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Pass/Fail Courses Meeting Degree Requirements
This section explains which courses can or cannot be taken for pass/fail for L&S undergraduate students.
Will the classes I take pass/fail count toward any of my degree requirements?
Pass/Fail courses count towards four (4) L&S degree requirements:
- 120 total degree credits needed for graduation,
- 80 credits outside any one department (for students under the 1971 L&S curriculum requirements),
- 60 credits of intermediate or advanced work (if the course is designated as I, A, or D level),
- Residence requirement (if the course is taken within the last 30 credits before graduation).
Students can take a maximum of sixteen (16) credits for pass/fail during their undergraduate career at UW-Madison.
- Major or major department coursework (if the course is being used to fulfill a requirement in the major)
- Breadth (humanities, literature, social science, natural science)
- Foreign language (if a student has not fulfilled the BA or BS foreign language requirement)
- Mathematics (if being used to fulfill any degree requirements or prerequisites for any major/degree requirements)
- General Education Requirements (Communication Part A, Communication Part B, Quantitative Reasoning Part A, Quantitative Reasoning Part B, Ethnic Studies)
- Coursework required to fulfill certificate programs
- Directed Study courses (e.g., 199, 299, 699)
- A student may take a maximum of sixteen (16) credits during his/her undergraduate career at UW-Madison
Students must be in good academic standing in order to declare the pass/fail option. In the College of Letters & Science, good academic standing means a student is not on:
- strict probation
- continued probation
- continued strict probation
- (in) dropped status
Detailed information regarding the UW-Madison pass/fail policy can be found at policy on the use of pass/fail grading option for undergraduates.
More detailed information can be found at what does it mean to take a course pass/fail.