The online Degree Audit is the official system used by the undergraduate programs of the JHU Krieger School of Arts & Sciences to track degree completion. It can be accessed through SIS. The information below is meant to serve as a navigation guide for Cognitive Science Majors. Majors should take note that while the department has jurisdiction over major degree requirements, there are certain policies set forth by the Office of Academic Advising and the Office of the Registrar regarding transfer credit, study abroad credit, foreign language credit, etc. that supersede departmental oversight.
Accessing Degree Audit
Log into SIS. Under the Registration tab, select “Degree Audit,” choose a goal, and select “Create Audit.” Undeclared majors cannot automatically run a degree audit. Instead, create an audit as an undeclared major by selecting “Add Goals.” Specific instructions can be found on this website.
Selecting Two Focal Areas
The required courses for Cognitive Science Majors are divided into five general areas as described below. The major is structured so as to ensure some exposure to each of the five areas. In addition, it provides in-depth training in two of the areas, deemed focal areas, chosen by the student. Majors thus acquire a broad perspective which will enable them to situate particular research disciplines within the overall study of the mind/brain. The three areas not selected as focal areas are loosely referred to as non-focal areas for advising purposes. For more on focal areas, visit our Cognitive Science Major & Focal Areas webpage. To select two focal areas in the Degree Audit, complete the following:
- Choose A Pathway: Under “Two Focal Areas,” click on “Select Alternate Paths.” In the popup window, select two of the five focal areas. Submit.
- Rerun the Audit: The audit should re-distribute courses accordingly.
Some courses may be moved to satisfy a different requirement.
- Activate Move-Courses Mode: At the top of the screen, click “Move Courses”. If more than one course satisfies a given requirement, a dropdown menu will appear. Choose the course to move, then click the “Move Course Here” button.
- Close Move-Courses Mode: Once satisfied with the placement of courses, select “Stop Moving Courses” at the top of the screen.
- Save the Audit.
- Share the Audit: If this is an official audit for junior clearance or graduation, share the audit. This is a required procedural step for degree clearances.
Please note: Pathways and moved courses are user-specific preferences. This means faculty advisers will not be able to see these changes, even if the audit is shared. For degree clearances, faculty advisers must create a new audit and duplicate the edits; there is no work-around. Students should communicate directly with their adviser about these changes, especially when discussing junior or graduation clearances.
Foreign Language Requirement
As stated in the Academic Catalog, a cognitive science major must complete one foreign language through the second semester of the second-year level OR complete two foreign languages through the second semester of the first-year level. The resultant total is four language courses for either pathway chosen.
If the audit does not reflect the correct correct pathway or language(s), click “Select Alternate Pathway” under the appropriate header and select from the options provided.
Placing out of Language Courses
Students may place out of one or more language course(s) in a few different ways. If successful, a notation or language ‘placeholder’ course should appear on the student’s transcript as a waiver or a course equivalency. This notation will carry over into the Degree Audit so that it may be applied to the appropriate requirement. Each language has an assigned Language Director on campus who must approve language placement exams, waivers, transfer credit, study abroad credit, etc.
The links below provide information on each topic. Questions about these policies and procedures may be directed to the Office of Academic Advising.
- Advanced Placement Exam: Students who score high enough on a language AP exam, could receive course credit for one or more language courses. The above link lists AP exam score-to-credit equivalencies.
- Placement Exam: Students who would like to ‘test out’ of one or more a language course(s), must take a Placement Exam. Depending on the language, this may be administered online or in person. Language Directors will use the exam to determine into which language course a student should be placed. Students may need to take additional entry or intermediate level language courses if they do not ‘place out’ of the minimally required language course(s) for the Cognitive Science Major.
- Language Waiver: Students who are relatively fluent in another language besides English, may qualify for a waiver. In some cases, the Language Director will use a Placement Exam to assess this. In other cases, a Language Director may use other methods to evaluate proficiency. It is the Language Director’s responsibility to determine the language-level waiver and inform the Office of the Registrar to add the notation to the student’s transcript
- Transfer Credit: Students might satisfy all or part of the language requirement with transfer credit. Transfer credits do not auto-populate in the Degree Audit. The student must first take proper steps to add the transfer credit to their transcript, then ask the current director of undergraduate studies if the credit will be accepted to satisfy one or more language requirements.