Faculty Regulations Concerning Undergraduate Degrees

(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.

(d) A student who has successfully completed a Basic course is eligible for admission to the normal Level I programme in the language concerned, and its associated literature and culture at the discretion of the Head of the Department concerned.

(e) Students who have completed a Beginners' course may continue the study of the language concerned, and/or its literature and culture by following the prescribed programme.



(a) On entry a student must declare a Major, or a Special, or double major.

(b) A Major or Special must be declared from among the following subjects only: Literatures in English, French, History, Linguistics, Spanish, Philosophy and Psychology.

(c) A major is made up of a minimum of 36 (12 courses) credits in a single subject over the three levels.

(d) A special is made up of a minimum of 54 (18 courses) credits in the subject over the three levels. Permission to declare a Special must be sought from the Head of the relevant Department.

(e) Component courses in a Major or Special are determined by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the relevant Department.

(f) Throughout the entire degree programme, no more than 30 credits (distributed so as not to exceed 12 credits in any one year of the full-time programme) may be selected from courses other than Humanities and Education courses, except with the special permission of the Dean.

(g) A student may, with the permission of the Dean, change majors. Full-time students must do this no later than the end of their third semester of registration. Part-time students, must do it no later than the start of the fifth semester of registration, or the completion of the bulk of Level I credits, whichever is sooner.

(h) Extra credits gained in any Level subsequent to the original credits required for the degree at that Level cannot be substituted retroactively for the original credits.


In order to qualify for a Degree a student must:

A. Complete at least 90 credits, of which:
  • 12 credits shall be for Foundation Courses. (The Language Foundation courses must be taken at Level I. Other Foundation Courses may be taken at Levels II and III.

  • at least 78 credits shall be taken in Faculty courses (including HUMN3099).

  • a minimum of 24 and a maximum of 30 credits shall be in Level I courses (not including Foundation courses) of which, at least 6 credits shall be for courses from within Humanities and Education group of subjects outside of the declared Major/Special.

  • a minimum of 21 credits shall be for Level II courses (not including Foundation courses).

  • a minimum of 24 credits and a maximum of 30 credits shall be for courses exclusively Level III (but not including HUMN3099 or its substitutes);
B. Satisfy the requirements for the declared Major(s).

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