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2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog
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Expected Progress

During the fall and spring semesters, the recommended course load for students in the College of Arts and Sciences is 14-16 hours per semester. A course load of more than 17 hours requires special permission (A&S Student Services Center, 200 Clark Hall). A course load under 12 hours is not considered full-time enrollment.

During the summer semester, students may enroll for a maximum of 17 hours (3 hours in Interim and 7 hours each summer term).

Student Responsibility

  1. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with this catalog and consult academic advisors in planning their programs of study.
  2. Students are responsible for registering for course loads appropriate to the degrees they seek and consistent with their individual circumstances.
  3. Students are expected to pursue successful completion of all courses for which they enroll.
  4. Students are responsible for monitoring the accuracy of their academic records and reporting any errors to the College registrar in the A&S Student Services Center, 200 Clark Hall.
  5. Students are expected to maintain a mybama e-mail account, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers at which they can be reached with reasonable certainty and to respond promptly to all communications from the University and the College.
  6. Students are expected to be familiar with the current academic calendar.
  7. Students are expected to make full use of the degree auditing programs available on the University Web site for students.

Admission and Retention

The College of Arts and Sciences admits students on the basis of the University’s general admission requirements listed in this catalog. As noted in the department program descriptions, in some departments, admission to upper-division status, clinical training programs, internships, practicums, etc., may require higher levels of scholarship. Retention is based on the general scholarship rule and the scholastic progress standard.

Course Placement

The College of Arts and Sciences awards credits and places students in courses based on several criteria. First, course credits are awarded based on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores. Other placement information is as follows:

In English

English 103 is an accelerated freshman composition course that is open to students with ACT composite scores of 28 and above or SAT scores of 1240 and above. At the completion of English 103 with a grade of C- or higher, placement credit is awarded for English 101 and the general studies requirement for freshman composition is complete.

In Foreign Languages

The course level at which students begin their study of a foreign language is determined by several factors. These factors include the following: the number of high school units complete; language placement examination scores; or, for those with native or heritage competency, faculty evaluation. Placement testing is offered in French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

Level  Placement Criteria
101  No prior instruction in the language, fewer than two high-school units in the language, instruction more than four years ago, or UA placement test
102  UA credit for 101 or, except for Spanish, UA placement test
103*  Two high-school units in the language or 101 at another institution
201  Credit for 102 or 103 or UA placement test
202  Credit for 201 or UA placement test
300  Credit for 202 or UA placement test

*Available in French, German, and Spanish

When students are placed in French, German, Latin, Spanish, and Russian courses numbered 200 or higher and they successfully complete the course into which they were placed, they can apply to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics to receive credits for some courses that precede the course into which they were placed.

International students who possess native competency in a language or United States citizens who are bilingual are placed individually by members of the language faculty. These students normally do not receive credit for courses below the 300 level. These students should contact the Department of Modern Languages and Classics before attending summer orientation or before registering for a course in the language in which they have this competency.

In Mathematics

For those students who do not have credit for any college-level mathematics equivalent to a UA mathematics course, placement is determined by the Mathematics Placement Examination. This examination is offered at freshman orientation and can also be taken by appointment at other times. It may be attempted twice.

If students have successfully completed a high-school calculus course and have an ACT mathematics score of 29 and above or an SAT quantitative score of 640 and above, the students may enroll in Calculus I or a lower-level mathematics course without taking the UA Mathematics Placement Examination.

In Music

Auditions determine placement in specific applied courses. Auditions should occur before freshman orientation and registration.

Changes in Student Course Schedules

While students may change schedules, for various reasons, it is important that students maintain at least 12 hours of coursework each fall and spring semester, and the recommendation is for 14-16 hours.

First-semester freshmen and first-semester transfer students who have not met the freshman composition requirement enroll in an appropriate English composition course and continue taking required English courses until the composition requirement is met. Students may not drop required freshman-level English courses. Students also may not withdraw from mathematics courses graded “A,” “B,” “C,” or “NC.” These mathematics courses include MATH 005, MATH 100, MATH 110, MATH 112, MATH 113, and MATH 115.

Students may drop or add courses during the late registration period at the beginning of each semester. Specific dates are given on the University of Alabama Web site.

A student may drop a course other than the English and mathematics courses listed above with a grade of “W” during the first10weeks of the fall and spring semesters.

After the tenth week of class, only under extraordinary and well-documented circumstances are students permitted to withdraw from a class with a grade of “W.” Requests for late withdrawals are made to the Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall.

The short summer terms permit a drop with a grade of “W” for two weeks.


A student may audit one course per semester. Permission to audit may be obtained in the A&S Student Services Center, 200 Clark Hall, throughout the late registration period at the beginning of each semester. An auditor may not take the tests or the final examination in the course. A course that is taken as an audit may not be taken at a later date for credit.

Pass/Fail Option

The pass/fail option is designed to encourage students to explore areas of study outside the major and minor. A course taken pass/fail counts as elective credit only; it cannot be used to satisfy any specific requirement and does not count in the minimum number of hours required for the major or minor. University-wide pass/fail regulations are explained in the general information section of this catalog. To take a course pass/fail, students in the College of Arts and Sciences must receive approval in the A&S Student Services Center, 200 Clark Hall.

Prerequisite Policy

The catalog and registration system provide information on the preparation necessary in order to enroll in a specific course. All 300-level courses in Arts and Sciences have either a specific prerequisite course or have the expectation that the student will have junior standing (61 earned hours), or the permission of the instructor, in order to enroll.

Course Repeat

A course passed at any institution with a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” cannot be repeated at The University of Alabama, except as an audit.

A course passed at The University of Alabama with a grade of “D” may be repeated. A record of both the original and repeat enrollment appears on the student’s transcript. With respect to hours and grade points applicable to degree requirements and honors-designation requirements in the College, each enrollment is counted in the cumulative hours attempted and cumulative grade points earned, but only the most recent enrollment counts in the cumulative hours applicable to the degree.


Each candidate for a degree must submit an “application for degree” form. The forms are available in the A&S Student Services Center, 200 Clark Hall, and should be submitted no later than one term prior to the term of graduation. Students who expect to complete degree requirements in May submit the application form during the preceding fall semester. Those who expect to finish degree requirements in August or December should submit the application during the previous spring semester. In all cases, the deadline for submission of the form is the last day to register for the final semester in residence. Students who submit the application after registration for the final semester can expect the degree one term later. Degrees are awarded in May, August, and December.

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