Summary of Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements


Type of Requirement Units
First Year Seminars FYS 100 (two seminars) 2 units

Second language (COM2) up to 4 units (a)

Oral communication noncredit (b)
Fields of Study Historical studies (FSHT) 1 unit

Literary studies (FSLT) 1 unit

Natural science (FSNB/FSNC/FSNP) 1 unit

Social analysis (FSSA) 1 unit

Symbolic reasoning 1 unit

Visual and performing arts (FSVP) 1 unit


Total: up to 12 units
a. May be satisfied by a demonstration of proficiency upon entrance to the University without carrying credit (Language courses carry variable credit). For non-native English speakers, students who must submit TOEFL scores for admission are exempt from the COM2 requirement. Language courses in Arabic and Russian may require additional conversation courses to reach the Intermediate level.
b. Described in General Education section.
Wellness Requirement

In keeping with the University's objective of fostering knowledge and personal well-being, every undergraduate student will complete a three part wellness series prior to graduation. Before arriving on campus, first year and transfer students will complete Alcohol Edu, an on-line alcohol prevention and education program. Once on campus, students will complete a two-hour alcohol seminar (WELL 085) specific to policies of the University and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students are also required to complete two WELL 090 health education topics courses. Classes are geared towards topics that will promote academic success and personal health.

Students who have not satisfactorily completed WELL 085 by registration for the spring semester of their second year will have an administrative hold put on their record and will not be able to register until they have made arrangements to take the class. The Plus2 component, Wellness 090, is strongly urged to be taken and satisfactorily completed before or during the third year.

URAWARE (WELL 085) noncredit
Plus2 (WELL 090, two topics of choice) noncredit
Completion of a Major

All undergraduate degrees at the University of Richmond require satisfactory completion of one major. Multiple majors and/or minors may also be pursued and upon completion will be recorded on the permanent academic record.

The major is a field of academic study chosen as an area of specialization. A major may be in a subject area and will include courses in that subject area along with courses prerequisite to those required courses and may also include designated courses outside the subject area. Interdisciplinary programs will include courses from a number of different subject areas. Majors require between 9 and 18.5 total units, counting all courses both inside and outside the subject area, including all prerequisites for those courses. (See the section for each school for specific major or minor requirements.)

The School of Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. The Robins School of Business offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. The Jepson School of Leadership Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts degree.

In addition to the degree requirements previously stated under Graduation, a candidate must satisfy major requirements outlined in the following sections.

Major Requirements 9 -18.5 total units
Curriculum and Achievement

Undergraduate degree candidates must earn a grade point average of not less than 2.00 on all coursework attempted.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration must complete 35 units.

Additional Degree Requirements
  • 17.5 unit on-campus residency requirement (transfer students should see section on Transfer Credit)
  • 28 unit residency requirement, to include work taken on approved exchange and study abroad programs and visiting away and off-campus programs as well as courses taken through dual degree and cross-registration programs (this requirement is pro-rated for transfer students)
  • Application for degree and attendance at Commencement
  • Completion of financial and administrative obligations