DOUGLASS ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER
Committed Advisors + Engaged Students = Student Success
Academic advising at Morehouse College is a form of robust one-on-one teaching and mentoring. Academic advisors are encouraged to get to know each advisee and to be available to support them in various ways. Students are likewise encouraged to play an active part in the advising relationship and seek their advisor’s help to:
- develop a 4 Year Study Plan
- declare and/or change a major or minor
- understand the contents in the Course Bulletin
- select courses for the upcoming term
- change course registration prior to Drop/Add
- improve academic skills
- monitor their academic progress
- explore post graduate and/or career plans
- find campus and community resources for problems that affect academic performance (this may include social or personal problems)
At Morehouse, two advisors are assigned to each student: a professional advisor assigned to an academic division and a faculty member who serves as an advisor within the major/minor. All Divisional Advisors have had extensive higher education experience and have graduate degrees in related fields. They are members of the National Academic Advising Association and follow its guidelines for advising. Faculty Advisors have teaching and research experience in their discipline.
Divisional Advisors work with freshmen to determine class schedules for their first two semesters. The first scheduling consultation is completed during the summer over the phone or on campus during New Student Orientation. Once students earn 30 credits hours; they receive academic scheduling advisement from Faculty Advisors within their major department.
Students with an Associate’s degree or who have attended another college or university are also assigned a Divisional Advisor. Transfer students are required to send in their transcript(s) with all relevant previous college work for an evaluation of courses to receive transfer credits. Based upon this evaluation, Divisional Advisors work with our transfer students to determine class schedules for their semester of entry.
Students are encouraged to see their academic advisor at least twice each semester. Additionally, the Divisional Advisors' twitter account is another way for students to receive academic advice. It does not replace face time. While students are encouraged to seek multiple perspectives on how best to pursue their goals, they must accept responsibility for their own academic success and beware relying solely on information from peers.
All incoming students are assigned a Divisional Advisor and Faculty Advisor upon enrollment based upon the major they identified when applying to the college. During New Student Orientation, students affirm their majors and are assigned faculty advisors by the Department Chair in their anticipated major. The students will reaffirm their major when they have earned 45 credit hours or when they have been enrolled for 1.5 years. Additional steps may be required to declare a major.
Declaring or Changing A Major/Minor
Students may choose from among 26 majors across three academic divisions. While some students know exactly which major they want to choose, others are not as certain. Students who desire assistance with determining which major is best for them should visit with the Divisional Advisor, faculty in the area of study of interest, and Career Services prior to making a decision. Undeclared students are supported solely by the Divisional Advisor for the major they are leaning towards selecting. All incoming students are encouraged to declare a major prior to Advising Week of the second semester of their first year. This ensures that all students have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty in the academic discipline they want to study as early as possible.
Students planning to change from one major/minor to another major/minor in a different division must be advised by the Divisional Advisor of the area they are leaving, endorsed by the Divisional Advisor of the new proposed major/minor, and receive the approval of the Department Chair in the new proposed major/minor.
Course Registration Process
Students are able to register for courses and choose their class times/sections via TigerNet. However, they are required to meet with their academic advisor during Advising Week but no later than the last day of Drop/Add. The College designates Advising Week as the week prior to the first day of registration in the Fall and Spring semester. Advisement holds are placed on electronic student records to prevent students from registering for courses until all holds have been removed. Required course materials will be provided to students who register for 100 level courses as part of their tuition and fees through includED.