College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I don't show up for the first day of class, will I be automatically dropped?
  2. If I receive a grade of less than "C" in a required course, do I have to repeat the course?
  3. Before taking an upper-division general education synthesis course, do I need to first satisfy all lower division requirements in the same general education area?
  4. How can I find out whether a class is a social science synthesis class?
  5. Why do I have an advising hold that has to be removed at least once a year?
  6. In addition to seeing my advisor regularly, how can I best make my post-graduation plans?
  7. How many units is too many?

1. If I don't show up for the first day of class, will I be automatically dropped?

It's up to the instructor whether to drop you from the class if you are a "no show" at the first meeting. Don't assume that you will be dropped - if you aren't planning on taking the class, drop the class yourself as soon as possible. On the other hand, don't assume that you won't be dropped - if you are planning on taking the class, contact the instructor to explain why you will miss the first meeting, and ask the instructor not to drop you.

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2. If I receive a grade of less than "C" in a required course, do I have to repeat the course?

Generally speaking, no. A grade of "D-" or better is considered a passing grade. However:

  • To graduate, you do need to average "C" or better in 1) all course work, 2) Cal Poly coursework, and 3) coursework in the major core.
  • Some courses (though none in PLS) require at least a certain grade in another course as a prerequisite.

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3. Before taking an upper-division general education synthesis course, do I need to first satisfy all lower division requirements in the same general education area?

Yes.

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4. How can I find out whether a class is a social science synthesis class?

Check the general education section of the catalog, or us the "Advanced Search" function in the BroncoDirect Schedule of Classes to find the synthesis courses in each area (B, C, and D) that are geing offered in a particular quarter.

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5. Why do I have an advising hold that has to be removed at least once a year?

Regular advising is meant to facilitate your progress to graduation and your planning for after you graduate.

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6. In addition to seeing my advisor regularly, how can I best make my post-graduation plans?

Check the careers section of the department web site.

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7. How many units is too many?

There's no hard and fast rule, but you should figure on spending an average of about three hours a week (in class and out) for each unit. A good "rule of thumb" might be to multiply your number of units by three and add the number of hours you work each week. If the total exceeds about 60, you're probably heading for trouble. (This assumes that the rest of your life is going fairly smoothly and not imposing unusual demands on your time, energy, and other resources.)

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