College of Global Futures Policies

The College of Global Futures prepares next-generation leaders with the knowledge, skills and mindsets they need to tackle complex global challenges. Home to the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the School of Sustainability and the School of Complex Adaptive Systems, the college fosters new interactions between students, staff, faculty and partners that elevate our ability to understand complex, integrated social, environmental and technical systems, drive responsible innovation, and lead to ethical interventions that ensure a just, healthy and fulfilling future for everyone. Students learn how to develop enduring solutions that benefit all people everywhere on a thriving, healthy planet.

Student Responsibilities

Students need to make many decisions as they complete their degrees. While the college and the university have a number of resources available (e.g., faculty, courses, advisors and tutors) to help in the decision-making process, students are expected to take responsibility for their decisions.

Academic Integrity

The College of Global Futures adheres to ASU’s academic integrity policies and procedures. Students are part of an academic community that is engaged in learning and inquiry and based on the quest for truth, thus committing themselves to a path of honesty and integrity. Therefore, it is expected that they integrate that responsibility with their conduct, in line with the ASU Student Honor Code. Students’ coursework, research and projects must be original and reflect individual effort and integrity. When in doubt about appropriate conduct, students should consult a faculty mentor, advisor or the college’s academic integrity officer to seek clarification. The college has a policy of zero tolerance for any form of academic misconduct. Penalties for unethical behavior range from failing grades to expulsion from the university.

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing

Good Standing

Students in the College of Global Futures are considered in good standing for the purpose of retention if they maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in all courses taken at ASU and maintain critical requirements within the major, which may include higher GPA expectations. Students should refer to the major map for their catalog year.

Critical Requirements

All College of Global Futures students must meet critical requirements for their intended majors. Students who do not comply with the critical requirements are off track, and holds are placed on their records; to have the holds removed, they must meet with their advisors. Students who still do not meet all critical requirements in the following semester are not permitted futher registration in their intended majors. Students who are off track for two consecutive semesters may be required to change their major.

University Academic Warning

An undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 at the end of their first semester at the university (fall or spring) is considered to be in the status of university academic warning during their second term. If a student on academic warning does not achieve the minimum GPA standard of 2.00 at the end of the warning period in the second term, the student is placed on probation for the following term.

If a student's minimum GPA falls below 2.00 in a term that is not the student's first term at ASU, the student is placed on probation. Failure to return to good academic standing after being placed on probation may result in disqualification.

Whether a student's status is academic warning or probation, the student must meet with an academic advisor to discuss academic success strategies for the subsequent semester and develop a success plan for returning to university academic good standing.


Students who are no longer in their first semester at ASU and do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in all courses taken at ASU are placed on academic probation. Before students on probation may register for classes in the next semester, they are required to work with an academic advisor to discuss campus academic resources, plan semester goals and discuss strategies to attain academic success. Students on academic probation may be limited in the number of credit hours they may enroll in, must enroll in UNI 220 Academic Refresher, and must also do one of the following:

  1. During the next semester, students on probation must raise their cumulative ASU GPA to 2.00 or greater in order to return to good academic standing.
  2. If a cumulative GPA of 2.00 can’t be reached in one semester, students must obtain a semester GPA of 2.00 or greater with no grade lower than a “C” in order to be granted one additional semester on continuing probation, providing them with two semesters in which to return to good academic standing and avoid disqualification.


Students who do not meet probation requirements are subject to disqualification. Students who have been disqualified may attend summer sessions to try to bring their GPA to good standing, but they are not permitted to register for fall or spring sessions. If disqualified students choose to register for courses in the summer, they first should meet with an advisor to better understand grade replacement policies and determine which courses would be best for them. Students who already registered for future fall or spring semesters will have their registrations canceled.

Academic Advising

The College of Global Futures Student Services Center supports students’ achievement of their personal, educational, cultural and career goals while becoming self-directed, lifelong learners. The college encourages students to meet with an advisor at least once a semester and requires that students meet with an advisor at certain points during their academic career:

  • first semester: all newly admitted students
  • second semester: during the first semester to plan for the second semester
  • fifth semester: when students are starting to focus their studies and think about steps leading to graduation
  • seventh semester: to prepare for any capstone experiences required and planning for post graduation

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding university holidays. Students should schedule their advising appointments in advance through My ASU or this direct link so advisors can set aside the appropriate time to answer all their questions.

Registration and Credit

Students enrolling in courses offered by the College of Global Futures are expected to follow the rules and deadlines specified in this catalog and the ASU academic calendar. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before registration.

Maximum Hours and Course Load

Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs in the College of Global Futures may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester (fall and spring), with a maximum of nine credit hours per session A or session B. Students may register for a maximum of 14 credit hours per summer term, with a maximum of seven credit hours per session A or session B.

Students wanting to register for more than the maximum must submit a credit overload request on the College of Global Futures website and meet the stated criteria. Students generally are not permitted to exceed the maximum credit limit in their first term at ASU or in the hybrid year of an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree program.

More details on credit hour limits are available at

Late Enrollment Transactions

The College of Global Futures adheres to all posted university deadlines for course enrollment, including add, drop, and withdrawal. Late drops from College of Global Futures courses are not approved; however, students can withdraw from courses following the regular course withdrawal process. If students wish to add a College of Global Futures course after the official drop/add deadline, they may request special permission to do so. Instructor approval is required; however, instructor approval does not guarantee college-level approval. Drop/add deadlines are posted on the Academic Calendar.

Repeat and Replacement Policy

Students wishing to repeat courses and possibly replace prior course grades must follow ASU’s repeating courses policies regarding the number of credit hours that are allowed to be repeated and the types of courses that are eligible for a grade replacement.

Generally, students may not repeat an undergraduate course for credit when a grade of "C" or higher is earned unless the higher grade is required for the course as part of the major.

Students wishing to repeat a course for a third time must submit a petition. Students should contact the advising office for information.

Pass/Fail Grade Options

Some instructors may offer courses on a grading basis of satisfactory “Y” and failing “E”. With a “Y” grade, students earn hours but the grade is not factored into the GPA. The pass “P” grade works similarly but is only used when an individual student receives permission from both the class instructor and the college or school prior to the drop/add deadline for the session. Permission is recorded on the pass/fail enrollment form. A grade of failing, or “E”, is factored into the GPA. Students should see ASU Grading Options and Definitions for more information.

Degree Requirements

All undergraduate students in the College of Global Futures must complete the university's General Studies requirement as well as all requirements for their majors.


Students in the College of Global Futures may not use courses in their majors to fulfill the requirements of their minors. Similarly, they may not use courses in their minors toward their majors, with the exception of the related discipline requirement for the BA or BS in sustainability.

Concurrent Degrees

The College of Global Futures has some formal agreements and major maps in place for concurrent degrees, but students are not limited to these agreements.

Students may seek approval to pursue concurrent degrees with the College of Global Futures after they have completed at least 30 graded credit hours. To be eligible to add a School of Sustainability program as a concurrent degree, students must have a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.00. To be eligible to add a School for the Future of Innovation in Society program as a concurrent degree, students must have a cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00.

Students interested in declaring a concurrent College of Global Futures degree or current College of Global Futures should schedule an appointment with a Global Futures advisor to complete a College of Global Futures Standards Petition. Concurrent degrees must be approved by the academic units for both degree programs, so students also need to meet the eligibility criteria of the other academic unit and follow the process outlined by that unit as well.

Degree combinations with too great an overlap between the required courses for each major are not approved. For example, students may not pursue a BA or BS in sustainability as well as a BS in sustainable food systems, a BA in business with a concentration in sustainability, or a BA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in sustainability.


Students seeking reinstatement after disqualification or readmission after absence from the university should contact the College of Global Futures Student Services Center regarding procedures and guidance for returning to good standing. When reinstatement includes readmission, application must be made through the ASU readmission process. Students are eligible for readmission into the College of Global Futures once they complete one of the following:

  1. Raise their ASU cumulative GPA to good academic standing (2.00) by taking ASU summer session courses.
  2. Complete 24 or more transferable credit hours at a community college or university with no grades less than “C” and a GPA of 3.00 or greater. Courses in which the student failed or received a “D” grade at ASU should not be repeated at another institution.

Other Special Requirements

Grade Appeals

The College of Global Futures follows the university policy for student appeal procedure on grades.

Graduate Policies

The college’s graduate policies are guided by the university policies on graduate studies. Graduate advising and student services are currently offered directly through each of the schools within the College of Global Futures: School for the Future of Innovation in Society, School of Sustainability and School of Complex Adaptive Systems.

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing, and they must abide by all university policies including those outlined by the Graduate College and the College of Global Futures. Additional information about program requirements and what is required to maintain good academic standing can be found in program handbooks.