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Working with Your Advisor

The relationship between a student and his/her advisor is one of the most critical to a student’s success.  Please review the following resources intended to help you make the most of your advising relationship and ensure academic success.

WE EXPECT OUR MAJORS TO:

  • Schedule an advising meeting at least once per academic year
  • Make an appointment before your registration period begins 
  • Allow time to schedule an advising appointment (i.e. don’t wait until the last minute when your needs become an emergency)
  • Arrive on time for advising meetings
  • Call/email if you need to cancel the appointment
  • Use and check your College of Charleston email account for all advising purposes
  • Review your Degree Works audit before meeting to prepare any questions (MyCharleston)
  • Review requirements for the major before the meeting
  • Consider courses you are most interested in taking
  • Review Planning Your Academic Career link 

YOUR ADVISOR CAN:

  • Discuss progress toward graduation
  • Provide advice on communication and general education courses
  • Recommend minor programs to complement academic and career interests
  • Offer guidance on professional careers and graduate school opportunities
  • Suggest best practices for academic success
  • Encourage involvement in professional development and extracurricular activities
  • Approve and request the removal of academic account holds
  • Review professional materials (i.e. resumes and cover letters)
  • Write letters of recommendation when appropriate
  • Provide information on important dates and deadlines relevant to communication majors/minors
  • Respond to student inquiries in a timely manner
  • Be available to meet within four business days of request

YOUR ADVISOR IS NOT ABLE TO: 

  • Register you for classes
  • Approve transfer courses
  • Apply for graduation
  • Override course enrollment
  • Add you to the Department of Communication waitlist
  • Supervise the internship enrollment process
  • Change your advising assignment
  • Discuss your academic record via email or telephone
  • Supply official college transcripts
  • Address your specific financial aid situation
  • Review scholarship eligibility requirements
  • Provide suggestions/advice for other degree programs
  • Provide course-specific information about study abroad programs
  • Accommodate an advisee’s work obligations when scheduling a meeting

Get in touch with your assigned advisor if you have questions about this process. Refer to DegreeWorks on MyCharleston to lookup your individual advisor. Please contact Dr. Julie Davis (davisj@cofc.edu), Associate Chair of the Department of Communication, with advising issues that require immediate assistance.  

If you have questions or concerns about the quality of your advising, please contact Dr. Jenifer Kopfman (kopfmanj@cofc.edu), Chair of the Department of Communication.