By Bianca Chan
Have you ever asked yourself whether you’re taking all of your required courses for the semester? How about doubt yourself about the number of credits you need to acquire this year to stay on track to graduate? Or maybe you simply want to know what your CGPA is. If any of these are you, or you’re asking yourself questions about course planning, year standing or degree requirements, you need to read your audit.
You’re probably asking yourself, ‘What’s an audit?’ Well, an audit is a guide tailored to your degree, academic history and academic future. It tells you what you your CGPA is for your minors and majors, and has a record of every class you’ve taken – and every grade you’ve earned – at Carleton. In other words, your audit structure and content will differ depending on your degree program, which can make it a little intimidating to try and read at first.
Here is a quick guide to your audit, which will come in handy when it comes time to select your courses.
Guidelines for all degrees
- All audits, regardless of your degree, will contain a section called major requirements. These are courses that are necessary to graduate with that major.
- The credits not included section covers other courses in your degree that you must take toward your degree program, but which are not included as a part of your major discipline.
- Elective courses are classes not in your major field of study that you choose to take. For example, if you’re majoring in history, an elective course could be a French class.
Summary of your progress
- Summary of your progress is a graph that lets you see your progress on your path to graduation, as well as your remaining required courses and your CGPA(s). It looks like this:
- Requirements are broken down into sections (i.e. major, minor, electives)
- You can see that the person has completed three out of eight major requirements (dark green), is in the process of completing two major requirements (light green), and still has three more major requirements to complete during future semesters.
Further down on your audit is a lot of daunting text in that weird, old-fashioned computer font type. Fear not, if you take a closer look, you can see your course history and details, separated by year. It will contain information such as the course code and your grade.
The what-if audit
What in the world is a what-if audit, you ask? Well it can come in handy if you’re thinking of switching majors, minors or specializations. It can show you how your audit will change if you switch its program elements. It can also tell you which courses would count towards the new degree to see if you are still on track to graduate.
For instance, if you are currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Public Affairs with a major in social work, and you wanted to switch your major to political science, you could run a what-if audit and see how your current credits would fit in.
Reading and understanding your audit can be confusing. If you don’t understand it at first, Carleton provides many resources to help you along the way. Here are a few options:
- The Academic Advising Centre for drop-in advising
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re not able to come in or are studying from a distance. They often reply within 24 hours.
- Telephone advising sessions. Schedule a session by emailing email@example.com
- Carleton’s online guide to reading your audit
- Audit FAQs
- Contact your departmental advisor with program-specific questions