Academic AdvisingWorking with an Advisor
Selecting an academic advisor is one of the most essential decisions a new graduate student makes when they began their academic program. Helping students move into their graduate studies effectively is one of the main responsibilities of an academic advisor. At FAMU, an academic advisor is assigned to all graduate students seeking a degree. If you want to request a different advisor, you must contact the department chair.
The relationship established between academic advisor and student is significant and can contribute to a student’s success and retention. Mutual communication style and interests must be taken into consideration. The academic advisor serves as a personal advocate for the student within the university; serves as a resource person when the student have questions or problems concerning their relationship with the University; works with students in selecting appropriate courses each semester that meet degree program requirements; helps students develop and focus on their potential for growth and explore with the students the factors that lead to success; and shows interest in the student’s academic progress and extra curricula achievements.
Major and Minor Fields of Study
Every student fulfilling the requirements for a degree from the University is required to select a “major”. The major must meet the approval of the department in which it is earned.
Students may transfer from one department to another or from one college/school to another with the written approval of the department chairs and deans of the prospective college/school. Notification must be made to the University Registrar. The change of major process starts in the academic department.
In response to changes in education and in order to keep in line with occasional changes in certification requirements, the curriculum of one or several divisions or departments may change. Such changes may lengthen the enrollment time for a student who is not continuously enrolled. These students must adhere to any added requirements introduced in the curriculum. A student who has been in regular attendance and has taken and passed the prescribed program of work each term, may expect to graduate under the catalog year they enrolled.
The curriculum in the catalog of the year in which the student enters the university is the one under which he or she normally should obtain the degree if there has been no break in enrollment. Students are encouraged to consult their academic chair/advisor for more information.