Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

about degree evaluations on KnowHopePlus

 

Ø      Why should I create a degree evaluation? 

 

Ø      What is an “Entry Term?”  An “Evaluation Term?”

 

Ø      How do I know if a section (area) is complete?

 

Ø      There is still a “NO” under one of my areas, but the top says “MET.”  Am I really done with the area?

 

Ø      What’s the difference between a “Program” and a “Major?”

 

Ø      Some programs have BA or BS after their name--does it make a difference which one I choose?

 

Ø      The major listed on my program may not be correct.  What should I do?

 

Ø      Some parts of the general education requirements and/or the requirements for my major and minor have “OR” and “AND” next to them.  What does this mean?

 

Ø      Why do some courses appear in blue?

 

Ø      What happens if I withdraw from or fail a class that is included in my degree evaluation?

 

Ø      I haven’t declared a major, or I’m thinking about adding a major.  How can I see if the courses I’ve taken might apply to the major(s) and minor(s) I’m considering?

 

Ø      I know that general education requirements for the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree and for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree are different than those for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees.  Where can I find out about the differences?

 

Ø      Help!  There are so many majors and minors to choose from—how can I decide?

 

Ø      I thought I had declared a major, but my program is listed as “Undeclared.”  What should I do?

 

Ø      I’m interested in Elementary Education, but that major is not a choice on the program or major menus.  What should I do?

 

Ø      The Registrar approved a waiver or substitution for a general education requirement.  Is this reflected in my degree evaluation?

 

Ø      Although a course I’ve taken or plan to take does not meet a general education requirement, I’d like to see if I can substitute it.  How can I do this?

 

Ø      I’d like to try to make adjustments in my major or minor requirements.  How can I do this?

 

Ø      My advisor said a substitution in my major/minor would be okay, but it’s not on my degree evaluation.  What should I do?

 

 

 


 

Ø      Why should I create a degree evaluation?

 

·    To see what the requirements for major(s), minor(s) and general education are.

·    To see your progress toward meeting general education, major and minor requirements.

·    To make sure your majors and minors are listed correctly.

·    To help you create a four-year plan, so you can complete your program in a timely way.

·    To plan ahead in case you need to take summer courses or need an extra semester to finish your program.

·    To see what would be involved if you decided to have more than one major or wanted to add a minor.

·    To see what your situation would be if you decided on a different major or minor.

·    To take charge of your education.

 

Ø      What is an “Entry Term?”  An “Evaluation Term?”

 

“Entry Term” is the academic year during which you started at Hope College.  Sometimes, requirements for majors change; entering the term in which you started at Hope is important.

 

“Evaluation Term” is the CURRENT term—the term in which you are creating the evaluation.  If you select the CURRENT term, your evaluation will include courses you’ve already taken as well as courses you are taking currently.

 

Ø      How do I know if a section (area) is complete?

 

At the top of each section, look for either “MET” or “NOT MET.”

 

Ø      There is still a “NO” under one of my areas, but the top says “MET.”  Am I really done with the area?

 

Yes, as long as the top of the area says “MET,” you are done with that requirement.   If there is a “NO,” that means the requirement could be met in a variety of ways.  The option you chose completed the requirement, but the other options will still be listed as “NO.”

 

Ø      What’s the difference between a “Program” and a “Major?”

 

Selecting a “Major” from the pull down menu will let you know the requirements for that major.

 

Your degree from Hope will involve more than just completing a “Major.”  The “Program” you select will indicate all that is required to earn your Hope degree—number of credits, any GPA requirements, general education, etc.

 

To generate a degree evaluation or a what-if-analysis, you must select both a major and a program from the pull-down menus.

 

Ø      Some programs have a BA or a BS after their name--does it make a difference which one I choose?

 

For some majors in the Natural Science division, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree may be earned.  General education requirements are the same for each; but a BS degree requires a greater number of credits in natural science courses.

 

If you’re not sure whether you’ll earn a BS or a BA degree in your natural science major, run a “What-If Analysis” to compare the differences.

 

Ø      The major listed on my program may not be correct.  What should I do?

 

It’s VERY important that your majors and minors be listed correctly—otherwise your degree evaluation won’t be accurate.

 

If you plan teacher certification, your major should

 

o        be an approved composite major for elementary education (Fine Arts Composite, Language Arts Composite, Science Composite or Social Studies Composite)

OR

o        Special Education (EI or LD)

 OR

o         have “Education” as part of its description—for example, “English—Elementary Educ” or “English—Secondary Educ,” rather than simply “English.”

 

For some majors (especially in the natural sciences and music), more than one degree is possible.  BS or BA?  BA or BMU?  Run evaluations for each degree to compare requirements and then consult with departments and Career Services.

 

If your major and minor and degree are not listed correctly, please come to the Registrar’s Office so we can correct your record.

 

Ø      Some parts of the general education requirements and/or the requirements for my major and minor have “OR” and “AND” next to them.  What does this mean?

 

A requirement with an “OR” next to it means that you can complete this requirement in more than one way—for example, the Cultural Diversity requirement in general education may be met with one 4-credit CD course OR two 2-credit CD courses.

 

A requirement with an “AND” next to it means that you must complete all the requirements listed above and below it to complete requirements of general education or major(s) or minor(s).  For example, to complete the first area of the degree evaluation (BA/BS General Ed Requirements), you need to complete Expository Writing I (EW) AND Arts I (FA1) AND Fine Arts II (FA2) AND Second Language (FL2), etc.

 

Ø      Why do some courses appear in blue?

 

Courses that appear in blue mean that the course name is a link.  Once you click the link, you’ll see the course’s full name, description and number of credit hours.

 

Ø      What happens if I withdraw from or fail a class that is included in my degree evaluation?

 

Courses you withdraw from or fail will be moved to the bottom of your degree evaluation, under “Elective Courses;” you must pass the class to have it complete a requirement.

 

Ø      I haven’t declared a major, or I’m thinking about adding a major.  How can I see if the courses I’ve taken might apply to the major(s) and minor(s) I’m considering?

 

You can create a “What-If-Analysis.”  Follow these directions.

 

Ø      I know that general education requirements for the Bachelor of Music (BMU) degree and for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree are different than those for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees.  Where can I find out about the differences?

 

If you’ve declared a major in Nursing or a Bachelor of Music program (in vocal, instrumental, or education), the correct general education requirements will automatically be listed for your degree when you create your degree evaluation.

 

If you have NOT declared one of these majors/programs, create a “What-If-Analysis.”  When this analysis is run, it will automatically pull up the appropriate general education requirements for the major you’re investigating.

 

Ø      Help!  There are so many majors and minors to choose from—how can I decide?

 

·    You could run several degree evaluations—just to see the requirements for each major or minor you’re considering.  Print and compare them; then do some investigating.

·    Check with the departments you’re considering for some advice about what majors, minors and degrees might be appropriate for your goals. 

·    Visit Career Services for more direction. 

·    Check out the pink pages of your Connections advising handbook for further suggestions.

 

You’ll notice that most majors and minors include some classes which also meet general education requirements, so if you enroll in these classes, you can postpone for a bit selecting a major.

 

 

Ø      I thought I had declared a major, but my program is listed as “Undeclared.”  What should I do?

 

Did you receive a copy of the Major Declaration Form with notice of the name of your new advisor?  If so, come to the Registrar’s Office, so we can correct your record. 

 

If not, be aware that it often takes departments several weeks to send Major Declaration Forms to the Registrar’s Office.  Check with your department to make sure they have received the form.

 

Ø      I’m interested in elementary education, but that major is not a choice on the program or major menus.  What should I do?

 

Students intending to teach at the elementary level will declare a specific major—please check the Education Department website for approved majors and minors and create a “What-If-Analysis” to see how requirements differ.

 

Ø      The Registrar approved a waiver or substitution for a general education requirement.  Is this reflected in my degree evaluation?

 

Yes.  Any approved waivers or substitutions are listed as “adjustments” in the general education section. 

 

Ø      Although a course I’ve taken or plan to take does not meet a general education requirement, I’d like to see if I can substitute it.  How can I do this?

 

Come to the Registrar’s Office and complete a short form.  This form is also available on-line.

 You’ll need to provide a rationale and get your advisor’s signature/approval.

 

Ø      I’d like to try to make adjustments in my major or minor requirements.  How can I do this?

 

Consult the chairperson of your major or minor department.  If the chair approves the adjustments, you must complete a short form.  This form is also available on-line.  When we receive the form, we will mark your degree evaluation accordingly.

You’ll need to provide a rationale and get your advisor’s and the chairperson’s signature/approval.

 

Ø      My advisor said a substitution in my major/minor would be okay, but it’s not on my degree evaluation.  What should I do?

 

You still have to complete the correct paperwork to ensure that your degree evaluation is accurate.  This is what we use to ensure that you have completed the necessary requirements for graduation; if the degree evaluation says “NOT MET,” the requirement isn’t complete.  If you need to make adjustments to your major/minor, complete the form.