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Detailed Requirement Explanations

This page provides thorough explanations of the University and College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) requirements. Please review below to learn more about the application of these policies. If, after reviewing this information, you have additional questions or concerns, please contact UAS as (302) 831-3020 or at as-advise@udel.edu .

University Requirements

University requirements must be completed by all students pursuing a University of Delaware undergraduate degree regardless of their college.

ENGL110, Seminar in Composition

3 credits. Requires a minimum grade "C-". If a student earns a lower grade, the course must be repeated for no additional degree credit.

ENGL110 is customarily taken during the freshman year. It can be taken later, but should be completed within the first 60 credits.

Credit for ENGL 110 cannot be gained from AP exams in English. However, students can earn for elective credit (ENGL 166 or 266) toward the degree or for ENGL 200, depending on the particular AP test and the score earned.

Students who were admitted to UD prior to Fall 2007 and who earned a score of 710 or higher on the SAT II Writing Test (not the SAT verbal score) are exempted from ENGL 110. The exemption will be posted at the top of the student's transcript. If it's not there, the student either didn't earn the correct score for exemption, the official score report was never received by UD Admissions, or there was a clerical error. A student who suspects an error should be referred to the UAS for trouble shooting. Exemptions were eliminated effective with entrance in Fall 2007 and later. From that point on, all students must take ENGL 110 unless they have transferred an equivalent course from another institution.

Transfer credit (for similar courses with titles like Composition, Rhetoric, etc.) from other institutions that has been posted to a student's UD record as "ENGL166T - Transfer Elective" might be reevaluated as equivalent to ENGL 110. Transfer students with such credit should follow the English Department's instructions to request re-evaluation of the credit.

First Year Experience (FYE)

Credits vary by course. Requires a minimum grade of "D-" (or "P" if the course was only offered on a pass/fail basis).

This requirement is typically completed in the form of a First Year Seminar during a student's first term at UD. For more information, please click here.

Students who entered the University of Delaware in Fall 2005 or later must satisfy this requirement. A student who began their college career at UD and changes to an CAS major should have already fulfilled the requirement while in the previous major. However, the student will need to consult with their advisor to determine whether or not their new major's FYE course is required or waived. The course will list the FYE designation on the transcript.

If a student's transfers to UD with 12 credits or more, the requirement will be typically be waived unless the course is required by the major.

Discovery Learning Experience (DLE)

3 credits (this may be one 3-credit experience or experiences of 1- or 2-credits adding up to three credits). Requires a minimum grade or "D-" (or "P" if the course/experience was only offered on a pass/fail basis). For more information about the DLE requirement, click here. can be found here.

Three DLE credits are required of all* undergraduate bachelor degree students entering UD in Fall 2006 or later. This includes readmitted students, transfer students and students who began studies at UD in the Associate in Arts (AA) Program or Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS). Students fulfill the DLE requirement by registering for and successfully completing, prior to graduation, a total of three credits of DLE approved coursework (e.g. internship, service learning, independent study, undergraduate research program, or study abroad program).

Effective Fall 2008, when a list of specific courses satisfying DLE was first published, only courses appearing on the DLE approved courses list fulfill the requirement. However, the list of DLE approved courses is retroactive, so a course completed before Fall 2008 fulfills the requirement if it appears on the list.

*The exception: A student who begins a UD bachelor degree program in Fall 2006 or later, who has at least twelve college or university credits (not including AP or IB credits) earned prior to Fall 2006 which are part of or have been posted to the UD transcript, is NOT obligated to fulfill the DLE requirement.

Note: DLE was introduced before Fall 2006 but the requirement is waived for all students who entered the University prior to Fall 2006.

Multicultural Course

3 credits. Requires a minimum grade "D-" ("P" is not acceptable).

A course stressing multicultural, ethnic, and/or gender related issues. There is a published list of acceptable courses found here.

Courses that are transferred into UD will fulfill the requirement if the transfer designation shows that the course is equivalent to one of the courses on the published list of options. The student's transcript will show the subscript notation "Multicultural course" beneath the course title after the student fulfills the requirement.

University Breadth

Required of all students who first matriculate in Fall 2010.

Minimum grade of "C-" required. Grades of "P" are not acceptable.

12 credits total, 3 credits in each of the following areas: Creative Arts and Humanities, History and Cultural Change, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. Specific guidelines for University Breadth courses can be found in the University Catalog.

Breadth Requirement courses MUST be chosen from the lists of courses published in the on-line Catalog. Only a course approved for a breadth group in the semester in which a student completes it can be used to satisfy that breadth requirement. University Breadth courses must be selected from the University Breadth list (they cannot be selected from the CAS Breadth list).

Some courses offered abroad are given special approval to fulfill University Breadth Requirements. Such special approval will be stated on information or advertising from the Study Abroad program, on the Study Abroad web page, and HERE on the UAS page. When in doubt about a study abroad course, if you have the student in your office, refer the student to UAS. Likewise, some Honors Colloquium are given special approval to fulfill University Breadth. Such course approval can be found HERE.

Transfer students often receive UD credit for courses with titles similar to titles of courses on the Breadth Requirement lists for example "Intro to Soc.," or "Intro to Philosophy." If the transfer credit appears on the student's transcript as "HIST 166T," "SOCI 266T," etc. the course is considered only elective credit until a re-evaluation is requested from the appropriate academic department. Instructions for official transfer of credit procedures can be found on the University Registrar's web site.

College of Arts & Sciences Requirements

Second Writing Course

3 credits. Requires a minimum grade of "C-" ("P" is not acceptable).

This requirement can only be fulfilled by a course taken at UD AFTER the student has already completed 60 credits. If a course designated as Second Writing Course is completed before a student has already earned 60 credits, it will not fulfill the requirement.

There is a list of courses that COULD fulfill the requirement in the Catalog.

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER in fine print at the top of every published list of potential Second Writing courses. It says, "The following is a list of courses eligible to be taught as Arts and Sciences Second Writing courses. These courses are not, however, always taught to fulfill the second writing requirement. Only the specific sections designated within each academic term will satisfy the second writing requirement. Please check the UDSIS registration system to ascertain whether a particular course section will be offered as a second writing course. Only a limited number of courses, when transferred from another institution, will satisfy the second writing requirement."

It is possible that a Second Writing course could also satisfy a major, minor, University, or other College requirement if carefully selected. 

It is very unlikely that a course can be transferred to meet the Second Writing Requirement. Only a few, select courses, are pre-approved to meet this requirement. For more information, please consult UAS .

Mathematics

Requires a minimum grade of "D-" ("P" is not acceptable).

Complete (3) credits of MATH 113, 127, 114, 115 or 117 or a MATH course at the 2xx level or above (but not 201, 202, 251, 252 or 253).

The courses above are listed more or less in order of level of math ability required for success. See descriptions for MATH courses in the Courses Descriptions index.

Placement in UD Mathematics courses is done through the Math Placement Exam. Placement Level indicates the math course(s) in which a student is eligible to begin. Incoming students take the placement exam on-line before they attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and are advised at their NSO appointment as to the appropriate course for their major. Please note that as long as students are completing a math course at or above the level required by their major(s), they may elect to take a course lower than that of their placement. Students may not take courses above their placement level until they complete the pre-requisite college course. The exam results are found in UDSIS.

Please note that if students are pursuing a double major or double degree, the math requirement for the second program may be different and the student should choose a math course based on what will fulfill the requirement for both programs. When in doubt, consult with UAS  for guidance.

Certain scores on the AP Calculus AB or BC exams may yield credit for MATH 241 and/or 242. Both of these courses satisfy the Math requirement for a BA degree. MATH 221 and 241 are also eligible to count toward the CAS Group D Breadth requirement and University Breadth: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology requirement.

Math courses transferred from other institutions as MATH 166T or 266T should be re-evaluated by the UD Mathematics Department. If the Math Department deems the course is equivalent to a UD course, they will notify the University Registrar and the transcript will be updated. If not, the student will need to take a course that will fulfill the requirement. Details about how to request evaluation of MATH transfer credits can be found here.

Alternate option for students bringing a strong math background from high school: Students can take the Math Proficiency Exam (different test from the Math Placement Exam).  Passing the Proficiency Exam results in exemption from the Math requirement and is considered equivalent to MATH 114 (although it does not yield credit). If a student's major requires MATH at a higher level than MATH 114, then this option is not for them. Students should contact the Math Department for more information and for exam dates.

Foreign Language

Requires a minimum grade of "D-" in  the requirement (107, 112, or 202) and its prerequisite ("P" is not acceptable.)

Students pursuing any Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts & Sciences must complete the intermediate-level of one language other than English. The requirement is that a student must successfully complete a course numbered 107 or 112 at UD (or 202 for Latin or Ancient Greek). All courses up to and including the intermediate-level course are considered part of the requirement and must have a standard letter grade, not a "P."

105 -> 106 -> 107 (three semesters of four-credit courses) is the current numbering sequence for modern foreign language courses at UD.

101 -> 102 -> 111 -> 112 (fours semesters of three-credit courses) is the sequence some other institutions use and is one that UD uses for Spanish taught on the Wilmington campus in the evening.

101 -> 102 -> 201 -> 202 (four semesters of three-credit courses) is the numbering sequence for Latin and Ancient Greek.

Students are placed into the foreign language sequence based on years of successful study (grade C or above) in high school (not junior high). 

When registering, students should explicitly follow published registration instructions. For example, if instructions say "Call the Foreign Language Placement Advisor," the student must do exactly that. That's because registration restrictions are in place based on high school study. Foreign Language Department's Placement Advisor, Crista Johnson (cristaj@udel.edu ) , will have to remove the restriction in order for the student to get a seat.

Those students who wish to complete the College's language requirement in a language they have never studied before need to start at the beginning of the sequence and then work through to the intermediate level, i.e. 105, 106 and 107. There is no mixing and matching of language credits.

AP credit for foreign language gives credit for a 200-level course or indicates the student should be placed in a 200-level course. If the student has AP credit for foreign language or AP scores place the student in a 200-level course, the student is already proficient at the intermediate-level and has fulfilled the College's foreign language requirement.

College of Arts & Sciences Breadth Requirement

Also known as "Group" requirements. The list of published course approved for CAS Breadth can be found HERE.

Minimum grade of "D-" required for those students who began PRIOR to Fall 2010. Minimum grade of "C-" required for those students who began DURING or AFTER Fall 2010. Grades of "P" are not acceptable.

37 credits total, 9 credits in Groups A, B, and C, and 10 credits in Group D. 

Group A - Creative Arts and Humanities: 9 credits from at least two entirely different areas. (Urge caution about cross-listed courses. For example, a student who has 6 credits of ENGL for Group A may not use JWST202, cross-listed with ENGL202, to satisfy the final 3 credits necessary for Group A.)

Group B - History and Cultural Change: 9 credits from at least two entirely different areas. (Urge caution about cross-listed courses. For example, a student who has 6 credits of HIST for Group B may not use BAMS 134, cross-listed with HIST134, to satisfy the final 3 credits necessary for Group B.)

Group C - Social and Behavioral Sciences: 9 credits from at least two entirely different areas. (Urge caution about cross-listed courses. For example, a student who has 6 credits of CRJU for Group C may not use SOCI 345, cross-listed with CRJU 345, to satisfy the final 3 credits necessary for Group C.)

Group D – Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology: 10 credits from at least two different areas AND including one course with its associated experimental laboratory for the BA degree. Careful attention is required with regard to duplicate credit and cross-listing. Note: the Group D requirement is not just about total credits; it involves taking a science course with its experimental lab. Published lists of Group D courses show an asterisk with courses that are deemed to satisfy the lab science portion of the Group D requirement. When in doubt feel free to consult with UAS .

CAS will allow one course from each of the University Breadth groups to satisfy one of the corresponding CAS Breadth requirements. As such, students will need to complete 3cr. of University Breadth and 6cr. of CAS Breadth for Groups A, B, and C; and 3cr. of University Breadth and 7cr. of CAS Breadth for Group D.

Only a course approved for a breadth group in the semester in which a student completes it can be used to satisfy that breadth requirement. Exceptions can be requested by petition to the College Educational Affairs Committee. They are rare.

Some courses offered abroad are given special approval to fulfill Breadth Requirements. Such special approval will be stated on information or advertising from the Study Abroad program, on the Study Abroad web page, and HERE on the UAS page. When in doubt about a study abroad course, contact UAS .

Transfer students often receive UD credit for courses with titles similar to titles of courses on the Breadth Requirement lists for example "Intro to Soc.," or "Intro to Philosophy." If the transfer credit appears on the student's transcript as "HIST 166T," "SOCI 266T," etc. the course is considered only elective credit until a re-evaluation is requested from the appropriate academic department. Instructions for official transfer of credit procedures can be found on the University Registrar's web site.

A FINAL NOTE TO ADVISORS: The UAS office is here to assist you. If you are meeting with a student and a question or issue comes up and you are unsure of the answer, please call us, especially if you have the student in your office (302-831-3020). A staff member will take your call and can often supply an answer at that time. If no one is available at that moment, a message will be taken and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
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