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Frequently Asked Questions

A list of answers to questions often posed to us at FHE

  1. I wish to switch from full-time study to part-time study, what should I do?
  2. I wish to change my major (add another major, minor etc), what should I do?
  3. If I pursue 15 credits in any discipline area would I automatically be awarded a minor in that area?
  4. If I pursue 54 credits in any discipline area could I declare a “Special” in that area?
  5. I entered the University before 2003, would my degree be assessed under the GPA system?
  6. Could level 1 courses count toward level 2 credits (apart from FOUN 1210 & FOUN 1301)?
  7. Could level 3 courses count toward level 2 credits?
  8. When do I declare my major(s)/minors in lieu of graduation?
  9. I am doing a cross-faculty double major and is being asked to take FD11A. According to the Faculty Booklet, this course is not for Humanities students. Do I have to do FD11A?
  10. Would my Summer courses be counted toward my degree?
  11. I wish to add a 6th course for the semester as a first year student.
  12. I wish to add an additional course for the semester/year as a second year student.
  13. How many out-of-faculty courses am I allowed to pursue as a FHE student?
  14. I am a student of another Faculty but am also pursuing a degree programme at FHE (double major student). Am I still required to complete a “thesis (UC300)”?
  15. Must I do HUMN 3099 (UC300) or are there other courses which can be substituted for it?
  16. There is a “warning” status on my on-line student record. What does this mean?
  17. There are anomalies in my on-line student record. How can they be rectified?
  18. I am not sure who my Academic Advisor is or whether one has been assigned to me. What should I do?
  19. I wish to consult with someone re my readiness to graduate and course credits. To whom should I go?
  20. I missed a coursework exam. What should I do?


1. I wish to switch from full-time study to part-time study, what should I do?

Submit a letter re change status to the Assistant Registrar (Admissions). Only after receiving an official approval, should a student proceed with a change in registration accordingly. ...Return.


2. I wish to change my major (add another major, minor etc), what should I do?

Submit a letter re change of option to the Assistant Registrar (Admissions). Full-time students should do this no later than the start of their 3rd semester (beginning of year 2), while Part-time students can do so no later than the beginning of their 5th semester. ...Return.


3. If I pursue 15 credits in any discipline area would I automatically be awarded a minor in that area?

No. Awards can only be granted for minors that have been formally declared as a minor by the Faculty. Eg. Students can pursue 15 credits of Philosophy courses, but no minor in that area currently exist. ...Return.


4. If I pursue 54 credits in any discipline area could I declare a “Special” in that area?

No. Awards can only be granted for Specials that have been formally declared as a “Special” by the Faculty. Eg. Students can pursue 54 credits of Linguistics or Literatures in English courses, but no “Specials” in those areas currently exist. ...Return.


5. I entered the University before 2003, would my degree be assessed under the GPA system?

All active student records have recently been converted to the Banner GPA system. However, while pre-GPA students are currently being assessed based on the year they matriculated, they are also being assessed under the GPA system. Whichever system is more advantageous to the student in his/her graduating year, he/she would be awarded the “better” class of degree. ...Return.


6. Could level 1 courses count toward level 2 credits (apart from FOUN 1210 & FOUN 1301)?

Yes. According to the Faculty Regulations, “In all Majors a student may be permitted to do two appropriate Level I courses for Level II credit. These must be registered in the Level II programme. Such courses may not be counted for the award of honours”. ...Return.


7. Could level 3 courses count toward level 2 credits?

Yes. However, the student must ensure that he/she has the specific number of level two courses required for the programme in accordance with the Regulations: “a minimum of 18 credits shall be for Level II courses (not including Foundation Courses)”. It should also be noted that “a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 24 credits shall be for courses exclusively Level III (but not including UC300 or its substitute).” ...Return.


8. When do I declare my major(s)/minors in lieu of graduation?

Usually at the commencement of third year for full-time students or at the beginning of the final two semesters for part-time students. ...Return.


9. I am doing a cross-faculty double major and is being asked to take FD11A. According to the Faculty Booklet, this course is not for Humanities students. Do I have to do FD11A?

Yes, unless the student receives written exemption from the Faculty whose degree programme requires that the course be read. ...Return.


10. Would my Summer courses be counted toward my degree?

Yes, but only if the courses done in Summer are part of the student’s current programme which was previously declared. If these are extra courses – No! NOTE: If student has completed their programme (as declared in our records) by the end of Semester II, then their names will go forward on a graduation pass list, so Summer courses will not be counted! ...Return.


11. I wish to add a 6th course for the semester as a first year student.

First year students (both full-time and part-time) are NOT allowed to add extra courses at this stage. ...Return.


12. I wish to add an additional course for the semester/year as a second year student.

Second year full-time students are NOT allowed to add extra courses at this stage. According to the regulations: “A full-time student should normally register for not more than 15 and not less than 12 credits per semester, except in the case of the final two semesters of the degree programme, in which a student may seek permission to register for a maximum of 42 credits to complete the degree.” ...Return.


13. How many out-of-faculty courses am I allowed to pursue as a FHE student?

Throughout the entire degree programme, no more than 30 credits (distributed so as not to exceed 12 credits in any one year of the Full-time programme) may be selected from courses other than Humanities courses, except with the special permission of the Dean. ...Return.


14. I am a student of another Faculty but am also pursuing a degree programme at FHE (double major student). Am I still required to complete a “thesis (UC300)”?

Yes. Students pursuing double major programmes are in fact pursuing 2 degrees. Thus the student is required to complete all the relevant courses toward both programmes. ...Return.


15. Must I do HUMN 3099 (UC300) or are there other courses which can be substituted for it?

Students may choose between the following courses, which are substitutes for HUMN 3099. However, students must have the relevant pre-requisites for the course before pursuing it: COMS 3099; LITS3501 together with LITS3502; LING3099; CANV 3499; FILM 3099 or FILM 3199. ...Return.


16. There is a “warning” status on my on-line student record. What does this mean?

A “warning” status reflects poor academic performance (i.e. the receipt of a GPA < 0.75). This should be taken seriously and the student should seek council from his/her academic advisor. If such poor performance is maintained by a student for the following semester, the student will be asked to withdraw from the UWI. ...Return.


17. There are anomalies in my on-line student record. How can they be rectified?

Students are to bring these to the attention of the Senior Assistant Registrar (Examinations) and/or the Faculty’s Administrative Assistant for rectification. ...Return.


18. I am not sure who my Academic Advisor is or whether one has been assigned to me. What should I do?

Students who have never met with an Academic Advisor or is not sure whether one has been assigned to them, must visit their departmental office and bring this to the attention of the Secretary of the department, who should advise the student further. ...Return.


19. I wish to consult with someone re my readiness to graduate and course credits. To whom should I go?

Students could seek audience with their Academic Advisor or consult with the Faculty’s Administrative Assistant (Mrs. A. Julien) in one of 3 ways:

  1. come to the Faculty Office and complete a “student Inquiry Form”;
  2. send your query via email at: studentsupport@fhe.uwi.tt ; or
  3. make an appointment to see the Admin Asst. (Student Affairs) at the Faculty Office.
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20. I missed a coursework exam. What should I do?

The University only accepts serious illness as a possible cause for missing Coursework examinations. If this was the case, students must submit a written request together with the original medical certificate from the Physician to the Assistant Registrar –Admissions for recourse. ...Return.



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