This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2020-21 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Bulletins and course descriptions for the current and past years are now archived in the VCU Scholars Compass hosted by the VCU Libraries. More recent editions are also available as PDFs below.
University authorities reserve the right to revise policies and procedures as they deem appropriate.
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Undergraduate and professional students
Students are expected to abide by the rules and procedures listed in the Bulletins that were published at the time of their official admission.
The Bulletin for the academic year a student enters or re-enters a degree program identifies the curriculum degree requirements for that student. Students in continuous enrollment may fulfill the curriculum degree requirements of the Bulletin for the year they entered VCU or choose to be subject to the curriculum degree requirements articulated in a subsequent Bulletin. In either case, students must fulfill all curriculum degree requirements listed in the Bulletin they choose.
A student’s effective Bulletin will remain in effect until the degree is awarded. Change in academic program (major, concentration, minor) will not result in a change in effective Bulletin unless the program of study was implemented at a later date. Students readmitted to the university will fall under the Bulletin in effect at the time of readmission.
The contents of the effective Bulletin represent the most current information available at the time of publication; however, it is reasonable to expect changes to be made with respect to this information without prior notice. Thus, the provisions of this Bulletin are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the university (or any of its divisions) and the student.
Enrolled students who have maintained continuous enrollment are subject to the curricular requirements of the bulletin in effect at the time of admission, and to subsequent policy changes approved by the University Graduate Council for immediate implementation, which are accessible on the HTML (online) version of the Graduate Bulletin.
Graduate students should contact the Graduate School at any time regarding questions relating to graduate study at VCU.