Academic Advising

Academic Advising in Arts and Science

Academic advisors support you, our undergraduate students and provide guidance on academic planning, course registration, and navigating opportunities that complement your academic and career goals. Academic advising facilitates student development and is an integral part of your educational process at MU. Our ultimate goal is to help our you attain the most from their experiences at MU.

Typically, you will meet with your advisor at least once during the semester to discuss your academic plan and before you register for the next semester’s schedule. Advisors are also available to discuss matters beyond registration, including opportunities to broaden your academic and career-readiness experiences with study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, service learning, as well as participation in campus and community organizations. Advisors can also help you to navigate the vast array of campus resources available, such as tutoring, career services, and support for health and well-being. Whether you want to talk to your advisor about your goals and future plans, or challenges you are experiencing, advisors are here to help!

Use this guide to understand your role, as well as your advisor’s, in this collaborative relationship.

Your Role

Your Advisor’s Role

Seek support

Take the initiative to seek support as often as you need it. It's up to you to schedule (and attend) your appointments.

Be available

Your advisor will be available to you on a regular basis and respond to you in a timely manner.

Monitor your progress

Become familiar with and track important deadlines, requirements, and policies that affect you.

Clarify information

Your advisor will help you interpret or find answers to university policies, procedures, and requirements.

Come prepared

You’re in charge of leading your advising appointment. Check your degree audit, plan out your questions, talk about your goals.

Make suggestions & connections

Your advisor will explain the pros and cons of different options, give you some suggestions, and make appropriate referrals.

Be honest

Your advisor can only help you if they understand your interests, goals, struggles, and concerns. Be willing to open up.

Provide a supportive environment

Your advisor will be non-judgmental and keep your information confidential (unless there are special circumstances).

Follow through

Your advising appointment is only half of what you need to do. You need to follow through on your “homework.”

Stay current

Your advisor will actively stay up to date through professional development opportunities and training.

Take responsibility

Understand that the final decision is up to you. Your advisor is here as a guide, and will challenge you to make independent decisions.

Help develop independence

Your advisor will challenge you to take initiative and provide a supportive environment for you to develop your decision-making skills.

 

Meet with Your Advisor

Academic advisors are available to meet with you! For the Fall 2020 semester, we are following campus protocols to keep our students and advisors safe. Advising appointments will be offered over Zoom, where we can screen share and look at advising plans and documents together. We have been using Zoom for advising appointments since March, and find it’s a great way to connect with students and share information.

We understand that some students may want to request an in-person appointment, which is possible. Please start with your academic advisor if you would like to meet in person, though be aware that depending on health and social distancing circumstances, you may need to meet with another advisor -or- in another advising space to ensure safe distancing. (Many of our advisors do not have offices that accommodate campus social distancing requirements.) Most students schedule appointments with their advisors in MU Connect, and you can consult this full list of majors and advisors in the College of Arts and Science.

Advising Support Center

For academic advising and academic planning questions, you should start with your academic advisor. There are other services to assist you in your academic planning, and the advising support center in 107 Lowry Hall helps students with the following:

  • Declaring a major or minor/certificate in A&S 
  • Filing a graduation plan 
  • Final graduation checks before the last semester of enrollment
  • The A&S commencement ceremony
  • Re-enrollment in an A&S major
  • Appeals for the following enrollment issues (use the links below for submitting your appeal):
  • Changing the grading option to S/U 

Zoom drop-in hours are available each weekday. Open Zoom and "Join a Meeting" with "Personal Link Name" coasadvising to talk to a staff member during any of the following days/times:

Mondays and Thursdays: 10 am – noon
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 1 pm – 3 pm.

Adding or Changing a Major or Minor

If you are a student currently in the College of Arts and Science wanting to change/add major:

  • You have fewer than 60 hoursemail A&S advising with your major change/add;
    • Changes/adds to Biology, Economics, English and Political Science will need to contact the departmental advisor before a change can be made
  • You have more than 60 hours, you will need to file a graduation plan. In order to do this, contact the advisor in the department you are wanting to change/add to start the graduation plan process

If you are a student currently in another School or College at MU wanting to change/add major in Arts and Science:

  • You have fewer than 60 hours, initiate a transfer of division request with your major change/add;
    • Changes/adds to Biology, Economics, English and Political Science will need to contact the departmental advisor before a change can be made
  • You have more than 60 hours, contact the advisor in the department you are wanting to change/add to start the graduation plan process

If you are a student wanting to change or add minor in Arts and Science:

Contact the advisor for the minor to learn about the requirements. The declaration of minor is filled after you have completed 60 credit hours, and minors are awarded at the same time as the degree. This list that has all minors at MU, and the list of available minors in A&S can be found here.

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.

Course and Term Withdrawal

  1. Your instructor may assign a W or F when you withdraw from a class. A W does not affect your GPA; an F does. You should contact your instructor to verify which grade they will assign. Make sure you understand how your withdrawal will impact your term GPA. Your professor does not sign your withdrawal form.
  2. Consider how withdrawing may impact your financial aid and time to completing your degree.
  3. If you could complete the course with the required minimum grade, consider staying in it! Talk to your instructor and academic advisor about the best option for you. The Learning Center has some great resources online to help you prepare for finals.
  4. If you decide to withdraw from one or more courses (but not all courses),  you will need to use the withdraw form. If you decide to withdraw from the term you will need to switch to term withdrawal.  To begin the process visit the University Registrar to login in.
  5. Remember your advisor is here to help you after the withdrawal deadline! Schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss your semester schedule, academic plan, academic recovery strategies, and more.

Graduation Plan

The semester after you have completed 60 hours of college coursework, you must officially file a graduation plan in your major. The graduation plan provides an important checkpoint and helps articulate your remaining degree requirements. In addition, we will set your expected graduation date when you file your graduation plan.

You will receive an email notifying you it is time to file your graduation plan early in the Fall or Spring semester in which you are eligible. There will be a registration hold placed for the next semester’s enrollment, which will be removed once you meet with your academic advisor and the graduation plan is filed. Be aware of early registration dates and file your graduation plan early so you can start planning for your upcoming semester!

HOW DO I FILE MY GRADUATION PLAN?

  1. Make an appointment with the advisor in your major to discuss your graduation plan and anticipated graduation date.
  2. Obtain the departmental advisor’s approval on your graduation plan. Your advisor will review the course and GPA requirements for your major, discuss your remaining requirements, and help you establish your anticipated graduation date. If you are not making progress towards your major requirements, then your advisor will discuss parallel plans with you.
  3. After you meet with your advisor and your advisor approves your graduation plan, they will submit the graduation plan to Arts and Science Advising Support Services. Your grad plan will be reviewed and your anticipated graduation date will be officially recorded in myZou. You will be contacted after your graduation plan is filed and made aware of any changes that must be made to your plan.

WHAT IF I WANT TO PURSUE A MAJOR OUTSIDE OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE?

  1. If you want to major in something outside of A&S, this is called a transfer of division.
  2. Check with the division to be certain you have completed the requirements for their major, as well as their requirements to transfer divisions. Each school and college may have different requirements, so it is important to reach out, be proactive, and learn more about what you need to do to declare a major.
  3. If you are unsure which major you should pursue, we recommend you work with an advisor in the Discovery Center. The Discovery Center is the home for exploring students, and students across campus considering a change in major or in need of assistance in determining new options.
  4. To officially declare a major outside of A&S, submit a request to transfer divisions.  Your 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