College of Liberal Arts

GWAC Requirements

Changes are coming to the Great Works Academic Certificate Program!

The certificate will be easier to obtain: fewer credits required and more flexibility in meeting the requirements.

Here are the ways in which we are changing the requirements, effective fall 2015:

  • We are reducing the number of credits from 22/25 to 19.
  • We are allowing students more choice in how they meet the requirements.
  • We have created a list of electives that always count toward the requirements. Other courses may count with the approval of the director. (See the notes below.)
  • We are increasing the required number of upper-division credits from 6 to 12.
  • At least 9 credits must be completed at UNLV. This rule is a slight change to the previous requirement that one-half of the credits must be completed at UNLV.
  • Students may use 9 credits at the 100- or 200-level in a single foreign language as a substitute for 3 credits of electives (but not so as to reduce the number of 300- or 400-level credits below 12). This rule replaces the separate track for students with a foreign language.
  • Students may take 3 credits of electives in visual or performing arts (but not so as to reduce the number of 300- or 400-level credits below 12). This change adds film to the previous inclusion of art and music. (See the notes below.)
  • We are eliminating the requirement of submission of a portfolio.

Admission to the Program

There is no formal admissions process. To participate in the program, a student must be formally admitted to UNLV and have a grade point average of at least 3.00. The program is open to undergraduates from any college.

Degree Requirements: 1 Credit

GWK 400: Senior Seminar in Great Works (usually offered in the spring semester)

Electives: 18 Credits

Total: 19 Credits

Notes

  • The list of electives does not necessarily include all courses that will meet the requirements of the program. Courses other than these electives, including independent studies, may be accepted with the approval of the director. The standard rule is that two-thirds or more of the readings on the syllabus should consist of works (studied in whole or in part) by authors on a list approved by the GWAC Committee. For the list, see Great Works of Our Intellectual Heritage. If you need help in obtaining a syllabus before registering for a course, or if you have any other questions, contact the director.
  • At least twelve credits must be at the 300- or 400-level.
  • At least nine credits must be completed at UNLV.
  • Students must take at least one course with readings from before 1648 and at least one course with readings from after 1648, but those courses need not have all of their readings within only one of those two periods.
  • Students may use nine credits at the 100- or 200-level in a single foreign language as a substitute for three credits of electives (but not so as to reduce the number of 300- or 400-level credits below twelve).
  • Students may take three credits of electives in visual or performing arts (but not so as to reduce the number of 300- or 400-level credits below twelve). Students should obtain the approval of the director for a particular course. Courses that are normally accepted will cover the history of art, music, or film.
  • To receive the certificate, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 for courses taken within GWAC.
  • Students must receive a grade of B- or better in a course for it to be accepted for GWAC.
  • Students may count courses taken to fulfill graduation requirements (university, college, and departmental) toward fulfillment of GWAC requirements if the course is on the list of electives or otherwise meets the requirement for content.
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