Alternative and Substitute Courses
A substitute course is a course that covers the same methodologies as are covered in a listed course and covers the methodologies at the same level of difficulty as in the listed course. Courses that cover the material at a lower level of difficulty are not appropriate substitute courses.
An alternative course is a course that covers different methodologies than are covered in any of the listed courses. Proposing an alternative course presumes the methodology covered in the alternative course is not covered in any of the listed courses. An example of an alternative quantitative methods course is STA 5507: Applied Nonparametric Methods. None of the listed quantitative methods courses cover nonparametric methods. An example of an alternative qualitative methods course is HIS 6060: Historical Method. None of the listed qualitative methods courses cover methods of historical research.
To request a substitute or alternative course(s) submit a completed Substitute and/or Alternative Course Form to the Office of Graduate Studies in Norman 186. The Chair of the student’s Supervisory Committee, on behalf of the Supervisory Committee, shall transmit the request. Approval of the Request by the Director of Graduate Studies authorizes the substitute and/or alternative course(s). Requests for substitute or alternative courses should be submitted by the second semester of graduate study or as soon thereafter as possible.
Prospective requests must include the most recent syllabus for the proposed course. Retrospective requests must include the syllabus for the semester in which the proposed course was taken. Requests for a substitute course must identify the course for which the substitution is requested and include an explanation about why a substitution is necessary. When a course substitution is requested, the Director of the Graduate Studies will solicit advice from the Director of the Program of Research and Evaluation Methodology about the equivalence of the listed and substituted course.
In the event an alternative course, with content similar to that of a listed course, is proposed, the Director of the Graduate Studies will solicit advice from the Director of the Program for Research and Evaluation Methodology about the equivalence of the listed course. In the event of substantial similarity the Director of Graduate Studies will treat the alternative course as a substitute course. Proposed substitute or alternative courses taken before admission for doctoral study to the UF Graduate School must have been completed within four years of admission. Proposed substitute or alternative courses taken after admission to the doctoral study to the UF Graduate School must be approved before enrolling in the requested course.