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Office of the Registrar

Dartmouth College
Office of the Registrar
6014 McNutt Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3541

Phone: (603) 646-2246
Fax: (603) 646-2247
Email: registrar@Dartmouth.EDU

Overview of the Degree Audit System


DegreeWorks is a web based degree audit tool to help students of the Class of 2008 and later monitor their progress toward the completion of their degree requirements. To access your degree audit go to BannerStudent and select DegreeWorks from the menu. You may view a sample DegreeWorks degree audit to help you understand your audit.

The degree audit is not an official academic transcript. It is a tool to provide students with academic information and help track degree progress, prepare for course election, and plan for graduation. The audit can be used as part of advising sessions with academic advisors to determine course elections and confirm graduation requirements.

The audit appears in categorical sections called "blocks" displaying requirements for: Specific Course Requirements, Physical Education, Distributives, and World Culture. Look for unchecked boxes to identify requirements that you still need to complete. DegreeWorks places each course using a "best fit" scenario. Often multiple possibilities exist and DegreeWorks may not choose the same configuration that you may have chosen. This is particularly true for a course that offers an INT and another distributive such as INT or SOC.

Currently major and minor requirements are not included in DegreeWorks, however, they will be added in the future. Courses taken to fulfill major and minor requirements are listed in the Additional Courses block unless a course satisfies a distributive or world culture requirement, then the course will be listed in the Distributive/World Culture blocks. Compare these courses against those listed on your major and minor cards to determine whether you are on track to complete the requirements. Departments/Programs certify whether students complete major/minor requirements, it is important that you check with your major/minor department(s)/program(s) to determine whether or not you have completed the major/minor requirements.

DegreeWorks is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from most networked computers. Information in DegreeWorks is updated nightly. Review your degree audit information:

Before you meet with your academic advisor to discuss registration for an upcoming term.

Before registration, use it to plan your program for the term.After you register to ensure that the courses you selected applied to your requirements as expected.

After your grades for each term are posted.Before you apply for graduation, review your academic record.Any time you make a change to your schedule.

For assistance in interpreting the audit, undergraduates may contact their Dean, The Office of the Registrar, or Pre-Major Advising. Students are responsible for completing all degree requirements, including those not included in the audit.

Review your audit with care, inform the Registrar's Office (in person or by email to of any discrepancies or problems with using DegreeWorks.

General Education Requirements (Class of 2008 and later classes): There are two separate requirements under this heading: World Culture Requirement and Distributive Requirement. These requirements are outlined below, and are explained in detail (including the codes used to designate which courses fall into which categories) below.

1. World Culture Requirement and codes. Each student must take and pass one course in each of three areas: Western Cultures (W), Non-Western Cultures (NW), and Culture and Identity (CI).

2. Distributive Requirement and codes. Each student must take and pass ten courses, as follows:

  • one in the Arts (ART);
  • one in Literature (LIT);
  • one in Systems and Traditions of Thought, Meaning, and Value (TMV);
  • one in International or Comparative Study (INT);
  • two in Social Analysis (SOC);
  • one in Quantitative and Deductive Sciences (QDS);
  • two in the Natural Sciences (SCI);
  • one in Technology or Applied Science (TAS).

One of the courses in the Science or Technology categories shall have a laboratory, field, or experimental component (codes SLA or TLA).

The complete code listed for a course in the ORC will have a form such as 'Dist: ART; WCult: W' to indicate that the course in question satisfies the Art category for the Distributive requirement and the Western Culture category of the Wold Culture requirement. If no listing occurs (for example, if WCult does not appear) then the course does not satisfy any part of the requirement in question.

A course may satisfy categories in two of these requirements. For example, a course might satisfy the Western Culture category in the World Culture requirement and the Literature category in the Distributive requirement. Consequently, by careful choice of courses, it is possible to satisfy all of these requirements with just ten courses.

Students should note that courses satisfying these requirements must be taken subsequent to college matriculation. Credits received prior to matriculation, even for courses which would qualify for one or more of these requirements if taken after matriculation, will not count, even though they receive course credit or advanced placement credit. Also, courses satisfying these requirements must be passed with a regular letter grade; courses which are failed, or for which the regular grade has been replaced by NR due to the student's election of the Non-Recording Option, will not satisfy these requirements.

Certain courses, such as Writing 2, 3, and 5, language courses numbered 1, 2 and 3 or equivalents, and all graduate courses (numbered 100 and higher) do not qualify to satisfy any part of the General Education requirements. All other courses may potentially satisfy one or more of these requirements. Departments and programs must propose their courses for such credit and have the proposals approved by the faculty Committee on Instruction. Courses that have already received such approval are noted using codes that are described below. Certain courses, usually those whose topic varies from offering to offering, may satisfy different categories each offering. Such courses are indicated by a notation such as 'Dist: Varies' in the course listing, with the exact category of each offering appearing later in the Elective Circular or Timetable for the term in question.

Some courses might almost equally well fall into either of two categories. However, with the one exception involving INT noted above, each course may satisfy only one category for the Distributive requirement, and also only one category for the World Culture requirement. In such situations a decision, which may be somewhat arbitrary, must be made as to which category to select. Students must follow the decision that has been made; there is no appeal of this decision, nor may students petition (then or later) to have a course count for them in a category other than the one selected by the department or program. In cases where the category of a course has been changed, the category in effect in the term in which the course was taken will be used.

While every effort has been made to provide information that is as accurate and complete as possible regarding the categories satisfied by courses in the curriculum, it is inevitable that a few changes or additions will occur in the period before students elect courses for a term. Thus information provided in the Elective Circular and Timetable for each term may supersede that found in the ORC. Every effort will be made to keep these changes to an absolute minimum.



Last Updated: 12/10/13