Questions about academics:

Q: Where do I find the listing of classes offered?
A: All of our classes are listed with course descriptions in our undergraduate bulletin. A class schedule is also posted on our website every semester that will list the days/times the courses meet. Every student is assigned an academic advisor that will assist with selecting and scheduling classes. All of our advisors have their Ph.D.’s and come from our full-time teaching faculty. They are specially qualified to help in the advising process.

Q: How will I know what classes to sign up for to match the degree that I want?
A: You will have an academic advisor that will assist you with your scheduling of classes; however it is also your responsibility to know the degree requirements that are listed in the undergraduate bulletin.

Q: What is the implication of choosing a major? Can I take classes outside of that program?
A: All students will receive an extensive liberal arts foundation through our core curriculum. This “core” enables every John Carroll student to experience a wide range of fields that will connect to and enrich the major you choose. At John Carroll you do not officially choose or declare a major until the spring of your sophomore year, but as an international student you will need to select at least two possible majors in order to secure a student visa. (This major may be changed at a later date if you determine that another major fits your career goals better). We have a required liberal arts core curriculum that encompasses many different areas and allows for you to choose specific classes within different fields. This allows you to take classes outside of your program.

Q: I’m interested in two different majors but can’t decide which to choose. When do I have to decide? Can I have two majors?
A: At John Carroll you do not officially choose or declare a major until the spring of your sophomore year, but as an international student you will need to select at least two possible majors in order to secure a student visa. This major may be changed at a later date, if you determine that another major fits your career goals better. You are able to major in two areas or earn a double major. Please know that some programs are easier to complete together than others.

Q: The major/program I wish to pursue is not offered at John Carroll. What are my options?
A: Your own career goals are important to consider when choosing a major, but also various visa limitations prevent an international student from choosing various schools. John Carroll University is not able to issue the necessary paperwork or I-20 form needed to secure a student visa unless you choose a major that we offer. When looking through our majors though, please be sure to look through our large selection of minors and interdisciplinary concentrations.

Q: I have already completed an undergraduate degree and am interested in applying for a graduate degree. Is the application process the same?
A: Additional requirements are specified by each department for graduate studies at JCU. For Arts and Science degrees, please see program descriptions at the Graduate Studies website. For MBA or MS in Accountancy program descriptions, please visit the website for Graduate Business programs at JCU.