Faculty Regulations Concerning Undergraduate Degrees

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Requirements for the Award of the BA Degree:
Level I Students - Full-time |  Part-time | Required to Withdraw | Extra courses | Switch from full-time to part-time | Transfer
Level II Students
Level III Students


1. In order to qualify for a BA Degree, a student must:

(a) complete at least 90 credits (30 courses), of which,

(i) 12 credits (4 courses) shall be for Foundation Courses. (The English Language Foundation courses must be taken at Level I. Other  out-of-Faculty Foundation Courses may be taken, preferably, at Level II); 

(ii) 78 credits (26 courses) shall be taken in Faculty courses, including the relevant Level III Research Paper. (A Faculty course is a course offered in a specific discipline within Faculties); and

(b) have courses distributed as follows:

In fulfilling the requirements for the BA degree, students should adhere to the following distribution of courses:

Level I:  10 courses including the two English Language Foundation courses, the foreign language requirement and the two Faculty electives outside the Major;

Level II: 10 courses including the two Foundation Courses FOUN1210 and FOUN1301;

Level III: 10 courses including the year-long research paper or approved substitutes (equivalent of 2 courses).

Only in exceptional circumstances, such as when courses may not be available at Levels II or III, and with the approval of the Dean will deviations from the norm be permitted.

(c) satisfy the requirements for the declared Major(s).(See programme structures under Majors and Specials).

Level 1 Students

2. Full-time Programme

(a) A full-time student shall complete the degree programme in no fewer than six and no more than twelve semesters.

(b) A full-time student should normally register for not more than fifteen credits (5 courses) and no fewer than twelve credits (4 courses) per semester, except in the case of the final two semesters of the degree programme in which a student may seek permission to register for a maximum of 21 credits (7 courses) each semester (including HUMN3099, PHIL3099, EDRS3501, or PSYC3011) to complete the degree.

(c) A full-time student must:

(i) have full matriculation, (see Qualifications on p.12 for information);
(ii) devote his/her full time to study and not hold full-time employment;

(d) A full-time Level I student must register for a total of ten courses for the academic year.

(e) A full-time Level I student may seek permission to register for up to two extra courses, and the Dean may grant permission after an assessment of the student’s academic potential. An extra course in the Level I programme, if passed, may be counted towards completion of the Level I programme if necessary, and the student shall not be required to indicate on the registration form which is the extra course.
3. Part-time Programme

(a) A student with lower level matriculation (see Qualifications on p.12 for information) must register as a part-time student.

(b) A part-time student shall complete the degree in no fewer than eight and no more than eighteen semesters.

(c) Part-time students at Level I (as identified in (a), must take 15 credits (5 courses) in their first year of registration. These must include the two Foundation courses (unless exempted) and three Faculty courses. However, a student who has at least one A’ Level may do 18 credits (6 courses) in the first year of registration if the Dean is satisfied that he or she has adequate time and academic potential to cope with the extra load.

(d) A part-time student with full matriculation (i.e., having at least two A’ Levels or an Associate Degree with a GPA of 2.50 on entry to the University) should normally register for no more than 18 credits (6 courses) and no fewer than 12 credits (4 courses) in one academic year.

(e) Normally, a part-time student will be required to spread the Level I programme over four semesters. At least one Foundation course must be done in the first semester.

(f) A part-time student will not normally be permitted to register for Level II courses unless he or she has gained at least eighteen Level I credits (completed 6 Level I courses).

4. Students will be required to withdraw from the Faculty if after receiving a warning letter concerning their poor academic performance in one semester, do not improve and have a GPA is less than 2.00 in the following semester.

Extra Courses
5. Extra courses taken in the Level I programme will in no circumstances be submitted for credit in the Level II programme, or otherwise be counted towards the number of courses required for the Degree save as provided at 2(e) above. An extra course shall, however, count as satisfying the prerequisite for entry to other courses where it is so required. 

6. Only two Beginners’ courses may count towards the Level I programme, and no such course may form part of the Level II or Level III programme.

Change from Part-Time or Full-Time
7. Transfer from Part-Time to Full-Time Status and Vice Versa:

(a) A full-time student who takes full-time employment before January 31 in any year will be required to change to part-time registration. A part-time student with lower level matriculation may transfer to full-time status after gaining 15 credits (successfully completing 5 courses).

(b) A part-time student who becomes eligible for full-time status may change his/her registration up to September 30 in any year.

8. Transferring from one Faculty to Another
Students wishing to transfer from one Faculty to another should note the details for applications listed in the Academic Calendar (see p. 1 for deadline dates).
Applications can be accessed through the UWI website (http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/admissions/transfer-students.aspx). Students are to return the completed forms to the Faculty Office for approval by the Dean. Students should note that the transfer, once approved, will be processed in time for the new academic year, and that they will receive notification of approval from the Admissions Section of Student Affairs.

(a) Students transferring into Level 1 from another Faculty must satisfy the relevant matriculation requirement.

(b) Students transferring into the Faculty may apply for exemption from or credit for courses completed in another Faculty or institution.

(c) Exemptions with credit are not normally granted in respect of Level II or III courses. N.B.: Students who received an exemption
without credit are required to do another course.

(d) A transfer student with passes obtained in the Preliminary year in the Faculty of Science and Technology may use such passes for purposes of matriculation, but may not obtain credit for any such passes

9. Permission will not be granted to vary the Faculty’s requirements for registration in order to facilitate students who wish to transfer to another Faculty, but students who wish to do so, may apply to read extra courses in accordance with (5) above.

Level II Students
10. (a) No student shall be permitted to register for Level II courses before completing the Level I programme, unless that student is simultaneously registered to complete the relevant Level I courses.
(b) It is the student’s duty to ensure that he/she has the necessary prerequisites for the Level II courses for which he/she is registering. Any registration in breach of prerequisite requirements is invalid. 

Level III Students
11. (a) No student shall be permitted to register for Level III courses before completing the Level I and Level II courses, unless the student is simultaneously registered to complete those courses.

(b) A student who fails a Level III course that is not compulsory, may either repeat it or substitute another Level III course.

12. (a) Exemption or credit in respect of courses done elsewhere or during a previous UWI studentship will not apply to Caribbean Studies.

(b) Registration for Caribbean Studies or approved substitutes must take into consideration the rule on the maximum permissible load.

(c) The responsibility in respect of prerequisites applies as at (9b) above.

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