American History

Policy Memorandum No. 192

Approved by the Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies: March 22, 1999
Approved by University Council: April 19, 1999
Approved by President: April 19, 1999
Approved by Board of Visitors: April 26, 1999
Effective: For all students entering Virginia Tech for the first time in fall 2001.

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies approved a resolution concerning American history.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council.

Whereas, the faculty and administration of Virginia Tech believe that knowledge of critical concepts of American history can be a cornerstone for responsible citizenship and informed future participation in a democratic society, and

Whereas, the Virginia House and Senate Joint Resolution number 346 also indicated this expectation by instructing Boards of Visitors of state universities to " their curriculum to incorporate American history as a requirement for a bachelor's degree" and,

Whereas, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has endorsed a Virginia Tech draft plan for addressing the sense of the General Assembly at the February 1999 meeting, and

Therefore, Be It Resolved that significant knowledge of American history will be considered a necessary component of pre-college or college education and experience for those students pursuing an undergraduate degree program at Virginia Tech, and

That Virginia Tech will expect all students, beginning with those students who enter in the fall of 2001, demonstrate proficiency in American history in one or more of the following ways:

That all entering students at Virginia Tech who score at or above specified standards established through the university governance system, in one or more of the previous methods will satisfy the Virginia Tech American History competency requirement, and

That all entering students at Virginia Tech whose competency levels fall below the aforementioned established Virginia Tech standards, will be expected to successfully complete one of the following options:


President's Policy Memoramdum