Academic Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest in Soka University of America. Please find some common questions that are asked by students regarding academics below:
When do students generally register for classes?
Students typically register in mid-November and mid-April of each academic year. For more information, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.
What is our major at Soka University of America?
There is only one major at Soka University of America, a B.A. in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Degree offerings and concentrations will increase as enrollment grows. See Catalog.
Who is my academic advisor?
Meeting and engaging in dialogue regularly with the academic advisor is an integral part of the Soka experience. New students will be assigned a preliminary academic advisor. When a student declares a concentration, he or she should choose an academic advisor in an appropriate academic area. Students may change advisors at any time. The academic year calendar will provide specific dates for academic advising during which the student should consult with his or her advisor prior to registration for the subsequent session.
All students are required to meet with their advisors prior to enrollment in classes. In addition, juniors are required to declare a concentration. Failure to meet these requirements will result in an "advisor hold" on the student's academic record preventing them from registering for classes.
Do I need to apply to graduate?
Yes, at the end of your junior year, if you are graduating the following spring, you must complete the Intent to Graduate Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar.