Program Overview

Program Overview

A curriculum tailored for the world beyond the classroom

 
Catalyst is a 17-credit curricular program housed in the College of Arts & Sciences and open to any UVA undergraduates beyond their first year. In addition to core courses in leadership and collaboration and the real-world application of critical thinking skills, students will fulfill electives in global cultural competence, quantitative reasoning and data, and job-specific skillsets.
 
The program concludes with a capstone course in which you'll learn to effectively showcase your skills and experience. Working with partners across Grounds, Catalyst offers numerous opportunities for mentorship, internships, and professionalization to students in the program. Completion of the Catalyst Program is noted on the transcript as a milestone.
 
  
Eligibility Criteria:
Catalyst is open to any UVA student who has completed a full academic year at a four-year institution, including incoming transfer students. First-year students may therefore apply in the spring of their first year for admittance beginning in the fall semester of their second year.
 
Program Length:
The program is 17 credits, with 6 of those credits likely being fulfilled by general education requirements. Although the remaining 11 Catalyst-specific credits can be completed in one academic year, for most students it will take three semesters. Up to six semesters can be taken to complete the program, depending on the entering student. First- and second-year students may apply in any cycle. Third-year students should aim for the fall application cycle to allow themselves sufficient time to complete the program, although in some cases it may be possible to complete the program in one academic year as a fourth-year. 
 
Prerequisite:
Catalyst has only one prerequisite: a three-credit course in quantitative literacy, fulfilled by any of the College's general education QCD courses. This course must be completed prior to program entry, but may be in progress during the application itself. See the regularly-updated list of approved courses [here].