The mission of CLASS Undergraduate Advising is to deliver high-quality support services to students in arts, humanities, and social sciences by aiding in the development of meaningful educational plans consistent with their personal and professional goals, as well as fostering student autonomy and accountability for the academic success and progress toward degree completion.
Academic Advising is a collaborative effort dedicated to advancing each student’s competencies to fulfill their academic and career aspirations. Recognizing students and advisors as partners in this process, CLASS Academic Advisors perceive advising as teaching and serve as facilitators in the educational setting by creating a balance between challenge and support. In particular, while CLASS Academic Advisors are charged to guide you along the path to graduation, ultimately YOU are the master of your academic experience. Your advisor will not make any choices for you; instead, you will work together and explore the opportunities that will allow you to take ownership of your academic career through informed decision-making.
As a student, you can expect your advisor to
As advisors, we expect you to
As a result of academic advising, students will be able to
While there’s not a specific timeline for scheduling advising appointments, you may want to consider checking-in with your academic advisor at least once per semester, particularly prior to enrolling in courses for the upcoming term. Generally, it is highly recommended that you contact your advisor if:
NOTE: You should always seek academic advising prior to submitting your application for graduation.
The following suggestions are meant to serve as professional advice for your academic correspondence with the university representatives—whether it be a course instructor or an advisor.
There are two types of academic advisors in CLASS—College and Faculty Advisors. CLASS College Advisors are year-round professional staff members, whose primary responsibility is to provide student academic advisement. College Advisors are able to assist all students in our college, and can be of particular help if:
CLASS Faculty Advisors are academic faculty members that, in addition to their teaching duties, advise students on their department’s major requirements. As a rule, Faculty Advisors serve as mentors to their advisees, and can be of particular help if:
CLASS Undergraduate Advising is open to ALL students pursuing or interested in one of the majors in arts, humanities, and social sciences. Nonetheless, the advising flow for incoming freshmen differs from that designed for the new transfers. When an incoming freshman is admitted to the university, they are automatically assigned to a FASST (Freshman and Sophomore Success Team) advisor. This individual will connect with the student prior to their first semester to discuss relevant degree requirements and develop next term schedule. During the freshman and sophomore years students are expected to work primarily with their FASST advisor on any advising-related matters. In particular, FASST advisors provide assistance with the lower-division general education and major requirements. Upon reaching junior classification, students are transitioned to their college and faculty advisors to further guide them along the path to graduation. These individuals will provide assistance primarily with the upper-division general education and major requirements. Keep in mind, you’re always encouraged to connect with relevant faculty and/or college advisor(s) in advance, even prior to your junior year, to learn additional information about the major of preference and receive additional support.
New transfer students, on the other hand, are advised to meet with their faculty and/or college advisor(s) prior to their first term to review previous transfer work, discuss possible substitutions, develop schedule for the upcoming term, and finalize a major checklist. College and faculty advisors will provide assistance to new transfer students with all general education and major requirements and will continue advising them until graduation, which will include a pre-graduation evaluation during the senior year.