Fall 2019 Undergraduate Calendar


Students are responsible for becoming familiar and complying with the general regulations of the University as contained in this section. Additionally, students must be familiar and comply with the regulations of the Faculty in which they are enrolled. These particular requirements may be found in the program sections of this calendar.

Students also are directed to read the Statement of Responsibility, and the calendar of important dates and deadlines under Academic Dates.

CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS (definitions for full-time/part-time student, audit student, academic probation, etc.)
COMBINED MAJOR (majoring in two subject areas)

The following policies can be found online on the Central Policies website at: https://lawlibrary.uwindsor.ca/Presto/home/home.aspx
-ADVANCED STANDING AND CREDIT TRANSFER (advanced standing and transfer credits reduce the total number of courses a student must complete for a degree)

-COURSE EQUIVALENCY POLICY (permission to substitute one course for another)
-COURSE OVERLOAD POLICY (course taken in addition to the prescribed semester or term load)
-LETTERS OF PERMISSION (permission to take courses at another university for credit towards their UWindsor degree)
-MINOR (provides a general knowledge of an area of study)
-RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS (the number of courses that must be completed at the University of Windsor)

-SENIOR-LEVEL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (minimum number of courses to be completed at the 2000-level or above)
(minimum major and cumulative averages required to continue in a program of study and to graduate)


The responsibility for becoming familiar and complying with the requirements for degrees and with academic regulations rests primarily with the student. Every student can access a "Degree Audit Report" on the Student Self Service page at http://www.uwindsor.ca/current-students which reports a student's progress towards fulfilling degree requirements.

In addition, academic advising is strongly recommended for all students. Academic units provide individual assistance to students both in the selection of their programs of studies and in the choice of courses in keeping with program requirements. General questions normally should be addressed to the Associate Dean of the Faculty.

Students are strongly urged to seek course and program advising to ensure that they understand degree requirements. It is recognized that many students may not have decided on their major areas or on their final career goals prior to entering University. Consequently, it is not unusual for students to change their programs of study after taking several courses. Every effort is made to assist such students, within the limits of the requirements of the various programs.

Students who are considering program changes may request assistance from advisors within their proposed area of study. Application forms for a change of program are available on the web on the Student Self Service page at https://my.uwindsor.ca/.

Students are required to have declared a major by the time they have successfully completed ten semester courses.

A full-time student is one who is registered in four or more undergraduate courses in a term.

A part-time student is one who is registered in fewer than four undergraduate courses in a term.

A regular student is one who has met the average requirements for admission or the minimum average requirements for continuation in his or her program of studies.

A conditioned student is one who, at the time of admission, does not have standing in a required subject or subjects.

A visiting student is one who registers and takes courses for credit for the purpose of transferring the credit to the university at which he or she was previously registered. Normally, visiting students are advised to have written permission from the home university in order to register for courses.

A special or non-degree student is one who is taking courses for credit but not proceeding to a degree at this University.

An audit student is one who attends (a) course(s) but does not receive any grade(s) or credit for the course(s) towards a degree. Such a student will not be allowed to write examinations and may not be graded in any way, but will be required to pay the regular fees for the course(s).

A student on academic probation is one who has not met the full admission requirements to a program or a student who, once admitted, has shown unsatisfactory progress at the conclusion of the previous term. (See the regulations pertaining to each Faculty.)

Academic probation is removed if a student demonstrates satisfactory progress by the end of the probationary period. Normally, a student will be required to withdraw from a faculty if performance is not satisfactory at the conclusion of the academic probationary period.

For regulations pertaining to the possible readmission of students who have been required to withdraw, see the regulations pertaining to each Faculty.


Students wishing to combine two areas of study from the Arts, Languages, Social Sciences, or Science within a single four-year Honours B.A. or B.Sc. program may do so if the areas of study concerned have provided for this possibility in their respective sections of the Calendar. Such programs require a total of forty courses including the successful completion of degree requirements as defined by each area of study in the appropriate section of the calendar. The area of study selected as the first major will determine the degree awarded. (e.g., BA in English and Chemistry, or BSc in Chemistry and English).


Information regarding the content and the hours of instruction per week for all courses is to be found in the individual subject area listings. The time schedule for classes can be obtained online at http://www.uwindsor.ca/registrar/timetables.

The University does not attempt to impose uniformity in methods of course presentation. Therefore, methods of course presentation vary and may involve lectures, lectures combined with class discussion, small group or tutorial instruction, seminars, or other combinations of the above. In all cases, the method(s) to be used will be explained early in the course.


Each course is identified by a subject code and a number code. The subject code consists of 4 alpha characters that identify the discipline. The number code consists of 4 numeric characters with the first digit designating the year/level of study. The series 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 numbers are intended to indicate progressively more demanding content and correspondingly increasing background and competence on the part of the students enrolled in the course.

Numbers in the range 1000-1999 are ordinarily used for the introductory courses in most disciplines. Within the range, however, a lower number does not necessarily signify more elementary content. It is important that students planning their courses have clearly in mind the significance of these numbers so that they may guard against undertaking course work at levels for which they are insufficiently prepared. A number of courses have stated prerequisites which are prior requirements for entry to a course. Students who do not satisfy the prerequisite for a course, or who in the opinion of the instructor do not possess an equivalent background to that of the stated prerequisite, may not register for the course, and may be removed if they register inappropriately.

See Course Numbering Policy.


The word "course" generally refers to a 3.00 credit hour offering which is given over one term. Each term includes approximately twelve weeks of classes. During each regular academic year (September to April), the Fall term runs from early September to early December and the Winter term runs from early January to mid-April. Each term concludes with final examinations. Additionally, the University schedules courses in a Summer term which includes Intersession (May - June) and Summer Session (July - August), each of which are approximately six weeks in duration. Courses given in these sessions carry the same credit as those in the Fall and Winter terms. Some courses offered in the Summer Term run from May - August (12 weeks).

In some areas, courses also may be offered for 1.50 credit hours, or for 6.00 credit hours. Courses of any credit hour value may be offered over multiple terms or over a part of a term.

In a few cases a course may be "linked" with another course in the sense that credit is granted only when both courses have been completed successfully. Course descriptions indicate "linked" courses. Unless otherwise indicated, such courses must be taken in successive terms.

The time required to complete programs can vary according to the student's choice. If courses are taken exclusively in the Fall and Winter terms, a general degree normally is completed in three years and a four-year Honours, Major or professional degree in four years of full-time study. Students may choose to accelerate their programs by attending Summer term, Intersession and/or Summer Session, or may spread their programs over a longer period by attending as part-time students. Some programs place a time limit on degree completion. Refer to individual Faculty and program regulations for such limits.


For the purpose of meeting degree requirements the University categorizes its courses as follows:

(All Language courses can count for credit as Arts/Humanities courses)
Art History (MACS)
Greek and Roman Studies (GRST, GRHS, GREK)
Dramatic Art (DRAM)
English and Creative Writing (ENGL)
General Courses, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (GART) **
Intercultural Studies (INCS)
Music-Academic Studies (MUSC)
Music-Performance Studies (MUSP)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Visual Arts (VSAR, CNMA)
Women's and Gender Studies* (WGST)
*The following Women's and Gender Studies courses may be taken for Arts credit: WGST-1600, WGST-1200, WGST-1300, WGST-2300, WGST-2190, WGST-2360, WGST-2700, WGST-3590, and WGST-3850.
**The following course may be taken for Arts credit: ANZO-1600.

Arabic (ARAB)
French (FREN)
German (GRMN)
Ancient Greek (GREK)
Latin (LATN)
Spanish (SPAN)
Hebrew (JWST)

Note:Courses in all languages listed above that may be used to satisfy language requirements include: XXXX-1000, XXXX-1010, XXXX-1020, XXXX-2000, XXXX-2010, XXXX-2020, XXXX-3000, XXXX-3010. All French Studies courses count as language requirements. ARAB-1100 and ARAB-1110 also count as language requirements. All other courses in any language listed above count only as Arts courses.

Anthropology (SACR)
Communication, Media and Film (CMAF, CNMA)
Economics (ECON) ***
General Courses, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (SOSC) *
Human Geography (HUGR)
History (HIST)
Interdisciplinary Arts and Science courses (ARSC)
Labour Studies (WORK)
Political Science (POLS)
Psychology (PSYC)
Social Work (SWRK)
Sociology (SACR)
Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) **
* The following courses may be taken for Social Science credit: ANZO-1600, ESTU-1000 and ESTU-2100.
** (WGST-1600, WGST-1200, WGST-1300, WGST-2300, WGST-2190, WGST-2700, WGST-3590, and WGST-3850 can satisfy either a Social Science or an Arts requirement.)
***All Economics courses will be permitted to satisfy either Science or Social Science requirements.

Biology (BIOL)
Biochemistry (BIOC)
Chemistry (CHEN)
Computer Science (COMP)
Economics (ECON)***
School of the Environment (ESCI)
Forensic Sciences (FRSC)
General Courses, Faculty of Science (SCIE)
Mathematics (MATH)
Physics (PHYS)
Statistics (STAT)
Women's and Gender Studies (WGST)**

** Women's and Gender Studies WGST-2500 will satisfy either a Social Science or a Science requirement.
***All Economics courses will be permitted to satisfy either Science or Social Science requirements.

Note: For students in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences the following Nursing courses will satisfy a Science requirement: NURS-3510, and NURS-3910.

Business Administration (BUSR, ACCT, MGMT, FINA, MSCI, MKTG, STEN)
Education (EDUC)
Kinesiology (KINE)
Nursing (NURS)

PROGRAM TRANSFERS (Transfering to Another Program)
A student who wishes to transfer to a new program may apply on the web on the Student Self Service page at student.uwindsor.ca. All program transfers and conditions for transfer are subject to the approval of the Dean in accordance with regulations established by the Faculty into which the student wishes to transfer.

1) Normally a student who has a cumulative average of 60% or greater in the previous program, and who meets the admission requirements of the intended program will be permitted to transfer. Transfer credit will be assessed and awarded in accordance with the Senate Policy on Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer.

2) If a student has been required to withdraw from a program, the student normally will be considered for admission to the new intended program on the same basis as students who have been required to withdraw from the program.

3) All courses that are transferable, whether passed or failed, will be considered in calculating both the cumulative and major averages (where appropriate) in the new program.

4) Applications for transfer to Business are subject to the following deadlines:
    • June 15th for Fall semesters
    • October 15th for Winter semesters
    • February 15th for Inter/Summer semesters
Transfer is based on academic achievement and the availability of space, and a minimum 67% cumulative average is required in order to be considered for a transfer to Business.