To help students stay on top of the challenges they face, journalism majors and minors are strongly encouraged to consult with a faculty adviser every academic year. They can choose their advisers or have one assigned by the department office. Students are asked to provide advisers with ongoing records of their complete academic record for the department advising folders. When you attend an advising session, make sure to bring your latest DARs report and transcript.
Advising is required for upper division students. Seniors will have mandatory advising in the Fall semester and Junior in the Spring semester. You will receive a notice from the department, generally by email, notifying you of the deadline by which you must have completed advising. If you do not complete the advising in time, you risk losing your early priority registration for classes for the next semester. Once advising is complete, your adviser will sign off on an advising sheet, which you must then submit to the department office. If the department does not get this sheet, the hold will not be lifted from your registration and you won’t be able to register for your classes. These advising sessions are not meant to be punitive. In fact, students have found that it is very helpful to come in and plan out their academic careers.
Your visits with an adviser do not have to be restricted to the curriculum. Advisers can also help you figure out what path you should take in your career. The advisers have had long journalism careers and know a lot about where the profession is going, so use their knowledge and expertise to your advantage. This is how you begin to mold your future career.