In academic years 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23, College of Arts & Sciences' students will complete their general education requirements through one of two College Curriculum pathways: the Engagements Pathway and the Disciplines Plus Pathway. These parallel pathways are a short-term model while the College of Arts & Sciences continues to scale-up Engagement course offerings. Beginning in academic year 2023-24, the Engagements Pathway will be the only pathway for fulfilling General Education requirements.

Engagements Pathway

The Engagements Pathway includes eight (8) credits of Engagements, twenty-one (21) credits of Disciplines, and a variable amount of credits in the Literacies depending on World Language placement.

Disciplines Plus Pathway

The Disciplines Plus Pathway includes thirty (30) credits of Disciplines, and a variable amount of credits in the Literacies depending on World Language Placement. This pathway does not complete courses in the Engagements.


Incoming students in academic years 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 (and who do not participate in the Echols Scholars program) will be assigned at random to either the Engagements pathway or the Disciplines Plus pathway. Students will be notified of their assignment in May ahead of Summer Orientation. This assignment will constitute the general education requirements necessary for graduation. Students who were assigned to the Disciplines Plus pathway, but who would like to enroll in Engagement classes, may apply to the Engagements pathway below. Applications will be considered as space permits.

Application to Engagements Pathway

Once notifications regarding pathway assignments are released in May, students assigned to the Disciplines Plus pathway may submit an application to participate in Engagements pathway. The application requires a statement from the applicant (500 character maximum) indicating why they wish to join the Engagements pathway.

The window for applying to the Engagements pathway is May 6 - June 2. Students will be notified during this time as to whether their application is approved. We highly recommend that applicants wait to hear the outcome of the applicaiton prior to completing the College of Arts & Sciences Fall Pre-enrollment survey as questions on the survey ask specifically about the general education pathway.

Apply to the Engagements Pathway

Key Dates for Class of 2026

  • May 1: Students must notify UVA of their offer of acceptance
  • May 6: Students are notified of their general education pathway placement. Window opens for application to participate in alternative pathway.
  • June 2: Window closes to apply for Engagements pathway
  • May 16: Window opens to complete pre-enrollment survey.
  • June 2: Window closes for pre-enrollment.