Advisement for Latin American Studies

California State University, Los Angeles

Latin American
Studies Program Advisement Plan


mission of the Latin American Studies Program at CalStateLA is to prepare our
students to understand Latin America in all of its complexity – environmental,
historical, political, social, and cultural, and to understand the
interrelationships between Latin America and the rest of the world. The program
strives to provide students with the analytic and academic skills that will
enable their success and continued intellectual growth throughout life, whether
through graduate training or entering the workplace. The program is dedicated
to increasing students’ understanding of diversity in Latin America and among
Latin American populations in the United States. In addition, the program aims
to contribute to our growing understanding of the important links between Latin
America and the United States and to engage local Latin American populations
and our students in mutually-beneficial partnerships.

program is dedicated to fulfilling the College’s and the University’s
commitment to academic excellence, free scholarly inquiry, and community
service. The program actively promotes appreciation of diversity abroad and at
home. In promoting a global perspective on the Americas, we are honoring the
University’s pledge to serve a global community.


Contact Information

Office Location            
King Hall C3095

(323) 343-2180


    8:00 am-6:00 pm

  8:00 am-5:00 pm


Seeing an Advisor

appointments are strongly encouraged.

  1. Appointments
    may be made by calling the Latin American Studies Program at (323) 343-2180
    or contact us by email at You may also contact the
    Acting Director of Latin American Studies directly at
  2. Cancellations
    - if you know you will not be able to keep your appointment, please call
    the office as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule.
  3. Your
    appointment may be cancelled if you are 10 minutes late.


Walk-Ins are seen
based upon the availability of an advisor on a first come first serve basis.


Preparing for Your Advisement

  1. If
    you have questions about general education requirements or general
    education course selection, you may seek advisement from the University Academic Advisement Center in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library – Palmer Wing,
    Room 1040A; phone (323) 343-3150; email
  2. If
    you are meeting with an advisor to talk about university policies,
    procedures, or requirements, do your homework first by reviewing the information
    provided in the catalog or on the web at
  1. If
    you are experiencing academic problems, give some thought to what you
    believe are causing these problems and have a tentative plan for solving
    them.  The advisor will discuss your situation with you and identify some
    interventions and strategies for success.  The advisor will want to monitor
    your progress and have you return for a follow up meeting.
  2. If
    you wish to discuss your academic plan please review your Unofficial
    Transcript from your GET account
    and bring a list of
    questions/concerns to the advisement session.  If your transcripts have
    not been evaluated in GET, bring copies of those transcripts.  (We are NOT
    the official evaluators for the University.)
  3. Plan
    ahead in order to make your time with an advisor more productive.


of Students

  1. See
    an advisor on a regular basis.
  2. Check
    your CSULA email regularly.  This is the official means of communication
    used by the University.  (
    You can find
    step-by-step instructions to forward your CSULA email to your personal
    account at the following link: /sites/default/files/its/docs/pdf/forwarding_emails.pdf.)
  3. Make
    and be responsible for your own decisions.
  4. Know
    the requirements for staying in good standing.
  5. Maintain
    accurate and complete advising records.


of Advisors

  1. Review
    the students’ selection of classes to make sure courses are appropriate.
  2. Help
    the student develop strategies for academic success.
  3. Provide
    information regarding program requirements, policies & procedures.
  4. Help
    the student plan appropriate steps to correct academic difficulties.
  5. Maintain
    accurate and complete advising records.
  6. If
    needed, refer the student to appropriate campus resources.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students
    will understand their personal responsibility for their own academic, personal,
    and professional success.
  2. Students
    will have an awareness of how to utilize the necessary information,
    resources, and available options to make sound educational and lifelong
  3. Students
    will understand what they need to do to achieve their desired goals.


Key Considerations
for Academic Success

1.    Go to class every day
and get to know your professors. 

  1. Understand
    the policies, procedures, and impact academically and financially for dropping
    classes within or beyond the no record drop period.
  2. Balance
    school with other areas of your life.  Plan and devote enough study time
    to do as well as you can in your classes.
  3. Have
    good study habits and get academic assistance early if needed.


and University Resources

information regarding other campus resources such as the Career Development Center, Testing Center, Tutorial Center, and Writing Center go to the UAAC website: