Academic Advising

Advising is a partnership between the advisor and the student.

The Student-Advisor Relationship

Each student in the department of Sociology and Anthropology is assigned a professionally trained Academic Advisor. You will work with your advisor from entry until gradation, allowing you to build a trusting relationship with one advisor who knows your academic and career aspirations, and who will help keep you on track to achieve your goals.

Your advisor is here to provide academic assistance as you work toward obtaining your degree in Anthropology, Criminology or Sociology. Through advising, we help you identify and clarify your academic interests and personal and career goals. While academic advising is a collaborative process, the ultimate responsibility for your educational experience rests with you, the student.

As a result of the academic advising experience, you will:

  • Identify your academic, personal and professional goals, and incorporate these goals into course selection, academic pursuits, and co-curricular activities.
  • Become familiar with the tools and resources available to support your academic success.
  • Understand university policies and procedures including but not limited to:
    • course registration procedures, degree requirements, grade exclusion, academic standing, and GPA requirements
    • Satisfactory Academic Progress 
    • graduation requirements
  • The Student is an active partner in the advising relationship.
  • The Student takes primary responsibility for their educational plans, and makes his/her own decisions based on available information and advice.
  • The Student will read and respond to NCSU email regularly, as this is the main point of contact between Advisors and Advisees.
  • The Student is responsible for scheduling and keeping appointments with the Advisor.
  • The Student demonstrates courteous and professional behavior, rescheduling appointments if necessary - with notice - and coming to advising meetings prepared with questions, materials and/or topics to discuss.
  • The Student keeps the Advisor informed of academic progress and shares any questions, issues, or concerns in a timely manner.
  • The Student understands and uses academic tools including: MyPack Portal, the Enrollment Wizard, Student GPS, and the Degree Audit.
  • The Student becomes familiar with degree/graduation requirements and the Degree Audit and is ultimately responsible for checking that courses are counting towards graduation requirements.
  • The Student will become knowledgeable of campus policies, procedures and resources.
  • The Student will follow through with actions agreed upon in advising sessions.
  • The Advisor will create a supportive environment where mutual respect and trust allows for positive advising interactions.
  • The Advisor will explain academic policies and procedures and assist in identifying resources and contacts.
  • The Advisor will communicate degree requirements and explain various options for degree completion.
  • The Advisor will provide an introduction and orientation to the tools and resources needed for academic success.
  • The Advisor will guide decision making by providing useful advice from which you can make educated decisions.
  • The Advisor will support academic success through the monitoring of academic progress; and will provide support through academic difficulties by helping create plans that address academic status concerns and progress towards degree.
  • The Advisor will encourage the exploration of academic, professional, and personal goals through curricula and co-curricular opportunities.
  • The Advisor will connect the advisee to campus resources and offices to support academic success and developmental growth opportunities.
  • The Advisor will be accessible during office hours, e-mail and/or telephone for advising assistance.
  • The Advisor will maintain confidentiality and FERPA regulations.

All incoming students will initially work with the coordinator of advising to register for first semseter courses. After this initial meeting, you will be assigned a permanent advisor in the department. You can find your advisors’ name listed in MyPack Portal.

What to Expect in Advising

Academic Advising at the university level is somewhat different than any advising or counseling you received in high school. Academic advising is a one-on-one relationship between you and your advisor. This means that all meetings will take place between just you and your advisor, unless you request the presence of another faculty member. Family and friends will be asked to wait while the advisor meets with the student. Additionally, your Advisor can not share your academic information with anyone, except those individuals to whom you have given FERPA permission. 

While you are only required to meet with your academic advisor once per semester – to have your Advising Hold released – your advisor is here to help and support you throughout the semester. Take advantage of the support your advisor can provide; go see your advisor early and get to know them. If you have a problem or question you need help with, you will need to contact your advisor – they will not know you need help unless you ask for it – but they are happy to provide assistance throughout your academic career.