In general, no. The General Education requirements are meant to cover the essential areas of the liberal arts education and substitutions would, therefore, undermine the program’s coherence. The following headings outline the general policies that are followed in handling these questions and some specific examples follow. Students are advised to consult with an advisor before submitting any request since the advisor will be able to assist you in determining what requests are viable.
Substitutions: It is not permitted to substitute a course taken at UNC Charlotte for a General Education requirement that you are missing.
Retroactive Approval: As a rule, courses must be approved to satisfy a General Education requirement in advance. Retroactive approval is made in rare circumstances, generally as a result of a departmental scheduling error. Requests for a retroactive approval must be made using an Academic Petition.
Waivers: Waivers of General Education requirements are rare. Students must make a convincing case as to why a waiver should be granted and provide documentation and endorsements from instructor, advisor, department, and college supporting that request. For example, a waiver may be granted in cases where a student was given incorrect information about General Education requirements by an instructor or advisor. Requests for waivers to General Education requirements must be made using an Academic Petition.
Transfer Credit: Students with transfer credit may request a review of the course equivalencies given by Admissions for the purpose of meeting a General Education requirement. Students will need to submit a Transfer Credit Reevaluation Form. (Copies of the form are available online, in the University Advising Center in Colvard 2200, and in College advising offices.) Students must attach documentation—a catalog course description or in some cases a syllabus—with their request.