A liberal arts and sciences education is about breadth of learning. This idea is enshrined in the University’s general education requirements, and further elaborated by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ (CLAS) basic distribution requirements. CLAS believes that the best preparation for success draws deeply across the full range of the college’s offerings. The Dean’s Medal takes this principle beyond the basic minimums that are required of all students, and recognizes those CLAS graduates who have gone above and beyond in their pursuit of knowledge in liberal arts and sciences. Earning the Dean’s Medal affirms that medal winners have not only undertaken a significant range of courses, but have acquired the range of skills and experiences valued by graduate and professional schools, organizations, employers, and communities.

Apply by March 15, 2019

About the Medal (click to expand)

The obverse embraces the breadth and body of a liberal arts curriculum. The torch of knowledge lights the book of learning that is rewarded with the laurel of education. The Latin words—diversity, scholarship and generosity—describe the gifts education brings.

The reverse of the medal names the medal around the rim and includes images from the Great Seal of Florida and the University of Florida’s seal.

The medal will be awarded with a gold and white ribbon representing the BA and BS degrees conferred by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Dean’s Medal is awarded by application only. Graduating students will be able to apply for the Dean’s Medal beginning in the drop/add period of the term in which they are graduating, and will typically have until the mid-point of that term to submit an application. The Dean’s Medal application is online, and requires students to identify the specific courses taken at UF that meet each category for the Dean’s Medal, and to explain the work that satisfies the experiential learning portion of the requirements. No personal statement is required. The application form will open January 2, 2019, and be available until March 15, 2019.

All Dean’s Medal applications will be reviewed by the CLAS Academic Advising Center (AAC).

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will honor recipients of the Dean’s Medal at an awards reception hosted by Dean David Richardson. Recipients will receive a formal invitation along with the notification that their application has been approved. Please expect to receive notification by late-March 2019. During the reception, recipients of the Dean’s Medal will receive their medals.

Winners unable to attend the ceremony will be able to pick up their medals in the Academic Advising Center prior to graduation, in the expectation that students will wear the medals at their commencement ceremony.

Rules for the Dean’s Medal for Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences (both Two-Year and Four-Year)

  • All courses must be taken at the University of Florida.1
  • All courses must be offered by a unit/department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher or a grade of “Satisfactory” for S/U graded courses.
  • All courses must be three or more credits.2
  • Any course used toward the CLAS Dean’s Medal may overlap with courses used toward the completion of a major, minor or certificate.
  • You may only apply for the CLAS Dean’s Medal within your graduating semester.

Requirements for the CLAS Dean's Four-Year Medal (click to expand)

Applicable to students who matriculated to UF as first time in college freshmen.

The Dean’s Medal will be awarded to all four-year undergraduate CLAS majors who have undertaken the following at the University of Florida:

Humanities: Successful completion of two CLAS-taught courses that satisfy the UF general education requirement (or that meet the subject area requirements described here), one of which must be at the 3000-level or higher.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Successful completion of two CLAS-taught courses that satisfy the UF general education requirement (or that meet the subject area requirements described here), one of which must be at the 3000-level or higher.

Mathematics, Physical Sciences OR Biological Sciences: Successful completion of two CLAS-taught courses that satisfy the UF general education requirement (or that meet the subject area requirements described here).

International AND/OR Diversity: Successful completion of four CLAS-taught courses that satisfy the UF general education requirement (or that meet the subject area requirements described here), two of which must be at the 3000-level or higher; these courses can overlap with other courses applied toward the Dean’s Medal.

Foreign Language: Successful completion of a two-semester sequence in a foreign language. Two non-sequential language courses at the upper-division level would also count.

Professional Communication: Successful completion of one course in professional communication.4 Options include:

  • A University Writing Program course at the 2000-level or higher
  • A three-credit Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication course at the 2000-level or higher
  • ANT 3860, Writing in Anthropology
  • FRE 3440, Commercial French
  • PHI 3693, Ethics of Communication
  • POS 4931, Creative Teamwork
  • SPW 3101, Introduction to Spanish Literature 2
  • SYA 4506, Writing in Sociology

Experiential Learning: Successful completion of an internship, individual research, senior thesis, service learning course, or study abroad.5

Requirements for the CLAS Dean's Two-Year Medal (click to expand)

Applicable to students who entered UF as upper-division transfer students.

The Dean’s Two-Year Medal will be awarded to all undergraduate CLAS majors who entered UF as upper-division transfer students6, and who have undertaken the following at the University of Florida:

Humanities: Successful completion of one CLAS-taught course at the 3000-level or higher that satisfies the UF general education requirement (or that meets the subject area requirements described here).

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Successful completion of one CLAS-taught course at the 3000-level or higher that satisfies the UF general education requirement (or that meets the subject area requirements described here).

Mathematics, Physical Sciences OR Biological Sciences: Successful completion of one CLAS-taught course that satisfies the UF general education requirement (or that meets the subject area requirements described here).

International AND/OR Diversity: Successful completion of two CLAS-taught courses that satisfy the UF general education requirement (or that meet the subject area requirements described here), and which must be at the 3000-level or higher; these courses can overlap with other courses applied toward the Dean’s Medal.

Foreign Language: Successful completion of one term in a foreign language.3

Professional Communication: Successful completion of one course in professional communication.4 Options include:

  • A University Writing Program course at the 2000-level or higher
  • A three-credit Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication course at the 2000-level or higher
  • ANT 3860, Writing in Anthropology
  • FRE 3440, Commercial French
  • PHI 3693, Ethics of Communication
  • POS 4931, Creative Teamwork
  • SPW 3101, Introduction to Spanish Literature 2
  • SYA 4506, Writing in Sociology

Experiential Learning: Successful completion of an internship, individual research, senior thesis, service learning course, or study abroad.

Footnotes

1. Courses satisfied with incoming credit do not count, nor does transient coursework.
2. One or two-credit courses may be used to satisfy the experiential learning category.
3. Demonstration of language proficiency does not exempt any student from this requirement. Students with a foreign language waiver from the Disability Resource Center will be exempted from this requirement. American Sign Language (ASL) does count for this requirement.
4. Innovation Academy students meet this requirement with coursework completed through the Innovation minor.
5. Earned course credit is not necessary to demonstrate completion of the experiential learning requirement.
6. Upper division transfer student is here defined as entering UF with 60 or more post-high school credits.

Apply by March 15, 2019