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Independent Study offers a matriculated student the opportunity to
initiate individual research or advanced projects that are beyond the
limits of the standard curriculum, with limited supervision. Independent
Study is available to Junior and Senior undergraduate students who
have a minimum 2.5 GPA and to graduate students in good standing.
To enroll in an Independent Study, the student must follow these
- Obtain an Independent Study Form from the Office of the Registrar.
- Prepare a proposal and identify a University of the Arts faculty
member having expertise in the area of investigation who is willing to
serve as the course advisor. With the consultation of the course advisor,
complete the Independent Study Form, which must include a semester
plan for the course of study, indicating the number of credits being
taken and the evaluation criteria. The form must be signed by the course
advisor and the student’s department chair/school director.
- Present the approved Independent Study Form at registration or
within the Drop/Add period, along with your registration or Drop/Add
form. The course number for an independent study is the department
code (the course advisor’s department) and course number “999” (Example: FAPR 999).
- Each Independent Study may be taken for one to three credits in
Liberal Arts, 1.5 to six credits in CAD, and one to six credits in CPA
- The student is responsible for documenting the content of the
Independent Study work to other institutions or outside agencies.
- Students cannot elect the Pass/Fail or Audit options for
Independent Study cannot fulfill major requirements. Independent
Study may serve as free, studio, and liberal arts electives, depending
on the topic of investigation. Students cannot apply more than 12 total
credits of independent study towards their degree requirements.
Credit for an Independent Study cannot be reduced or increased after
the student has registered.
Graduate Independent Study
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Independent study by graduate students is governed by the policies
listed above with the following exception:
The course number for graduate independent study is the department
code (the course advisor’s department) and course number, e.g., GRPR
Internships allow matriculated undergraduate students in their Junior
or Senior year to earn academic credit while working in their chosen
field. Internship courses are scheduled during the fall and spring
semesters and, with special permission from their dean and department
chair/director, during the summer. To register for an internship, see the
course bulletin and the appropriate department for current offerings.
Internship courses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Students who intend to enroll in Summer Internships and receive
academic credit for the experience must pre-register in the spring if the
internship is to be included on the fall schedule and transcript. (Such
courses will be calculated as part of the fall credit load for billing
purposes.) It is the responsibility of students wishing to take summer
internships to identify faculty who are willing to sponsor and are able
to supervise their work. Summer internships cannot be added to the
schedule once the internship has begun.
Students may not apply more than six internship credits toward their
degree requirements, with the exception of students who major in Dance
or Theater. For detailed information please see the Internship section of
the Art and Design section of this Catalog, and the course descriptions in
the back of this catalog.
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The University offers minors and concentrations for undergraduate degree candidates
who wish to focus on a specific discipline through organized electives. Please
refer to the college sections of this catalog for information about offerings,
eligibility, prerequisites, and course requirements. You may also
contact the departments directly for additional information.
Students wishing to include a minor as part of their undergraduate
program should be advised that some major/minor combinations may
not be completed, thus it is not always possible to complete a minor, and
there are no penalties for starting a minor and not completing it. Students
are not permitted to continue pursuit of the minor once all degree
requirements have been met. All University minors are governed by the
- Students must meet eligibility requirements, which may include a
satisfactory grade-point average, prerequisites, and departmental portfolio
- An intent to complete a minor is declared by filing the completed
Minor Declaration Form with the Office of the Registrar. The forms are
available in the Office of the Registrar.
- A student may not major and minor in the same program, except
- Courses applied to the minor may only be applied towards elective
- All minors require a minimum of 15 credits, with the exception
of E-Music for Music majors. Generally, no substitutions to the minor
requirements are allowed. In exceptional situations where substitutions
are granted, they must have the approval of both the major and minor
- The requirements of the minor must be completed prior to graduation.
- A student pursuing a minor may be required to complete more than
the minimum number of credits required to complete the undergraduate
degree in order to also complete the minor.
- Minors are available only to undergraduate students.
Cross-College Elective Options and Prerequisites
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The University encourages students to take courses outside their
major department and college. To facilitate this goal, the University
offers a wide selection of courses that are open without prerequisites.
Students may select from introductory electives and non-major courses.
In general, upper-level courses will have specific prerequisites, which
must be satisfied prior to registration. Students interested in these areas
are advised to contact the department chairperson or school director
regarding specific course offerings and prerequisite requirements.
Private instrumental/vocal lessons for non-majors may be taken for
elective credit (1.5 credits, seven hours of instruction per semester) with permission
of the Director of the School of Music. An additional fee is required.
No course, including graduate courses, that has satisfied undergraduate
degree requirements may be counted again for graduate credit.
Audited courses are an excellent mechanism for students to refresh their skills
and/or understanding of a topic without the pressure of pursuing a grade. Audited
courses carry no credit and do not satisfy degree requirements. An audited
course may not be repeated for credit. Therefore, students may not audit a
required course unless the course requirement has already been satisfactorily
met as dictated by their degree requirements. Regular tuition rates are charged
for audited courses, and they are included in the full-time tuition charge.
Audited courses will be indicated on the transcript with a grade of “AU” and
may be registered for until the end of the Drop/Add period.
Study Abroad and Off-Campus Study
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Foreign and summer study opportunities are available through programs hosted
by other regionally accredited U.S. institutions. Students who wish to study
abroad or at another U.S. school for one or two semesters and earn credit towards
the UArts degree requirements will need the advice and approval of their department
chair/director and a written agreement prior to participation in the desired
program of study.
Interested students should meet with the Director of International Student
Services to discuss issues such as program selection, timing, and feasibility,
and to receive guidance on the necessary processes. Those who choose to participate
must complete the Petition for Approval of Off-Campus Study, available through
the Office of the Registrar. This Petition process serves several purposes:
it maintains the student’s status at UArts as an active degree candidate;
it documents the approval of off-campus coursework for transfer credits; and,
when applicable, registers the student for the place-holder credits necessary
to the financial aid allocation process.
In order to complete the form, each student must meet with his/her department
chairperson/director to review transfer credit options and their effect on
the student’s progress towards degree completion. Students seeking credit to
be applied to Liberal Arts degree requirements must also have approval from
the Dean of Liberal Arts. Students who have submitted an approved Petition
for Off-Campus Study remain active degree candidates at UArts. In some cases,
the student may register and pay tuition at the host institution. In other
cases, it may be to the student’s
advantage to register and pay tuition at UArts. Each student must consult the
Office of Financial Aid to review possible financing options and implications.
This should be done at least six months before the program begins.
While away, the student should also keep the Office of Financial Aid informed
of any changes in status. More information regarding financial aid can be found
in the Financial Aid section of this catalog. To finalize credits earned while
off-campus, the student must send a transcript to the Office of the Registrar.
Students must receive a grade of “B” or better in order to receive
transfer credit. Upon his/her return, the student should review the degree
audit to confirm whether the transfer of credits has been posted to the transcript,
and meet with his/her advisor to develop a plan for completion of any remaining
Students must attend a program sponsored by a regionally accredited U.S. institution
in order to petition for approval of off-campus study. Students who elect to
attend a non-accredited or foreign institution must petition for a Personal
Leave of Absence, may not be eligible for Financial Aid, and have no guarantee
that any coursework completed will be eligible for transfer to their degree
program. For more information on petitioning for evaluation of foreign transcripts,
please see the Office of the Registrar.
UArts and University of the Sciences Exchange Program
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The University of the Arts and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) have an exchange program that allows students from both universities to take advantage of their courses and special facilities. The agreement allows ten students from the College of Media & Communication and the School of Music to take one course a semester at the University of the Sciences. Paying regular UArts tuition, students may take up to 18 credits of course work at the University of the Sciences over six semesters, which count in all regards as UArts courses.
The USP courses that are available cover a broad range of subjects – the sciences, foreign languages, the social sciences, history and political sciences, computer science and mathematics, and business and marketing. In addition, exchange students have full access to the USP library, an athletic center with gym, strength training equipment and a three-lane 25-yard pool.
For more information, contact the dean of the College of Media & Communication.
Undergraduates Enrolled for Graduate Credit
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A student in the final year of the bachelor’s degree program may take
a maximum of six credits of graduate courses toward a master’s degree,
subject to all of the following conditions:
- The student must have completed the Junior level of the major.
- The graduate credits must be over and above the credits required
for the bachelor’s degree and may not be applied to that degree.
- The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.
- Permission is granted by the department chairperson/director and
dean of the college.
- No more than a total of six credits, taken either as a UArts undergraduate
or non-matriculated student, or taken at another college or
university, may be applied to the graduate program.