Q. What is the difference between Regular Session
and Special Session?
A. The classes themselves are the same and are delivered
totally online. The difference is based on the fees. Regular
Session is state-supported and state-subsidized. Regular
Session students pay campus mandatory fees and are eligible to
take advantage of San José State University student services,
such as Santa Clara County transit services, student body
organizations, student health care, and recreational
facilities. Special Session is completely funded from student
tuition, and it does not receive any financial support from the
State of California. Special Session tuition is assessed as a
per unit fee. Students can opt to pay the same student fees as
Regular Session students if they wish to access student
services, such as Santa Clara County transit services, student
body organizations, health care, and recreational facilities.
Regular Session and Special Session students must meet the same
graduation requirements (e.g., same required courses, same
number of elective units, same total number of units to
graduate), and they will receive the exact same diploma when
Q. Will my degree be different because I am in
A. No, you will have the same exact diploma as any SJSU
Q. I want to change my major from ISDA to
something else. How do I do that?
A. As a student in the ISDA major, if you want another major,
you will need to meet with the department you want to change to
and apply to them and see if they accept you. As an applicant
to ISDA, you will need to contact the Admissions department and
work with them to see if they will allow you to change your
Q. What is the maximum number of units I can use from
community college towards my degree?
A. You can use up to 70 units for your bachelor’s degree. The
rest of the units (50 units) will need to be taken at SJSU.
Q. I want to change my current major to ISDA. How
do I do that?
A. Please meet with the Director of CPGE Student Success
Center, Rima Nemali,
for more information.
Q. Can I add a minor with a ISDA
A. No, you can’t add a minor because minors are in Regular
Session and you are in Special Session. You can’t be in both
sessions at the same time.
Q. Can I minor in ISDA?
A. No, unfortunately, there is no ISDA minor.
Q. How many units do I need to graduate to receive a
A. You will need a minimum of 120 units. Up to 70 units
may be from community college and transfer credits.
Q. What are the upper division electives for
A. The electives are graduate courses that are related to the
major. The graduate course will not give you credit for your
graduate degree, only for your undergraduate degree. To select
an elective, please contact Dr. Souvick Ghosh.