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Frequently Asked Questions - Leadership Studies

Will my diploma/transcript indicate I received a degree online?

No. Your diploma will be from Humboldt State University. You will receive a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Leadership Studies.

Can I complete all course requirements for the program online at HSU?

Yes, we will help you choose courses each semester to fulfill all requirements for the degree.

How many units must I complete for this program?

The B.A. degree requires a total of 120 units. The number of units you are required to complete for this program will depend on the number of units and the courses you transfer in. Typically students will transfer in 60 units and will need to complete an additional 60 units for the degree. This will include a total of 40 upper division units. The 40 upper division units include 30 units in the major and 9 units of general education. There are other institutional requirements and opportunities for electives as well. These additional requirements can be taken as part of the program or transferred in, however only 70 community college units can apply toward the 120 unit total for the degree.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

This depends on the following:

  • Your total number of transfer units
  • How many units you can successfully complete each semester, given your other obligations and time commitments

It's important to note that if you need to take time off due to unexpected life circumstances, you can return to complete the program later.

What is the total cost of the program?

This depends on the following:

  • Your total number of transfer units
  • Where your transfer units were completed (community college or 4-year institution)
  • Financial aid award amounts (State University Grants, Cal Grants and fee waivers cannot be applied to this program, however Federal Pell Grants and Federal Student Loans can be applied)

Please see the Benefits and Fees section for more detailed information.

Is the Leadership Studies program accredited?

Yes. The Leadership Studies Online Degree Completion program is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

What does it mean for me that the program is a self-support program? How does being enrolled in a self-support program impact me as a student?

Self-support programs do not receive tax dollars from the State. The course fee is constant at $299 per credit. So you pay per course instead of paying a full time or part time tuition rate. Because the Leadership Studies Program is delivered by the College Extended Education & Global Engagement, students are not subject to HSU state fees, although there could be additional fees for ID cards or other items. See a Comparison Chart. (PDF. Requires Acrobat Reader)

Applying & Eligibility:

Am I eligible for this program?

All upper division transfer students are eligible for the Leadership Studies degree completion program, as long as they have completed minimum transfer requirements. Take the Leadership Studies self assessment to find out if Leadership Studies is a good fit for your educational goals. See How To Apply for more details.

Is there a minimum GPA eligibility?

You must complete -- before your application term -- at least 60 transferable semester college units, with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average based on your transferable work.

How do I find out which of my classes are eligible for transfer?

Within the 60 to 70 units required to be an upper division transfer student, you must complete at least 30 units of general education (GE) coursework with grades of C- or higher. If you'd like to determine which of your GE courses are transferable, check online for California public colleges, at www.assist.org for useful course lists by college and GE subject area.

Please feel free to contact our office to speak with an academic advisor if you have additional questions.

Self-Assessment

Are there specific courses I must have as part of my undergraduate transfer package?

There are no prerequisites for the courses in the major, but as part of your undergraduate GE units, you must complete, with C- or better, all four of the following subject areas:

  • Written Communication (English Composition)
  • Oral Communication (Public Speaking)
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

Workload:

Is this program manageable for a working/family person?

This program was designed with working students in mind. The courses are formatted in eight week blocks to help you concentrate on one course at a time while you make progress toward your goals. Within this intensive schedule you may expect to spend approximately 18 hours a week of online instruction and individual readings and assignments. Take the Leadership Studies self assessment to find out if Leadership Studies is a good fit for your educational goals.

Do I need to be online at a certain time or for certain number of hours?

These classes have been developed to be flexible and accessible for busy adults, so you don't typically need to be online at any certain time. The online format will vary, depending on course topic and instructor, and there may be some opportunities for you to talk real-time with instructors and/or other students.

Fees & Financial Aid:

Is there a fee to apply?

There is a $55 non-refundable application fee you can pay when you apply at Cal State Apply.

Are there any additional fees beyond the $299 per unit fee and the cost of text books?

Because the Leadership Studies Program is delivered by the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement, students are not subject to other campus based fees. However, there could be additional fees for ID cards or other campus services if you want to access those services.

Is there a difference in fees if I'm not a California resident?

The fees for Leadership Studies courses are the same regardless of your residency.

Is there Financial Aid available?

Students admitted to the Leadership Studies program are eligible to apply for financial aid. All students should complete and submit a FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov). Cal Grants, State University grants and fee waivers do not apply to this program, but other types of aid may be used, such as Federal Pell Grants and Federal Student Loans, if you are eligible.

Can I use my VA, VOC Rehab, Americorps benefits?

Federal aid and other programs that pay tuition can be used for the Leadership Studies program, but fee waivers do not apply.

Technology and Resources:

What computer technology do I need to take this online program?

Canvas is the HSU Learning Management System (LMS). Students will have access to the syllabus, course calendar, assignments and other materials and functions via Canvas. Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Technical Requirements

Before logging into Canvas, confirm that your hardware, software and settings are correct and compatible with Canvas requirements to be able to run the LMS.

Computer Requirements

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux - chromeOS

For all computers:

  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor
  • Internet connection of a minimum of 512kbps
  • Speakers or headphones (headset highly recommended)
  • Web camera or built-in computer/laptop camera for courses that may using web conferencing, Skype or other video applications
  • Flash is required for recording audio and video in the Canvas Rich Content Editor. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. Please note that some browsers may no longer support Flash.
  • The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.
  • JavaScript must be enabled.

Supported Browsers

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

  • Chrome 71 and 72
  • Firefox 64 and 65 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 31 and 32 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Internet Explorer 11 (Windows only—functionally supported; may exhibit slight visual differences from other browsers, but these differences do not restrict product functionality)
  • Edge 42 and 44 (Windows only)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 11 and 12 (Macintosh only)

You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. Your browser will notify you if there is a new version available.

Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating "Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas." If you have upgraded your browser, but you are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies.

Mobile Device Requirements

Canvas is best viewed at a minimum resolution of 800x600. If you want to view Canvas on a mobile device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

As of January 5, 2019, Android apps require version 5.0 or later and iOS apps require version 11 or later. All Android and iOS both support the two most recent versions of their respective operating systems.

Screen Readers and Browsers

Canvas officially supports the following screen reader and browser combinations:

Desktop:

  • Windows: JAWS and NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome, IE11, or Edge browsers

Mobile Apps:

  • Android: Talkback (latest OS version)
  • iOS: VoiceOver (latest OS version)

Do you offer an online library service? How will I access the HSU library?

Leadership Studies students have access to the HSU library and all of the library's online resources.

Is there training offered for a prospective online student?

Technology is changing all of the time. Prior to enrolling in classes, you will be required to participate in an online orientation program. This online orientation will explain technology needs and provide important tips for the online learner.