Adviser and Selection of a Major
Incoming freshmen (0-23 hours of college credit) will be
contacted by a First-Year Experience Advisor in the Academic
Success Center, a Project Success advisor, or a faculty advisor to
discuss their initial advising needs.
New students are tested for proficiency in reading, writing, and
mathematics. After a review of test scores and other
background data (ACT, SAT, or Compass scores and high school
records), they may be advised or required to register in
prerequisite or developmental courses. (See Placement in
Developmental & Skill-Building Courses.)
The Academic Affairs Office assigns a faculty or staff
member as an academic advisor to those students who have earned 24
or more hours of college credit. When students select a
major, they ordinarily are assigned to an advisor in that
field. Academic advisors assist students in developing and
achieving their academic goals and career goals and in developing a
course of study consistent with their goals and values. While
every student is responsible for planning and managing his or her
own academic program, the academic advisor guides the student in
making important decisions about his or her academic plans.
Students are required to consult with their academic advisors
before registering for courses each semester, and students and
advisors regularly discuss academic opportunities and
problems. Students registering electronically obtain their
PIN (personal identification number) from their advisor after
appropriate consultation. Students registering in traditional
paper mode must have their advisors sign their Registration
To graduate from Lindsey Wilson College, students must meet all
general education and major requirements specified in the catalog
in effect when they entered the College or all requirements
specified by a catalog published in a subsequent year.
Students who obtain a leave of absence for up to two semesters may
complete their major requirements with the catalog in place when
they declared their major. Students who do not receive a
leave of absence and do not attend Lindsey Wilson College full-time
for more than two semesters must meet the general education and
major requirements in place at the time they re-enroll.
Declaration of Major
All students seeking to obtain an associate's or bachelor's
degree must file a Declaration of Major form in an approved degree
program. Students seeking an associate's degree should
declare their major the semester in which they enter Lindsey Wilson
College. Students seeking a bachelor's degree are required to
declare their major no later than the first semester of their
junior year. A Declaration of Major form can be obtained in
the Registrar's Office and online at /offices-and-services/registrar/student-forms.aspx.
Students must do the following:
- The student should meet with a faculty member in the major
program and make an application to be accepted into the
program. Some programs (e.g., Education and Nursing) have
specific requirements with which the student must comply. A
student cannot declare the major until he or she has been accepted
into the program.
- Upon acceptance into the program, the student may need to
change his or her academic advisor to a faculty member in the
chosen program. If so, the student should meet with his or
her current advisor to complete the Change of Advisor form.
- Upon acceptance into the program, the student should submit the
completed Declaration of Major form to the Registrar's Office.
- Upon acceptance into the program, the student should request a
degree audit (a record of all coursework taken and how it is
counted against degree requirements) from the Registrar's
Office. A copy will then be given to the student. It is
recommended that the student discuss the audit with his or her
Change of Major or Academic
Students who wish to change their major or academic advisor must
meet with their current advisor and complete a Change of
Major/Advisor form. The form is available from all academic
advisors or online at /offices-and-services/registrar/student-forms.aspx.
Completed forms that include advisor changes are submitted to
the Academic Affairs Office. Once the change(s) have been
made, the applicable advisor and the student are informed, and the
form is then forwarded to the Registrar's Office for the major
change. Completed forms for major changes only are submitted
directly to the Registrar's Office.