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UNIV 111, 112, and 200

UNIV 111, 112, and 200 are the foundational courses in VCU’s core curriculum. 111 and 112 are usually taught as a two-semester seminar where students are able to remain with their faculty member and their classmates for the entirety of their first year. Students remaining with their instructor and cohort for UNIV 111 and 112 provides built-in support to establish study groups for this course and other courses that students may have in common. Students who have remained with their cohort have had greater overall success in these general education courses.

We also teach a limited number of interdisciplinary courses that fulfill core and general education requirements for VCU students:

  • Food for Thought (UNIV 211)
  • The Truth About Lying (UNIV 213)
  • Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society (UNIV 217)
  • Pseudoscience (UNIV 222)
  • What’s the Big Idea? (UNIV 299)

All of our courses are designed to cultivate curiosity and support academic success through a rigorous, process-oriented shared curriculum.  The faculty who teach these courses are specialists in a range of disciplines who are dedicated to engaging students in big interdisciplinary questions before those students become advanced thinkers in their own fields.

Need an override?

If you are having trouble registering for UNIV 111, 112, 200, 211, 213, 217, 222, 250, 251, 299, 350, please send an email to from your VCU email including your V# and CRN of the course you would like to register for.

  • If you are enrolled in a Fall UNIV 111, you will automatically be issued an override to the corresponding Spring UNIV 112 with the same instructor. Your instructor will provide information about how to use this override when you register for classes.
  • UNIV 111 and 112 courses are restricted to students with 23 credits or fewer to self-register; if you have more than 23 credits, you will need to request a “class restriction” override from
  • Some sections of UNIV 200 are for specific student populations (Globe, ASPiRE, or LEAD) and will show an “attribute restriction” if you are not a student in one of those programs. Only students in those programs may enroll in those sections.
  • Students who have successfully passed UNIV 111 with a D or higher and UNIV 112 with a C or higher, have AP or IB credits, or transfer credits from another institute equivalent to UNIV 111 and 112 will be able to self-register for UNIV 200 sections with available seats.
  • We will not provide overrides for courses which are full. UNIV 111/112/200 are capped at 19 students.
  • We will not provide overrides for a specific section of a course if there are open seats in other sections on the same day and time.
  • We do not process overrides for any courses other than those listed above.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Department of Focused Inquiry

Harris Hall, 5th Floor
1015 Floyd Avenue
Box 842015
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2015

Phone: 804-827-0838

Updated: 6/7/2019

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