Online Degree FAQs

I’ve been admitted to an online degree program. What is my next step?

How do I make an appointment with an academic advisor?

I selected a telephone advising appointment, but the system still shows the location of my appointment as “COOR Hall, 3rd floor.” Did something go wrong? I can’t come to campus!

How should I prepare for my advising appointment?

I am a transfer student. How does my transfer coursework apply to ASU requirements?

What is DARS, and how do I access it?

I’ve been able to access my DARS report, but I’m not sure I understand it. What should I do?

What are the different concentrations for the Online History major, and how do I declare mine? Must I select a concentration?

I'm a history major. Can I pick both concentrations?

What are the different concentrations for the Online Religious Studies major, and how do I declare mine? Must I select a concentration?

Can I change my concentration?

Is there a second language requirement for this degree?

How do I take the math placement exam?

What about placement for first year composition (English)?

Can I pursue a minor or certificate along with my degree? What about a concurrent degree? How do I declare a minor or a second major?

Which minors and certificates are available through ASU Online?

Which concurrent degrees are available through ASU Online?

How many classes should I take at a time?

What about textbooks?

I am on academic probation and I have a registration hold for advising. How should I proceed?

FAQ #1: I’ve been admitted to an online degree program. What is my next step?

A: Your next step is to make an appointment with an academic advisor. Your enrollment counselor may contact you prior to your appointment with some course recommendations, which are provided by an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. You may go ahead and enroll in these courses prior to your appointment with the academic advisor, especially if you are admitted close to the start of a session and are unable to talk with an advisor before classes begin. However, you should still talk with an academic advisor as soon as possible.

 

FAQ #2: How do I make an appointment with an academic advisor?

A: If you are an admitted history major, philosophy, or religious studies major, you can schedule an advising appointment online through your MyASU page. Please go to “My Programs and eAdvisor” and click on the “Advising” link. Then click on “Schedule an Advisor Appointment” in the popup window.

Just follow the instructions and answer the questions. You’ll be able to select the appointment day and time most convenient for you from those available over the next two weeks. The system will ask you to indicate whether your appointment should be conducted by telephone or in-person. Most online students are advised by phone. Your advisor will call you on your appointment day and time at the number you provide. If you are located outside the United States and do not have a U.S. telephone number, you will need to call the advising office at your appointment time at (480) 965-8364. If you would like your phone appointment to be conducted via Skype, please indicate as such in the “notes” section when making your appointment, and please provide your Skype user name.

All appointments are shown based on “Arizona time,” i.e., Mountain Standard Time. Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. 
You will receive a confirmation number and your advising appointment will be shown on your MyASU page as a reminder.

If you are a prospective student or a current ASU student in a different major, you can access the online appointment scheduling system. If you have trouble accessing the electronic scheduling system, please call (480) 965-8364 and we will assist you. Appointments cannot be made via e-mail.

 

FAQ #3: I selected a telephone advising appointment, but the system still shows the location of my appointment as “COOR Hall, 3rd floor.” Did something go wrong? I can’t come to campus!

A: Don’t worry; your appointment will be conducted by phone if you indicated as such. By default, the online scheduling system displays the location of the advising office, even for a phone appointment.

 

FAQ #4: How should I prepare for my advising appointment?

A: Please have access to the Internet during your appointment. You should view your degree audit report (DARS-see FAQ #6) prior to the advising appointment and write down any questions you have for your advisor.

 

FAQ #5: I am a transfer student. How does my transfer coursework apply to ASU requirements?

A: You can view your degree audit report (DARS-see FAQ #6) to see how your transfer coursework applies to ASU requirements. However, if you attended colleges outside Arizona, or private colleges in Arizona, your courses may still be under review at the time you are admitted. This review process determines how specific courses you’ve taken elsewhere apply toward ASU’s General Studies and College requirements and is separate from the evaluation for university admission.  The review process usually takes 2-3 weeks from the time you are admitted. Therefore, when you first access your DARS report, it may be incomplete and not yet reflect how all your transfer courses will apply. Try checking the report a few days later to view an updated version. Your academic advisor will discuss your transfer work in detail during your appointment and will be happy to address your questions.  Transfer courses within your major might not be placed accurately on your DARS report until after you have talked with your advisor and have selected a concentration.

If you are a prospective ASU student (not yet admitted), or you are a current ASU student and you plan to take a course elsewhere and transfer it to ASU in the future, you can use the online Transfer Credit Guide (TCG) to see how your courses transfer to ASU. If you do not see your course in the TCG, you can request an evaluation using the link provided on the webpage. It is best to upload a course syllabus.   If you do not have a copy of the syllabus and cannot locate it online, you should contact the department offering that course at your former college or university to request a copy. You will be contacted by e-mail when the evaluation is complete.

 

FAQ #6: What is DARS, and how do I access it?

A: DARS stands for Degree Audit Reporting System and is an online curriculum checklist that allows you to track your progress toward degree completion.  To access your DARS report, login to MyASU and go to the box on the right side labeled, “My Programs and eAdvisor.” Click “My Progress Reports/DARS” and then choose “Degree Audit DARS.” Next, click “Request New Degree Audit.”

Important: At this point, if you are a history or religious studies major, you should not run the “Default Program” audit that is listed, unless you have already talked with an academic advisor and have declared your concentration. Until you declare your concentration to an academic advisor, running the “Default Program” audit will only generate a page informing you that a concentration must be selected; it will not show how your coursework has transferred. To produce a full degree audit and view your transfer work, select the radio button for “Run Selected Audit” and fill in the required fields as follows:

For History Majors:

Location: ASU (already displayed – leave as is)

Select a Letter: H

Area of Interest: History OL (OL=Online)

Field/Specialization: Select United States or World, whichever you prefer as your concentration.

Degree Prog: Displays automatically – leave as is

Catalog Year: Displays automatically – leave as is

Click “Submit a New Audit.” It will take about 30 seconds for the audit to run. Once it is complete, click the “Open Audit” button to view the report.

If you have already talked with an academic advisor and have declared a concentration, your “Default Program” will display as either U.S. or World History. Simply click “Submit a New Audit” to run your DARS report.

 

For Religious Studies Majors:

Location: ASU (already displayed – leave as is)

Select a Letter: R

Area of Interest: RelStOL (OL=Online)

Field/Specialization: Select Global Context (Global), Modern World (ModWorld), or Text, Practive and Representation (TextPR), whichever you prefer as your concentration.

Degree Prog: Displays automatically – leave as is

Catalog Year: Displays automatically – leave as is

Click “Submit a New Audit.” It will take about 30 seconds for the audit to run. Once it is complete, click the “Open Audit” button to view the report.

If you have already talked with an academic advisor and have declared a concentration, your "Default Program" will display your chosen concentration. Simply click "Submit a New Audit" to run your DARS report.

 

For Philosophy Majors:

The philosophy major does not require a concentration. You can run the "Default Program" audit. Simply click "Submit a New Audit" to run your DARS report.

 

FAQ #7: I’ve been able to access my DARS report, but I’m not sure I understand it. What should I do?

A: Please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. Your advisor will go over the report in detail and address your questions and concerns.  Note that transfer work in your major and “related fields” will be placed by your advisor after you’ve had an appointment and declared a concentration (if applicable), so you may see your major courses under the “electives” category when you first view the report. This doesn’t mean that those courses aren’t applicable to your major; schedule an advising appointment to have them reviewed. If most of your transfer courses display in the electives category at the bottom of the report, it may mean that your transfer work is still being reviewed by ASU (please see FAQ #5).

 

FAQ #8: What are the different concentrations for the Online History major, and how do I declare mine? Must I select a concentration?

A: The online history major requires that you pursue a concentration in either United States History or World History (World History includes courses on any geographic area other than the United States). All history majors are required to take coursework on both U.S. and World History, but you will have a greater emphasis on the area you select as your concentration. Specifically, 15 semester hours (usually five courses) are required in your concentration area, and 9 semester hours (usually three courses) are required in the other area. Your choice of concentration is based on your personal interests and goals. You declare your concentration to your academic advisor, usually in your initial advising appointment. If you are transferring in history courses and are unsure how they apply toward the concentrations, your academic advisor will assist you.

  

FAQ #9: I'm a history major. Can I pick both concentrations?

A: No, you must select either United States or World History and fulfill degree requirements based on that concentration. However, your diploma and transcript from ASU will reflect only the B.A. in History and will not name your concentration. If you would like to take some additional history courses as electives (beyond the 30 hours required for the major), you may do so and could thereby complete an equal number of U.S. and World courses by graduation. This is a decision you might make based on personal interests and/or career goals. ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards only one B.A. in History, so it is not possible to receive concurrent degrees in U.S History and World History.

 

FAQ #10: What are the different concentrations for the Online Religious Studies major, and how do I declare mine? Must I select a concentration?

A: The online degree in Religious Studies requires that you select one concentration from the following three: "Religion in Global Contexts," "Religion in the Modern World," and "Text, Practice, and Representation." Only three courses (nine hours) within your major must be in your chosen concentration; the rest of the major consists of three required core courses (nine hours) and 12 hours of Religious Studies electives. Your choice of concentration is based on your personal interests and goals. You declare your concentration to your academic advisor, usually in your initial advising appointment. If you are transferring in courses and are unsure how/if they apply toward the concentrations, your academic advisor will assist you. For more information on the Religious Studies concentrations, please see: Religious Studies concentrations

 

FAQ #11: Can I change my concentration?

A: Yes, you can change your concentration by notifying your academic advisor. However, if you change after completing a significant amount of coursework toward the major, you may need to take some additional history courses to cover the new concentration.

 

FAQ #12: Is there a second language requirement for this degree?

A: Yes. All Bachelor of Arts degrees offered by ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences require intermediate proficiency in a non-English language. Intermediate proficiency can be demonstrated by completing the fourth semester level language course with a grade of C or better, or by exam.

Currently, ASU offers three different languages in fully-online format: Spanish, French, and Italian. Other languages can be used to fulfill the second language requirement, but proficiency must be demonstrated through transfer work or by exam.

If you already have some amount of proficiency in a language and wish to continue with that language, you may need fewer than four courses to fulfill the requirement. ASU offers online placement exams for Spanish, French and German. These exams are used to determine your current level of knowledge in the language and do not award any credit. However, they can allow you to skip some courses if you already have some proficiency in the language. Please note that while there is an online placement exam available for German, ASU does not offer German in online format.

For information on fulfilling the language proficiency requirement by exam, please see the ASU School of International Letters and Cultures Language Proficiency Tests page.

 

FAQ #13: How do I take the math placement exam?

A: The online math placement exam is available here. Please allow about several hours to take the exam. Your scores will take 48 hours to process in the computer system, and at that time, you will be able to enroll in the appropriate math course. Note that your placement exam score will expire after one calendar year. If you already have a transfer course that fulfills the mathematics requirement for graduation, you do not need to take the placement exam.

 

FAQ #14: What about placement for first year composition (English)?

A: ACT or SAT scores are used for placement into first year composition courses. If you have not taken the ACT or SAT, you will need to take the ACCUPLACER WritePlacer exam. This is a proctored exam, so you will either need to make arrangements to take it at a testing center near you or arrange to have it proctored remotely by ASU, which requires a webcam. Please see the ACCUPLACER page for more information on scheduling the exam. Note: There is a $38 fee for the ACCUPLACER WritePlacer exam. If you have transfer work that has been accepted toward the first year composition requirement, you do not need to submit placement scores.

 

FAQ #15: Can I pursue a minor or certificate along with my degree? What about a concurrent degree? How do I declare a minor or a second major?

A: Yes, you may pursue a minor, certificate, and/or a concurrent degree (second major), as long as the minor or second major is also available through ASU Online. To declare the minor, you need to set up an appointment with an advisor in the unit offering the minor or certificate. For concurrent degrees, you need to have appointments with advisors for both degrees and submit a petition to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (this petition can be submitted electronically). You must have earned at least 30 semester hours before declaring a concurrent degree. You must also have an ASU GPA that places you in good academic standing. Please review the Concurrent Degree Checklist.

 

FAQ #16: Which minors and certificatesare available through ASU Online?

A: Here is a list of online minors and certificates. 

 

FAQ #17: Which concurrent degrees are available through ASU Online?

A: Please see this full list of undergraduate degrees offered by ASU Online.

 

FAQ #18: How many classes should I take at a time?

A: This depends on your individual circumstances and on how much time you will be able to devote to coursework each week. Most ASU Online courses are offered in a 7.5-week format during the Fall and Spring semesters. These courses are fast-paced and intensive, covering the same material traditionally covered in a 15-week semester. You complete courses quickly, but you take fewer at a time. History, philosophy, and religious studies courses require extensive reading and writing, so most students find that these courses demand a significant time investment. In general, courses in the 7.5-week sessions require you to spend about 6 hours per credit hour per week on coursework. If you are enrolled in one 3-credit course, expect to devote about 18 hours per week to coursework. If you are enrolled in two 3-credit courses (6 credit hours), expect to spend about 36 hours per week on coursework. You can register for a maximum of 9 credit hours in each 7.5-week session (sessions A and B) and up to 18 hours over the entire semester (a combination of sessions A, B, and C). Courses in session C span 15 weeks. ASU Online offers very few courses in session C. All history, philosophy, and religious studies courses are offered in sessions A and B.  The 15-week courses require a time investment of about 3 hours per credit hour each week. One course (3 credits) in session C will require about 9 hours of time per week.

 

FAQ #19: What about textbooks?

A: Most ASU Online courses require textbooks. In some cases, e-books are available. You can order your textbooks online through the ASU Bookstore. To determine which books are required for your courses, go to the “My Classes” box on MyASU and click on the link for “Books.” If you see the message, “No books are listed for this class,” you should contact your professor by e-mail to clarify the materials needed. You can view your professor’s contact information in the “My Classes” box on MyASU. Most professors give assignments from the books right away, so please obtain your materials prior to the course start date.

 

FAQ #20: I am on academic probation and I have a registration hold for advising. How should I proceed?

A: If your GPA places you below “good academic standing,” as defined by Arizona State University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you will be placed on academic probation and will have a hold on your account for mandatory advising. You must make an appointment and talk with an academic advisor before the hold will be removed. Your advisor will assist you with strategies for academic success and together you will formulate a plan to return to good academic standing. This mandatory advising requirement must be completed each term until you reach good academic standing.Prior to your appointment, you are required to complete the online Pre-Appointment Probation Homework, which you can access through Blackboard on MyASU after self-enrolling. Please see the steps below to self-enroll in the Probation homework Blackboard "Course". 

 How to Self-Enroll in the BlackBoard Probation Homework:

1) Go to http://myasucourses.asu.edu, click on the Courses tab, and type ‘CLASProbation’ in the Course Search box.  Click Go.

 

2) Click on the down arrow next to ‘DEV-CLAS-ProbHW-14’ and click on Enroll.

3) Click on the Submit button.

 

You are now enrolled in the CLAS Probation Homework. Access Blackboard through MyASU and click on the CLAS Probation Homework course to start the homework. If you have any questions, please call SHPRS Advising at (480) 965-8364.