Academic Advisement is an essential component for a positive student experience and your success at Cal State L.A. Obtaining Academic Advisement in a timely way and on a regular basis increases your opportunity to succeed academically, to successfully progress toward your degree objective, and to graduate in a timely manner.

In addition, because the approved degree program becomes the basis for determining your eligibility for a degree, changes in your program must have your advisor's approval. By seeing an academic adviser quarterly or at least semi-annually, your academic records can be entered on-line into the computer during advisement sessions. When the time comes for filing a "Graduation Check," it can be forwarded to the Graduation Office by your advisor in an accurate and speedy manner.

Communication Studies – Principal Advisors

Graduate Advisement:

Communication Graduate Advisor: Robert D. DeChaine, MUS 107, 323-343-4199

Undergraduate Advisement:

All faculty in the Department of Communication Studies do undergraduate advisement.  In order to secure an appointment, please sign up outside of the office door of the appropriate advisor. For a list of office hours each quarter, please call 323-343-4200. Sometimes there is room for “Walk-in" advisement appointments. However, it is best to schedule appointments to ensure sufficient time to cover all of your advisement issues and needs, and to give the advisor an opportunity to prepare for the advisement session.

To schedule an appointment with an A&L advisor, please book online at:

Be sure to bring with you to the Advisement session any pertinent information that will help your advisor provide you with complete, accurate, and up-to-date advisement information

Who and When Should Students Get Academic Advisement?

Academic Advisement is highly recommended for all new students prior to their first quarter in attendance at Cal State L.A. After your initial advisement session, you should consult an academic advisor at least annually, or more often as necessary, to enhance academic success. Undergraduate students who, upon admission to the University, are unable to select a specific major must consult an academic advisor in the University Academic Advisement Center (Library South 1040A)

Need additional information?

Please visit the CSLA Academic Advisement website.