Current Students - Advising
Current Students - Advising
As a general rule, all undergraduate students should work with the University Advising until their third semester (45 s.h.). Most freshman students begin taking introductory classes in their major by their fourth semester as full-time students. Some students transfer in a significant amount of AP or community college credits and are able to start their major-specific classes earlier, thus making room for additional major, minor, and certificate programs.
The B.A. degre at Rowan University consists of at least 121 credits, spread across three groups of course requirements: general education, major-specific, and free electives. With careful planning, students can choose major-specific, major-related, and free electives to combine a second major, or perhaps minor(s) and even one or more certificate programs.
Current students are encouraged to reach our to their professional advisors, faculty advisors, and their department, with questions about academic planning, changes in course scheduling, grades, job and internship opportunities. Current students should own their college experience and seek to stay informed on opportunities and requirements related to their degrees. New program options are developed each year, in response to student requests and changes in the professional evnironment.
Prospective Students should attempt to explore everything Rowan University has to offer through participating in Open House, Orientation, and various events open to the public. Prospective CCCA students can request a tour and shadow day, where they are partnered up with a current junior or senior in the same major and shadow their student host throughout the day: classes, student hangouts, places and people to know. For more details, see Future Students.
Check out our six academic departments for detailed information on the various majors, minors, and certificate programs currently offered.
Why do I need academic advising?
While curriculum guides make it relatively simple for students to determine the needed courses, there is sometimes information regarding when courses are offered, prerequisites, and making choices among possible selections that students may not have, but an advisor will. You should also review the program guides for your major regularly.
Advisors are also not just for course selection. Your advisor can provide information and advice regarding your career path, internships, graduate degrees, etc.
If you do not see your advisor regularly, we cannot promise that emergency registration issues that occur in your course selection process can be resolved with immediacy.
How do I find out who my advisor is?
All students should have an advisor listed on the GRAD screen in student self service.
If you are an Art student, your advisor is David Vaccaro.
If you are a PR/Advertising major with under 45 credits, please contact the University Advising Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, for academic advising. If you a PR/Advertising major with over 45 credits, please contact Lori Block, email@example.com for academic advising.
If you are in one of the other programs, your advisor is a faculty member in your program (and is listed on GRAD).
If you find that you do not have an advisor listed, please contact the chair of your major department, or Ms. Mummert, Advisement Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (856)256-4090.
Who do I contact if I'm not in a major yet but want advising?
The College of Communication and Creative Arts Office of Academic Advisement is open to students who need information about our College, wish to change majors from one program to another, or (for some programs) are ready for their senior review. To make an appointment, please call Esther Mummert, (856) 256-4090.
Can I just see Ms. Mummert instead of my assigned advisor?
No. Ms. Mummert is currently seeing students only for senior review or to change majors. All other students should meet with their assigned advisor.
Do I really have to schedule an appointment?
Yes. While all advisors have some office hours and won't mind if you stop by with quick questions, your regular advising appointment will be more effective if both you and your advisor have time to prepare for the session and there is adequate time for discussion.
Different advisors have their own policies regarding advisement by email or skype. Please see your advisor for further information.
When should I see my advisor for course selection?
Registration for fall semester and summer begins in March. Registration for spring semester begins in October. You should set up an appointment with your advisor several weeks before your course selection date. Do not assume your advisor will be able to see you the day before registration begins.
What should I do to be ready for my advisement session?
Please complete the Academic Advisement Preparation Worksheet before your advising session. This will require you, if your meeting is for course selection, to review your current program guides (see the link to your major), and make some choices about what classes you think you need.
Once you have determined what classes you believe that you should take, you should also check the Section Tally for the semester you are scheduling to determine which sections best work for your schedule.
What is senior review?
The senior review process provides an additional opportunity to identify potential barriers to graduation and create a plan for success.
Senior review is not a substitute for regular advising; it is a supplement to it. Some academic progress issues are too significant to be rectified in a semester, or even a year. It is important to meet your advisor regularly throughout your time at Rowan and also have your senior review meeting.
Senior review meetings should be scheduled in the second semester of your junior year, or when you are nearing 90 hours of completed course credits.