Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation

Students must fulfill both the requirements for a major and University requirements to receive a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida. The student must:

  • Fulfill the requirements for the chosen major;

  • Earn a minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours with at least a "C" average (2.0 GPA) for all UCF course work attempted. Some majors require more than 120 hours;

  • Earn at least 48 of these 120 credit hours in 3000-level courses or above (upper-division);

  • Earn a minimum of 30 of their last 39 hours in regular courses at UCF. Credit by Examination may not be used to satisfy this requirement;

  • Earn a minimum of 25% of the total hours required for the degree in residence at UCF. For programs that require the minimum of 120 total hours, residency will be 30 hours. For programs that exceed 120 hours, the specific residency requirement increases proportionally and is listed with the requirements for the specific degree program;

  • Earn a minimum of 60 credit hours after CLEP credit has been awarded;

  • Apply no more than 45 credit hours in any combination of exten­sion, correspondence, CLEP, University Credit by Examination and Armed Forces credits toward an undergraduate degree;

  • Fulfill the General Education Program requirements;

  • Fulfill the Gordon Rule requirements;

  • Fulfill the Foreign Language requirements as defined elsewhere in this section;

  • Earn a minimum of nine credit hours during Summer terms, if applicable; and,

  • Be registered at UCF during the semester of graduation.

Degrees Awarded Posthumously

Students will be considered for posthumous degrees by the Commencement and Convocations Committee if they are in good academic standing at the time of their death, have a 2.0 GPA or better and are within at least 15 credit hours of completion of all require­ments or are in the final term of completion of all their requirements.

Choice of Catalog (Catalog Year) and Continuous Enrollment

A student must graduate under the provisions of any UCF Undergraduate Catalog in effect since the student began continuous enrollment at UCF. New Catalog policies and requirements take effect with the Summer term. A student transferring from Florida College System institutions or state universities may use the UCF Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time he or she began the most recent period of continuous enrollment in academic good standing at any of the Florida public institutions.

Continuous enrollment is defined as being enrolled in classes without a break of two or more consecutive regular semesters/terms (i.e., Fall and Spring, or Spring, Summer, and Fall). Continuous enrollment is automatically broken when a student moves from one transfer institu­tion to another following academic disqualification or exclusion.

Students who change majors between different colleges must adopt the most current Catalog. Additional information is included in the program descriptions. Students pursuing a single degree (including double majors and/or minors) must use a single catalog and cannot use a combination of catalogs for graduation. In cases when required courses are no longer taught by the University, the appropriate department, college, or Academic Services (MH 210) may designate a reasonable substitute. If a student desires to change the catalog for graduation, the student should first discuss with the advisors how such a change would affect University, college, and major require­ments. If a student decides to request a change, he or she must sub­mit a "Catalog Year Change Request Form" to the Registrar's Office (MH 161). This form is available at the Registrar's Office or online at http://registrar.sdes.ucf.edu.

Exit Exams

In order to measure their effectiveness, some departments and col­leges may require graduating students to participate in an exit exam designed to measure the students' understanding of the discipline.

Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement (Bachelor of Arts Degree)

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree must demon­strate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to one year of college instruction. This requirement may be met either by successful completion of the appropriate college-level course or by examination. Languages that may be used include those taught at UCF and any others for which the University can obtain standardized proficiency tests. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree are exempt from this requirement. Native speakers or students who have completed appropriate advanced foreign language education abroad will be considered to have satisfied the requirement.

Placement in Language Courses

Placement in foreign language courses is based on one year of high school language being equivalent to one semester of college work. For example, four years of one high school foreign language place the student in the first semester of the third year.

Several departments, colleges, and schools have additional requirements. See "Special College and/or Departmental Requirements" within each listing.

  1. This requirement is for proficiency and not a requirement for a particular number of hours of course work. For example, success­ful completion of only SPN 1121C (Elementary Spanish Language and Civilization II) would satisfy the B.A. requirement. Appropriate scores on Advanced Placement and CLEP examinations will also satisfy the requirement.

  2. This is a University-wide requirement for all B.A. majors.

  3. The Testing Administrator of the University Testing Center will offer the Foreign Language Proficiency Examination throughout each term. Students must register in advance with that office to take the examination (HPH 106).

  4. The foreign language proficiency requirement does not apply to students seeking a second baccalaureate degree.

  5. A student who is required and furnishes a passing TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score for admission to the University is considered to have satisfied the requirements.

American Sign Language

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree may substitute American Sign Language for the foreign language exit requirement, except where one or more foreign languages have been specified by a col­lege, school, or program for a specific degree (see individual degree program listings for more information). Proficiency is met either by successful completion of ASL 4161C (previously numbered SPA 4614C) or an appropriate score on the ASL proficiency exam. Contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders regarding the proficiency examination.

SUS Foreign Language Admission Requirement

Students who have not satisfied the Foreign Language Admission Requirement (two high school units in the same language) at the time they are admitted to the University must satisfy this requirement prior to graduation. This requirement applies to all undergraduates and is separate from the UCF Foreign Language proficiency requirement.

The Gordon Rule

The “Gordon Rule” (State Rule 6A-10.30) applies to students who first enrolled in any college or university after October 1982. The rule requires students to complete four courses (twelve credit hours) of writing and to complete two courses (six credit hours) of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher. Each course must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-” (1.75).

UCF courses that are required by the General Education Program also may be used to satisfy the Gordon Rule. “Gordon Rule” requirements may be satisfied by the General Education Program as follows:

Gordon Rule Requirement GEP Courses Which Satisfy
  1. Six hours of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher
  1. College algebra or finite math
  2. Statistics or computer science
Any 3000-level or above course in mathematics, statistics, or computer science also may be used toward fulfillment of the mathematics portion of the "Gordon Rule" Requirement.
  1. Six hours of English coursework and six hours of additional college level writing
  1. Six hours of English Composition
  2. Specifically identified courses and those from the following list:

General Education courses that apply to the Gordon Rule Writing Requirement:

ENC 1101 Composition I
ENC 1102 Composition II
LIT 2110 World Literature I
LIT 2120 World Literature II
AMH 2010 U.S. History: 1492-1877
AMH 2020 U.S. History: 1877-Present
EUH 2000 Western Civilization I
EUH 2001 Western Civilization II
HUM 2210 Humanistic Tradition I
WOH 2012 World Civilization I
WOH 2022 World Civilization II

Non-Gen Ed courses that also apply to the Gordon Rule Writing Requirement:

AMH 2010H Honors U.S. History: 1492 - 1877
AMH 3402 History of the South to 1865
AMH 3403 History of the South Since 1865
AMH 3441 History of the Frontier: Eastern America
AMH 3442 History of the Frontier: Western America
AMH 3541 U. S. Military History To 1900
AMH 3561 Women in American History I
AMH 3571 Black American History I
AMH 3580 North American Indians
AMH 3800 Canadian History
AMH 4110 Colonial America, 1607-1763
AMH 4130 The Age of the American Revolution, 1763-1789
AMH 4140 Jeffersonian America
AMH 4160 Jacksonian America
AMH 4201 The Gilded Age and Progressivism
AMH 4231 United States History: 1914-1939
AMH 4270 United States History: 1939-1960
AMH 4644 Viewing American History in the Twentieth Century
AML 3031 American Literature I
AML 3041 American Literature II
AML 3283 Contemporary American Women’s Fiction
AML 3286 Early American Women’s Words
AML 3614 Topics in African-American Literature
AML 3615 Harlem, Haiti, and Havana
AML 3643 Contemporary Native American Prose and Poetry
AML 3682 Ethnic Literature in America
AML 3682H Honors Ethnic Literature in America
AML 4101 American Novel
AML 4153 American Poetry at Mid-Century
AML 4155 Modern American Poetry
AML 4261 Literature of the South
AML 4265 Florida Writers
AML 4300 Major American Authors
AML 4304 Whitman and His Heirs
AML 4321 Modern American Literature
AML 4630 Latino/Latina Literature
ANT 3163 Mesoamerican Archaeology
ASH 3222 Islam and its Empires
ASH 3223 The Modern Middle East
ASH 4402 History of Chinese Civilization
ASH 4404 Modern China
ASH 4442 Modern Japan
EAS 4700C Aerospace Design I
EGN 4412C Interdisciplinary Design I
EML 4501C Engineering Design I
ENC 1101H Honors Freshman Composition I
ENC 1102H Honors Freshman Composition II
ENC 3241 Writing for the Technical Professional
ENC 3241H Honors Writing for the Technical Professional
ENC 3250 Professional Writing
ENC 3310 Magazine Writing I
ENC 3311 Essay as Cultural Commentary
ENC 3315 Argumentative Writing
ENC 3330 Rhetorical Traditions
ENC 3331 Rhetoric and Civic Engagement
ENC 3331H Honors Rhetoric and Civic Engagement
ENC 3351 Writing for Publication
ENC 3351H Honors Writing for Publication
ENC 3373 Cultural Rhetorics
ENC 3417 Literacy and Technology
ENC 3453 Writing About Health and Medicine
ENC 3455 Writing About Science and Technology
ENC 3455H Honors Writing About Science and Technology
ENC 3456H Honors Writing About Health and Medicine
ENC 3473 Writing in Disciplinary Cultures
ENC 3502 Research Writing and Literacy
ENC 3521 Writing Across Difference
ENC 4212 Professional Editing
ENC 4215 Technical Publication and Project Management
ENC 4218 The Visual in Technical Documentation
ENC 4262 International Technical Communication
ENC 4265 Writing for the Computer Industry
ENC 4275 Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing
ENC 4280 Technical Writing Style
ENC 4293 Documentation and the Collaborative Process
ENC 4294 Documentation and Client-Based Collaboration
ENC 4313 Research Writing
ENC 4353 Writing for Social Change
ENC 4354 Writing with Communities and Nonprofits
ENC 4360 Nature Writing
ENC 4378 Writing in Global and Transnational Communities
ENC 4414 Writing and Hypertext
ENC 4416 Writing in Digital Environments
ENC 4416H Honors Writing in Digital Environments
ENC 4434 Visual and Material Rhetorics
ENG 3010 Practical Criticism
ENG 3014 Theories and Techniques of Literature Study
ENG 3073 Cultural Studies Literature
ENG 3833 Marketing Your Writing
ENG 4114 Literature and Film
ENG 4614 Discourse of Global Cultural Studies
ENL 2012 English Literature I
ENL 2022 English Literature II
ENL 3296 Gothic Literature
ENL 4101 English Novel
ENL 4220 English Renaissance Poetry and Prose
ENL 4230 18th Century Studies
ENL 4240 English Romantic Writers
ENL 4253 The Victorian Age: Poetry
ENL 4262 Nineteenth Century British Prose
ENL 4303 British Authors
ENL 4311 Chaucer
ENL 4333 Shakespeare Studies
EUH 2000H Honors Western Civilization I
EUH 3122 Medieval Society and Civilization
EUH 3142 Renaissance and Reformation
EUH 3242 Modern Europe and the First World War
EUH 3281 Second World War and Rebirth of Europe
EUH 3451 History of Modern France
EUH 4284 Fascism and Nazism in the Interwar Europe
EUH 4465 Hitler’s Third Reich
EUH 4500 English History to 1485
EUH 4501 English History: 1485-1815
EUH 4571 History of Russia to 1801
EUH 4574 History of Russia: 1801-1917
EUH 4576 History of Russia in the 20th Century
EUH 4620 European Great Powers: 1815-1914
HIS 4150 History and Historians
HUM 2210H Honors Humanistic Tradition I
HUM 3320 Contemporary Multicultural Studies
HUM 3401 Asian Humanities
HUM 3431 Ancient Humanities
HUM 3460 Latin American Humanities
HUM 3553 Moses, Jesus and Muhammad
JOU 2100C News Reporting
JOU 3101 Advanced Reporting
JOU 4181 Public Affairs Reporting
JOU 4300 Feature Writing
JOU 4306C Critical Writing
JOU 4308 Freelance Writing
LAH 3200 Modern Latin America
LAH 3400 History of Mexico and Central America
LAH 3470 History of the Caribbean
LAH 4461 History of Puerto Rico
LAH 4480 History of Cuba
LAH 4503 History of South America
LAH 4512 Modern Argentina
LAH 4630 History of Modern Brazil
LIT 3082 Continental European Fiction Since 1900
LIT 3192 Caribbean Literature
LIT 3192H Honors Caribbean Literature
LIT 3313 Science Fiction
LIT 3313H Honors Science Fiction Literature
LIT 3381 Women Writers of Color
LIT 3383 Women in Literature
LIT 3383H Honors Women in Literature
LIT 3394 Literature of AIDS
LIT 3394H Honors Literature of AIDS
LIT 3482 Literature & Popular Culture
LIT 3823 Hispanic Women Writers
LIT 4043 Modern Drama as Literature
LIT 4244 World Authors
LIT 4303 Post-World War II Fiction
LIT 4374 Literature of the Bible
LIT 4374H Honors Literature of the Bible
LIT 4433 Literature of Science and Technology
LIT 4554 Advanced Feminist Theories
PAD 3733 Professional Administrative Writing in the Public Sector
PAD 4034 The Administration of Public Policy
PHH 3100 Ancient Philosophy
PHH 3200 Medieval Philosophy
PHH 3460 Modern Western Philosophy
PHH 3700 American Philosophy
PHI 3083 Research Methods in Philosophy
PHI 3323 Minds and Machines: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
PHI 3451 Philosophy of Psychology
PHI 3670 Ethical Theory
PHI 3805 Contemporary Aesthetics
PHI 4321 Philosophies of Embodiment: Mind/Body/Self
PHI 4500 Metaphysics
PHI 4804 Critical Theory
PHI 4931 Philosophy in the News
PHM 3401 Philosophy of Law
PHP 4782 Phenomenology
PLA 3155 Legal Writing
PLA 4935 Capstone: Legal Issues
REL 3130 Religion in America
REL 3432 Roots of Western Mysticism
RTV 4403 Electronic Media, Technology, and Society
THE 2081C Introduction to UCF Theatre
THE 2304 Script Analysis
TPP 3310C Directing for Theatre I
TPP 4940L Theatre Internship
WOH 2012H World Civilization I - Honors

Summer Attendance Requirement

A student entering the State University System with fewer than 60 credit hours of credit is required to enroll in a minimum of nine hours of credit in the summer at a State of Florida university. Petition forms for exemption are available from the Academic Services website http://www.academicservices.ucf.edu/summer-waiver/.

Admission to the Upper Division

To be classified as an upper division student at the University of Central Florida, a student must complete the following:

  1. A minimum of 60 credit hours of academic work;

  2. The English and mathematics requirements of the Gordon Rule;

  3. One year of college instruction in a single foreign language. (This requirement applies to those students admitted to the University without the required two units of foreign language in high school.)

Graduation Application Deadline

Students must complete the “Intent to Graduate” online at https://my.ucf.edu/ in the term preceding the one in which they intend to graduate (see the “Academic Calendar” for specific dates). Students who have not applied for graduation by the last day of classes in the term preceding the graduation term may not be listed in the Commencement Program. Graduating students must be enrolled at UCF during the term of graduation. Graduates may contact the Registrar’s Office for Commencement ceremony and guest ticket information or refer to http://commencement.ucf.edu/.

Successful completion of the degree requirements stated in the Undergraduate Catalog under which the student plans to graduate shall constitute a recommendation of the respective college faculty that the degree be awarded, assuming the student is in good standing at the University. A student must complete all requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree no later than the date of the Commencement. A student may not be enrolled as a transient student in another institution during the term in which the baccalaureate degree or the Associate of Arts degree is to be awarded.

Correspondence Courses

The University of Florida's Division of Continuing Education, Department of Independent Study by Correspondence administers all correspondence instruction for the State University System of Florida (SUS). College credit, high school credit, and continuing professional education courses are available through regular mail and Fax (several by email). Independent Study offers more than 150 courses to students who would like a flexible schedule or an opportunity to take extra classes. It is possible to enroll any time during the year.

In 1996, the State revised the General Provisions Rule 64-4.002, at the Bureau of Teacher Certification for the State of Florida. Any teacher in the state now can use credit correspondence courses, as appropriate, to apply toward the recertification of the teaching license. Moreover, there is no limit to the number of courses that may fulfill the requirements.

The current Catalog details enrollment procedures, fees, and course information. A copy may be obtained at no cost by calling or writing to: University of Florida, Independent Study, Suite D, 2209 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32609; 352-392-1711, Ext. 200; Email: learn@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu. Website: http://www.doce.ufl.edu.

Double Majors

  • A student may earn one degree, a BA or BS, with two majors, by completing the requirements for both majors. If both majors are within the same college and are of the same degree type (BA or BS), both majors will be indicated on the diploma; however, if the majors are from different colleges or are of different degree types, only one major will appear on the diploma. Students earning a double major must use the same Catalog year for both majors.

Two Degrees

  • A student may earn two degrees, a BA and a BS, by completing the requirements for both majors and earning a minimum of 150 credit hours.

  • A student may earn two degrees, either both BA or both BS, if the degrees are earned in separate colleges and a minimum of 150 (or more) credit hours are earned.

  • A student may earn two degrees, either both BA or both BS, within the same college if allowed by the particular college and a mini­mum of 150 (or more) credit hours are earned.

  • Students earning two degrees may use different Catalog years for each degree. If different Catalog years are used, the general university requirements in the latest of the two catalogs will be applied to both degrees.

More Than Two Majors, or More Than Two Degrees, or a Combination

Students attempting multiple majors or degrees beyond two must consult with the Registrar's Office for coordination among degree programs. Responsibility for doing so rests with the student. The stipulations for two majors and/or two degrees will apply as well as other minimum amount of hours and prohibitions about combinations.

Graduates from regionally accredited four-year U.S. institutions who apply for admission to work toward a second baccalaureate degree at UCF must meet the regular admission requirements of the major department and the UCF residency requirement of 30 additional credit hours for that degree. Students holding the baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited U.S. institutions are considered to have complet­ed Gordon Rule, foreign languages, and General Education Program Requirements. Students who hold degrees from non-regionally accredited U.S. institutions and foreign institutions may be required by the Office of Academic Services (MH 210) to fulfill all or part of the UCF General Education Program requirements as stipulated in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog.

The University requirements specified in the preceding paragraphs are minimum requirements. Departments and colleges may require more than 150 credit hours for a second degree or more than 30 credit hours to be taken in residence at UCF. Students should confirm department, school, and college requirements with their academic advisors.

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