In Communication Studies we offer one-on-one advising for our majors. One-on-one means it’s a partnership. We provide advice but you must do your part.

Your part entails:

Students who take advising seriously maximize their opportunities and minimize the likelihood of problems, such as those that might delay graduation eligibility.

Opportunities maximized include:

  • Being able to identify the classes best suited for your interests/goals
  • Being able to enroll in the classes best suited for your interests/goals
  • Being able to assemble an ideal class schedule for the semester
  • Going overseas to explore places like England, France, and Belgium—for academic credit. (e.g., See the Harrison College of Business for the details.)

Problems minimized/avoided include:

  • Delays to graduation by not noticing a requirement
  • Delays to graduation by not being familiar with the process involved

Note: If you elect to forego advising or to be advised “elsewhere,” you increase the likelihood of experiencing problems—which we may or may not be able to help you address.

Several weeks prior to enrollment, we will e-mail you the specifics on how to sign up for an appointment with your advisor. Traditionally we’ve found that a paper and pen sign-up sheet, posted outside the advisor’s door, works well. You might also e-mail your advisor for an appointment.

If you need to know who your advisor is, you’ll find that information at the top of your Degree Works worksheet. Advisor information appears in the first table, second column, first entry.

During your previous advising sessions, you likely did some long-range planning, such as getting a feel for which SC electives would serve you best. Review those notes, which might also be replicated in the “comments” section at the bottom of your Degree Works worksheet.

Don’t come to your advising appointment empty-handed. Your advisor’s role is not to create your schedule for you but to discuss the choices you made and weigh your options. The advisor also provides another set of eyes to see whether you’re meeting any other requirements for the degree.

The following resources will help you prepare for a meeting with your advisor:

  • Use Degree Works to see what classes you need. Your Degree Works worksheet will indicate which classes you’ve completed and which ones you still need to take. Your worksheet will also list any other requirements you need to meet for the degree.
  • Utilize the Degree Map. The Degree Map provides a general plan a student could follow to complete the degree.
  • Utilize the Schedule Planner. This tool allows you to plan out multiple schedules/scenarios. You can save them and pick out the one you prefer when it’s time to enroll. Schedule Planner simplifies scheduling, as well as speeds up enrolling! To access the Schedule Planner, do as follows:
    • Go into the Portal
    • Click on the Student SS tab
    • Scroll down to Registration Tools
    • Click on Schedule Planner or Schedule Planner Instructions

    Experiment with the planner’s various features, such as the “lock” function when you’re generating tentative schedules.

Curious about when or how to enroll? Check out the 'Registration Dates' or the 'Enrollment Instructions' below.

The most common concern/complaint from advisors is when an advisee doesn’t show up for advising. Not only does the advisor set aside time for the advisee out of her or his busy schedule, but the advisor also knows the importance of advising. The advisor provides another set of eyes and can also draw upon what she or he has learned from having advised countless students. The advisor might know, for example, some of the ins and outs of a particular minor that might easily escape one’s notice.

When we see that you’ve taken your role as an advisee seriously, we are impressed.

When potential employers or graduate programs phone us, we’ll want to be able to pull your file and say that you kept your appointments and were well prepared.

(It would be nice, too, of course to brag on your attitude, pleasant demeanor, and so on.)

We’ve seen it happen, and it happens more often than you would think; a person has met with the advisor, has the ideal schedule mapped out, but fails to enroll in a timely fashion.

The likely result will be disaster—meaning you’ll have to start over again in figuring out a schedule, cobbling together this and that course—courses that you may or may not really want to take but need to take in order to have at least 12 hours of classes.

Bottom line: Enroll as soon as you’re eligible. You’ll be thankful you did.

Curious about when or how to enroll? Check out the 'Registration Dates' or the 'Enrollment Instructions' below.

In order to avoid issues or possible delays, learn what is involved early on. Do so before your senior year so you'll be able to stay on top of all that is required for graduation.

We wish you all the best as you study and prepare for a bright future. We take advising as seriously as you do.

Taking advising seriously is part of “the will to do.”

Contact

commstudies@semo.edu
Academic Hall 213

Communication Studies
One University Plaza, MS 3225
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701