Advising Frequently Asked Questions
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
What is an academic advisor and why do I need one?
All interdisciplinary studies majors must have an academic advisor. Your advisor helps you plan your semester so that the courses you select fit your degree plan and meet your academic goals. Only your advisor can permit you to register for classes by releasing the advising hold. Academic advisors also help you identify and integrate many university resources that can contribute to your success. Advisors are just that: advisors. Ultimately you are responsible for your educational choices.
Who is my academic advisor?
College of Arts and Sciences faculty members serve as academic advisers to interdisciplinary studies majors. Contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 325-942-2162 or visit our office in Room 146 of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building to learn about your advisor.
When should I see my advisor?
Advising begins two to three weeks in advance of pre-registration, which is early November for spring pre-registration and late March for summer and fall pre-registration. Additionally, students are encouraged to meet with their advisor when there are circumstances that directly affect academic performance and educational goals.
How will my advisor keep in touch with me?
Faculty advisors generally communicate with their students through campus e-mail. It is your responsibility to check your ASU e-mail frequently.
Where can I find information about my coursework, transcripts, degree plans or degree evaluations?
You can access your information on RamPort under the Student Services tab in the Student Records section.
What is an official Degree Plan and how do I create one?
An official Degree Plan is a course of study in your selected major leading to a degree. Request the Application for Degree Plan from the College of Arts and Sciences office coordinator, who can be reached at 325-942-2162 and is available in Room 146 of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building.
Complete and return your Application for Degree Plan to the office coordinator. Once this is recorded, you will be able to view your official Degree Plan on RamPort and monitor your degree progress.
What is a Detailed Degree Evaluation and how can it help me?
The Detailed Degree Evaluation outlines degree requirements that have been met and those requirements yet to be accomplished. You can view your Detailed Degree Evaluation on RamPort under the Student Services tab in the Student Records section.
How do I prepare for my advising appointment?
- Make an appointment to see your faculty advisor well in advance of pre-registration.
- Review your Detailed Degree Evaluation on RamPort under the Student Services tab in the Student Records section.
- View a list of available classes in the Class Schedule search.
- Create a tentative schedule by completing the B.I.S. Advising Form. Print two copies and bring them to your advising appointment.
Where can I learn more about how a class will be taught?
Visit the Courses and Faculty Page to view course syllabuses from previous semesters. This should give you a good idea about how a particular course will be taught.
When can I register for classes?
ASU has two registration periods per year, which begin about the 10th to 12th week of each long semester and continue until one week before classes begin the next semester. In other words, students start registering for summer and fall classes in April of the preceding spring, and begin registering for spring classes in early November of the preceding fall.
How do I change my schedule?
Once your advising hold has been released, you can adjust your schedule on RamPort. You may wish to consult your advisor if your new schedule departs significantly from the original one.
How do I drop a class?
Prior to the beginning of a semester and during the first 12 days of a fall or spring semester or the first four days of a summer session, you may drop classes using RamPort. However, you cannot drop classes the week immediately before the first day of class (fall, spring and summer I) or the day before the beginning of summer II. Courses dropped during the registration period will not appear on your permanent record and will not receive a grade.
During the withdrawal, or “W,” period, you must submit a drop slip signed by your instructor to the Registrar’s Office. Students dropping a course after the registration period, but prior to the “W” period deadline, will receive a “W” or “QW” grade in the course. These grades will not affect your grade point average. Missing class does not mean you have dropped the course, and failing to officially drop a course will result in an “F.” To learn about drop deadlines, visit the University Calendar.
How do I add a class?
Prior to the beginning of the semester and during the first four days of a fall or spring semester or the first two days of a summer session, students may add classes using RamPort. To learn more about registration deadlines, visit the University Calendar.
How do I declare an interdisciplinary studies major?
Request an Application for Degree Plan from the College of Arts and Sciences office coordinator by calling 325-942-2162 or visiting Room 146 of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. Complete and return the degree plan to the office coordinator.
What if I want to change my major?
Contact the department of your new major for instructions on how to apply to its degree program. A change from one major to another may require additional courses that were not required in the original major.
Changes in major programs should be made on the basis of careful consideration and planning with an academic advisor well before the registration period.