authority for awarding this placement credit lies with the chair of the department or curriculum in which credit is to be received. Minimum scores for placement may change from year to year. Regulations for credit in the year in which the student began study at UNC–Chapel Hill as a full-time student determine the standards that apply, not the year in which the student took the examination. Such credit will not be contingent upon the completion of further work in the subject unless specified by an academic department.
By-Examination (BE) credit awarded based on a student’s scores on the Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SAT II Subject Tests, or departmental examinations may be used to fulfill General Education requirements. For students admitted as new first-year or transfer students beginning in fall 2009 or later, the following limitations apply to the use of By-Examination (BE) credit in a major or minor:
• No more than two courses (six to eight credit hours) of BE credit may be used as part of the major core.
• No more than one BE credit course (three to four credit hours) may be used as part of a minor.
• Grades of BE from an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or SAT II Subject Test may not count toward the requirement that students earn at least 18 hours of C or better grades in the major core, or toward the minimum hours of C required in the minor.
Students who wish to enroll in a course for which they have By-Examination or placement credit should discuss their decision with an academic advisor. In the event that a student takes a course for which Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or SAT II Subject Test credit is awarded, the By-Examination credit will be forfeited when the course is completed, as well as any higher-level BE or PL credit in that sequence. For example, a student whose test scores would award BE credit for MATH 231 and 232 and who chooses to take MATH 231 at UNC–Chapel Hill will forfeit BE credit for both MATH 231 and 232.
Credit by Examination
Enrolled students who, through independent study or experience, have gained knowledge of the content of undergraduate courses offered by the University may, with the approval of the relevant department and school or college, receive credit (without grade) for such courses by special examination. The student must receive the approval of the department and college/school at least 30 days before the examination is taken, and the examination must be taken before the beginning of the last semester or full summer session before the student’s graduation.
Foreign Language Placement Credit
Experiential Speakers of a Foreign Language
Enrolled students who have learned a language currently offered at UNC–Chapel Hill by experience (i.e., having grown up speaking another language in the home or having lived several years in another country) and who are conversant and literate in that language and in English, may take a placement test in that language for placement (PL) only and not for credit hours. If the student places beyond level 3, the student can use that language to fulfill the General Education foreign language requirement, but again, no credit hours will be awarded. The placement test must be taken before the beginning of the last semester or full summer session before graduation.
Native Speakers of a Foreign Language
For academic purposes, a native speaker is a student raised in a country outside the United States and formally educated through all or most of high school in a language other than English. Native speakers cannot use By-Examination (BE) credit in their native language to reduce the requirements for a major in that language and will not receive credit for levels 1 through 4 of their native language(s). However, upon recommendation of the appropriate language department, they may receive credit for courses taken at UNC–Chapel Hill beyond level 4 if those courses are heavily based on literature, film, culture, or other content. Native speakers of languages other than English may use ENGL 105, or its transfer equivalent, to satisfy their General Education foreign language requirement. Native speakers who wish to pursue placement (PL) in their language, should make an appointment with Assistant Dean Glynis Cowell via the online scheduler at advising.unc.edu.
Independent Studies for Credit
The University offers independent study experiences for students. Such courses, including directed readings, internships, and research courses for an individual student, are offered for academic credit through departments and curricula. Twelve hours of graded independent study credit may be counted toward graduation (excluding six hours of senior honors thesis credit). No more than 12 hours may be taken in any one semester. Students may participate in formalized programs, or they may make individual contracts for work under the supervision of a member of the permanent faculty at the department/curriculum level. For information about independent study courses in their majors, students should consult the director of undergraduate studies in their major department or curriculum.
Policy on Credit for Internships—The College of Arts
No internship automatically earns academic credit. Students who want academic credit for an internship should contact the director of undergraduate studies in a relevant academic department or curriculum before beginning the internship and must complete an internship course in that academic unit. Not all departments and curricula offer internship courses.
Internships may not be used to meet the experiential education (EE) requirement unless the student earns academic credit for the internship through a department or curriculum. A student must enroll in a course that has been approved as meeting the EE requirement in order for an internship to fulfill that requirement.
Students who must earn academic credit as a condition of doing the internship—and who cannot get credit through an academic department or curriculum—should contact a counselor at University Career Services for possible credit in SPCL 493 before beginning the internship. The student must write a statement describing his or her learning objectives and a paper reflecting on the experience. SPCL 493 is a one-credit, Pass/Fail course that does not count toward any graduation requirements.
Students may earn one of two types of honors at UNC–Chapel Hill: distinction/highest distinction and honors/highest honors.
Degrees with Distinction
To graduate with distinction or with highest distinction, students must have completed at least 45 academic hours at UNC–Chapel Hill and have an overall grade point average of at least 3.500 or 3.800 respectively. The grade point average is based on the grades received and recorded by the Office of the University Registrar as of the degree award date. No changes are permitted to the awards after that date.
Degrees with Honors
Programs providing an opportunity for graduation with honors for qualified students are offered in all four divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences: fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. Honors programs are supervised by the individual departments and curricula in conjunction with the associate dean for honors. Though they are not completely uniform in the various disciplines, all have the following general procedures and requirements:
Application for honors work: Students should apply to the honors advisor in the department or curriculum of the major. Ordinarily, application is made at the end of the junior year, although it is done earlier in some departments. Detailed information concerning the application should be obtained from the honors advisor in the major.
Requirements for eligibility: In general, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.200 is required for admission to senior honors work, though a higher average is required in some departments. Prior participation in the undergraduate honors program (see below) is not required.
Nature and purpose of honors study: Programs are provided for students who have demonstrated a high level of scholastic ability and achievement and who desire to pursue an intensive, individualized program of study in their major discipline. Honors studies ordinarily consist of one or more of the following: the preparation of an honors thesis or essay, an independent research or reading program, an artistic performance or exhibition, or the completion of advanced coursework in the major not normally required of students in that major.
A special written or oral examination on the student’s program is required during the second semester of the senior year. The department may impose other requirements that it deems appropriate. In every instance, study for honors will require academic excellence. When the student has fulfilled all requirements, the department will recommend to the associate dean for honors that the degree be awarded with honors or with highest honors. The degree with highest honors is conferred in recognition of extraordinary achievement in honors program work and predominantly excellent course grades in the major.
Procedures for granting degrees with honors: The grade for coursework in connection with an honors project is determined by the faculty sponsor and is (like all grades) subject to appeal. Successful completion of honors study does not automatically confer departmental honors. Before awarding a degree with honors, the College of Arts and Sciences requires the recommendation of a departmental honors committee on the basis of departmental criteria for honors (normally an excellent paper and/or examination and a high grade point average in the major field) and the endorsement of that committee’s recommendation by the chair of the department or curriculum. A negative recommendation by the department is final and cannot be appealed. The associate dean for honors makes the final decision to award a degree with honors on the basis of the department’s positive recommendation and the student’s cumulative grade point average.
Phi Beta Kappa
This national collegiate honor society is open to undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences and in exceptional circumstances (as described below) to students enrolled in undergraduate professional degree programs. The following students in the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible for membership:
• Students who have completed at least 75 semester hours of graded academic coursework taken at UNC–Chapel Hill with a UNC–Chapel Hill grade point average of at least 3.850
• Students who have completed at least 105 semester hours of academic coursework (which includes at least 45 semester hours of graded academic coursework taken at UNC–Chapel Hill) with a UNC–Chapel Hill grade point average of at least 3.750
No grades made at an institution from which a student has transferred shall be included in determining a student’s eligibility. The grade point average shall include all academic coursework taken at UNC–Chapel Hill toward the candidate’s degree. Grades and hours received on courses taken after the candidate has received his or her degree shall not be counted.
Undergraduate students not enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who meet the general semester hours and grade point average described above and who have completed at least 90 semester hours of coursework in the departments and curricula of the College of Arts and Sciences (or the equivalents accepted for transfer credit from other institutions) are eligible for election. These students may apply by submitting a current UNC–Chapel Hill transcript as well as transcripts for all college coursework taken elsewhere. Applications for fall initiation must be submitted no later than September 15. Applications for spring initiation must be submitted no later than January 20.
To be eligible for the Dean’s List, full-time students who enter the University as first-time, first-year students beginning in fall 2010 must meet the following requirement:
• A 3.500 grade point average with no grade lower than a C if enrolled in at least 12 hours of letter-grade credit, exclusive of physical education activities (PHYA) courses.
The grade point average is based on the grades received and recorded by the Office of the University Registrar at the time the Dean’s List is published. No changes are permitted to the Dean’s List after that date.
Special Undergraduate Programs
The James M. Johnston Center for
James Leloudis, Ph.D., Director
The James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence was founded to lead a renaissance in undergraduate education at Carolina. Building on the University’s 200-year commitment to outstanding teaching and scholarship, the Johnston Center serves as the intellectual crossroads of the College of Arts and Sciences and welcomes students, faculty, and staff from all departments and programs.
The Johnston Center supports curricular initiatives that enliven undergraduate education. It offers opportunities for learning outside the traditional classroom and for building a strong sense of intellectual community. The center hosts visits from civic and community leaders, philosophers, artists, scientists, poets, and politicians. It also provides a warm and welcoming environment, where students can get to know their professors as scholars and as people, meet Carolina alumni, and perform or present their own creative and scholarly works.
The Johnston Center houses Honors Carolina, the Office of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad, the Office of Distinguished Scholarships, the Office for Undergraduate Research, the Robertson Scholars Program, and the Beasley Multimedia Center.
The Johnston Center also serves as a laboratory for innovation in teaching and learning by providing access to exceptional technology. Faculty and students use its state-of-the-art classrooms to engage in collaborative inquiry with peers close to home and around the globe. The center’s teleconferencing facilities connect UNC–Chapel Hill programs abroad back to campus and give students in Chapel Hill access to academic experts from all parts of the world.
The Johnston Center’s student-faculty advisory committee advises its director on all aspects of programming and planning.
James Leloudis, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Honors
Ritchie Kendall, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Honors
Honors Carolina offers exceptionally well-qualified undergraduate students an opportunity to take part of their General Education curriculum and other coursework in special honors seminars and honors sections of regular departmental offerings.
Honors seminars are special topics courses that are often interdisciplinary and that emphasize new approaches to scholarship and teaching. Honors seminars and honors sections of regular departmental courses are limited in enrollment, usually 24 or fewer students. These courses emphasize critical reading, class discussion, and expository writing. Departments and curricula often provide honors versions of the courses listed in their sections of this bulletin; interested students also should consult the course listings at the Honors Carolina Web site at honorscarolina.unc.edu.
Some enrolling first-year students are invited to participate immediately in Honors Carolina. Other students may apply to the program at the end of their first semester or first year of study. Details of the application process are available on the Honors Carolina Web site. Honors Carolina students must take at least two honors courses during each academic year and maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good standing. Honors courses are open to all academically qualified students on a space-available basis.
The Honors Carolina Student Advisory Board coordinates a variety of social and cocurricular activities, including a dinner and discussion series for students and faculty, community service projects, film festivals, and networking receptions with distinguished alumni.
To graduate from the University with honors or highest honors, students must complete a senior thesis project or an approved equivalent in their academic major. Senior honors thesis programs are offered in nearly 50 departments, curricula, and professional schools throughout the University. Interested students should consult with the honors advisor in their major about department-specific requirements.
Office of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad
Friederike Seeger, Director
Honors Study Abroad: Honors Carolina offers innovative study abroad opportunities in London, Oxford, Rome, Cape Town, and Singapore. Students take courses with UNC–Chapel Hill faculty who serve as program directors and with instructors from some of the world’s leading institutions of higher education. The London program is based at Winston House, UNC–Chapel Hill’s European Study Center, located in Bloomsbury close to the city’s leading universities and cultural institutions. All of the programs provide honors graded credit for General Education and major requirements.
Burch Field Research Seminars: Burch Field Research Seminars offer students and faculty an opportunity to spend a full semester or summer session working on a shared research project in the United States or abroad. Topics for recent seminars have included policy making and foreign affairs in Washington, DC, the role of international organizations in the peace-building process in the Balkans, human rights and international law in Rwanda, public health in Vietnam, rain forest ecology in the Brazilian Amazon, archaeology in Peru, and climate change and renewable energy in Alaska and Iceland. A changing roster of Burch Seminars is offered every year.
Burch Fellows Program: The Burch Fellows Program recognizes undergraduates who possess extraordinary ability, promise, and imagination. It provides up to six fellowships each year to support self-designed off-campus experiences in the United States and abroad that enable students to pursue a passionate interest in a way and to a degree not otherwise possible.
Weir Fellows Program: Weir Fellows spend the spring semester in Beijing for intensive Chinese language study and then complete an eight-week summer internship in either Beijing or Shanghai, where they explore careers in fields such as banking, law, journalism, public health, and historic preservation.
These programs are open to all academically qualified students. Additional information is available in the Going Global section of the Honors Carolina Web site: honorscarolina.unc.edu/big-fish-big-pond/global-learning.
Office of Distinguished Scholarships
Linda Dykstra, Ph.D., Director
The mission of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) is to provide a central location for information on national and international distinguished scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman scholarships. ODS strongly believes in educating students about available opportunities and the preparation required to compete for these prestigious scholarships. The office provides regular informational sessions for students with a grade point average of 3.6 and above. Additionally, ODS advises students on drafts of their applications, suggests interviewing strategies, and facilitates contacts with faculty members who can assist with the writing of project statements.
For more information about the Office of Distinguished Scholarships and access to all the scholarships offered through this office, visit www.distinguishedscholarships.unc.edu.
Office for Undergraduate Research
Krista M. Perreira, Associate Dean and Director
The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) was established in 1999 to help students learn about the expanding possibilities for research, mentored scholarship, or creative performance at UNC–Chapel Hill. It seeks to make research a distinctive feature of the undergraduate educational experience at this vibrant research university in the belief that students who understand how discoveries are made are well prepared to address the unsolved problems of the future. The office is located in 220 Graham Memorial and is a part of the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence.
All undergraduates are invited to register for the Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP). Participants who complete the requirements, including a multidisciplinary component such as the introductory modes of inquiry seminar (IDST 194) and research-intensive courses, and who present their original work at the campus undergraduate research symposium or at a professional conference, will receive official University recognition on their transcripts for their contributions.
The OUR maintains several kinds of searchable databases, including listings of courses that introduce research methodologies, research-intensive courses in which over half of class time is devoted to students’ conducting original research and presenting research conclusions, research-exposure courses that involve graduate students or postdoctoral fellows as research consultants (GRCs) to assist undergraduates with their projects, postings of current undergraduate research opportunities on campus, and descriptions of what Carolina students have accomplished. The OUR also sponsors a Celebration of Undergraduate Research each spring, allowing students to present their results to the campus and community. There are also funding opportunities available through the OUR that provide Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) and support for students to travel to professional meetings to present their work.
For more information about the Office for Undergraduate Research and for access to all the programs and databases, visit the Web site at www.unc.edu/depts/our.
Robert Miles, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Study Abroad and International Exchanges
Living and studying in another culture is a crucial part of an undergraduate education for all majors. Undergraduate students who wish to receive credit for study abroad may do so only on officially sanctioned UNC–Chapel Hill programs, by applying through one of the following offices that administer study abroad programs: the College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Office located in the FedEx Global Education Center and the Kenan–Flagler Business School B.S.B.A. program, McColl Building. Study abroad credit will be awarded only to students who participate in the programs administered by these UNC–Chapel Hill offices. Students who wish to participate in other programs for academic credit may submit a petition for approval only to the Study Abroad Office. Deadlines and procedures are available from the director for advising in the Study Abroad Office. Not all program petitions are granted.
The Study Abroad Office facilitates all study abroad programs designed and offered within the College of Arts and Sciences, including Honors Study Abroad Programs, Burch Field Research Seminars, and UNC Institute for the Environment Programs. The Study Abroad Office also operates undergraduate student exchange programs and a number of programs led by UNC–Chapel Hill faculty members. Study abroad programs are available in more than 70 countries. There are summer, semester, and yearlong programs.
Many programs for UNC–Chapel Hill students offer a varied curriculum, while some are focused on a particular academic discipline. Students are strongly advised to begin to plan their academic program by first attending a Study Abroad 101 information session and then arranging an advising session in the Study Abroad Office. Students may fulfill elective, General Education, and major/minor requirements abroad. All students who participate in approved study abroad programs will earn experiential education General Education credit. Approval for major/minor credits must be granted by the director of undergraduate studies or study abroad liaison in the relevant department, and approval for General Education requirements must be granted by the Study Abroad Office, which coordinates the approval process in both instances. Some programs, most often those taught by UNC–Chapel Hill faculty members, offer University graded course credits. Most programs will offer transfer credit that can also be used to fulfill requirements toward graduation.
Through informational meetings and individual counseling, the Study Abroad Office advising staff assists students in choosing the best programs for their academic needs and in devising an appropriate course schedule. The Study Abroad Office requires students to attend a predeparture program during which they receive valuable information regarding safe travel, managing money abroad, academic credit issues, and managing cultural adjustment. The office maintains contact with the students while they are abroad and provides reentry information upon their return to UNC–Chapel Hill.
First Year Seminars
Drew S. Coleman, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
The First Year Seminar Program at UNC–Chapel Hill builds and sustains a vibrant campus-based educational community committed to promoting the success of first-year college students by coordinating a varied offering of seminar-format courses that allow students to work closely with our best instructors on intriguing topics.
First-year seminars introduce students to the intellectual life of the University. Taught by instructors who are active scholars and accomplished teachers, each seminar enrolls 16 to 24 first-year students. The seminars address a range of topics across disciplines, often including the most pressing issues of the day. First-year seminars share a common focus on how scholars pose problems, discover solutions, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge. They also provide students with a comfortable and engaging social network.
Students in first-year seminars are active participants in the learning process. The seminars encourage self-directed inquiry by using a variety of activities inside and outside the classroom, including field work, case studies, performances, computer projects, laboratory explorations, archival research, and group presentations.
For more information about the First Year Seminar Program, visit the Web site at fys.unc.edu. The site is designed to provide students, parents, and instructors with information about the First Year Seminar Program.
Languages across the Curriculum (LAC)
Tanya Kinsella, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
The Languages across the Curriculum (LAC) program offers students the opportunity to use world languages in a variety of courses outside the departments of languages and literatures. The program aims to promote a full understanding of world regions while demonstrating the relevance of practical language skills across the disciplines. Participation in LAC enables students to 1) communicate in the target language about course topics, 2) explore how course topics relate to world regions that speak the target language, 3) consider course topics from the perspective of individuals who represent the target language or culture, and 4) use the target language to conduct course research. Administratively housed in the Center for European Studies, the LAC program receives support from the College of Arts and Sciences and from six campus centers with United States Department of Education Title VI grants: the Center for European Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, the African Studies Center, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and the UNC Center for International Business Education and Research.
Since spring 1996, the LAC program has offered course options in nine languages—Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish—for more than 58 different courses spanning 23 disciplines. Students who enroll in LAC recitation or discussion sections are eligible to receive one graded hour of foreign language credit. For enrollment instructions, semester course lists, and additional information, visit areastudies.unc.edu/lac.
The Center for Student Success
and Academic Counseling (CSSAC)
Harold Woodard, M.A., Associate Dean and Director
Marcus Collins, M.S., Assistant Dean
Kim Abels, Ph.D., Interim Director
Mary Willingham, M.A., Assistant Director
2203 SASB North, (919) 962-1046. Web site: cssac.unc.edu
CSSAC is dedicated to promoting academic excellence to assist students in achieving their academic goals while enrolled at Carolina. Its constituent programs—Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes, Academic Success Program for Students with LD and ADHD, Learning Center, Office for Student Academic Counseling, Summer Bridge, and Writing Center—provide support for students in developing the skills and strategies needed to achieve academic success. This commitment to student learning supports the University’s mission to “teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to become the next generation of leaders.”
CSSAC’s unit for Student Academic Counseling offers academic and personal support to all UNC–Chapel Hill students. Its primary objective is to sponsor programs and activities that promote academic excellence, increase retention, and improve the campus climate for diversity among American Indian and African American undergraduates. Support provided by Student Academic Counseling includes the Minority Advisory Program, Cultural and Personal Enrichment Sessions for American Indian Students, the STAR Networks, and the annual Hayden B. Renwick Academic Achievement (3.0) Awards Ceremony. Historically, this office has worked cooperatively with members of several student organizations including Black Women United, the Black Student Movement, the Carolina Hispanic Student Association, the National Panhellenic Council, the Asian Student Association, and the Carolina Indian Circle. Among the tribes that have been represented in the Carolina Indian Circle over the years are the Cherokee, Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, and Waccamaw Siouan. An associate dean, an assistant dean, and an assistant director work with several graduate assistants to meet the needs of any UNC–Chapel Hill student requesting assistance.
The Minority Advisory Program and Carolina Covenant Peer Mentoring Program
The Minority Advisory Program (MAP) consists of minority students with cumulative grade point averages of 2.5 or higher who volunteer to serve as peer mentors mostly to minority first-year undergraduates. These peer mentors provide academic counseling, bridge communication between CSSAC and first-year students, and assist them with their transition from high school to university life. CSSAC also oversees the peer mentoring program for Carolina Covenant Scholars and community college students participating in the Carolina Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP). As with MAP, Carolina Covenant Scholars and C-STEP volunteers serve as peer mentors to first-year Carolina Covenant Scholars and C-STEP participants to assist them with their academic and social transition to Carolina.
Academic Monitoring System
This program identifies, early in the semester, students who are in potential danger of academic failure. Professors and instructors complete academic progress forms that assess the student’s performance in a course. The deans review these forms and discuss improvement strategies with the student.
Academic Skills Enhancement Workshops
These workshops encourage students to strengthen their study skills through organized topical discussions and a mutual sharing of ideas. Those topics include reading for college, note taking, studying for biology, studying for chemistry, using and citing sources properly and effectively, time management, test preparation, reading preparation/speed, studying/active learning, memorization, managing time and stress, and preparing for final exams.
Cultural and Enrichment Sessions for American Indian Students
These sessions provide opportunities to discuss aspects of students’ culture and heritage, share their experiences at UNC–Chapel Hill, and develop strategies for meeting their personal and academic goals.
These networks organize sophomores, juniors, and seniors to help them prepare for graduate research and career opportunities.
Academic Achievement (3.0) Recognition Ceremony
These ceremonies acknowledge primarily minority students who have excelled academically while attending UNC–Chapel Hill. Students achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better are recognized each spring semester and awarded a certificate of achievement. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend this annual event.
The Learning Center
Kim Abels, Ph.D., Interim Director
118 SASB North, (919) 962-3782. Web site: learningcenter.unc.edu
The Learning Center, located in the Student and Academic Services Building North on the corner of Ridge Road and Manning Drive, aims to help students become self-confident, self-directed learners. While the immediate goal of the Learning Center is improving students’ abilities to learn, remember, and solve problems, the center’s ultimate goal is increasing student achievement through retention and graduation. To make an appointment with a counselor or check out this year’s event calendar, visit the Learning Center’s Web site at learningcenter.unc.edu.
The center’s programs include
• Individual assistance with attaining academic goals
• The Reading and Learning Lab, a program through which students can discover effective reading and learning strategies
• Supplemental instruction and guided study groups to help participants blend how to learn with what to learn, as well as a peer tutoring program offering tutorial assistance to enhance students’ understanding of many subjects
• Inexpensive courses to help students prepare for the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT (fees are currently $150 per course)
• The Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD (see description below)
The Learning Center’s Academic Success Program for Students with LD and ADHD at (919) 962-7227, located in Suite 2109 of the Student and Academic Services Building North, offers services for students with documented learning disabilities and/or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). In the Academic Success Program for Students with LD and ADHD, students work collaboratively with staff to create alternative strategies to overcome the barriers caused by their disabilities without lowering academic standards or their academic goals. Students also can work with staff to review their evaluations in order to better understand how LD and/or ADHD impact their lives, and how they can become better advocates for themselves. CoActive Coaching—a partnership designed to help students develop self-determination in order to take action toward setting and achieving fulfilling goals—is also available.
Academic Support Program for Student–Athletes
Michelle Brown, Ph.D., Director
2103 The Loudermilk Center for Excellence, (919) 962-9537.
Web site: cssac.unc.edu/athletic-counseling-program
The Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes assists the University’s student-athletes in reaching their academic goals. Program staff provide academic counseling, a first-year transition program, proactive monitoring, study skills development workshops, tutoring, and a supplemental instruction program. Facilities include a computer lab, group and private study rooms, a reading lounge, and a 130-seat auditorium. Student-athletes are expected to consult with their advisers in the Academic Advising Program for information about courses and graduation requirements.
For more information, contact Michelle Brown, Director, Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes, The Carolina Student-Athlete Center for Excellence, CB# 3107, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3107, (919) 962-9537.
Marcus Collins, M.S., Director
2203 SASB North, (919) 962-1046.
Web site: summerbridge.unc.edu.
Summer Bridge is a seven-week residential academic support program for a select group of entering first-year students. The program is designed to ease participants’ personal and academic transition from high school to the University. Students enroll in an English composition course and in one mathematics or chemistry course. They also participate in learning strategies instruction offered by the Learning Center. Cultural and recreational activities are significant components of the program, as students are introduced to the University and the vast array of opportunities available.
The Writing Center
Kim Abels, Ph.D., Director
SASB North lower level, (919) 962-7710.
Web site: writingcenter.unc.edu
The Writing Center is a free service available to students, faculty, and staff at UNC–Chapel Hill. Our main office is in SASB North, and we have a satellite location in Greenlaw Hall. Our tutors are friendly graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines who are specially trained in teaching writing. We offer both 50-minute face-to-face sessions and an online tutoring system that allows undergraduate students to submit writing and receive feedback via the Web. Our face-to-face sessions take place by appointment. Undergraduates can use Writing Center services twice a week; graduate students, faculty, and staff can work with us once a week. Additional services for international students and scholars and other English language learners are available through our English Language and American Culture program. You can find out more about the Writing Center by reading our FAQ.
What happens during a session?
The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service, although we are happy to help you learn these skills. Our tutors work collaboratively with you to address your concerns as a writer. After reading through your assignment and paper together, we’ll discuss your concerns. We’ll spend a lot of our time talking, but it’s also likely that you’ll do some writing. We may direct you to further resources at the end of a session. Our goal is to support your long-term development as a writer, giving you new skills to use in future writing projects.
What kinds of things do writers usually work on?
People visit us at all stages of the writing process. Writers often want to work on understanding an assignment or project, brainstorming some good ideas, or making an outline. They may choose to focus on thesis development, organization, or argument, or they may be interested in learning how to proofread or edit their papers. People come to the Writing Center seeking feedback from an experienced, interested reader, someone who can say, “I understood this part, but not this one,” or “I’m not sure how this relates to your thesis,” or “I was wondering why you put this sentence here; can you tell me more?” The questions our tutors ask will show you how your writing is coming across to one audience; the skills they teach you will help you communicate your ideas more clearly and effectively.
Other Academic Services
General Chemistry Resource Center
Todd Austell, Ph.D., Coordinator
The Chemistry Resource Center supplements class instruction for any student enrolled in CHEM 101 General Chemistry I and CHEM 102 General Chemistry II as well as CHEM 241 and 241H, 261 and 261H, and 262 and 262H. When the University is in session, tutors are on duty in Dobbins Chemistry Resource Center, 305 Morehead Labs, Monday through Thursday from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. Students may drop in to ask questions, discuss course material, and work through problems.
Math Help Center
Miranda Thomas, Ph.D., Director
The Math Help Center, located in 365 Phillips Hall, provides additional instructional support for students enrolled in MATH 110 through 233. The center is staffed by both graduate and undergraduate tutors who work with students in small groups or individually. The center’s main purposes are to provide assistance and to increase the success rate for students in specific math courses. To view hours or updates, visit the Web site at math.unc.edu/for-undergrads/help-center.