Academic Advising

A&S Advising Structure

The College of Arts and Science has a combination of professional, faculty, and peer advisers depending on a student’s major. Departmental advisers will be a student’s main source of advising once they declare a major in A&S. The Advising Support Center advisers are available to assist students with administrative functions, filing graduation plans, graduation checks, and a variety of walk-in advising topics. The Academic Exploration & Advising Services Office advises students who are undecided, and students from across campus considering a change in major or in need of assistance in determining new options.

When To See an Adviser

Find Your Advisor

All MU undergraduate students are assigned to an academic adviser. You should be able to check your assigned adviser from your myZou student center.

Advising Support Center Walk-in Advising

The Arts and Science Advising Support Center in 107 Lowry Hall hosts weekly walk-in hours for undergraduate A&S students.  Advisers staffing these rotating walk-in shifts are available for a variety of student needs, primarily to provide a dean’s stamp on particular forms.  Many of these forms can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website. Examples of some of the forms needing a dean’s stamp are: Course/Term Withdrawal, Late Changes to Registration, Study-abroad Course Proposals, Transfer of Division forms, Registration Eligibility Contract, etc.

From January 21st  to May 14th:
Monday morning - 10 am to 12:30 pm;
Every weekday afternoon - 1:30 pm to 4 pm

Please note that in order to serve our students as efficiently as possible, these advisers are not available for general advising, registration planning, graduation plans, or graduation checks during their walk-in shift.  If you need help with any of these areas, please make an appointment with your advisor.

Degree Program, Minor, and Certificate Requirements

By the time a student has completed 60 credit hours, the College of Arts and Science requires that the student officially file a graduation plan in his or her major. To file a graduation plan, a student must have completed English 1000 Exposition and Argumentation with a C- or better, Math 1100 College Algebra with a C- or better. Some A&S departments will have other GPA or course requirements in addition to the ones listed above.

Degree Programs—An Overview of Majors, Minors, and Certificates

Dates & Deadlines

Registration dates and deadlines for each semester are published on the Registrar’s Office web site. Students typically enroll in late October-November for the Spring semester, and late February-March for the Summer and Fall semesters. Registration is completed by students in myZou, and more information can be found here on how to register.

There are circumstances, at times, where students need special approval to register for their courses.

Late add: If students cannot add a course during the add/change period for a semester, they may receive approval to add a course provided they been attending and have instructor approval. A late change to registration (late add) form can be completed with the student’s academic advisor, or in 107 Lowry during the open, drop-in hours. Students must provide written verification (e-mail is appropriate) they have been attending class and the instructor approves the late add for the course.

Problems, readings, ensembles, performance courses: Students may receive approval to add, with instructor permission, these courses through the fourth week of the semester.

Re-registration after class cancellation: If students’ classes are cancelled for non-payment during the semester, they will need to request approval to re-enroll from their instructors, including confirmation that they have been attending class. Students may have the late change to registration form approved by their advisor or by a advisor during drop-in hours in 107 Lowry Hall. Please note that advisors cannot approve these forms without written permission from instructors and verification they have been attending class.

Graduation Plan

The semester after a student has completed 60 hours of college coursework, they must officially file a graduation plan in their major. This must be completed to remove a registration hold for the upcoming term.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO FILE A GRADUATION PLAN?

  • Complete English 1000 with a C-range grade or better.
  • Complete the math and quantitative reasoning requirement with a C-range grade or better.
  • Certain majors have additional requirements. Check for your major here.

HOW DO I FILE MY GRADUATION PLAN?

This is the terminology for officially declaring your major in the College of Arts and Science.

  1. Make an appointment with a departmental advisor to create your Graduation Plan.
  2. Obtain the departmental advisor’s signature on your Graduation Plan form.
  3. After completing steps 1 and 2, call (573) 882-6411 to make an appointment with an advisor in 107 Lowry Hall to file your Graduation Plan.
  4. Please bring a total of 3 copies of the paperwork to this appointment. Your graduation plan is NOT officially filed until you have met with an advisor in 107 Lowry Hall

WHAT IF I HAVEN’T MET THE REQUIREMENTS TO FILE A GRADUATION PLAN?

You may file a registration eligibility contract if you have:

  • have a graduation plan hold and have not previously filed a registration eligibility contract,
  • have not completed English 1000 with a C-range grade or better, or
  • have not completed the math and quantitative reasoning requirement with a C-range grade or better, or
  • have not met all departmental prerequisites for the major of your choice. Check your major here.

HOW DO I FILE A REGISTRATION ELIGIBILITY CONTRACT (REC)?

This is a contract that will allow you to register for classes if you agree to complete specific requirements (e.g. coursework, GPA requirements, or application and admission to a program).

  1. Pick up and fill out the Registration Eligibility Contract in 107 Lowry Hall.
  2. Consult with your advisor if you have questions when filling out the contract on your own. An advisor’s signature is required for Art, Biology, Economics, English, History, Music Education, and Political Science and may be required for other competitive majors.
  3. Meet with a drop-in advisor in 107 Lowry to turn in the Registration Eligibility Contract and discuss how you will meet the requirements of your contract before you will be allowed to preregister. Check walk-in advising hours on the Advising Support Center Walk-in Advising tab above.

WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY FILED A CONTRACT (REC) AND I STILL HAVEN’T MET THE REQUIREMENTS TO FILE A GRADUATION PLAN?

You may be eligible to extend your contract for an additional semester.

  • Obtain mid-semester grade forms at 107 Lowry Hall or print here.
  • Have your instructors fill out the grade forms for the courses required on your contract. If you are applying to a major that has a cumulative GPA requirement, you will need to collect a mid-semester grade for each class.
  • Bring your mid-semester grades to the drop-in advisor at 107 Lowry Hall to have your contract extended. Check walk-in advising hours on the Advising Support Center Walk-in Advising tab above.
  • If you are NOT completing the requirements as outlined on your REC, you must APPEAL to request an extension of contract. The drop-in advisor will give you an appeal form on which you must explain why you have been unable to meet the requirements on your contract. You will need to turn in mid-semester grades with your appeal.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO PURSUE A MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE?

  1. Check with the division to be certain you have completed the prerequisites for transfer and to find out their transfer of division procedure. You may need to meet with someone in person or attend a transfer presentation before you can transfer.
  2. If applicable, submit a request to transfer divisions online: transferofdivision.missouri.edu
  3. Your transfer of division request will require processing time, so be sure to submit it as soon as possible. The deadline to transfer divisions in fall is November 15 and in spring is April 15.

Dean's List

To be on the Dean's List in Arts and Science, a student needs a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 most-recent-term GPA, and must have completed at least 12 graded hours in the most recent term.

View Current and Past Dean's Lists