Academic Advising Center for Undeclared Majors

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Frequently Asked Questions for
Students who are Undeclared

         

What does it mean to be Undeclared?
How long can I stay Undeclared?
Is it better to declare a major right away?

If I begin as Undeclared, will I be behind once
I declare a major?

What classes will I be taking?
What is the Core Curriculum?
Who is my advisor?
Where is my advisor?
Am I required to have a minor?
Do majors and minors need to be in
the same college?

How do I learn about majors, minors, and careers?
How do I calculate my GPA?
What is academic probation?
What is academic suspension?

What is the repeat policy?
If I retake a class does it have to be with
the same instructor?

May I take the same class at another collegeand university
and have it replace the grade at SFA?

I have Texas Success Initiative (TSI) questions.
I have several questions related todevelopmental classes.

Where do I find help for a class?
If I drop a class will it hurt my GPA?
How can I find out what courses are required for a specific
major?

Once I have decided on a major, what do I do?

 

What does it mean to be Undeclared?
It simply means you have decided not to name a major at
this time.

How long can I stay Undeclared?
Once you have completed 45 hours, you are required to
declare a major.

Is it better to declare a major right away?
There is no "right" answer to this question, but here are
some guidelines:
    1. If you have been thinking of the same major for
        some time, then select it.
    2. If you think you want one of several majors all
        within one College - then choose: Undecided-College
        of (your interest). For example: if you know you want
        to teach but are undecided whether you want to teach
        1st grade or 4th or 7th - choose Undecided College of
        Education.
    3. If you are generally undecided are considering majors
        which are very different from each other, then being
        Undeclared is a good option. At SFA, undeclared students
        are offically designated as: Undecided College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

If I begin as Undeclared, will I be behind once I declare
a major?

With rare exception NO. The Academic Advising Center will help
you select courses that will work
toward almost every major.
The number of courses you take will be the same whether you have
declared a major or not.

What 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.
See Typical First Year Schedule for more information.

What is the Core Curriculum?
For a detailed list of the core curriculum see the
Core Curriculum Requirements
page. In general the core curriculum
(42 - 46 hrs.) is a set of required courses which guarantees all SFA
graduates will have a broad-based academic foundation. Most of the
core requirements are common to every major. In the categories
where there are choices, your advisor will help you select the
appropriate course(s).

Who is my advisor?
Full time advisors in the Academic Advising Center will advise
Undeclared students. Students who have declared a major will be
assigned to an advisor in the appropriate department.

Where is my advisor?
If you are Undeclared, your advisor is in the Academic Advising
Center located in Steen Library room 203. If you
have
declared a major, then go to the department where your
major is located.

Am I required to have a minor?
Most majors do require a minor or a second major. You do not have to
declare your minor or second major your first year.

Do 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.

How 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 will assist
    you with taking one of the interest survey tests available
    at no charge.
3. Browse the World Wide Web for information on careers of
    interest.
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 a
    meeting.

How do I calculate my GPA?
1. If this is your first semester, go to GPA information.
2. If this is your 2nd or more semester, then an advisor can
       help you.

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?
See repeat policy.

If I repeat take a class does it have to be with the
same instructor?

No, but you must take the same topic. For example, MUS 140-Music Appreciation
has three different topics, should you need to repeat MUS 140, you must retake
the same topic of study.

May 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 (TSI) questions.
The TSI office is located in Steen Library room 203 or call 5803 or visit
the Texas Success Initiative webpage.

I have several questions related to developmental classes;
here they are:

      A. Do grades in developmental classes count in my GPA?
          No.
      B. Do developmental classes count toward my semester load?
          Yes.
      C. Do developmental classes apply to my degree plan for graduation?
          No.

Where 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, all free.
Do not wait until the day or night before tests, seek help early and often.

If I drop a class will it hurt my GPA?
Timing is the key. Every semester there is a last day to drop courses.
Courses dropped on or before this day will appear as a W on your
transcript and will not affect your GPA.

How can I find out what courses are required for a specific major?
You can read the bulletin, talk with an advisor in the Academic Advising
Center, or talk with an advisor in the department of interest.

Once I have decided on a major, what do I do?
See Declaring a Major.

 
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SFASU Academic Advising for Undeclared Majors
Location: Steen Library 203
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00
Phone: 936-468-5803
Email: advising@sfasu.edu

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