Academic AdvisingUpon entry into the department each student is assigned an advisor. To be advised by an advisor you will need your unofficial transcript and your criminal justice or sociology evaluation form. The course listing is also available for your review and can be accessed by clicking criminal justice curriculum or sociology curriculum.
Academic Advisement is the process of meeting with an assigned professional of faculty
member who will assist with planning enrollment in major courses and provide guidance for
matriculation. Academic advising can be essential to timely completion of graduation
requirements. However, it is up to each student, to get the most out of the advisor-advisee
relationship. This overview explains the role and responsibility of both the student and the
Department in the Academic Advisement
Students are responsible for scheduling and attending formal advising session with
assigned Academic Advisors. The Office of Retention assigns advises to Lower Division
students, those with fewer than 60 earned credit hours. The Department of Sociology and
Criminal Justice assigns advisors to Upper Division students, those who have earned 60 or
more credit hours.
Lower Division students are encouraged to review the General Education and Gordon Rule
requirements in this Handbook and those listed for relevant Colleges, Schools, and
Departments when selecting courses.
EFFECTIVE PREPARATION FOR ADVISEMENT SESSIONS
1. Bring complete copies of an unofficial transcript and an Academic Advisement Report to the
2. Review both documents, and any notes from previous advising sessions in advance.
3. Make note of incomplete general education, major, and minor course requirements.
4. Make a list of questions specific questions about curriculum requirements.
5. Think about your career goals and write down questions for discussion.
REMEMBER, THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING COLLEGE AND MAJOR REQUIREMENTS, ACADEMIC
REGULATIONS, MAKING AND KEEPING ADVISING APPOINTMENTS, AND REGISTERING FOR CLASSES. ADVISORS FROM
BOTH THE OFFICE OF RETENTION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE ARE RESOURCES
AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU.