The academic advising relationship is most successful when students play an active role in partnership with their advisor. Advisors can help students clarify the curriculum, understand the value and relevance of their education, and assist in the career development process. In addition to advising, students are encouraged to take full advantage of the wide variety of programming and services available to them both within the department and across campus.
If you have been admitted into the major, you will be advised by University College Academic Advisement until you have completed 24 credit hours. Once you have surpassed 24 hours, you will be advised by Erik Rankin or his current graduate assistant.
Advising appointments are available by appointment during the school year. You can schedule your appointment on a Monday through Thursday with Erik Rankin or with Graduate Assistant Caroline Kernan. The GA will also hold walk-in advising hours on Fridays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Prospective students may email the advisors or call the department at (309)438-8638 to confirm walk-in hours.
To meet with the advisor during the summer, call the department at (309)438-8638.
Students are welcome to contact the advisor by phone at (309)438-8638 or email for simple questions, but extended or complicated conversations should be addressed during a one-on-one appointment.
Academic advisors will:
Though advisors are here to assist and provide guidance, please understand that students are ultimately responsible for knowing about and fulfilling all University, College of Arts and Sciences, major and other curricular requirements. If at any time students are confused or do not understand, it is their responsibility to seek assistance.