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Declaring your Major/Minor and Being Assigned an Advisor

Students first coming to ODU are often advised by college advisors or by Advising Services in the Webb.  Once students have earned 26 or more credit hours and a grade of C or above in English 110, they are ready to seek advising from their major/minor department.

The first step to getting advising in your major/minor is to declare your major/minor.

For majors in Sociology or Criminal Justice, students must:

  • Fill out and sign a Program Declaration Form.  These forms can be found on the bulletin board outside BAL 6000 or you can dowload the form HERE
  • Turn the form in at BAL 6000.

You will now be assigned a Faculty Advisor.

Why is it important to declare your major/minor?  Declaring your major/minor is how students get a departmental advisor.  This is important because in order to ensure that students move smoothly toward the completion of their degrees, all degree-seeking students have advising blocks on their ability to register.  The block is removed once students have met with their advisor.

Who needs advising? Everyone could benefit from advising.  Once you have declared your major, your department will assign you a faculty advisor.  To find out who that is, contact the appropriate department.  If you are majoring in Sociology or Criminal Justice, you can find out who has been assigned to be your advisor by checking the name of your primary advisor on DegreeWorks,  calling 683-3794 and speaking with Mrs. Stewart, or checking on the list of students and advisors posted outside BAL 6000.

 

How do I find out who my advisor is? If you are majoring in Sociology or Criminal Justice, you can find out who has been assigned to be your advisor in one of three ways:

Checking the name of your primary advisor on DegreeWorks.

Calling 683-3791 and speaking with Mrs. Stewart.

Checking on the list of students and advisors posted outside BAL 6000.

How do I find my advisor?  Contact information for your advisor is found under the faculty directory on this website. 

When should I see my advisor to get my blocked removed for registration?  About two weeks before registration.  At that time, your advisor will have a sign up sheet posted on his/her door so you can sign up for appointments.  We suggest bringing a list of questions, list of classes you intend to sign up for and a transcript of copy of your DegreeWorks to the meeting.  For more information about what your advisor wants you to bring to the meeting please contact your advisor.