Advising Tips

One important strategy to ensure academic success during your academic career is to be advised regularly. As a sociology major, it is primarily your responsibility to be well-informed as a student and to schedule advising meetings with your assigned faculty advisor. Here are some tips to make sure you get what you need from advising during your academic career at App State!

Make sure to meet with your assigned faculty advisor each semester. Once you declare sociology as your major, you will be sent an e-mail to your App State e-mail account that will give you information on who your faculty advisor is and how to contact them. While your advisor will contact you, you can also contact them when you have questions or concerns.

NOTE: If you do not meet with your assigned faculty advisor, the you may not be able to register for classes

Come prepared for your advising meeting. When meeting with your faculty advisor, it is important to:

  • Print out and read over your program of study requirements. Based on your choice of degree programs, you will need to review the program of study sheet available. This sheet is vital to understand what courses you will take and the sequence you will need to take them over academic career. You should review this sheet with your faculty advisor so you can chart out your registration decisions each semester. These are available through the department website (sociology.appstate.edu) or directly through www.programsofstudy.appstate.edu.
  • Write down courses you want and need to take to complete your degree requirements. Always write down what you think you need to meet your degree requirements each semester. Also, consider all of your requirements including your general education, major, and minor courses.

Use Degree Works to help navigate your program of study. Every App State student since 2013 has a Degree Works page via appalnet.appstate.edu that tracks all courses taken or transferred into Appalachian State University. This shows your progress working through your General Education and Program of Study requirements

When in doubt, ask questions!

Contact your faculty advisor or Dr. Ken Sanchagrin, Director of Undergraduate Studies.