Answers to many of students’ most frequently asked questions are below.
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Students can schedule an appointment (virtual or in person) Monday-Thursday or sign in for a virtual drop-in Monday-Friday.
Standard semester hours are morning sign-ins from 8:30-11:30 am EST and afternoon sign-ins from 1:00-2:30 pm EST (MF) or 1:00-3:30 pm EST (TWR).
In person appointments are held in advising offices in in Bellamy Building suites 101, 105, or 106.
We recommend that students meet with an academic advisor once a semester.
Most instructors and departments process late add requests and ADD slips electronically through email or Docusign.
- Get instructor permission to add a course. You are more likely to get permission if Class Search shows there are open seats in a course.
- Request permission and an ADD slip from the academic department that teaches the course. The instructor may assist with this – ask for their guidance on who to contact.
- Verify that the ADD slip has either been sent to the Registrar’s office by the department (electronic) or take the paper ADD slip in person to the Registrar’s office (physical form).
- Do everything ASAP. Most instructors and departments will not add students to classes beyond the second week of a semester.
Course lists for COSSPP undergraduate majors for the current registration periods are found on the course list page of this site.
The time period in which you can register for courses is known as your enrollment window.
Find your enrollment window by logging into your my.fsu.edu account, navigate to the “My Courses” section, and clicking on the “Future” tab. The “Enrollment opens” text displays with your enrollment window opens and you can begin registering for courses.
You can also find University-wide enrollment window information on the University Registrar’s registration guide page.
Undergraduate students may choose to add a second major to their degree or dual degree once they have been certified upper-division into their primary major. Students must be on track for the second major at the time that they add it. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to complete a degree with a double major, just as with a single major.
Students choosing to declare a dual degree (pursuing two bachelor’s degrees at the same time) must complete all major requirements (including required minors) for both degrees with a minimum of 150 earned credit hours.
In adding either a double major or a dual degree, a student’s first step is to meet with an academic advisor in the major that they are adding. Advisors will review the student’s record, make sure they are on track of the major being added, and complete major change forms and any needed programs of study with the student.
Students who have already completed 90+ hours of credit must submit a plan of study completed with an advisor to the Academic Dean’s office of each respective major in order to have their petition considered for approval.
COSSPP approval of a double major or dual degree requires at minimum that a plan of study will not exceed a student’s four-year graduation window, place the student into excess credit, or require the student to complete more than 160 hours of credit.
We recommend you contact the COSSPP Career Liaison, Tyrone “TJ” Johnson, at email@example.com for information about finding an internship.
The FSU Career Center’s Experience Recognition Program (ERP) offers students a way to get recognition for engaging in experiential learning such as an internship, research, creative, leadership, or significant community service engagement. Successfully completing ERP can also satisfy the undergraduate Formative Experience (FE) graduation requirement.
For questions about earning academic credit for your internship work, contact the academic program coordinator for your department. Each department coordinator can be found listed on the FSU advisor search.
The most important consideration when choosing a minor is that it aligns with your interests and goals. If you are unsure of which minor best reflects this, meet with an advisor to discuss some options. Remember though that COSSPP students are free to select from any of the minors offered at FSU – see the entire list and their requirements on the Academic Program Guide.
COSSPP students can declare their minor or concentration through our online declarations form. If your major is not in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, contact the academic advisor for your major for more information on how you should declare a minor.
Each minor program offered at FSU has it’s own specific course, grade, and/or other requirements.
Policies related to declaring and completing minors in COSSPP include:
General Policies on Minors
- Minor coursework cannot overlap with General Education or major coursework. General Education and/or major requirements take precedence over minor requirements and coursework will be credited in line with this policy.
- Major specific policies:
- Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: a student cannot declare a minor in the same subject area or department in which they have declared concentrations.
- International Affairs: a student may declare one concentration and cannot declare a minor in the same subject area or department in which they have declared their concentration.
- Political Science: Public Administration minor cannot be used to meet graduation requirements.
Graduation Related Policies
- University policy: Neither minors nor concentrations are listed on diplomas or final transcripts.
- Optional minors not satisfied at the point of graduation clearance will be deleted from a student’s account.
- If a student’s degree program requires a minor for their major but the declared minor is incomplete or if a student has not officially declared a minor, the College reserves the right to change or declare a minor on a student’s account if doing so allows the student’s degree requirements to be satisfied by the change. An incomplete declared minor may not be used to delay a student’s graduation if the Dean’s office can certify their requirements using an alternative minor.
- The College reserves the right at the discretion of the Office of Academic Affairs to deny a minor or concentration declaration or change if it will otherwise contribute to increasing a student’s remaining graduation requirements.
- Additional COSSPP policies:
- A single minor may be declared per degree.
- A single minor per degree will be verified complete at the point of graduation.
- COSSPP will not verify or provide certification of additional minors per degree at the point of or after clearing for graduation.
The number of courses or hours that a student enrolls in is up to each individual and should account for what course load you are comfortable with, the rigor of the courses in question, and outside considerations such as work or extracurriculars. Remember that full-time enrollment at FSU is 12 hours of credit in a Fall/Spring semester, and a student needs to complete an average of 30 hours of credit a year/15 hours a semester to stay on track to graduate in four years.
The excess credit policy is a State of Florida statute designed to encourage students to complete a baccalaureate degree as efficiently as possible. Information on excess credit, how it is defined, and what requirements you fall under can be found on the Registrar’s website.
Verify with the University Admissions office whether they have received copies of your score reports. If they have not, we recommend printing a copy of your score report and taking it in person to their office in UCA 2500.
When registering to take credit by exam or for other purposes, be sure to list the proper institutional reporting code for FSU:
- ACT: 0734
- SAT/GMAT/GRE/ TOEFL/CLEP/AP: 5219
- AICE/CEEB: 001489
- FL Bright Futures: 371
Graduation requirements that are part of the university’s Liberal Studies curriculum are listed/described on the Liberal Studies for the 21st Century website. If a student believes they completed coursework that satisfies a Liberal Studies requirement but was not automatically approved to do so, they may petition the Office of Academic Affairs. However, a petition is not a guarantee of approval, and the expectation of the University and the College is that student complete approved coursework to meet graduation requirements.
An incomplete grade (“I”) may be awarded if a student has completed most of the work in a course and is otherwise passing but is unable to complete the course for reasons beyond the student’s control. If an incomplete grade is awarded, it will be posted on the student’s transcript until the final grade is resolved. If the student does not complete the work by the term the “I” grade expires, the default grade as determined by the instructor will be posted as the final grade to their academic record/transcript.
FSU will not award a student’s degree while there is a pending incomplete grade on their record.
Students who feel they are experiencing extenuating circumstances may contact their instructor to request an “I” grade, which is issued at the instructor’s discretion. The instructor may require – and we recommend – that the student and instructor together complete an Incomplete Grade Agreement outlining requirements remaining in the course and for completing necessary coursework.
A grade appeal is an opportunity for a student to appeal a final course grade under certain circumstances. Faculty judgment of students’ academic performance is inherent in the grading process and hence should not be overturned except when the student can show that the grade awarded represents a gross violation of the instructor’s own specified evaluation (grading) statement and therefore was awarded in an arbitrary, capricious, or discriminatory manner.
To start the grade appeals process, the student must first contact their instructor and discuss the grade circumstances with them within 15 class days of final grades being posted.
If the issue is not resolved through the process, the student must submit a statement and/or evidence justifying the grade appeal to the Department Chair or Director within 10 class days. Additional information can be found on the Office of Faculty Development website or students can contact the University undergraduate ombudsman.
You must apply to graduate in the semester in which you plan to complete your degree. Instructions on how to apply for graduation are found on the University Registrar’s website. The graduation application does not open prior to the sixth day of classes in a semester.
Undergraduate students must at minimum be on track to have 120 earned, unduplicated credit hours at the end of the term in which they are applying for the application to be active.
If you missed the open application period at the beginning of the semester:
Undergraduate students should schedule an academic advising appointment. An advisor will complete an updated progress check with you to verify you are on track to graduate that term, and if you are, complete the Undergraduate Late Add to Graduation Form.
Graduate students should verify with their program director that they are on track to complete requirements that term and complete the Graduate Late Add to Graduation Form.
Submit the late add form to the Academic Affairs office for review and you will be copied on the email memo to the Registrar’s office asking that you be placed on the graduation list.
The University and College expectation for students is that they graduate within four years for incoming first year students or two years for incoming upper division/AA transfer students.
If you are on track to complete your graduation requirements before this time period ends, there are a variety of programs and opportunities available to you on campus to enrich your remaining time. A good resource to contact is the Graduation Planning & Strategies office.
Drops and Withdrawals
See the detailed Drops and Withdrawals page for additional information.