Academic Advisement

College of Arts and Letters

Advisement Syllabus

Mission Statement: The College of Arts and Letters is committed to providing students with accurate, up-to-date information about their major-specific degree requirements in order for them to become active participants in determining their own success at the university. Each department in the college provides students with information about the curriculum—including the requirements for major options, concentrations, and minors—the faculty in each department seeks to empower students to become self-directed advocates in determining their own future goals and establishing academic paths that help them achieve their full potential.

Associate Dean: The Office of the Associate Dean is the primary point of contact and referral for students who have general questions about a major ensuring that each department maintains and upholds expectations and learning outcomes of the college in general and the departments in particular. Hence, the Office of the Associate Dean is the office that oversees and coordinates the advisement activities at the departmental level.  The College assists students when departmental offices, faculty, or staff are unavailable.  The Office of the Associate Dean  acts as a supplemental academic resource by having university forms, academic major information, and other general handouts available for students. 

The Office of the Associate Dean is also the final signatory and point of approval for many student administrative processes inclusive, but not limited to the following: adds, drops, course overloads, thesis related activities, academic probation, disqualification, and reinstatements.

The Office of the Associate Dean also addresses student affairs related issues inclusive of coordinating orientation and outreach events in the college for new and transfer students, as well as addressing grade appeals and grievance related concerns.

The Associate Dean serves as the College Graduate Dean and is thus also involved in facilitating processes related to graduate education and advisement. Copies of graduate programs are on file and maintained in the Office of the Associate Dean—the office also facilitates processes of advancing students to candidacy and finalizing graduation applications.

Current Associate Dean:  Bryant Keith Alexander, PhD.

Location:   Music 230-231

Phone: (323) 343-5626


Scheduling Advisement Appointment:

Associate Dean:  While students are able to walk-in for consultation with the Associate Dean, they are encouraged to make an appointment through the Assistant to the Associate Dean, Flora Saavedra-Hernandez MUS 230 323. 343.4004.  Students should go to their primary department for academic advisement in the major. (See list at the bottom of this page).

Departments:   The departments in the college of Arts of Letters use varying methods of scheduling academic advisement. These methods are outlined on the individual department advisement plans.  The varying plans take in consideration the following variables and aspects of the following approaches:

Students must sign up for a major advisement appointment by either direct engagement with the faculty or primary undergraduate/graduate advisor, the department administrative assistant or the department chair. Individual faculty members may have sign-up sheets on their office doors, or sign up sheets might be located near the main office of the department.

Students should make a note of the following when signing up for an appointment:

·      The name of the advisor with whom they have made an appointment.

·      The office number of the advisor.

·      The date and time of the appointment. 

Cancellations:  It is an act of personal responsibilities and professionalism that students who wish to cancel an appointment should be proactive and cancel as far in advance as possible. This is both mindful of the professor’s time, but also makes it possible for other students to schedule in the vacated time slot. [Each department will include cancellation policies on their advisement syllabus].

Graduation Applications must be submitted to each department two quarters before the final courses are taken to complete the degree. Students should sign up for an appointment with an advisor early in the quarter for which they are to turn in a graduation application. Students should pick up forms for the graduation application at the Administration building (room 146) and bring them to the advisement appointment. Deadlines for submitting a graduation application are published in the Schedule of Classes each quarter.

Expectations of Students. It is important for students to understand that they must take an active role in advisement. Students are responsible for making and following through on their own decisions. As such, they are expected to do the following in relation to the advisement process:

1.     Meet regularly (at least once each academic quarter with the appropriate advisor(s).

2.     Arrive  to advisement sessions with a written and prioritized list of questions and issues to discuss with the faculty advisor.

3.     Familiarize themselves with all degree requirements, including those for their major option and/or concentration.

4.     Check their CSULA email account regularly. This is the official means of communication used by the University.

5.     Check the Schedule of Classes well before each quarter begins and note all relevant deadlines such as the fee payment deadline, the drop deadline, etc.

6.     Maintain accurate and complete records of all advisement-related materials.

Expectations of Advisors: Advisors in the College of Arts and Letters are expected to do the following in their advisement sessions with students:

1.     Help students develop an academic plan for the major that takes into account (as appropriate) the major option, concentration, minor, and catalog year.

2.     Review the students' grades and selection of classes.

3.     Provide students with relevant information about University requirements, policies, and procedures, and refer students to appropriate campus resources as needed.

4.     Maintain accurate and complete advising records for the department.

5.     Enforce all university rules and requirements when reviewing student requests.

6.     Help students plan appropriate steps to correct any academic difficulties.

7.     Help students plan for graduate school and post-graduate careers as appropriate.

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 decisions.

3.     Students will understand what they need to do to achieve their desired goals.

While faculty in all departments engage in academic advisement, the following is a list of the Primary Academic Advisors in each department in the College of Arts and Letters.





Fall 2010
Department Chair


Principle Graduate


Principle Undergraduate






 Abbas Daneshvari


Connie Utterback


Connie Utterback


Communication Studies




 David Olsen


Beryl Bellman


all faculty





 Ruben Quintero


Martin Huld


Andrew Knighton


Liberal Studies




 Patrick Sharp

No MA program


Alejandra Marchevsky


Modern Languages & Literatures




 Sachiko Matsunaga


Sachiko Matsunaga


Elena Retzer (Ruzickova)






George DeGraffenreid


Jeffrey Benedict


Jeffrey Benedict






 Kayley Vernallis


Anna Carastathis


Kayley Vernallis


Television & Film




Suzanne Regan


Steve Classen


Suzanne Regan


Theatre Arts & Dance




James Hatfield


San-San Kwan


Shiz Herrera






Department Advisement Syllabi: