Academic Advising

Academic Advising

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Academic Advising office provides advising to all students of the college. We help with graduation check, mapping, change-of-major requests, orientation, and all other academic advising.

Advising By Major
International Affairs & Political Science, 106 BEL
Students are seen on a walk-in basis Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students are seen on an appointment-only basis on Tuesday and Wednesday. To schedule an appointment, please stop by 101 Bellamy or call (850)644-5470. During high-volume advising times, advising may change to a walk-in basis only Monday - Friday.

Sociology, Economics, Geography, & Environmental Studies, 101 BEL
Students are seen on a walk-in basis Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students are seen on an appointment-only basis on Tuesday and Wednesday. To schedule an appointment, please stop by 101 Bellamy or call (850)644-5470. During high-volume advising times, advising may change to a walk-in basis only Monday - Friday.

Interdisciplinary Social Science, African-American Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, & Russian and Eastern European Studies, 105 BEL
Students are seen on an appointment-only basis Monday - Friday. To schedule an appointment, please stop by 101 Bellamy or call (850)644-5470. During high-volume advising times, advising may change to a walk-in basis only Monday - Friday.

Official Graduation Check Form

Click here to submit a request for an official graduation check.

Advising Staff

, Director of Academic Services (850) 644-5470
Claire Aguda, Academic Advisor
Distance Learning, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Advising
(850) 644-5470
, Academic Advisor
International Affairs and Political Science Advising
(850) 644-5470
, Academic Advisor
International Affairs and Political Science Advising
(850) 644-5470
, Academic Advisor
Sociology, Economics, Geography and Environmental Studies Advising
(850) 644-5470
, Academic Advisor
International Affairs, Political Science Advising
(850) 644-5470
Kay Neely, Academic Support Assistant (850) 644-5470

Departmental Advising

Economics
(850) 644-3835 254 BEL
Geography and Environmental Studies
(850) 644-8382 301 BEL
International Affairs
, Graduate Program Advisor
, Undergraduate Program Advisor
(850) 644-4418
211 BEL
Interdisciplinary Social Science
(850) 645-4841 345 BEL
Political Science
(850) 644-7305 535 BEL
Public Administration
(850) 644-3525 627 BEL
Sociology
, Undergraduate Program Advisor (850) 644-8329 526a Bel
, Graduate Program Advisor (850) 644-6506 523 Bel
Urban and Regional Planning
(850) 644-4510 330 BEL

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I request a graduation check?
A: In the semester that you reach 90 hours, request a graduation check in the college and at the Office of the Registrar. You will only request one official graduation check from the college and one from the University. To update a grad check in the college, meet with an advisor by appointment or during walk-in hours.
1) To request the graduation check at the Office of the Registrar, go to UCA 3900.
2) To request the graduation check in the college, go to the online request form by clicking on this link.

Q: Where can I find the academic calendar?

A: It is each student's responsibility to keep up with the academic calendar. At this link you will find exam schedules, important deadlines, and holidays.

Q: Where do I change my major/add a second major?

A: If you are adding a second major or changing to a major under the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, you must meet with an advisor. Please go to 101 Bellamy to set up an appointment with an advisor or be redirected to the appropriate advisor during walk-in hours.
If you are adding a second major or changing your major to something that is not offered under the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, you must contact an advisor in the college that offers that major.

Q: How do I take courses at a different institution?

A: FSU students can take courses at community colleges or other universities as a transient student. Transient means that you intend to take courses at another institution for a semester and return to FSU the follow semester. More information about the Interinstitutional Transient Student process can be found at this link. Go to this link to complete a transient form to attend schools in the state of Florida. Go to this link to complete a transient form for schools outside of the state of Florida. Please note that students who do NOT take courses at Florida State for TWO CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS must reapply to FSU.

Q: How do I get information about internships?

A: Please contact your department for more information regarding internships.

Q: What is the summer residency requirement?

A: Students who enter a university in the State of Florida with less than 60 hours are required to complete 9 hours of courses during the summer semester at one of the State University System institutions. All 9 hours do not have to be taken at the same time or at Florida State. If you are interested in getting this requirement waived, please stop by 101 Bellamy for more information.

Q: What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree?

A: A B.A. degree has two additional requirements to a B.S. degree. These are:

1. Completion of a classical or modern foreign language through the 2000 level (2200 or equivalent course)
2. Nine semester hours in the fields of humanities and history, in addition to the liberal studies and the foreign language requirement; Courses may be selected from the following colleges, and departments: College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance; College of Music; College of Communication and Information (not including work in communication disorders or information), and the departments of Classics; English; History; Modern Languages and Linguistics; Philosophy; or Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Q: What is the difference between a double major and a dual degree?

A: A double major requires 120 total degree hours and both major requirements to be completed. With a double major if the individual majors require a minor, you do not need it. The second major will cancel out that requirement.

A dual degree requires 150 total degree hours and both major requirements to be completed. If the individual majors require a minor, then it does need to be fulfilled to be eligible for the dual degree.

Q: What is a second Bachelor's Degree?

A: To obtain a second Bachelor's Degree after graduating with a previous bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 30 hours must be taken beyond the first bachelor’s. All requirements for each major, minor, and the college must be satisfied. University policy prohibits the awarding of more than one degree from a specific degree program due to the overlap of core requirements of that degree program. For more information about any possible allowable overlap, please contact an advisor.

Q: What is the difference between a minor and a certificate?

A: Minors typically require fewer hours than a certificate. Minors do not appear on transcripts, but can be written on resumes. Courses used for a minor cannot overlap with anything. Certificates are posted onto transcripts and usually have a few additional requirements. Certificates can also overlap with major requirements.

Q: What is the foreign language admission requirement?

A: Every student admitted to a Florida university must show proof of completing two years of the same foreign language in high school or of completing eight hours of the same language at the university level to graduate and receive a diploma. Satisfying the foreign language admission requirement does not satisfy or exempt a student from the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree language requirement or a language required for a specific major.

Q: How do I take more than 18 hours in a single semester?

A: The request form for a course overload can be obtained in your Academic Dean’s office. Overloads can only be approved for students in good academic standing and for a maximum of 21 hours.

Q: How do I calculate my GPA?

A: The GPA Calculator can be found here.

Q: How do I withdraw from the university?

A: Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kinloch, and then go to Withdrawal Services.

Q: What does it mean to take a course pass/fail and how do I do it?

A: Elective courses can be taken on a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading basis. No course needed to count towards a student’s major, minor, Liberal studies, computer literacy, or oral competency requirements can be taken S/U. No courses in the College of Business can be taken S/U. Only one class can be changed to S/U in a semester. A maximum of 18 credit hours over an undergraduate student’s entire degree may be taken S/U. An S/U permit form must be obtained from and returned back to the Office of the University Registrar (UCA 3900) completed no later than the end of the seventh week of classes.

Q: Do I need to attend class on the first day?

A: Yes! Please review the University Policy on first day attendance here.

Q: What is a combined Bachelor's/Master's degree program?

A: The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy currently offers three combined bachelor's/master's degree programs. These programs allow you to take up to 12 hours of graduate work during undergraduate degree in and apply the credits towards both degrees. For more information, click here.

GRADUATION

Q: What is the difference between a Grad Check and applying for graduation?

A: A Grad Check is an overview of university, major, minor, and college requirements needed for graduation. You should request a Grad Check two semesters before you plan to graduate. Applying for graduation is the process to get placed on the graduation list during the semester in which you plan to earn your degree from FSU. For information about how to request a Grad Check and how to apply for graduation, see the associated frequently asked questions.

Q: How will I know if I am approved to graduate and earn my degree?

A: Graduation statuses are updated online in the My Academics section of your myFSU Student Central. Final graduation statuses are updated during the period when final semester grades post to transcripts and before the degrees are posted to transcripts. Final grades normally post the Wednesday after the graduation ceremony, and degrees normally post to transcripts three weeks after the graduation ceremony. If you have questions about your graduation status during or after the semester in which you plan to graduate, contact your Dean’s Office.

Q: I have not received my diploma in the mail, what should I do?

A: There may be multiple reasons for not receiving your diploma in the mail.
1. Diplomas are mailed out 2-3 months after the graduation ceremony. If the 3-month period has not passed, your diploma may still be in the process of being mailed to your identified diploma mailing address. Please be patient and continue to wait for arrival.
2. If you had an Accounts Receivable hold or another hold on your account that would prevent you from receiving your diploma at the time when diplomas were ordered, you will need to resolve that hold, then contact the Office of the Registrar to have your diploma ordered and mailed.
3. If you listed the wrong address for your diploma to be sent to, you may not have received your diploma in the mail. Diploma addresses can be updated online in the My Academics section of your myFSU Student Central. Check to make sure that your diploma address is up-to-date before diplomas are ordered and mailed out. If you listed the wrong address and diplomas have already been ordered and mailed out, contact the Office of the Registrar to have your diploma ordered and mailed to the correct address.
4. You may not have satisfied all of the requirements necessary for FSU to award your degree. First, check your graduation status online in the My Academics section of your myFSU Student Central. If your status says Denied by the Dean or the College, please contact your Dean’s Office for more information and options. If the status says Denied by the Registrar, please contact the Office of the Registrar for more information. If your status says Pending and the date for degrees to post to transcripts has not passed, please be patient and wait for the status to change.

Q: Are there any fees associated with applying for graduation?

A: No, there aren't any fees associated with applying for graduation.

Q: When and where should I apply for graduation?

A: You must apply for graduation during the first 3 weeks of the semester you intend to earn your degree. You need to apply for graduation, even if you do not intend to walk in the ceremony, if you want FSU to grant you a degree. To apply for graduation, log into your myFSU Student Central and choose “Apply for Graduation” under My Academics. For more information about graduation, visit this link.

Q: I have missed my deadline for applying to graduate. What do I do?

A: You must go to your academic Dean's office to notify them of your intent to graduate and to obtain permission to apply late for graduation for that semester.

Q: How do degrees of distinction work?

A: There are three degrees of distinction granted to graduating students based on ALL college-level work attempted (excluding physical education activity courses) and including the term's work in which baccalaureate degree requirements are completed:

Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.500;
Magna Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.700; and
Summa Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.900

Degrees of distinction are granted to transfer students who meet all three of the following requirements:

1.) The student must complete at least forty (40) semester hours of graded work at FSU, including the final term's work;
2.) The student must have the required average on all work taken at FSU; and
3.) The student must have the required overall average on ALL work attempted, including any transfer credit excluding any physical education activity courses or vocational courses, regardless of how many years have elapsed since the credit was earned. Transfer credit cannot raise a student's FSU grade point average