Advising

Note: In the event of a discrepancy between the Middle Georgia State University Catalog and any departmental materials (including Advising Worksheets), the Middle Georgia State Catalog prevails.

All students must meet with their advisor at least once every year to assist with course selection and academic planning. Many academic programs require specific sequencing in order to reach degree completion in a timely manner. Also, students frequently benefit from guidance in exploring potential majors and coordinating career goals with education opportunities or study abroad programs.

Although we are reopening for in-person meetings, to facilitate social distancing we recommend meeting with your advisor online rather than in person if possible.

For political science majors, the primary advisor is shown in SWORDS and is the first advisor listed on your MyDegree report.

New students and students who expect to graduate this academic year can schedule an advising appointment with the department chair, Dr. Christopher N. Lawrence, by following the instructions on his Calendly page. Students assigned to other advisors should contact their advisor using the information in the department directory.

Degree Planning Resources

Below are some resources that should be helpful in planning your schedules for upcoming terms.

Course Guides
Recommended Four-Year Degree Plans

The recommended degree plan that applies to you will usually depend on the catalog in effect when you first enrolled at MGA. For more details on which catalog(s) you may use to meet graduation requirements, please refer to the MGA catalog.

Checklists

Degree checklists are also available using MyDegree. Please note that while every effort is made to ensure the degree checklists above and in MyDegree are accurate, in the event of an error the MGA catalog prevails.

How to Register for Classes Using SWORDS

Self-registration and online class changes are not available for students with certain holds on their student records; any holds in effect can be viewed in SWORDS and MyDegree. The most common holds affecting registration are the Advising hold, which typically applies to dual-enrollment students; the Academic Standing hold, which generally applies to students on academic probation or returning from academic suspension; and the LS Advising hold, which applies to students with unsatisfied learning support requirements.

In some cases, students with holds can be registered for classes by their advisors, and advisors can approve drops, adds, and withdrawals using the appropriate form. However, students may need to resolve certain holds with the appropriate campus office(s) prior to registration.

Advisors are expected to…

  • Comply with requirements of the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act and other college regulations.
  • Understand Middle Georgia State University program/degree requirements and effectively communicate them.
  • Assist advisee in making course selections and long-term plans.
  • Be a point source for resources and referrals.
  • Be available throughout the academic year, including prior to and during early registration.

Advisees are expected to…

  • Respect the advisor.
  • Make, keep, and be on time for appointments.
  • Read and apply the information in the Academic Catalog.
  • Be prepared for appointments.
  • Be familiar with program of study/degree requirements/curriculum (learn about prerequisites, etc.)