Course Advisement/Registration


The relationship between a student and her/his academic advisor is an important one.  The following guidelines are intended to inform students of expectations and requirements.  Students who act in a conscientious and responsible manner are likely to develop a good working relationship with their faculty advisor.

  1. A list of available times for advisement will be posted in advance of registration near your advisor's office door; please select a time carefully so that you do not have to change your appointment.  Also, please try not to wait until the "last minute" to sign up for a time--this permits your advisor time to plan his/her schedule accordingly. 
  2. Given the number of advisees we have, it is important for you to keep your appointment; if it is absolutely necessary to miss your appointment, please call Mrs. Corpus, the Sociology Department  secretary, at 826-2161 as soon as possible.  Be sure to "jot down" your appointment time to help you remember.  A delay in advisement may mean “classes may be closed” by the time you are able to register.
  3. Each advisee should carefully review the SOC major requirements (including prerequisite course requirements), college core requirements, college catalog (where applicable), and the course schedule for that particular semester.  Having met these responsibilities prior to doing the online registration (RegExpress) and meeting with your advisor greatly facilitates your appointment.  If anything is unclear, however, please ask rather than make assumptions.
  4. Please write down a tentative list of courses with meeting times, number of credit hours, etc. which you think are appropriate before you register online.  Also have some alternative courses selected.  You can then use your time with your advisor to discuss whether your tentative schedule is appropriate, consider options, and address any questions or concerns that you may have.
  5. We strongly recommend that you focus on required courses (major and core), rather than putting off requirements.  Obviously, if students put off required courses, and the courses are not offered frequently, this may result in a delay of the student's anticipated graduation date.  Please be aware that exceptions are not likely to be made.
  6. Students should be aware that the college policy is that you may have no more than six (6) credit hours of "D" work in your major (see College Catalog).  Also, be aware that you must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 in order to graduate or to participate in an internship or cooperative education program.  If you have more than one "D" in your major, you may want to consider whether you should remain a Sociology major.  
  7. S/U grading may not be taken in courses within your major of Sociology.
  8. In selecting your courses you should be mindful that a reasonable relationship should exist between your academic status (freshman, sophomore, etc.) and the level of courses selected.  For example, obviously freshmen should generally not be taking 300-level courses or sophomores taking 400-level courses.
  9. Under no circumstances should you sign your faculty advisor's name to an advisement schedule or to an add/drop slip.
  10. The Sociology Program includes an internship option (SOC 070) which students may pursue during their sophomore, junior or senior year.  Students should discuss the possibility of doing an internship with a faculty advisor, before going to the Career Services Office.  You should set up your internship with your faculty supervisor in the semester before the term in which you plan to do the internship.  The Sociology Department has supervised a number of internship opportunities with various organizations and agencies in the area and would be happy to work with you in developing an internship site commensurate with your professional goals and objectives.  Please see your advisor or Career Services for internship opportunities.  Additional opportunities are listed in the Job Bulletin published by Career Services.
  11. The professor reserves the right to refuse to supervise a student and/or recommend denial of an internship if the student has poor academic performance or has engaged in irresponsible behavior (for instance, blatant cutting of class).  We believe that there is a reasonable relationship between how a student acts/performs within an academic setting and how one may act/perform in the world of work.
  12. Students should be aware that SOC 400 "Applied Sociological Research" and SOC 450 “Sociology Proseminar” should generally be taken in the Fall semester of the student's senior year. 
  13. Students wishing to do independent studies (SOC 050) in the department should meet with a faculty member to set one up and must have a minimum of a 3.0 overall G.P.A.

Students should be aware that the ultimate responsibility for meeting all graduate requirements lies with the student.  The student is strongly advised to familiarize himself/herself with the College Catalog.

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