Frequently Asked Questions

Advising Questions


Why can’t I get my hold lifted during walk-in hours?
Walk-in hours are maintained for quick questions about majors, minors, scheduling, etc. and may not be with your assigned academic advisor. For these reasons, you should not anticipate having a hold lifted during this time. You should go to myAppointments on the myInfo tab of myUK to schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss your schedule and have your advisor hold lifted.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?
If it is beyond 24 hours of the appointment time you should go to myAppointments in myUK to cancel the appointment. If it is within 24 hours of the appointment, you should email your academic advisor to cancel.

What happens if I miss my scheduled appointment?
Students should keep scheduled appointments. Missing two scheduled appointments may result in being blocked from making additional appointments. However, we understand that sometimes things happen out of your control. If you have a valid reason for missing an appointment, please email your academic advisor as close to the appointment time as possible to explain.

What if I have a conflict with my advisor?  (What if we have a disagreement? What if I don’t like my advisor?)
Conflicts between advisors and students are rare. However, if you have a substantial disagreement with your advisor or you feel as though they are being disrespectful to you please contact the Director of Student Services. 

What if my advisor does not have any openings when I am available?
Our advisors do their best to offer appointment availability daily. However, appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis so prior to and during priority registration appointments will fill quickly. You should schedule your appointment early to secure a time you are available. If there are never any appointment times with your advisor when you are not in class, please email your advisor to see about other possible meeting times.



Degree Questions


What is the difference between a BA and a BS?
A Bachelor of Arts requires students to complete a series of foreign language or linguistics classes as part of their curriculum. A Bachelor of Science requires students to complete 48 hours in “science” with 9 hours specifically in math, computer science, or statistics above what they earn for core.
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Why is my major listed as pre-? What is the difference between pre and upper division status?
Pre-major students are those who have not met all the requirements to move into upper division for their major. To move to upper division or “major” status instead of “pre-major” you must successfully complete the first 8 of UK Core and any pre-major requirements for your major, maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and have earned at least 30 hours. Once you are in upper division (major) status you can start taking upper-division courses for your major. 

Why does my major require me to have a minor or cognate? What is the difference?
The university requires the completion of 120 hours with 42 hours at the 300+ level or above. The number of hours for the majors in our college range between 36 and 48 hours. To reach the required number of 300+level course this means you will need to take courses outside the major. Some majors allow students to fulfill those additional 300+level courses through cognate courses (15 hours of 300+level courses outside the major) while other majors require a more focused approach through an official university minor. 

When a class is approved for more than one core area, why doesn’t it apply to both areas?
Several general education classes have been approved for more than one core area. Unfortunately, students are only able to apply each course to only one UK Core area.
If the degree audit in myUK applies it to one core area, but you would like it to apply to the other core area it has been approved for please contact your advisor about the change.


Transfer Questions


Can I take a class at BCTC or another community college over summer to save money?
Yes. You would need to apply and be accepted separately as a visiting student at the community college. Then you would have to transfer the credits back to UK to apply toward your UK degree.

I am planning to take classes at a community college over summer how do I get a letter of good standing?
To request a letter of good standing you must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. To obtain the letter you must go to the Registrar’s Office with a picture ID and complete a form. Here is a link to the Registrar’s Office with more information.

How do I transfer credits back to UK from a college I attended over summer?
You should visit the Transcript Request webpage of Registrar’s Office webpage of the school you attended to request the final transcript be sent to UK. Once the transcript is received and processed at UK you should be able to see any applied credit in the degree audit in myUK under the Degree Planning and Registration tab.


Communication Major Questions

Why do I have to take additional 300+level courses beyond the cognate and the major requirements?
The communication major requires 21-24 hours at the 300+level. Cognate is 15 hours of 300+level. Since the university requires 42 hours at the 300+level this means that some communication students need to find additional 300+level courses beyond the required major courses and/or cognate to meet that requirement. These additional hours can be inside or outside the major, they just have to be at the 300+level.  

I am in the health communication track but the remaining class(es) I need for my track are not offered before I graduate, what should I do?
The communication major offers four tracks. Three of the tracks, including health communication, are very specific in the course requirements. However, the fourth track, human communication is customizable. This track can be an option if you are reaching graduation but have not been able to successfully complete the required courses for a specific track. Your physical degree will not specify your track but it will appear on your transcript.  

Should I take COM 326 or COM 351? Or do I need to take both? 
First, communication majors are not required to take both COM 326 and COM 351 but may elect to take both. You should plan to take at least one to complete your Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR).

COM 326 Communication Strategies for Professional Excellence takes a business communication approach and focuses on preparing the student to use oral and written communication successfully in the business world. Topics include writing business plans, preparing persuasive messages, and tailoring communication to different organizational audiences like employees, consumer, etc.

COM 351 Introduction to Communication Theory takes a theoretical look at human communication processes. Theoretical perspectives include systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, etc.


Information Communication Technology Major Questions

Why is there a restriction on how many online courses I can take as an ICT major? How many can I take?
The ICT program is adding an online degree completion program for nontraditional, returning students. To distinguish the two programs (online degree completion requires separate application and has its own admissions requirements) the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities has limited the number of online courses students in the traditional face-to-face program can take. Students on campus are limited to six (6) online ICT courses.   

I am a current ICT student, can I switch to the online degree option?
The online degree completion program in ICT is a new program for incoming nontraditional students who have already completed a minimum of 60 hours. The program is targeted toward students who have left the university but would like to finish their degree. Currently enrolled students are not eligible for this program as there are differences in some of the core classes for each major.

Why can’t I register for JOU 330, MAS 355, MAS 404, MAS 535, MAS 322, MAS 422, or ISC 361 if they are approved for the major?
Those courses are housed in departments outside of ICT. This means that those classes are open first two majors in the corresponding programs (JOU- journalism majors, MAS- media arts and studies majors, and ISC- integrated strategic communication majors). Then, if there are seats available after their own students have been served, ICT students may be considered for those classes on a case-by-case basis with the submission of an override form to the corresponding department.


Integrated Strategic Communication Major Questions

I changed my major to ISC as a junior, will I still be able to graduate on time?
The ISC program takes a minimum of five semesters once you enroll in ISC 161. The ISC major is sequenced so that you take one class each semester during your first two semesters in the program. Once you have moved from pre-major to major you can progress more quickly, but there are still course sequence rules that apply. You cannot speed up time to degree in this program. 

Do ISC students have to complete JOU 101 before taking JOU 204? Why doesn’t ISC 161 satisfy the requirement? 
ISC students can satisfy the second pre-major course with either ISC 261 or JOU 204. The pre-requisite for ISC 261 is ISC 161. The pre-requisite for JOU 204 is JOU 101 so ISC students can only register for JOU 204 if they already have JOU 101 credit.

Why can’t I minor or double major in journalism or media arts and studies as an ISC student? 
ISC students cannot minor or double major in journalism or media arts and studies because the programs have some overlap in course offerings. For example, ISC students must take 9 hours of ISC electives but those electives can be in ISC, JOU, or MAS. Also, some courses are cross-listed in ISC, JOU, and MAS. 

Why can’t I complete my internship while completing my last path class?
ISC students should plan to complete their internship (ISC 399) after completing the second ISC path course. Completing both path courses will provide the student with in-depth knowledge and skills the student can take into an internship.


Journalism Major Questions

I am moving from pre-major to major, but I cannot get into JOU 301 or 302, what am I supposed to take? Will it delay my graduation?   
The print/multimedia class is a two-semester sequence and the broadcast/multimedia path is a three-semester sequence. Typically not getting into the first class of the sequence will not delay graduation unless you started the major late. The JOU department monitors enrollment and student progression to ensure students are able to start the sequence in a reasonable time before they are expected to graduate.

What if I am interested in both print and broadcast journalism? 
Journalism students must select either print or broadcast to pursue as their path/focus. If there are seats available you can certainly take courses in the other area as your 6-9 hours of JOU electives.  

My dream is to work in television news behind the scenes. I do not want to be on camera so can I still major in broadcast/multimedia?  
Students learn a great deal about writing, editing, and other behind the scenes duties in journalism; however, as a journalism student you will be expected to be in front of the camera.

Why can’t I minor or double major in media arts and studies as a JOU student? 
JOU students cannot double major or minor in MAS because there are a number of classes that are cross-listed across both programs. Also, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications requires that a minimum of 72 hours be in courses other than professional media-based communications.


Media Arts and Studies Major Questions

Do MAS 101 and 201 have to be taken in sequential order? 
Students should take MAS 101 first or take the two courses together. However, if there are no seats available in MAS 101 students may still take MAS 201 and take MAS 101 the following semester.   

I am very interested in the hands-on production courses like multimedia, video, and audio production. Why can’t I get into those classes as a freshman or sophomore?
Since these classes are hands-on there are a very limited number of seats in each section. Those seats are typically reserved for upper class students who have already completed some of the major required courses on policy, research, and industry. 

Why can’t I minor or double major in journalism as a MAS student? 
MAS students cannot double major or minor in JOU because there are a number of classes that are cross-listed across both programs. Also, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications requires that a minimum of 72 hours be in courses other than professional media-based communications.