Degree Audit Help

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 areaschosen 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 your two Focal Areas in the Degree Audit, complete the following:

  1. Choose A Pathway
    • Under the “Two Focal Areas” header click on “Select Alternate Paths” link.
    • In the popup window, select two of the five focal areas.
    • Save Path (if you are committed to these two focal areas, check “Locked” before saving).*
  2. Rerun the Audit: The audit should re-distribute courses accordingly.

TIP: Saved paths are user-specific, meaning only you can see the chance. Your adviser(s) will not know which Focal Areas you chose. If you ‘Lock’ your path, your two chosen Focal Areas will be visible to other users who access your audit.

Moving Courses

Some courses may fit more than one Focal Area, but you may not use it to satisfy more than one course requirement. However, it is possible to move courses around to other focal areas to best satisfy your degree requirements.

  • Click the Focal Area header. This must be the destination Focal Area to which you want to move a course.
  • In the popup window, choose the “Move Course” tab.
  • In the drop down list of applicable courses, chose the desired course to move.
  • Select the “Move Course” button.

Foreign Languages

Cognitive Science Majors who entered Fall 2017 and prior

There are two options: 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 option.

  • If the audit does not reflect the correct option click the “Select Alternate Pathway” link under the Foreign Language header and choose the correct option.
  • If the audit does not reflect the correct language, click the “Select Alternate Pathway” link under the “Two Beginner/Intermediate Modern Languages” header and select the correct language(s).

In both cases, if you are committed to the particular pathway or language, choose ‘Locked’ before saving the pathway. This way, your adviser(s) will be able to see the pathways you have chosen and your language courses will correctly populate the audit when they review your progress.

Cognitive Science Majors who entered Fall 2018 and after

There is no language requirement for these Cognitive Science majors, however,  students with Linguistics as one of their focal areas, one intermediate or advanced foreign language course may be used to partially satisfy the upper-level course requirement for that focal area and/or one other intermediate or advanced foreign language course may be used to partially satisfy the nine credits of Additional Upper-Level Cognitive Science Courses. Here is how this works in your Degree Audit:

  1. Linguistics Focal Area: Applicable language courses should automatically populate your focal area.
  2. Additional Cognitive Science Courses: This is not populated automatically. You must submit a request to the Cognitive Science Director of Undergraduate Studies. If approved, the DUS will access your audit and move the language course to the Additional Cognitive Science Courses section.

Placing out of Language Courses

Students may place out of one or more language course(s) in a few different ways. Each language has an assigned Language Director on campus who must approve language placement exams, waivers, transfer credit, study abroad credit, etc. If successful, the Language Director will submit a transcript notation to the Office of the Registrar and a language ‘placeholder’ course should appear on the your transcript as a waiver or a course equivalency.

In the Degree Audit, the course placeholder should automatically populate the correct language section (except in the case outlined in #2 in the section above regarding Linguistics Focal Area students). If it does not, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies to make an inquiry about the eligibility of the course. If approved, the DUS will move the course the appropriate major requirement.

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.