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, School of Sustainability, School of Complex Adaptive Systems and School of Ocean Futures, 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 principled innovation; and lead to evidence-based, 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.

Notice of nondiscrimination

ASU prohibits all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Students should review ASU's policy ACD 401: Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation.

Title IX protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. As required by Title IX, ASU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that we operate, including in admission and employment. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the ASU Title IX coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or to both. For more information, students should email, call 480-965-0696, or visit the office located at 1120 S. Cady Mall, INTDSB 284. For information on making a report, students should reference the Report It website.

Undergraduate policies

Academic standing

Good standing

Students with a cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 or higher are considered in good standing.

Academic warning and academic probation

An undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.00 at the end of their first semester at the university (fall or spring) is considered to be on 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.

Students who are no longer in their first semester at ASU and do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in all courses taken at ASU are placed on academic probation.

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 academic good standing.

The student and advisor discuss campus academic resources, plan current and future semester goals, and discuss strategies to attain academic success. Students on academic warning or probation may be limited in the number of credit hours in which they may enroll; they also must enroll in the one credit hour academic refresher course UNI 220 Mindset Connections, which helps students develop skills and strategies to be their best, stronger academic selves. Through self-reflective writing, students in the class can discover their potential by exploring topics and research that support them academically and personally. Students also must do one of the following:

  • Students must raise their cumulative ASU GPA to 2.00 or higher by the end of the next semester to return to good academic standing.
  • If a cumulative GPA of 2.00 can't be reached in one semester, students must obtain a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher with no grade lower than a "C" in order to be granted one additional semester on continuing probation; this provides students with two semesters to return to good academic standing and avoid disqualification.


Students who do not meet probation requirements may be disqualified from ASU and are not permitted to register for fall or spring sessions. However, students can attend summer sessions to bring their GPA to good standing. 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:

  • prior to the first semester: all newly admitted students
  • first 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 plan for postgraduation

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

Registration and credit

Students who enroll 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 who want to register for more than the maximum must submit a credit overload request 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 plus master's degree program; however, each request is reviewed on an individual basis.

More details on credit hour limits are available on ASU's Course Load and Concurrent Enrollment policy.

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 add deadline, they may request special permission to do so. Instructor approval is required; however, instructor approval does not guarantee college-level approval. Add and drop deadlines are posted on the Academic Calendar.

Repeat and replacement policy

Students who wish to repeat courses and possibly replace prior course grades must follow ASU's Repeating Courses policy 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 who wish 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 "Y" (satisfactory) and "E" (failing). With a "Y" grade, students earn credit hours, but the grade is not factored into the GPA. The "P" (pass) 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 add deadline for the session. Permission is recorded on the application for pass/fail enrollment form. A grade of "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.

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 considered 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 further registration in their intended majors. Students who are off track for two consecutive semesters may be required to change their major.


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 to fulfill their major requirements, with the exception of the related discipline requirement for the BA or BS in sustainability.

Concurrent degrees

To declare a concurrent degree, current Global Futures students must meet the following requirements and any eligibility requirements of the additional degree program:

  • have completed at least 30 graded credit hours
  • School of Complex Adaptive Systems programs: minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 3.00
  • School of Sustainability programs: minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 3.00
  • School for the Future of Innovation in Society programs: minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00

Students must follow the university process for requesting concurrent degree approval.

As a part of seeking College of Global Futures approval, students are asked to submit online responses to a short set of questions. If the student does not submit a response within one week, the concurrent degree request is canceled. The student may resubmit their request when ready to respond to the questions. Within two weeks of concurrent degree approval, students should schedule an appointment with a Global Futures advisor to review the degree requirements.

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 reinstatement to the College of Global Futures once they complete either of the following:

  • Raise their ASU cumulative GPA to good academic standing (2.00) by taking ASU summer session courses.
  • Complete 24 or more transferable credit hours at a community college or university with no grade lower than "C" and a GPA of 3.00 or higher. 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 procedures on grades and has outlined more information about the process within the college on the Global Futures website.

Graduate policies

The college's graduate policies are guided by the university policies for 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, School of Complex Adaptive Systems and School of Ocean Futures.

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.