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New College Curriculum

Forums Curriculum

Traditional Curriculum

Purpose
The College’s new, 21st Century approach to liberal arts & science education with a focus on the fundamental questions at the heart of inquiry Small cohorts of students enroll in tailored groups of courses built around a prevalent question/topic of the 21st Century. UVA’s traditional curriculum, modeled on a distribution of courses across the liberal arts & sciences.
Defining Experience
The Engagements: A series of 4 courses in the first year taught by the College Fellows, some of UVA’s leading scholars The Forum Seminar and Capstone: Two courses that focus entirely on the Forum topic while bridging multiple disciplines. The traditional curriculum was not designed around a defining experience.
Number of Credits
52-55 50 47-50
First-Year Classes
Engagements
First-Writing Requirement
Electives & Major Pre-requisites
(total 15-17 credits per semester)
Introductory Forum Seminar
First-Writing Requirement
Electives & Major Pre-requisites
(total 15-17 credits per semester)
First-Writing Requirement
Electives & Major Pre-requisites
(total 15-17 credits per semester)
Curriculum Components
Engagements
Literacies
Disciplines
Introductory Seminar & Capstone
Competency Requirements
Area Requirements
Competency Requirements
Advisors
College Fellows (faculty who teach the Engagement Courses) Forum Faculty Faculty randomly assigned from across the College who advise first- and second-years
First Implemented
2017-18 2016-17 1967-68
Size of Classes
5 seminar-sized classes guaranteed in first year 2 seminar-sized classes guaranteed in first year 1 seminar-sized class guaranteed in first year
Number of Seats
Space limited to 1200 Space limited to 40 per forum (160 total) Space not limited

 

 


Common to all three curricula

  1. Students in all curricula can complete Arts & Sciences programs
  2. Students in all curricula can transfer to the University’s other schools with second or third-year start dates (Curry, McIntire, Batten)
  3. Students in all curricula can complete pre-professional programs (pre-health, pre-law)
  4. All students will complete a World Languages sequence through the intermediate level
  5. All students will enroll in a first-year writing requirement
  6. All students will enroll in a second writing course over their next three years
  7. Engagement courses are explicit to students in the New College Curriculum, and the Forums Seminar and Capstone are exclusive to students in the Forums. However, the rest of the College Catalogue of courses is open to students in all three curricula.