Programs of Study (POS)
Programs of Study (POS) contain the academic requirements for any particular degree for any particular catalog year. These requirements must be met in full in order to graduate. Students should follow the POS for the year they entered Appalachian unless an official change of catalog year has been submitted to the Dean’s Office. Students my elect to use any subsequent POS, however, the student must be enrolled during a period, which is covered, by the POS, and it cannot be more than ten years old.
If you are unsure of your POS (catalog term), you may check this by selecting the Student tab within AppalNet. Under the Student tab, select Registration and Check Status to see your Catalog Term displayed.
We view the programs of study as a working “contract” between the student and the departments and expect the student to meet all requirements listed on it. It is understood that the department chairperson (or his/her designee) does have the authority to recommend substitutions or waivers in writing or via email. The Dean’s Office will make note of shortages when completing senior checks and graduation checkout. The Dean’s Office will not approve a student for graduation if requirements are not met.
All special contracts, waivers, substitutions, etc., made between the department and the student must be documented by memorandum to the Dean’s Office signed by the chairperson/designee or by email from the chairperson/designee.
Two faculty members must approve substitutions and waivers, one preferably being the chairperson or the chairperson's designee.
The Programs of Study that are used by students, faculty advisers, and staff advisers is updated each fall. Updates may include changes made to the curriculum for the major and to courses outside of the major department. We recommend that departmental advisers be familiar not only with the programs of study that applies to their immediate area of advising, but also with the basic structure of all of their respective departmental majors. Students may shift from one specific major to another within departments; therefore, advisers should be somewhat familiar with all programs of study in their departments.
Advisers should be completely familiar with the general education/designations requirements as well. Departmental advisers should never assume that students get this information elsewhere. Students are declaring majors earlier than in the past (closer to the 30 hour requirement) so more advising in the general education programs will be required of faculty advisers.