Advisement

 

click here to make an appointmentWelcome to the College of Arts & Letters Academic Advisement Center homepage. Our Center provides academic advising to current Cal State LA undergraduate students who are majoring, minoring, or are pursuing a certificate program in the College of Arts & Letters. Our advisors also meet with Cal State LA undergraduate students who are interested in declaring or exploring a program in the College.

Our professional advising services include degree planning, graduation checks, class schedule confirmation, major and minor exploration / declaration, addressing academic concerns, answering questions about university policies and procedures, and directing students to university resources.

 

Location: Music Building Room 209  Phone: (323) 343-4015 Send inquiries to: ALadvise@calstatela.edu

Office Hours for Fall 2019:

Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm*
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Please note that the Advisement Center will be closed:

  • *Periodically on Fridays from 10:00am - 12:00pm for our bi-weekly staff meetings (finalized dates: 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 12/13)

Appointments & Drop-ins

Scheduled Appointments

  • Scheduled appointments are 30 minute advising sessions available to continuing Cal State LA students.
  • Appointments will need to be rescheduled if students are more than five minutes late.
  • A maximum of two appointments are allowed per semester.
  • If you are unable to keep your appointment, or need to reschedule, please cancel online or call our front desk at (323) 343-4015 during regular business hours.

How does the online appointment system work?

  • Continuing Cal State LA students may schedule an appointment by clicking on the Student Success Collaborative icon located at the top right hand corner of our homepage.

How can students prepare for appointments?

  • Review your CSU Academic Advising Report and Degree Planner before your appointment, and bring any previous handouts and documents to your scheduled meeting. Also, be prepared to take notes during your session.

What is the process for making an appointment online?

  1. Click on the Student Success Collaborative icon located toward the top of our homepage.
  2. Login with your Cal State LA username and password.
  3. Click "Get Assistance"
  4. Select type of appointment - Advising
  5. Select service category - Academic Advising
  6. Select appointment reason (e.g. Degree Progress and Planning)
  7. Choose location - Arts and Letters Advising Center
  8. Choose your advisor. If you have no preference, leave the field blank.
  9. Select the desired appointment time and date.
  10. Click "Confirm appointment"
  • All communication regarding appointments will be sent to your Cal State LA email address.

Drop-ins

  • Drop-ins are short, 15 minute advising sessions available to continuing Cal State LA students.
  • No appointment is needed.
  • Drop-ins are offered on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Sessions will be limited to class schedule checks, declaring / changing majors (except to Communication Studies and Television, Film & Media Studies, which require an appointment) and minors, and certain deadline specific matters only. 
  • To receive a class schedule check from an advisor, students must have a proposed schedule loaded in their Shopping Cart on GET.
  • Drop-in hours are subject to change on short notice.

Drop-in advising hours

Monday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 

Drop-ins will be unavailable on:

  • Friday, October 25th from 9:30am - 11:30am

Fall 2019 Dates and Deadlines

Important Dates

Please visit the University Scheduling Office's website to view important dates and deadlines for the Fall 2019 semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Please note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive. For more information regarding University policies and procedures, please refer to the University Catalog.

Advising Appointments

How can I meet with an Arts and Letters advisor?

Please read the information published under the Appointments and Drop-ins section on our homepage. 

Who is my advisor?

The Arts and Letters Advisement Center currently has four academic advisors, and one lead academic advisor. All advisors are cross-trained to provide academic advising to students who have a major, minor, or are pursuing a certificate program in the College of Arts and Letters. Arts and Letters students are free to meet with any advisor, but can also choose to continue meeting with a particular advisor throughout their undergraduate career. Please note that to meet with a specific advisor, an appointment is required. 

How can I meet with an Arts and Letters advisor?

The Arts and Letters Advisement Center offers both 30 minute scheduled appointments and 15 minute drop-ins. Please review the information published under the Appointments and Drop-ins section on our homepage for details.

Can I email the Center for assistance?

Yes. Email is a great way to get in contact with the Arts and Letters Advisement Center. Students may email us quick questions or concerns. Our email address is: ALadvise@calstatela.edu. Please note that email is not checked on weekends or during department closures. 

How can I ensure that I receive important updates from the College of Arts and Letters Advisement Center?

All communication is sent to students' Cal State LA email addresses. Please take a moment to forward emails sent to your Cal State LA email address to your personal email account.

Majors and Minors

How can I declare or change my major or minor?

Students wishing to declare / change their major or minor to one within the College of Arts and Letters must meet with an Arts and Letters advisor. Students may come to the center during our drop-in hours, or book an appointment online through the Student Success Collaborative. Please note that students wishing to switch to or declare the Communication Studies major or Television, Film, and Media Studies major must make an appointment.

Which majors and minors are offered by the College of Arts and Letters?

Please view the Explore our Programs page to view current majors and minors available in the College of Arts and Letters. 

Can I double major?

Please review the information published under the "Other Bachelor Degree Regulations" section of the University Catalog

Where can I see the requirements for my major(s) and minor(s)?

The requirements for a student's declared major(s) and minor(s) can be seen on the Campus Academic Requirements Report (CAAR)

What is the difference between Degree Planner and the Campus Academic Requirements Report (CAAR)?

The CAAR shows a complete degree audit, the same audit used by the Graduation Office to confer degrees. In addition to showing a student's remaining requirements, Degree Planner recommends a class schedule for each semester leading up to graduation.

Is there a limit on the number of majors and minors that I can declare?

Please review the information published under the "Other Bachelor Degree Regulations" section of the University Catalog

Additional University Policies and Procedures

Can I repeat a course?

Please review the information published in the "Repeating Courses" section of the University Catalog.

If an Arts and Letters major is seeking to repeat a course for the second time (a third time taking the same course), the student should fill out a Repeat Limit Exception Request form. The form should then be submitted to the Arts and Letters Advisement Center for review.

Can I prevent a bad grade from lowering my GPA?

Please review the information published in the "Repeating Courses for Grade Forgiveness" and "Repeating Courses with Grades Averaged" sections of the University Catalog.

Students wishing to request Grade Forgiveness should complete the Grade Forgiveness Request form and consult with an advisor prior to finalizing the request.

Can I take two courses with class times that overlap?

Arts and Letters students may be able to take two courses with class times that overlap. Please follow the instructions on the College of Arts and Letters Course Overlap Petition to request the ability to register for two courses with class times that conflict.

Can I take more than 18 units per semester?

Arts and Letters students wishing to exceed 18 units in a given semester should complete the College of Arts and Letters Course Overload Petition and submit the form to the Arts and Letters Advisement Center for an inital review.

How can I find out when courses are typically offered?

While reviewing the CAAR, students will see when required courses are typically offered.

What do the grading symbols mean?

Please review the "Grading System" section of the University Catalog.

How can I see my Grade Point Average (GPA)?

A student's cumulative GPA (all college-level coursework) and Cal State LA GPA (all courses taken in residence at Cal State LA) may be found at the top of the CAAR.

How and when do I apply to graduate?

Please view our Graduation page.

Does Cal State LA recognize outstanding academic achievement?

Yes! Please review the information published in the "Recognition of Academic Excellence" section of the University Catalog.

What does it mean if I have been academically disqualified or place on academic probation?

Please review the information published in the "Scholastic Status of Undergraduate Students" section of the University Catalog.

Can I take a leave of absence?

Undergraduate continuing students are allowed a one semester absence without filing a leave of absence. Continuing students may request between 2 and 4 semesters off. For more information, please review the information published in the "Leaves of Absence" section of the University Catalog. To request a leave of absence, please fill out the Leave of Absence Petition.

How can I return to Cal State LA to finish my degree if I am a discontinued student?

Please view our Former Students page.


Resources
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Graduation Information
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Explore Our Undergraduate Degree Roadmaps & Career Pathways
Returning Students