Writing Placement and Humanities Core Enrollment
Students admitted to UCI for Fall 2020 do not need to take any action to be placed in a writing course at this time. Students do not need to take the UC system-wide Analytic Writing Placement Examination (AWPE). Course enrollment will take place during the required Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP).
Humanities Core Course Enrollment Questions
Everyone enrolled in Humanities Core in the fall takes the lecture (listed as Human 1A HUMANITIES CORE LEC on the Schedule of Classes), as well as a seminar. But which Humanities Core fall seminar is right for you? First, consult the Writing Placement letter you received from the Testing Center, which should indicate what type of Humanities Core seminar you are eligible to take. Or, consult the table below in conversation with your school’s academic advisor.
If you are having difficulties enrolling in a Humanities Core lecture and/or seminar, please contact the Humanities Core office. Office staff will assist you in determining your placement eligibility and in placing you into an appropriate section on a space-available basis. Honors students should consult the office of the Campuswide Honors Collegium. BioSci majors can read about their special options.
Students seeking broader academic counseling related to enrolling in Humanities Core should consult the academic advising office in the school of their major.
Add/Drops, Switching Sections, and Grade Option Changes
Add/drops and grade option changes for Humanities Core lectures and seminars must be effected by the end of the second week of classes, regardless of other general campus deadlines for add/drops and grade option changes. After the second week, requests to add/drop or changes to the grade option will be granted only in exceptional circumstances. Beginning the first day of the second week of instruction, all add/drops are coordinated and authorized by staff in the Humanities Core Program Office (email@example.com). Students should not ask Humanities Core seminar instructors for authorization codes. All school and major requirements must be taken for letter grades.
Progression in Humanities Core Course Series
Students receiving deficient grades of C- or below or NP (no pass) may progress to the next quarter as long as a grade of F (or an F that converted to NP) was not received. Students who receive an F in either component (lecture or seminar) of Humanities Core in fall or winter may not progress to the next quarter of Humanities Core unless special permission is granted by the Course Director.
Students receiving a deficient grade of C- or below (including F) or NP (no pass) in either component of Humanities Core may retake the quarter in a subsequent year in most cases. Students repeating only one component of Humanities Core should enroll in both components (lecture and seminar) and then speak with staff in the Humanities Core office (firstname.lastname@example.org) during the second week of classes to drop the component not being repeated.
Satisfaction of Requirements and General Education Credits
Students who complete all three quarters of the Humanities Core lecture with a grade of D- or better or P (pass), and Humanities Core Writing with a C or better or P (pass) will have satisfied Lower-Division Writing (Category I), Arts and Humanities (Category IV), Multicultural Studies (Category VII) and International/Global Issues (Category VIII) of the UCI General Education (GE) requirements.
If the three quarter series is not completed, each Humanities Core lecture course with a passing grade of D- or better or P (pass) will count as one Arts and Humanities (Category IV) and each Humanities Core writing course with a passing grade of C or better or P (pass) will count as one Writing (Category I) for either Fall or Winter and one Writing (Category I) for Spring.
Students who want to begin Humanities Core in the winter can do so as long as they have satisfied the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement. After completing the winter and spring quarters, students will have met the lower-division writing requirement (Category I) as long as they have a grade of C or better in the writing component. Completion of the lecture component over two quarters with grades of D- or better will fulfill two Arts and Humanities (Category IV) of the GE requirements. (Students who finish the fall in Humanities Core but need to withdraw for the winter can return in the spring for the credits described in this paragraph.)
Majors within the School of Humanities do not have the option of taking Humanities Core for P/NP (pass/no pass). The entire sequence of Humanities Core satisfactorily completed for a letter grade satisfies a school requirement. Other schools may have similar requirements. Non-Humanities majors should consult an academic counselor in the school of their major before opting to take the course for P/NP.
UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and HUMAN 1AES and HUMAN 1BES
In addition to the regular discussion sections of Humanities Core (HUMAN 1AS-BS-CS), the Program offers sections (designated ES) for students who have not met the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement. HUMAN 1AES, offered in fall, must be taken for a letter grade. Students who successfully pass the writing component of Human 1AES with a grade of C or better will have simultaneously met the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and may progress to a regular section of Humanities Core Course (HUMAN 1BS) in winter quarter. Students who do not pass HUMAN 1AES with a grade of C or better will have a second opportunity to pass the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement in winter quarter by enrolling in HUMAN 1BES for a letter grade. Completion of HUMAN 1BES with a grade of C or better will satisfy the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and will allow students to move on to HUMAN 1CS to complete the lower-division writing requirement. Satisfactory completion of the HUMAN 1AES-BES/BS-CS sequence additionally fulfills other GE requirements (Categories IV, VII, and VIII), just as the 1AS-BS-CS sequence does (see Satisfaction of Requirements and General Education Credits above).
Last updated May 2020. Requirement information is provided here merely for your convenience; please refer to the UCI General Catalogue for official documentation.
Disability Services and Accommodations
Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Center (http://disability.uci.edu, 949-824-7494) as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All exams are administered in seminars in Humanities Core; therefore, students should specify their seminar instructors when requesting exam accommodations.
The Policies and Procedures document distributed in each seminar explains grading for the lecture and writing components of the course. Please note that these are guidelines intended to help students plan their work in the program. The Humanities Core Course Director reserves the right to make changes in these evaluation criteria during the course of the quarter. The Course Director will also administer a formal reevaluation process in the event of a grade dispute.
Students should be aware that their written work may be reviewed by course directors and/or subject to submission for textual similarity review through a plagiarism detection service like Turnitin. All students should familiarize themselves with the UCI Policy on Academic Honesty.