I begin as Undeclared, will I be behind once I declare
With rare exception NO. The Academic Advising Center will
you select courses that will work toward
The number of courses you take will be the same whether you
declared a major or not.
classes will I be taking my Freshman year?
Undeclared majors and most majors for that matter--concentrate
on taking University Core Curriculum their Freshman year.
First Year Schedule for more information.
is the Core Curriculum?
For a detailed list of the core curriculum see the
Core Curriculum Requirements page. In general the core
(42 - 46 hrs.) is a set of required courses which guarantees
graduates will have a broad-based academic foundation. Most
core requirements are common to every major. In the categories
where there are choices, your advisor will help you select
is my advisor?
Full time advisors
in the Academic Advising Center will advise
Undeclared students. Students who have declared a major will
assigned to an advisor in the appropriate department.
is my advisor?
If you are Undeclared, your advisor is in the Academic Advising
Center located in the Ferguson building room 340. If you have
declared a major, then go to the department
major is located.
I required to have a minor?
Most majors do require a minor or a second major. You do not
declare your minor or second major your first year.
majors and minors need to be in the same college?
Not at all. A minor should be selected which compliments your
major and better prepares you for the career opportunities
you will be seeking.
do I learn about majors, minors, and careers?
1. As an Undeclared student, a good place to start is to meet
with your advisor.
2. Use the services of the Career and Counseling Center on
the 3rd Floor Rusk Building, licensed counselors
you with taking one of the interest
survey tests available
at no charge.
3. Browse the World Wide Web for information on careers of
4. Talk with other students.
5. Visit the departments and ask to meet with a faculty advisor.
6. Almost every major on campus has a student club, attend
How do I calculate my
1. If this is your first semester, go to GPA
2. If this is your 2nd or more semester, then an advisor can
What is academic probation?
The first semester your cumulative GPA fall below a 2.00,
then you are on academic probation.
What is academic suspension?
If your cumulative GPA remains below a 2.00 for two consecutive
semesters, your are on academic suspension.
What is the repeat policy?
I repeat take a class does it have to be with the
No, but you must take the same topic. For example, MUS 140-Music
has three different topics, should you need to repeat MUS
140, you must retake
the same topic of study.
I take the same class at another college and university
and have it replace the grade at SFA?
No. A course MUST be repeated at SFA to replace the grade.
I have Texas Success Initiative
The TSI office is located in Ferguson
291, or call 5803, or visit
the Texas Success Initiative webpage.
have several questions related to developmental classes;
here they are:
A. Do grades in
developmental classes count in my GPA?
B. Do developmental
classes count toward my semester load?
C. Do developmental
classes apply to my degree plan for graduation?
do I find help for a class?
The Academic Assistance Resource Center AARC located
in the library
is the place! This center offers a variety of tutoring services,
Do not wait until the day or night before tests, seek help
early and often.
I drop a class will it hurt my GPA?
Timing is the key. Every semester there is a last day to drop
Courses dropped on or before this day will appear as a W on
transcript and will not affect your GPA.
can I find out what courses are required for a specific major?
You can read the bulletin, talk with an advisor in the Academic
Center, or talk with an advisor in the department of interest.
I have decided on a major, what do I do?