Advising FAQ's

College of Arts and Sciences' Foote Fellow Frequently Asked Questions

  • As a Foote Fellow, what do I need in order to graduate from the College of Arts and Science?

    Foote Fellows are EXEMPT from all General Education Requirements including Cognates.  Here are some exceptions:

    • Foote Fellows are not exempt from pre-requisite courses.
    • Some general education requirements may be necessary for admission to medical/graduate school.
    • Foote Fellows may complete General Education Requirement courses by choice or automatically with AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credit.
    • Foote Fellows may choose to complete Cognates.
    • Foote Fellows are exempt from ENG 105 and 106, however these courses may be required for some majors. 

  • Do I need a minor in order to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences?

    Yes, you are required to have a minor. Here is the list of majors and minors.

  • Do I need to take a language as a Foote Fellow in the Collage of Arts and Sciences?

    No, however, some majors require one or two languages as part of their major requirements. In this case, you are required to take a language.

    Also, if you are interested in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, you will be required to have a language at the 200 level or above.

  • As a Foote Fellow, can I have more than one major?

    Yes, it is common for Foote Fellows to complete multiple majors.  Many Foote Fellows are inspired to incorporate a language, as well as study abroad and internships, to set them apart as exceptional students.

  • When should I plan to study abroad?

    Depending on the program you choose to pursue, you will need different planning strategies. 
    Please call or e-mail the Office of Study Abroad at: 

    Phone: 305-284-3434

  • Do I need a language to study abroad?

    There are many opportunities to study abroad with or without a language.

  • What is DILS?

    Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) is designed to give motivated students the opportunity to study languages not currently offered through traditional classroom instruction at the University of Miami. The goal of the program is to assist students to gain linguistic and cultural competence primarily through active conversation in the language of their choice and to promote their ability to adapt and respond to new linguistic and cultural environments. Flexibility is one of the key components of the program as it responds to the students' language needs.

  • Does the University of Miami Accept AP/ IB/ Dual Enrollment or credit through examination?

    Yes. We award credit through CLEP (subject exams only), Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate higher level exams. Minimum scores are required and are revised annually. You may contact the Office of Admission, Evaluation Department directly for required scores. Please note: Official scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admission. Exam scores submitted on other university or college transcripts will not be accepted.

    Information on transfer credit available at:

  • What if I am undecided about my major?

    Speak with your Foote Fellow Advisor. They can guide you to appropriate university resources:

    • Attend a Major Exploration Workshop held at the Toppel Career Center Loft
      • Held inSeptember
    • Majors & Minors Fair!  Meet with peers and advisors from almost all majors at UM!
      • Held in September
    • Meet with Toppel Career Center Staffto complete various Career Assessments and discuss your strengths, interests, and skill sets and your major  options

  • Internships

    • Toppel advisors can assist you with searching and preparing for internships! Internships are a natural bridge from college into the workforce. As an intern, you have the opportunity to gain work experience, develop skills, explore career options, and establish a professional network. Internships are a valuable experience for both the intern and the employer.
    • The Toppel Internship Program will provide students who have already secured an internship with the opportunity to earn a 1-credit transcript notation that will be visible on University of Miami transcripts. This is a great option if you obtain an internship that specifically asks for “academic credit.”
    • Please note, credit received from the Toppel Internship Program does not count towards your 120 credits for graduation. 

    Toppel Career Center
    Phone: 305-284-5451

  • Latin Honors

    University Honors (i.e. cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.) They are different credential types.

  • Miller School Honors Programs

    The Medical Scholars Program is a 7-8 year BS/MD program. Admission to the MSP program assures students of a place in the freshman class of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine after completing their third year of undergraduate study, provided they meet the program requirements. (screen after freshman year – invited during spring of sophomore year – admitted during summer between so/jr)

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