Graduation can be a daunting goal. Like most worthwhile goals, getting there takes careful planning. In order to help you reach your goal, the College of Science and the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology offers individualized advising for each student. These basic pointers will help you get started:
- Every CJC student has two advisors assigned to him/her:
- A professional academic advisor that knows the requirements of your chosen major. These advisors keep up with university requirements, changes, and policies as well as those for the college and major. They also assist with your progress towards your degree, help secure financial aid, and know where to send you for help. This will be someone in the College of Science Office of Student Services.
- A faculty advisor that knows your chosen major well. Faculty advisors help guide you toward your career goals and make recommendations for electives that would help you achieve your objectives. They also help students navigate the various career options available. This will be a CJC faculty member.
If you don’t know who your advisors are, you can find out by logging on to myMU and looking under the “Brite Student” tab. You can also go to the College of Science office in Science Building room 270 and ask.
- See your academic advisor early
Once the schedule for an upcoming semester becomes available, your academic advisor can help you plan which courses you should take in order to move towards graduation. Fill out an advising sheet for your major/concentration before an advising session in order to be prepared and get the best advice.
- Be weary of unofficial advice
If someone tells you something about your requirements to graduate who is not an CJC or COS advisor, be sure to verify that information with your assigned advisor.
Declaring a Major
Declaration of your major should be done as soon as possible to insure that you are taking the required courses for graduation. To declare a major, go to the College of Science Office, Science Building 270, and fill out a Declaration of Major Form. At that time you will be assigned an advisor. You should meet with your advisor as soon as possible after declaring your major. Before you meet with your advisor, print out a Criminal Justice Advising Sheet for your catalog and fill out the courses you have taken and are taking. This will help with your scheduling of classes and career advising.
If you are a freshman or sophomore (less than 58 credit hours) or on probation, you must see your advisor before registering each semester. The advisor will need to remove your advisor hold before you can register for courses.
When you become a junior (complete your 58th credit hour), you will need to contact the College of Science Dean’s office and ask for a graduation evaluation. You will return after a few days to discuss the results of your evaluation. You will need to do the same when you become a senior (complete your 90th credit hour).
- See your advisor!
- You often need reference letters to go to graduate school or get a job. Your advisor can be one of these references if they know you.
- Some courses are only offers once per year or once every 2-4 years. See your advisor to find out when courses are offered.
- You can’t always depend on courses being offered in the summer. Very few CJC courses are offered during the summer terms.
- Look at your advising sheets for more hints and information. Print one and keep it current.
- Registering for classes online is very easy, but some students, especially first time freshmen, can be intimidated by the process. Here is an excellent 11-minute video that takes you step-by-step through the process.
Your advising sheet is determined by the date you declared Criminal Justice as your major with the College of Science (actually filed your request with their secretary).
If you have any questions about which catalog you should use to determine your graduation requirements, contact the College of Science, (304) 696-2372 or go to Science Building 270.
To see an advising sheet, click one of the sheets below:
- CJC Advising Sheet (Undergraduate-Beginning Fall 2016)
- CJC Advising Sheet (Undergraduate- Beginning Fall 2013)
- CJC Advising Sheet (Undergraduate- Fall 2010- Spring 2013)
- CJC Advising Sheet (Undergraduate- Entrance Prior to Fall 2010)
- Current Graduate Advising Sheet
- Graduate Advising Sheet (Entrance Prior to Fall 2012)