2017-2018 Catalog

Undergraduate Academic Advisement

Good academic advising is a key to obtaining the best college education possible – an education that is intellectually stimulating, supportive of the student's career goals, and personally meaningful and rewarding. Good advising represents a partnership in which student and advisor use their respective expertise to facilitate the student's learning and decision-making. This section of the University Catalog will describe the major aspects of the advising system at CSU Dominguez Hills. Read the entire section to gain an understanding of the overall system and then concentrate on the particular subsections of greatest relevance to your advising needs.
For new students, the advising process should include participation in a New Student Orientation. This orientation will introduce key campus administrators and services and fellow students; provide an overview of graduation requirements; facilitate course selection by providing the opportunity to work with an academic advisor; answer any questions; and, perhaps most importantly, make it more likely to develop those campus bonds which lead to a rewarding and successful college education.
It is highly recommended that each student meet with an advisor at least once each semester and strive for comprehensive advising. Advising goals vary, but comprehensive advising will: 1) provide a context for students to formulate, develop and achieve their educational goals; 2) support integration of student learning experiences; and 3) encourage maximum attainment of individual student potential.
Undeclared majors must contact the University Advisement Center, WH A-220, (310) 243-3538. Transfer students should bring their Academic Requirement Report as well as previous transcripts with them when seeking advisement. The Academic Requirement Report is an easy tool which allows you to identify outstanding requirements for graduation. The Academic Requirement Report uses a simple color-coded system. Every student should access their Academic Requirement Report every semester.
Advisors will assist students in planning their academic programs, but students ultimately are responsible for meeting all prerequisites and requirements of the degree program.
Students are also urged to read the information under "Counseling Programs" and to avail themselves of the many types of personal and career guidance that are available at the University.