Academic Advising

Advisors

A degree-seeking undergraduate student is expected to have an academic advisor. If an advisor
is needed, one will be assigned by the Office of Academic Advising (Howarth Hall, Room 114;
253.879.3650). An advisor permission code is required for fall and spring registration of undergraduates.
Although an advisor permission code is not required for summer registration, consultation with the
advisor is recommended.


In the event of the temporary unavailability of the assigned advisor, the student should first consult
with the department chair. If the chair is not available, the advisor permission codemay be obtained from
the Director of Academic Advising. It is then the student’s responsibility to inform the assigned advisor of
the action.

Change of Advisor
To secure a new advisor, the student should complete a Change of Advisor/Major form in the Office of
Academic Advising.

Declaring a Major
A student who has 12 or more units is expected to declare a major. (A student with fewer than 12 units
may declare a major and consultation with the Director of Academic Advising is recommended, but not
required, before doing so.) To declare a major, a student may complete a Change of Advisor/Major form in the Office of Academic Advising

When a student selects a major, the student must choose (or have already been assigned) an advisor
from the major department or program. A student may have more than one advisor, as in the case of
double majors, but only the student’s primary advisor may issue the access code in preparation for
registration.

A student also has the option of selecting a secondary advisor to assist in planning for a minor, a special program, or for other academic matters.

Declaring a Minor
An academic minor may be declared in the Office of Academic Advising. A student pursuing a minor is
advised to consult with a faculty member in the minor area to assist with appropriate course selection and
the student has the option of selecting a secondary advisor for assistance.