What is Advising?
Academic Advising is an opportunity to exchange information designed to assist students in reaching their goals. Advising is a shared responsibility between an advisor and the student.
Non College of Social Science (CoSS) Majors and Undeclared Students cannot make appointments online. You can call 408.924.5363 or come into our office to book appointments or talk to an advisor during Drop In Appointment times.
ACCESS Advisors are committed to do the following:
- Serve as a student advocate
- Exhibit a caring attitude
- Be aware of current university resources and provide students with necessary referrals
- Be available to students through posted office hours, email, and appointment times
- Provide guidance to students as they set academic, career, and personal goals
- Be a responsive listener
- Understand and communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedure
- Assist students in understanding degree requirements
- Assist students in selecting courses based on individual interests and abilities
- Monitor progress toward career and educational goals by maintaining accurate and up-to-date advising files
- Maintain confidentiality of student records
- Assist students in enhancing decision-making, problem-solving, and communication skills
- Participate in advisor training sessions to keep informed and current
- Review and understand university policies and procedures, General Education Requirements, graduation requirements.
- Read all SJSU Messages on a regular basis
- Be aware of academic dates and deadlines
- Explore resources to assist in making career and academic decisions
- Schedule and attend advising appointments
- Arrive on time for appointments
- Prepare for advising sessions and bring relevant materials to appointment
- Bring a list of questions to appointments and ask questions if a topic is not understood
- Communicate openly with advisor by clarifying personal values, abilities, goals, and needs
- Be familiar with requirements of selected major(s)/minor(s) and schedule courses in accordance with those requirements
- Recognize that advising is a shared responsibility; however, students must accept final responsibility for all decisions
Types of Advisors
Access Staff Advisors
Staff Advisors are professional advisors who are responsible for the following:
- General Education Advising
- Probation Advising
- Graduation Planning
- Academic Planning
- Freshmen and Sophomores will recieve most of their advising from ACCESS
Faculty Advisors are professors who advise students. The following are their responsibilites:
- Major Course Requirement Advising
- Major Course Planning
- Graduation Review and Approval
- Petition Signing
- May also need Associate Dean's Signature
- Juniors and Seniors will recieve most of their advising from Faculty Advisors
Types of ACCESS Advising
This type of advising involves assisting students in choosing future courses based on General Education and Major Course Requirements. Here are some Academic Planning Tools:
- Four Semester Planner- Here is downloadable form you can use to assist in planning.
- Major Four Year Plans- Here are the College of Social Science Four Years Plans for each major.
General Education (GE) Advising
This type of advising centers on how to choose General Education Courses and understanding and conveying the importance of General Education. Here are some GE Advising Tools:
- General Education Checklist- Here is a downloadable form you can use to assist in GE course planning.
- GE Course Listing and Requirements- Here is a list of GE courses and areas.
- These tools can assist with GE planning and completion.
- Articulation Agreement
Students can enroll in California Community Colleges courses to cover SJSU Requirements. This agreement shows equivalent courses and GE Couses.
ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another.
General Education (GE) Course ListingStudents can get an up to date listing of SJSU General Education courses.
- Articulation Agreement
See an ACCESS Advisor to determine if you can apply for graduation. An ACCESS Advisor will check if you have completed GE and unit requirements before referring you to a Faculty Advisor. Here are some tools to assist you in graduation preparation.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Graduation- This FAQ outlines the graduation process.
If students are on Academic Probation, a hold will be placed on their records to prevent students from registering for courses. In order for the hold to be lifted, students must see an ACCESS Advisor to discuss consequences and solutions. COSS Probation Students must follow this protocol:
- Must enroll in SSCI 90 - Successfully Navigating the Social Sciences
- Lecture meets once a week for 50 minutes
- 30 minute weekly meeting with your Peer Advisor
- Required hours of study hall starting the 1st full week of term
- Grade checks will be collected at various times
- Probation Hold placed on your account; released for registration if meeting requirements
- Here are some other resources that could assist probation students
- Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)- Professionally trained psychologists, social workers, and counselors are available for students on an individual, couple, or group basis for counseling on a variety of psychological and academic issues
- Life Skills Workshops - Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) sponsors these workshops. CAPS offer an extensive variety of workshops around the most important issues and challenges that students face.
Disqualfied Students can get advice how to return to school in good academic standing and get reinstated. Here is more information on the reinstatement process.
Returning Student Advising
Students who were in good academic standing (2.0 and higher) or on probation after being away for one or more years, can get general education advising from an ACCESS Advisor. Questions about major requirements should be given to a Faculty Advisor. Here is more information to assist returning students.
All Undeclared Students are advised by advisors in Academic Advising and Retention Services (AARS). Feel free drop by and get information on how to apply/declare a COSS major or visit a faculty advisor in any COSS major department.
Below are links to requirements to major in each CoSS Department:
Change of Major Request
In order to successfully change your major, students need to meet certain GPAs and/or complete various prerequisites. Find the Impaction Thresholds for each major, including COSS majorshere.
List of Faculty Advisors and Contact Information
African American Studies, WSQ 216A (2nd Floor)- Telephone: 408-924-5871
Steve Millner email@example.com
Anthropology, CL 469- Telephone: 408-924-5710
Jan English-Lueck firstname.lastname@example.org
AJ Faas email@example.com
Roberto Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org
Marco Meniketti email@example.com
Ana Pitchon firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Weiss email@example.com
Charlotte Sunseri firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication Studies, HGH 108- Telephone: 408-924-5360
(Lead)Andrew Wood email@example.com
Ge Gao firstname.lastname@example.org
Felipe Gomez email@example.com
Richard Webb firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Von Till email@example.com
Matt Spangler firstname.lastname@example.org
Economics, DMH 147- Telephone: 408-924-5400
Ghislaine Lang email@example.com
Rui Liu firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Studies, WSQ 118-Telephone: 408-924-5450
Lynne Trulio email@example.com
William Russell firstname.lastname@example.org
Geography and Global Studies, WSQ 118-Telephone: 408-924-5475
Kerry Rohrmeier email@example.com
Kate Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
History, DMH 134-Telephone: 408-924-5500
Ruma Chopra email@example.com
Libra Hilde firstname.lastname@example.org
Mexican American Studies, CL 231-Telephone: 408-924-5760
Magdalena Barrera email@example.com
Marcos Pizarro firstname.lastname@example.org
Political Science, CL 471-Telephone: 408-924-5550
Garrick Percival Garrick email@example.com
Karthika Sasikumar firstname.lastname@example.org
Masters in Public Administration
Frances Edwards email@example.com
Pyschology, DMH 157-Telephone: 408-924-5600
Cheryl Chancellor-Freeland firstname.lastname@example.org
Megumi Hosoda email@example.com
Susan Snycerski firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Van Selst email@example.com
Graduate Advisor, Clinical
Glenn Callaghan firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate, Industrial and Organizational
Howard Tokunaga email@example.com
Graduate Advisor, Research/Experimental
Greg Feist firstname.lastname@example.org
Sociology and Interdisclipinary Social Sciences, DMH 241-Telephone: 408-924-5320
Asian American Studies
Hien Do email@example.com
Natalie Boero firstname.lastname@example.org
Faustina DuCros email@example.com
Amy Leisenring firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Alaniz email@example.com
Wendy Rouse firstname.lastname@example.org
Urban and Regional Planning WSQ 216A-Telephone: 408-924-5882
Rick Kos email@example.com
Which Advisors To See & Class Level Goals
You will need to see an ACCESS Advisor and acheive the following:
- Have a plan- Get a clear understanding of the list of courses needed to graduate.
- General Education (GE) Review
- Understanding the difference between High School & College: This is a "different world."
Come and talk to our advisors and how to successfully bridge this gap. Consider participating
in the following:
- Transition Workshops
- Enroll in a 1st Year Frosh Course
- Understanding Your Degree Progress Report.
- Become familiar with Student Groups & Activities.
- Getting Familiar With Resources.
You will need to see an ACCESS Advisor and acheive the following:
- Continued Academic Planning.
- Understanding Lower Division Major Requirements.
- Taking The Writing Skills Test.
- Understanding SJSU Studies Courses.
- Knowing Your Faculty Advisor.
You will need to see an ACCESS Advisor to do the following:
You will need to see a Faculty Advisor to do the following:
- Discussing Internships: Look at the Career Center for Internship Opportunities.
- Continued Academic Planning
Transfers (60 Units)
- You will need to meet with both ACCESS and Faculty Advisors to do the following:
- ACCESS Advisors will review completion of General Education, SJSU Studies, American Institutions, and other requirements.
- ACCESS Advisorswill use the Articulation Agreement or Assist.org to evaluate GE Courses.
- Faculty Advisors will cover the following:
You will need to see both an ACCESS and Faculty Advisor to do the following:
- ACCESS Advisor- Review completion of General Education, SJSU Studies, American Institutions, and other requirements.
- Faculty Advisors- Apply for graduation, review graduation application and major form.