Frequently Asked Questions: The List

Following is a list of the questions College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) advisors hear most often from students, with simple, A&S-specific answers plus links to more information. Still have questions? Stop by the A&S Student Services Center (200 Clark Hall), call us at (205) 348-5970, email us at student.services@as.ua.edu, or make an appointment with an A&S advisor.

All Questions, All Answers

Advising

Who’s my advisor?

The short version: All first-year students are advised by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall. After you declare a major, you’ll be advised by someone (usually a faculty member) in your major department. Visit our main advising page or How A&S Advising Works for more information.

If you’ve declared a major but it’s not listed in DegreeWorks, contact your major department.

How do I get my pre-professional concentration to show up in DegreeWorks?

Your pre-program (pre-health, pre-law, pre-pharmacy) will appear as an “attribute” of your major. Look for it below the academic requirements. If your concentration is missing or incorrect, the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall can change that for you.

Where can I go for help with DegreeWorks?

Your A&S advisor is available during business hours to help you navigate the system or resolve discrepancies. But you have 24/7 online options, too: The Registrar’s Office has a comprehensive FAQ and several video tutorials, all accessible through both DegreeWorks (see the links at the top of the page) and the Registrar’s Office website.

When do I meet with an advisor for course registration for next semester?

Advising for current students begins in March for the upcoming fall semester and October for the upcoming spring semester. If you’ve declared a major, you’ll likely be advised by a faculty member in your major department — so pay attention to email from your department around mid-semester. Starting a few weeks before registration opens, many departments also post fliers in their buildings and make in-class announcements about advising dates.

If you are a first-year student or have not declared a major, you’ll be advised in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services Center.

Incoming freshmen are advised during Bama Bound summer orientation.

What is DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks is a Web-based tool that provides a real-time record of courses you’ve completed and the degree requirements they fulfill. DegreeWorks also shows you the requirements you still need to meet for both the UA core curriculum and your major and minor programs of study. The system includes a planning tool that lets you plan your entire undergraduate career, and a “What If” feature that shows you how the courses you’ve already completed would apply if you changed your major, minor, or concentration.

For more information, visit the A&S DegreeWorks page or log into DegreeWorks via its login page or myBama.

When should I be seeing my faculty advisor?

All first-year students, regardless of whether they’ve declared majors, are advised by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall.

If you’ve declared a major, you’ll be advised by someone in your major department starting in your sophomore year. In most departments, advising for the upcoming fall semester begins in March; for spring semester, expect to get advised in October. Watch for email, fliers, or announcements from your department directing you to sign up for an advising appointment.

If your major is undeclared, you’ll be advised in the A&S Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall — in March for fall semester, and in October for spring semester.

Incoming freshmen are advised during Bama Bound summer orientation.

Where do I get my PIN for registration? How do I get “cleared” for registration?

Your advisor, whether a faculty advisor in your major department or a College advisor in the A&S Student Services Center, will clear you for registration — remove the registration hold on your account — after you’ve been advised.

I’m interested in an internship — where do I go?

For internship opportunities there are two places you can go.

First, talk to your faculty advisor or another faculty member in your major department. They’ll be aware of opportunities available in your field and know how to apply. Visit your department’s website, too; many departments post internship opportunities online.

Second, visit the Office of Experiential Learning to learn about more opportunities available to you as a student.

 

Career Preparation

I’m interested in an internship — where do I go?

For internship opportunities there are two places you can go.

First, talk to your faculty advisor or another faculty member in your major department. They’ll be aware of opportunities available in your field and know how to apply. Visit your department’s website, too; many departments post internship opportunities online.

Second, visit the Office of Experiential Learning to learn about more opportunities available to you as a student.

 

What can I do with a major in ________________ ?

Good news: You really can do just about anything with a liberal arts degree. To learn more about the opportunities majoring in a specific field might hold for you, we encourage you to seek career-related information from your professors, your faculty and College advisors, and the University’s undergraduate majors site.

What pre-professional programs are available at UA?

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs that prepare students to go on to professional and graduate schools in the following fields:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Public health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Veterinary medicine

Students who enroll in pre- programs work closely with their College and faculty advisors to determine the course of study that best suits their interests. Visit the health professions advising site or the pre-law advising site for more information about the program you’re interested in.

Can I major in a pre- program (pre-med, pre-law, pre-pharmacy, etc.)?

Not exactly. Pre-professional programs aren’t majors — think of them as “tracks” designed to guide students into the courses that will best prepare them for professional school after they complete their undergraduate programs. So while all A&S students are eligible to enroll in pre-professional programs, they must still declare academic majors and, in most cases, minors.

Whether a particular program is a good fit for your talents and interests is something you should discuss with a College advisor. Make an appointment with the A&S advisor who handles the program you’re interested in. Our advisors are knowledgeable about program requirements and demands and can help you determine whether that course of study is the right one for you.

Graduation

What are the qualifications for summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude?

These honors designations are based on earning a minimum GPA, as follows: summa cum laude, 3.9; magna cum laude, 3.7; cum laude, 3.5. For the University’s complete policy, visit the UA registrar’s graduation page.

When should I apply for graduation?

During your next-to-last semester. Visit our graduation page for a complete graduation-prep checklist.

Majors & Minors

Who’s my advisor?

The short version: All first-year students are advised by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall. After you declare a major, you’ll be advised by someone (usually a faculty member) in your major department. Visit our main advising page or How A&S Advising Works for more information.

If you’ve declared a major but it’s not listed in DegreeWorks, contact your major department.

I’m interested in an internship — where do I go?

For internship opportunities there are two places you can go.

First, talk to your faculty advisor or another faculty member in your major department. They’ll be aware of opportunities available in your field and know how to apply. Visit your department’s website, too; many departments post internship opportunities online.

Second, visit the Office of Experiential Learning to learn about more opportunities available to you as a student.

 

What majors are available at UA?

Visit Undergraduate Majors on the University’s website or consult the latest Undergraduate Catalog to review lists of majors and minors. The College of Arts and Sciences maintains a comprehensive list of A&S majors, minors, and special academic programs.

What can I do with a major in ________________ ?

Good news: You really can do just about anything with a liberal arts degree. To learn more about the opportunities majoring in a specific field might hold for you, we encourage you to seek career-related information from your professors, your faculty and College advisors, and the University’s undergraduate majors site.

How do I change my major?

How do I add a second major? Add or change a minor?

If you want to change your major or minor to another field within the College of Arts and Sciences, simply log into myBama, then follow the change of curriculum link. You can add a double major there, too.

A&S offers almost half of the 80-plus majors available at The University of Alabama, so it’s likely that the program you’re interested in is an A&S program. If it’s not, however, you can’t make that change online — you’ll need to talk to someone in the advising office of the college you’re interested in switching to. Consult the list of colleges on the University website for help.

How do I declare my major/minor? Double major?

If you want to declare or change your major or add another major within the College of Arts and Sciences, simply log into myBama, then follow the change of curriculum link.

If you are adding a double major, be aware that if the program you’re interested in is offered by a different division of The University of Alabama, such as the business school, you won’t be able to make that change online — you must contact the advising office of the college you’re interested in adding a second major in. Consult the list of colleges on the UA website for help.

What pre-professional programs are available at UA?

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs that prepare students to go on to professional and graduate schools in the following fields:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Public health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Veterinary medicine

Students who enroll in pre- programs work closely with their College and faculty advisors to determine the course of study that best suits their interests. Visit the health professions advising site or the pre-law advising site for more information about the program you’re interested in.

Can I major in a pre- program (pre-med, pre-law, pre-pharmacy, etc.)?

Not exactly. Pre-professional programs aren’t majors — think of them as “tracks” designed to guide students into the courses that will best prepare them for professional school after they complete their undergraduate programs. So while all A&S students are eligible to enroll in pre-professional programs, they must still declare academic majors and, in most cases, minors.

Whether a particular program is a good fit for your talents and interests is something you should discuss with a College advisor. Make an appointment with the A&S advisor who handles the program you’re interested in. Our advisors are knowledgeable about program requirements and demands and can help you determine whether that course of study is the right one for you.

How do I get my pre-professional concentration to show up in DegreeWorks?

Your pre- program (pre-health, pre-law, pre-pharmacy) will appear as an “attribute” of your major. Look for it below the academic requirements. If your concentration is missing or incorrect, the A&S Student Services Center can change that for you.

How do I change to another college within UA?

While you can change your major through myBama, you can’t change from one UA academic division to another online. To make that switch, visit the main advising office of the college you’re interested in moving to. Consult the UA website’s list of colleges for help.

Registration & Add/Drop

How do I get to DegreeWorks?

You can get to DegreeWorks by logging in at degreeworks.ua.edu, or through myBama.ua.edu (after logging in, select the Student tab, and then click on the DegreeWorks banner).

 

When do I meet with an advisor for course registration for next semester?

Advising for current students begins in March for the upcoming fall semester and October for the upcoming spring semester. If you’ve declared a major, you’ll likely be advised by a faculty member in your major department — so pay attention to email from your department around mid-semester. Starting a few weeks before registration opens, many departments also post fliers in their buildings and make in-class announcements about advising dates.

If you are a first-year student or have not declared a major, you’ll be advised in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services Center.

Incoming freshmen are advised during Bama Bound summer orientation.

When should I be seeing my faculty advisor?

All first-year students, regardless of whether they’ve declared majors, are advised by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall.

If you’ve declared a major, you’ll be advised by someone in your major department starting in your sophomore year. In most departments, advising for the upcoming fall semester begins in March; for spring semester, expect to get advised in October. Watch for email, fliers, or announcements from your department directing you to sign up for an advising appointment.

If your major is undeclared, you’ll be advised in the A&S Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall — in March for fall semester, and in October for spring semester.

Incoming freshmen are advised during Bama Bound summer orientation.

Where do I get my PIN for registration? How do I get “cleared” for registration?

Your advisor, whether a faculty advisor in your major department or a College advisor in the A&S Student Services Center, will clear you for registration — remove the registration hold on your account — after you’ve been advised.

How do I audit a class?

You can register to audit a course with the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Services Center (200 Clark Hall). The deadline for registering as a course auditor coincides with the deadline for adding a course — usually the end of the first week of classes.

Professors typically hold auditing students to the same standards as those enrolled for credit and might not even know that you’re auditing until time to report midterm or final grades.

Keep in mind that you may audit only one course per semester, audited courses do not count toward degree requirements, and you cannot repeat a course you audited for credit.

How do I waitlist a class?

Courses will fill up from time to time, and it is possible that a particular course may have no seats available at the time of your registration. If you encounter a course that is full, you may have the option to put yourself on the waitlist for the class. If you elect to sign up for a course waitlist, then you will be notified if/when a space opens up on the class roster. The registration system will automatically add waitlisted students to open seats in the course in the order in which they were added to the list.

Some departments do not open the waitlist option for their courses. In these situations, contact the academic department for details regarding future course availability. Always remember that your academic advisor is available to help you identify alternate courses that will guide you toward your degree.

How do I get special permission to register for a class that’s closed? Or that I don’t have a prerequisite for?

Only the academic department in which the course is based can choose to make an exception to course capacity or prerequisite requirements. Contact that department’s main office to find out what your options are. A list of A&S departments is in our College directory; for non-A&S departments, visit ua.edu.

Where do I get my PIN for registration? How do I get “cleared” for registration?

Your advisor, whether a faculty advisor in your major department or a College advisor in the Arts and Sciences Student Services Center, will clear you for registration — remove the registration hold on your account — after you’ve been advised.

When can I register for classes?

Registration dates fluctuate a bit from semester to semester; look up dates for a specific semester by visiting the academic calendar or the registration and advising page on the UA registrar’s office website.

In general, registration for current students begins in March for the upcoming fall semester and October for the upcoming spring semester. Incoming freshmen register during Bama Bound summer orientation.

When can I find out what classes are going to be offered next semester?

The schedule of classes is typically available in mid-February for fall classes and mid-September for spring classes.

How do I drop a class?

During the add/drop or “change of schedule” period, you can drop classes through myBama.

After the add/drop deadline but before the 10th* week of classes, you can still use myBama to drop a course. The difference is that when you drop a course after add/drop, your transcript will show a “W” for that course.

*For fall and spring semesters, add/drop ends one week after the first day of classes and the last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” falls around the 10th week of classes. During Interim, Winter Interim, and summer sessions, however, both intervals are considerably shorter. Consult the UA academic calendar at registrar.ua.edu for dates.

How do I drop a class after the last drop date?

The last day to drop a course with a grade of “W” typically falls at the end of the 10th week of classes during fall and spring semesters, the second week of Interim session, the third week of a five-week summer session, and the fourth week of a 10-week session.* These intervals, which are University of Alabama policy, are designed to allow you plenty of time to decide whether to withdraw from a course.

Sometimes extraordinary circumstances arise, however, and when they do, a student may request an exception to the University’s withdrawal policy by filing a petition for late withdrawal. If the exception is granted, the student will receive a grade of “W” (which carries no GPA penalty) for the course on his or her transcript.

The University sets a high standard for granting late withdrawal requests, and the conditions prompting a petition for an exception to the withdrawal policy should be serious. Not doing as well as you’d like in the class, having accrued too many absences, or deciding you want to change your major are not considered adequate reasons.

Because late withdrawals must be approved at the college (not department) level, start the process by making an appointment with an advisor in the A&S Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall. Download and complete the late withdrawal form (PDF) and bring it to your meeting with the advisor, who will discuss with you the reasons why you wish to drop the course and help you file the petition.

*Consult the UA academic calendar at registrar.ua.edu for dates.

Scholarships

How do I apply for scholarships, and what’s the deadline?

To be considered for scholarships, students must complete the consolidated scholarship application every year.  Incoming freshmen must submit the application by December 15, 2014, while current students must submit their application by March 1, 2015.  The application is available through myBama.. Students who complete the application by the deadline will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible, except for those offered by ROTC programs and the College of Continuing Studies.

Please note that some scholarships require special application materials such as a writing sample or portfolio. If you’re applying for one of those scholarships, complete the myBama application first, then visit the A&S Student Services Center or the relevant academic department to find out how to submit your materials.

 

When will I find out if I’ve received a scholarship?

Students receiving scholarships from the College of Arts and Sciences will be notified via an official letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships in March of each year.

What scholarships are available to me?

The scholarships for which you might be eligible fall into three major categories: University-wide, College of Arts and Sciences, and departmental. You can learn more about these scholarships at scholarships.ua.edu, on the A&S scholarships page, or by contacting the A&S Student Services Center.

Special Academic Circumstances

How do I drop a class after the last drop date?

The last day to drop a course with a grade of “W” typically falls at the end of the 10th week of classes during fall and spring semesters, the second week of Interim session, the third week of a five-week summer session, and the fourth week of a 10-week session.* These intervals, which are University of Alabama policy, are designed to allow you plenty of time to decide whether to withdraw from a course.

Sometimes extraordinary circumstances arise, however, and when they do, a student may request an exception to the University’s withdrawal policy by filing a petition for late withdrawal. If the exception is granted, the student will receive a grade of “W” (which carries no GPA penalty) for the course on his or her transcript.

The University sets a high standard for granting late withdrawal requests, and the conditions prompting a petition for an exception to the withdrawal policy should be serious. Not doing as well as you’d like in the class, having accrued too many absences, or deciding you want to change your major are not considered adequate reasons.

Because late withdrawals must be approved at the college (not department) level, start the process by making an appointment with an advisor in the A&S Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall. Download and complete the late withdrawal form (PDF) and bring it to your meeting with the advisor, who will discuss with you the reasons why you wish to drop the course and help you file the petition.

*Consult the UA academic calendar at registrar.ua.edu for dates.

If I’m suspended, can I go to Shelton State (or someplace else) to pull up my grades?

Yes, but that won’t entirely solve the problem. To graduate from The University of Alabama, your overall, UA, and major GPAs must be at least 2.0. This means that while you can certainly take classes at another school to boost your overall GPA, in order to graduate you must still make sure that you earn at least a 2.0 average in courses you take at the University. Learn more on our transfer credit page.

What is academic bankruptcy?

Academic bankruptcy is complete, retroactive withdrawal from a semester. It is granted to students whose circumstances during a particular semester were so extreme as to make it impossible for them to perform at their usual academic level. Learn more about academic bankruptcy on our special academic policies page.

What does an academic warning mean?

An academic warning is an alert from the University that your GPA is close to the threshold for academic suspension. Learn more about academic bankruptcy on our special academic policies page.

How do I withdraw from the University?

You can do this through myBama. You can use this method to withdraw from an entire academic term until the week before final exams.

If you’re withdrawing under certain circumstances, such as illness or injury, or because you’ve been called to active military service, consult the undergraduate catalog or the registrar’s office for relevant policies.

Transfer & Transient Students

I took a course through dual enrollment while I was in high school. What do I do now?

Contact the college or junior college from which you took the course and ask that they send a copy of your transcript to The University of Alabama. The transcript should be mailed to the Office of the University Registrar, Box 870134, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0134.

What is the residency requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences?

You are expected to earn 30 semester hours, including 9 of the last 18 hours, while enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. You are also expected to earn at least 12 hours in 300 and 400-level courses completed on this campus in your major and six such hours in your minor.

How many hours may I transfer from a junior college?

Students may transfer half of the hours required for degree from a junior college. Once you have earned 60 hours from all sources (transfer work from junior and senior colleges, plus hours earned at UA), you may transfer only 12 hours from a junior college, so long as this transfer does not exceed the 60-hour junior college maximum. Students must meet College, major, and minor residency requirements.

How does the College decide if a course from another institution will transfer equivalently into the College of Arts and Sciences?

STARS (the Statewide Transfer Articulation and Reporting System) facilitates the process of moving from Alabama state schools to UA; learn more by reviewing the University Registrar’s transfer credit page, the STARS website, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ STARS Area V requirements.

If you took courses somewhere other than an Alabama state school, the A&S Student Services Center will evaluate your courses. We look at the course level, content, and the relationship of the course to other courses in the curriculum to determine equivalencies. There are courses that cannot be accepted. These include professional or technical courses, remedial courses, or courses in areas in which The University of Alabama offers no instruction. Also, the institution at which you took courses must be accredited.

If you have any questions about transferring into A&S, Ask an Advisor or contact the A&S Student Services Center at (205) 348-5970 or studentservices@as.ua.edu.

I’m going to take courses at another institution this summer. What do I do?

Log in to myBama to complete a letter of transiency (found under the Student tab), which is essentially a contract between you and the University granting you permission to take a specific course at another school. After you complete the course, remember to request that a transcript be sent to the UA registrar so that you will receive credit. For more information, watch this video or contact the UA registrar.

I took a class at another institution last summer. Can I still transfer that credit to UA?

Possibly, though it’s better to complete a letter of transiency before you take a course somewhere else. Why? Because it’s possible the course won’t translate into UA credit, or that the course actually duplicates work you’ve already completed (i.e., the transfer course might be equivalent to a course you’ve already completed at UA). In the case of duplication, you lose the credit and grade earned for the first course.

If you still want to seek credit for a course taken elsewhere, log in to myBama to complete a letter of transiency (found under the Student tab), and have a transcript of your work at the other institution sent to the UA registrar.

Does transfer work affect my GPA?

Yes … and no. To graduate from The University of Alabama, your overall, UA, and major GPAs must be at least 2.0. Courses you transfer in from another school will affect your overall GPA, but not your UA GPA. Whether they affect your major GPA depends on whether your department accepts transfer credit toward major requirements. Learn more on our transfer credit page.

How do I transfer to another university?

Apply for admission to the school you want to attend. Admission requirements and procedures vary a bit from school to school, but regardless of where you’re applying, you will need to send a transcript of all courses completed at UA; you can do that through the UA registrar’s office.