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Frequently Asked Questions

I heard the curriculum changed. Do I have new requirements?
No. Your requirements are determined by the year you entered AU. For more details click here.

When do I register?
Your registration date is based on your completed credits. Find your date here.

How do I know how many completed credits I have?
Your completed credits are listed on your Degree Audit Report (DARS). You can find your DARS in the portal under Academics-Personalized Links-View Degree Audit Report. Your completed credits are listed in the green box near top of the page in the Current Earned column. Your current courses are in the Anticipated Additional column and do not count as part of your completed credits.

Do I need to meet with you before I am cleared to register?
Not unless you are on probation, currently taking a leave of absence or graduating in May.

Can I meet with you anyway?
Sure. Appointment schedules are released two weeks at a time.

How should I prepare for our meeting?
Please bring a proposed schedule for next semester and be ready to tell me which requirement each class you want to take is fulfilling.

What should I take next semester?
Here are some general guidelines to begin your schedule planning. 

First-Years

Check out the guide to course planning. If you are a Global Scholar, use this version instead. 

In your second term, you should take SISU-140, College Writing Seminar, Elementary II of your language, Math or SISU-106 and ECON-200. If ECON-200 is full, complete a different General Education class. If you finished your language through the Intermediate II level already, you do not need to take an additional language. Take another General Education class instead. 

Second-Years

Register for your remaining General Education classes, your remaining language classes, and SIS-206 this year. If you haven't finished ECON-100 and 200, SIS-105 and SIS-140 take them as well. If you have space, take your US Politics requirement.  

Third-Years

You should be finished with all of the classes in the lists above. Start on your gateway classes and your thematic area(s). In general, nine credits from your study abroad will complete your area specialization. More information on the study abroad approval process is posted here.

Fourth-Years

You should be finished with most of your requirements. Focus on finishing your thematic area and your capstone.

What do I have to do before going abroad?
In order to study abroad, you must have completed your math and college writing requirements. You must also have completed 8 out of 10 of your general education courses, including a lab science, and at least one course from each of the five Gen Ed areas.  

Your study abroad courses must be approved before departure as explained here. A summary of the study abroad course approval process is posted here.

I'm graduating in May and I don't know what to take. Help!
If you have not already done so, you must see your advisor prior to registering for your Senior Checkout meeting. We will discuss your remaining requirements at that time.

When can I register for summer classes at AU?
Everyone can register on the first day of the registration period for the fall term.

Can I take summer classes somewhere else?
Math, College Writing and General Education classes need to be taken at AU. A maximum of ten credits total over your four years at AU may be taken at another four year school that is not part of the Consortium of local schools. Prior approval of the courses is required. Please see your advisor for more information.

Is there anything else I should know?

Remember that:

  • All courses for your major, University Math, the College Writing sequence and General Education need to be taken for an A-F grade.
  • Each course you take can only satisfy one major requirement.
  • Students starting after fall 2012 need 18 credits at the 300 level or above in their major.
  • Students starting prior to fall 2012 need 15 credits at the 300 level or above in their major.

Last Update Aug 18 2014