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 must remove fall and spring registration holds for undergraduates. Although no registration holds are placed 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 student should consult with the Director of Academic Advising. It is then the student’s responsibility to inform the assigned advisor of the action.
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.