Some programs recommend students make an advising appointment to plan their course choices for the coming academic year. Advising will become especially important in the coming year as we plan the new curriculum for the African Studies Program. Whether your program requires advising or not, we strongly encourage you to book an advising appointment with a faculty member through your program's office.
An advising appointment is important for a number of reasons:
- Faculty members can offer students assistance in selecting courses that will satisfy the program requirements. We can offer advice and information on the range of course offerings, requirements and faculty members in the program.
- Students are often unsure about what program options are available to them. Can you do a double major or major-minor? With what programs? Can you take a course out of the Faculty? An advising appointment can clarify the programming options available to an African Studies major or minor.
- University and program regulations change frequently and some students find it difficult to track these changes. Through an advising appointment we can help you make academic decisions that reflect current regulations.
- Our program has a commitment to minimize the confusion and red-tape facing YorkU students. Whenever possible, we will solve your administrative problems at the time of your appointment, rather than sending you away to another office.
- The advising appointment is an important window for us to understand how program courses are working for students. We will solicit and welcome your feedback on how your courses are going, which ones you like, and which you do not like. Such feedback has been (and will continue to be) crucial in guiding us to improve the African Studies Program.
- Sometimes students have medical or personal problems that interfere with their academic performance. Through an advising appointment, we can often offer advice and assistance to such students on petitions or other strategies to help deal with the impact of these circumstances on academic performance.