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Undergraduate Advising

Academic Advising helps students achieve their educational, personal, and career goals by providing guidance and assistance in the decision-making process. Students should work closely with their advisors to plan workable educational goals, to understand the degree options and requirements, to understand the financial implications of their decisions, to assess their strengths and challenges as scholars, and to clarify realistic career objectives for themselves upon graduation.

All students in the sociology major have been assigned to a faculty advisor/mentor. You can find out who your advisor is in Campus Connect > Self Service > Academic Planning > View My Advisors.

Faculty Advisor

Your faculty advisor is a good person to talk to about the following:
  • Degree progress and graduation timeline
  • University, college and department policies and procedures
  • Transfer credit and study abroad credit questions
  • Concerns about grades and help with finding tutoring
  • Any other questions or concerns
  • Research and publication opportunities
  • Graduate school
  • Asking for a Letter of Recommendation
  • Sociology-related career options

Making an Advising Appointment via BlueStar

Scheduling an appointment with your academic advisor is easier than ever. Go to Campus Connect>Self Service>BlueStar to make an appointment.

For instructions on how to use BlueStar, open the Getting Started Guide for Students.

Preparing for an Advising Appointment

Familiarize yourself with your Degree Progress Report (DPR) in Campus Connect. The DPR provides an outline of all your current degree requirements and allows you to track your progress.  You can also run a "what if" report in the DPR if you are considering switching majors, adding a double major, and/or adding a minor.
As your registration date approaches, familiarize yourself with course offerings and read sociology course descriptions before meeting with your advisor.

What to Bring to an Advising Appointment

  • A list of questions or concerns
  • A pen
  • A notebook for taking notes