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


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


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


Courses that make up a Major or Special are determined by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the relevant Department.


Throughout the degree programme, no more than 30 credits (10 courses) (distributed so as not to exceed 12 credits (4 courses) 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.


Deadline for Changing Majors: 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.


Extra credits gained in any Level beyond the original credits required for the degree at that Level cannot be substituted retroactively for the original credits.

Beginners Courses in Languages (6 credits max.)

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


Students are not permitted to offer more than two beginners’ courses (6 credits) towards the credits required for the degree.


These courses are open to the following people:


AvAilABility of Courses AnD timetABling The Faculty reserves the right to withdraw or to add courses as may be necessary or desirable but, except in cases of extreme emergency or difficulty, no course will be added or withdrawn during an academic year. The Faculty does not guarantee that all courses listed in the following pages will be available this academic year. Additionally, timetabling constraints may impose restrictions on the combinations of courses permissible. Students are not permitted to register for courses that clash on the timetable.

Categories of Courses and Prerequisites

  • (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’ 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.

  • (f)

    Credits for co-curricular courses can be counted toward the overall number of courses for the degree, (i.e. 30 courses). However, like the Foundation courses, they are awarded on a pass/fail basis. They do not have a GPA and, therefore, are not used in calculating the class of degree.

Declaring a Major

  • (a)

    On entry into the Faculty, a student must declare a Major, or a Special, or double major.

    • those who have no previous knowledge of the language concerned;


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