Advising is essential to academic progress and student success at Howard University. The advisement experience also helps to prepare students for career and leadership opportunities after graduation.
The role of the academic advisor extends beyond course and program scheduling. Advisors can assist the student with virtually all aspects of the academic experience and provide information regarding campus resources as needed. Some of the specific responsibilities of academic advisors include but are not limited to:
- Assistance with goal setting
- Assistance with personal growth and career development
- Selection of educational program
- Monitoring academic progress
- Clarification of academic and institutional policies
- Assistance with academic issues
- Assistance with personal concerns
- Navigation within the campus environment
- Assistance with campus resource identification & utilization
- Assistance with financial matters
Finding an Advisor
Students enrolled in all undergraduate schools and colleges are assigned advisors to assist them in planning and following a given educational program of study. An Advisor’s assistance is invaluable in helping students define a given program of study or career goal. If you have declared a major, look in the Student Reference Manual and Directory of Classes or on Banner Web for Students at Howard University’s official website for advisory/registration information and the name of the advisor in your major who has been assigned to you. If your major is undecided, go to the Advisory Center, Office of Student Services, or Dean’s Office in your school/college for a consultation. Students in graduate and professional schools are also required to utilize their academic advisors as assigned in progress towards completion of their educational programs. The advisor’s signature is required on all registration cards, change of program forms and related academic forms.
- All Art major students are advised by the appropriate Program Area Coordinators.
- Freshmen are initially advised by the Program Coordinator, a designee, or Chairman of the Department of Art.
- Students are required to plan programs, register for courses and discuss their career goals with their Area Coordinators who may provide further counseling, if necessary.
- To withdraw from a course the student must receive the instructor’s signature and the academic advisor’s signature. The Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts will not sign without the above signatures.
- It is the responsibility of the student to make regular appointments (at least 3) with his advisor each semester for the purposes of pre-registration advisement and updating of all Departmental academic forms.
- Students experiencing classroom difficulties are advised to seek resolution with the instructor of the class. If the student cannot resolve his problem on that level he should request a conference with the Chairman of the Department.
- Transfer students are advised by the Program Coordinator. Eligible transfer credits must be from an accredited institution and in courses for which the student made a “C” or better. Note that only the credits transfer in, not the grades. All courses taken at other institutions are not automatically eligible or accepted. Course Credit can only be transferred in if Howard University offers a course with similar content as that taken at another institution. Also, some courses may be contingent upon level of coursework reflective of the Program in the Art Department, particularly those courses with extensive applied computer technology and software techniques. In those incidences, the student will only receive credit up to the level that the evaluators indicate. Be advised that transfer students may have to extend their time at Howard University in order to take the required courses in the proper sequence.
When to See Your Advisor
You are urged to contact your advisor on any matters related to your educational progress. You are responsible for helping your advisor help you by sharing essential information about your academic progress, strengths, weaknesses, interests, and goals. All students must report to their advisor prior to every General Registration period. Ideally, students should see their advisors at least three times per semester, at the beginning, near the midterm, and at the conclusion of the semester.
All advisory sessions should be documented. Student should seek out advisor assistance any time they are experiencing a problem or have outstanding issues. Students are discouraged from registering for courses without consultation and advisor approval of their academic program.
What to Expect of Your Advisor
Students have a right to expect their advisor to:
- Have posted reasonable office hours of availability throughout the academic semester
- Maintain appointments with students on a timely basis
- Be knowledgeable about educational program requirements, curriculum, and professional and career opportunities within their field of expertise
- Be knowledgeable about academic requirements, institutional policies and procedures to ensure academic success
- Seek information they do not know or refer you to the appropriate campus resources as needed
What Your Advisor Expects of You
Students have a responsibility to:
- Read and understand the academic policies and procedures contained in official Howard University publications and on its official website
- Consult with their advisors during registration periods for course scheduling and any program modification
- Inform their advisor of any academic difficulties, program or career changes
- Maintain scheduled appointments with their advisors and be prepared for advisement sessions with any supporting documentation or materials which could assist the advisor
Provide advisors with feedback and follow through on advisor recommendations as needed
Choosing A Major
A major is a series of courses (consisting of 24 to 39 credit hours) required for a concentration in a specific department. A minor is a combination of courses (usually 15 to 18 credit hours) taken to support the major or broaden your perspective. If you have not already chosen a major – don’t panic! Nearly half of entering freshmen and many sophomores and juniors are not sure of their major, even if they say they are. Choosing a major takes time, persistence, and critical thinking about your future.
If you are not sure of your major:
- Discuss your concerns with your advisor, faculty members, and/or counselors at the University Counseling Service or Career Services offices.
- Learn about yourself – your interests, skills, and abilities; consider exploring a new area by auditing a course (participating without credit or grade).
- Think about what you want to be doing 10 years from now.
- Find out about the job market and opportunities for majors after graduation.
- Consider how you feel about attending graduate or professional school, which is a requirement for certain professions.
- Determine which courses and programs will take you where you want to go.
- Choose a major that best expresses who you are and who you would like to become.