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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthropology, CL 469- Telephone: 408-924-5710
Jan English-Lueck email@example.com
AJ Faas firstname.lastname@example.org
Roberto Gonzalez email@example.com
Marco Meniketti firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Pitchon email@example.com
Elizabeth Weiss firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Sunseri email@example.com
Communication Studies, HGH 108- Telephone: 408-924-5360
(Lead)Andrew Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
Ge Gao email@example.com
Felipe Gomez firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Webb email@example.com
Beth Von Till firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Spangler email@example.com
Economics, DMH 147- Telephone: 408-924-5400
Ghislaine Lang firstname.lastname@example.org
Rui Liu email@example.com
Environmental Studies, WSQ 118-Telephone: 408-924-5450
Lynne Trulio firstname.lastname@example.org
William Russell email@example.com
Geography and Global Studies, WSQ 118-Telephone: 408-924-5475
Kerry Rohrmeier firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Davis email@example.com
History, DMH 134-Telephone: 408-924-5500
Ruma Chopra firstname.lastname@example.org
Libra Hilde email@example.com
Mexican American Studies, CL 231-Telephone: 408-924-5760
Magdalena Barrera firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcos Pizarro email@example.com
Political Science, CL 471-Telephone: 408-924-5550
Garrick Percival firstname.lastname@example.org
Karthika Sasikumar email@example.com
Masters in Public Administration
Frances Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
Pyschology, DMH 157-Telephone: 408-924-5600
Cheryl Chancellor-Freeland email@example.com
Megumi Hosoda firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Snycerski email@example.com
Mark Van Selst firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Advisor, Clinical
Glenn Callaghan email@example.com
Graduate, Industrial and Organizational
Howard Tokunaga firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Advisor, Research/Experimental
Greg Feist email@example.com
Sociology and Interdisclipinary Social Sciences, DMH 241-Telephone: 408-924-5320
Asian American Studies
Hien Do firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Boero email@example.com
Faustina DuCros firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Leisenring email@example.com
Maria Alaniz firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Rouse email@example.com
Urban and Regional Planning WSQ 216A-Telephone: 408-924-5882
Rick Kos firstname.lastname@example.org
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.