Faculty Regulations Concerning Undergraduate Degrees

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Double Majors
Faculty Requirements:
- Foundation Courses
- Electives
- Foreign Language Requirement
- Final Year Research Paper


All students must, upon entering the Faculty, declare a major in one of the following subjects. A major is a student’s principal subject of study:

  • Creative Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts Programme)
  • Education (Bachelor of Education Programme)
  • French
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literatures in English
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Theology

This means that students must do at least 12 core courses in the subject chosen (e.g. Linguistics) for a total of 36 credits. Courses must be chosen according to the requirements specified by each discipline (see the various Requirements for Majors, in the Majors and Specials section).

Students may choose to do a “Double Major” within the Faculty; that is, 36 credits (12 courses) in each of two of the subjects listed earlier (e.g. 12 courses in Linguistics and 12 courses in Spanish). Students wishing to do a double major involving a Major from outside the Faculty must seek special approval from the Dean of each Faculty involved.
Students may seek to do a “Special” in a subject (so far Specials are offered only in History, Literatures in English and Psychology). This consists of 54 credits (18 courses) and requires the permission of the Head of the Department. This evidently reduces the number of courses outside the discipline which a student may opt to do.

N.B.: Normally, students will not be allowed to pursue a Minor along with a “Special”.

Although it is not compulsory for students to pursue a Minor with their Major, for those students who are desirous of doing so, there are structured Minors available in a variety of disciplines. Those students wishing to pursue a Minor must get approval from the Dean. Students should note that they cannot normally take up a Minor before completing at least six (6) courses and not after completing Level Two. At the end of their degree, students who have a declared Minor will be certified as attaining a Minor where they have fulfilled the requirement of the Minor in the discipline they have chosen. (A Minor will normally consist of at least 18 credits which must include at least fifteen credits at Level II/III, including at least 3 credits at Level III).
Students must note that approval to pursue out-of-Faculty or cross-Faculty Minors is not automatic. This requires the permission of the two Deans involved, and in some cases, the approval of one or both Faculty Boards. Minors taken from other Faculties will follow those Faculties’ requirements, unless there are arrangements between the respective Faculties to vary the structure of the Minor. Students should also note that taking Minors in other Faculties might require them to do extra courses, notwithstanding the stipulation that a degree in the Faculty of Humanities and Education consists of 90 credits or 30 courses spread over the various levels.


In addition to the requirements for the Major, the following information explains the Faculty requirements for the degree programme:

  • 2 English Language Foundation Courses
  • 2 out-of-Faculty Foundation Courses (FOUN1210 and FOUN1301)
  • 2 Level 1 Faculty courses (electives) outside your Major but selected from within the Faculty
  • Foreign Language Requirement (not for French or Spanish majors)
  • Research Paper (or approved substitutes) at Level III


All students entering the Faculty are required to do four (4) Foundation courses for a total of twelve (12) credits by the time they graduate. Although they are all coded as Level I courses, only the Foundation Courses in English Language must be taken at Level I. The others may be taken at Level II.
NOTE: FOUN0100: Fundamentals of Written English must be taken by students who have not passed, taken, or been exempted from the Proficiency Test in English. This course has no credits.

  • The Foundation course FOUN1001 is compulsory for all students entering the Faculty, unless otherwise specified.
  • Students must also do either FOUN1002 or FOUN1003 as their second Foundation Course in English Language.
  • In addition, students must do FOUN1210 and FOUN1301, both of which are out-of-Faculty courses. Please refer all enquiries for these courses to the relevant Faculty.

The Foundation Courses which are administered by the Faculty of Humanities and Education are:

FOUN 1006 Exposition for Academic Purposes (formerly English for Academic Purposes)
FOUN 1004 An Introduction to Argument (formerly Language Argument )
FOUN 1003 An Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction (formerly Rhetoric I: The Writing Process)
FOUN 1008 An Introduction to Professional Writing (formerly Rhetoric II: Writing for Special Purposes) (For students pursuing the BA French or Spanish with Management; BA Psychology; and non-Humanities and Education students.)
FOUN1101 Caribbean Civilisation (For non-Humanities and Education Students)
FOUN1210 Science, Medicine and Technology in Society is administered by the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

FOUN1301 Law, Governance, Economy and Society in the Caribbean is administered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law.
Faculty Electives
An elective is a course (in any Faculty) which a student chooses (elects) to do, as opposed to a course which a student is required to do.  In virtually all cases, electives are necessary in order to make up the required 90 credits for the degree. As used in these regulations, the term “Faculty Elective” is an elective within the Faculty of Humanities and Education.
Students are required to take two courses (6 credits) in Humanities and Education outside their Major at Level I (one of which may be to meet the Foreign Language Requirement).
The Foreign Language Requirement

All students registered in the Faculty of Humanities and Education who do not have at least CSEC General Grade II before 1998, or Grade III after 1998, or its equivalent in a foreign language are required to complete three (3) credits in one of the following beginners' language courses at Level I of their programme:

  • CHIN0101 Beginners' Chinese
  • FREN0101 Beginners' French
  • SPAN0101 Beginners Spanish
  • PORT1001 Portuguese Language IA
This course can be used as one of the two required electives at Level 1.

Students may acquire the other credits required to attain the total of 90 credits (30 courses) by doing:

  • Extra courses in the subject of their Major
  • Faculty electives: courses in other subjects within the Faculty of Humanities and Education
  • Out-of-Faculty courses: up to ten courses in other Faculties
  • Co-curricular Courses: Credit for a maximum of one (1) Co-curricular Courses (level II or III) can be counted toward the overall number of courses for the degree (i.e. 30 courses). However, Co-curricular courses are assessed on a pass or fail (P/F) basis. They do not have a GPA rating and, therefore, are not used in calculating the class of degree.
  • Any permissible combination of the above.

Research Paper
Students are required to do one of the following research papers in his/her final year: HUMN3099 Caribbean Studies (French, History, Linguistics, Literatures in English and Spanish Majors), PHIL3099 Research in Philosophy (Philosophy Majors), PSYC3011 Research in Psychology (Psychology Majors), or approved substitute courses at Level III (6 credits) for Literatures in English Majors, EDRS 3501 The B Ed Study for Education Majors.


Faculty of Humanities and Education
Telephone: (246) 417-4385/87 Fax: (246) 424-0634 E-mail: humanities@cavehill.uwi.edu