Understanding Your Degree Audit

Where can you find your Degree Audit?

You can find it on MyWellesley, on the Administrivia tab, in the Especially for Students section.  Click on “ Degree Audit” and then "Degree Audit Report.pdf" (in the new window).  Your report opens in Adobe Acrobat Reader.  This report indicates which degree requirements you have already met and which you still have to complete.  The report is updated daily to reflect any changes in your academic record, so if you are hoping to use a transfer course for a particular requirement but it isn’t on your record yet, you will be able to check your report periodically to see whether the transfer credit has been posted to your record.

What's on the Audit?  How do you read it?

 The report will help you track your progress in the following areas:

  • Distribution requirements
  • Writing, Language, QR, Multicultural, and PE requirements
  • Units at the 300-level (at least four units are required for the degree, at least two of which must be in your major)

In each area on the right hand side you will see the letter Y or N.  Y means the requirement has been met, with the courses listed to the left.  N means the requirement is not yet met.  The audit uses abbreviations for the various requirements:

  • ARS = Arts, Music, Film, Video
  • LL = Language and Literature (not the same as the Foreign Language requirement)
  • SBA = Social and Behavioral Analysis
  • EC = Epistemology and Cognition
  • HS = Historical Studies
  • REP = Religion, Ethics, and Moral Philosophy
  • MM = Mathematical Modeling
  • NPS = Natural and Physical Sciences
  • QRB = Quantitative Reasoning Basic Skills
  • QRF = Quantitative Reasoning Overlay
  • FLAI =  Foreign Language
  • MC = Multicultural

What's not on the Audit?

  • The report does not include courses in progress or any outside credits that have not yet been put on your Wellesley record.
  • The report does not audit majors or minors and questions about those requirements should be addressed to your major or minor advisor (questions about transfer credits applying to majors and minors need to go to the department chair or their designee).
  • The report does not calculate whether you have met the requirement of taking at least 18 units outside of any one department.  If you have a question about that, talk with Dean O'Keefe or Dean Garcia. 
  • The report does not calculate whether you have met the requirement that no more than two units toward the degree may be accumulated by fractional units through 1.25-unit courses and no more than two units may be accumulated by fractional units through .5 unit courses.  Again, talk withe Dean O'Keefe or Dean Garcia if you are concerned about this (music majors and some science majors). 
  • You may notice places where you see an asterisk (*) on your report.  This notation is used to indicate a course that could be applied to either one of two distribution areas, but please note that the course cannot be counted toward both. For example, a course on Shakespeare could count as either Language and Literature or Arts, Music, Theatre, Film, Video but not as both; an astronomy course could count as either Math Modeling or Natural and Physical Sciences but not as both. Though you cannot use a course toward more than one distribution area, a single course could still count both for distribution and for various other degree requirements, such as the quantitative reasoning requirement, the multicultural requirement, the language requirement, the 300-level requirement and/or a major or minor requirement.  The asterisk indicates that we are not sure how you will be applying that particular course, and we are waiting to see what else you take, to know the answer to that. 
  • Finally, as the preceding paragraph illustrates, the Degree Audit Report can be hard to read, since the requirements are complicated and the report involves a good deal of abbreviation and compression. If you have any questions or if something is unexpected or just confusing, be sure to check with Dean O'Keefe or Dean Garcia as soon as possible, especially if you are thinking of changing your course selection in light of the report.