Disability Services at UMass Amherst

Graduation Requirements

The University is composed of a number of colleges. Each college is composed of various departments. The University, the colleges, and the departments all have requirements students must meet in order to graduate. The University does not waive requirements for students with disabilities, but allows reasonable modifications in programs and courses for students with documented disabilities. For students with learning disabilities and students with hearing impairments, this includes modification of the foreign language and global education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

University Graduation Requirements:

The University does not waive requirements for students with disabilities but allows reasonable modifications in programs and courses for students with documented disabilities. Please refer to Modifications for Disabilities under Academic Policies in the Guide to Undergraduate Programs.

College Requirements:

Each college at the University has its own additional requirements. These requirements may be modified at the discretion of each college. Foreign languages are the only requirement with a routine procedure for requesting modification.

Language Requirements:

Students pursuing majors through SBS (Social & Behavioral Sciences), HFA (Humanities & Fine Arts) or the BA track of CNS (College of Natural Sciences) are required to take up to four semesters of foreign language. If your disability precludes learning a foreign language, you are advised to meet with your Consumer Manager to discuss the process of applying for substitute courses.

Major Requirements:

In order to graduate, each student must complete an approved major. Academic departments set the requirements for the major. Students must take required courses for their major in addition to the General Education and College Requirements. Major requirements may be modified at the discretion of the department.