Faculty Regulations Concerning Undergraduate Degrees
In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must accumulate a total of 90 credits. Since each semester-long course is worth 3 credits, this means students must pass the equivalent of 30 courses distributed in the ways indicated below.


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:
  • Education (Bachelor of Education)
  • Creative Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
  • French
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literatures in English
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Theology
This means that students must do at least 12 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.


Students may choose to do a `double major' within the Faculty, that is, 12 courses (36 credits) 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.


The Faculty offers a Special in "History", "Literatures in English", "Education" and "Creative Arts"; the special consists of 54 credits (or 18 semester courses) and requires permission from the Head of the Department. This evidently reduces the number of courses outside the discipline which a student may opt to do. NB: Normally, students will not be allowed to pursue a minor 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. At the end of their degree, students who have a declared minor will be certified as attaining a minor where they have obtained at least 18 credits (6 courses) in the discipline, of which 15 credits (5 courses) are at Level II/III.

Students must note that approval to pursue out-of-faculty or crossfaculty 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. NB: Normally, students will not be allowed to pursue a Special with a minor.


All students entering the Faculty of Humanities and Education are required to do 4 Foundation Courses (12 credits) during their undergraduate career, including FOUN1210 and FOUN1301 done at level II and two language foundation courses i.e. FOUN1001 AND either FOUN1003, FOUN1002 or FOUN1008 (see yor programme requirements and Foundation Courses and their Course Descriptions for more information).


In addition to Foundation courses, all students in the Faculty of Humanities and Education are required during their undergraduate career to complete the following:
  • A beginners' or basic course in a foreign language at Level I (if they do not already possess at least CXC Grade III (grade III from 1998) (or equivalent) in a foreign language) (3 credits);
  • Two courses in Humanities and Education outside their Major at Level I (one of which may be in fulfilment of the foreign language requirement for non-language majors) (6 credits);
  • HUMN3099 Caribbean Studies or approved substitutes at Level III (6 credits).
Other Courses

Students may acquire the other credits required to attain the total of 90 credits by doing:
  • extra courses in the subject of their major
  • courses in other subjects in the Faculty of Humanities and Education
  • up to ten courses in other faculties
  • any permissible combination of the above.


(a) Each course is classified either as a Foundation course or as a Faculty course. All UWI students must take a minimum number of Foundation courses as part of their degree programme. Faculty courses are courses in various disciplines administered by the Departments.

(b) Each course is designated as appropriate to Level I, II or III, or as appropriate to more than one level.

(c) Beginners'/Basic courses are offered in foreign languages.

(d) Semester-long courses have a weighting of three (3) credits. Year-long courses, including the Level III course HUMN3099 Caribbean Studies, have a weighting of six (6) credits.

(e) Some Level II and Level III courses have prerequisites. For details on these, please consult the section on course descriptions.


(a) Basic and Beginners' courses may be offered in French, Spanish and any other foreign language that may be added from time to time.

(b) Students are not permitted to offer more than six beginners' credits towards the credits required for the degree.

(c) Qualifications: Basic and Beginners' courses are open to the following people:
  • those who have no previous knowledge of the language concerned;
  • those who have a limited knowledge of the language concerned, but no academic qualification;
  • those with academic qualifications, but whose knowledge of the language is deemed by the Department concerned to be inadequate for admission to normal Level I courses.

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