College of Arts and Sciences (CASA) Advising FAQs
College of Arts and Sciences Advising (CASA)
Why do I need an Academic Advisor?
When should I see my advisor?
Who is my advisor, and do I have an advisor if I am undecided?
Can I take a semester off from school and return?
What is Degree Works and how does it work?
How can I make a four year graduation plan?
How do I apply for graduation?
When are walk-in appointments at CASA?
How many semester hours do I need to be a FR, SO, JR, SR?
Do I have to have a major?
Is pre-med/vet/dental/engineering/law/physical therapy/etc. a major?
I can’t decide what to major in.
How do I declare, or change, a major/minor?
How do I choose my classes?
How many courses should I take my first semester?
How do my AP test scores count?
How do I know which requirements I have already satisfied, and which I still need to fulfill?
What is the GL/GN requirement?
What is the WI/SI requirement?
What is the GFL requirement?
What GPA do I have to maintain?
Why am I taking General Education classes?
How do I find out what classes are available?
What does “R” stand for in the class schedule?
How do I access the course catalog?
When do I register for classes?
How do I know what classes to take?
How do I register for classes?
Will I be dropped from a class if I stop going?
Withdrawing for a class
How many classes can I drop?
Drop/add dates each semester
Why can I not sign up for classes?
While your advisor will assist you in several ways, there are two critical reasons why advising is required. First, your advisor will ensure that you understand the academic requirements for your field of study. Second, your advisor will ensure that you know how to search, and register for, courses.
During the semester, your advisor will contact you and provide dates and times that advising will be available. It is recommended that you meet with your advisor ‘early,’ and ‘often.’ Setting up an appointment early will help you beat the rush that occurs right before registration. In addition, meeting early opens up the possibility of exploring ideas such as second majors, study abroad, or customizing your GEC/CAR requirements.
You can find your advisor via Degree Works, in the top section above your GPA. If you are undecided, you will be advised by the Students First Office, who can be contacted here.
Yes, but if you take more than one semester off you will need to reapply for admission to UNCG.
A detailed guide for Degree Works can be found here:
You can find a pdf of our graduation plan and a short video on how to use it here . Make sure to schedule an appointment with your advisor for help filling this out.
You can find an application for graduation here.
CASA generally has walk-in appointments for the first week of classes each semester. To meet with your advisor at any other time, you will need to make an appointment via Starfish.
Freshman status requires 0-29 semester hours
Sophomore status requires 30-59 semester hours
Junior status requires 60-89 semester hours
Senior status requires 90 or more semester hours
Yes. In order to graduate with an undergraduate degree, you must choose and complete a major.
No. While we have pre-professional programs, they are to be adopted in conjunction with a major, not in place of it. The pre-professional programs are a list of courses that prepare you for progression into these fields. You can be in any pre-professional program with any major, but talk to your advisor to make sure you will meet all of your requirements.. For some of the pre-professional programs, you may be required to transfer to a different university to complete your studies.
A list of majors is available in the university catalog. The Career Services Center offers interest inventories to see what majors correspond with your interests, and your advisors can help with your choices.
To declare your major you simply need to visit the proper online major change form and enter the information. For the College of Arts and Sciences, Health and Human Services, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing, click here. For the Bryan School of Business, click here. Another option is to visit the registrar’s office in person and request a change. You can also add majors and/or minors through either option. Typically, it takes seven business days for the change to take place.
For incoming students, Spartan Orientation and Registration (SOAR) is the optimal way to get advising and help with choosing classes from faculty and professional advisors. There are SOAR dates available for students entering in both Fall and Spring semesters. If you are not able to attend SOAR, then Academic advising and advisors within your major can help design your schedule.
For continuing students, please make an appointment with your advisor for assistance choosing classes.
A full load of courses (14-16 hours) are recommended for the first semester. In order to graduate in four years a student needs to average 15 credits or more a semester.
You likely already have a Degree Works account set up, which will show you what has transferred in so far and what requirements you have left. If your Degree Works report is not set up yet, your advisor will look at your transcripts with you and determine what courses will likely be met. If you are transferring in with an Associate’s Degree, the majority of your General Education Requirements (GEC/CAR) may be taken care of already. Make sure to speak with your advisor about this.
For information on how to access and understand your Degree Works, click here.
You must complete a minimum of 1 GN (Global-Nonwestern) course and 3 other GL (Global) or GN courses. These courses will be flagged as GL or GN in the class schedule search and the course catalog. These courses focus on perspectives from various geographical areas and cultures. You can search for courses with these markers by identifying Course Category in your Course Offerings Search, and course markers are included in the Categories column of a course search.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, all majors must complete four Writing Intensive (WI) courses during your time at UNCG, one of which must be at the 300 level or above. You must also complete two Speaking Intensive (SI) courses at any level. Many majors require a WI and SI course to be taken from that major, which can overlap with the overall requirements.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Foreign Language (GFL) requirement is intermediate-level proficiency in a language. This equates to passing the 204 level of any language course. If you begin at the basic level of language at UNCG, this means that you should plan for four semesters’ worth of language. If you are already proficient in a language other than English contact CASA to explore options about having this requirement waived. If you have this requirement waived, you will not receive semester hour credit.
In order to avoid academic probation and/or suspension, you must attain: at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and at least a 2.0 in courses required for the major. Some majors may have additional GPA requirements, they are described in each major program description. In addition, most classes with prerequisites require that you obtain a C or better in the prerequisite course to proceed.
This varies by department and major. The GPA requirement for your degree will be listed in your Degree Works under your major requirements.
While the major course of study provides in depth study of a discipline and prepares students to pursue specific careers, General Education creates a common intellectual experience that not only prepares students for a rich and satisfying life, but also supplements their knowledge with skills that are highly sought after. Communication, critical thinking, and leadership ability are often cited as the key skills employers seek in new hires. In addition, general Education helps students discover the connections among various fields of knowledge and fosters an appreciation of the natural world and the many diverse expressions of human imagination and ingenuity, today and in the past.
Classes can be found online through UNCGenie’s homepage under the ‘Class Schedule’ link. There, you can see courses’ five digit CRN numbers, days and times, professors, what general education requirements (GEC/CAR) the course meets, and the number of seats remaining. The five-digit CRN number will be needed to register for the course in UNCGenie.
“R” represents Thursday in the Class Schedule.
The University catalog is the essential tool for your college career and can be viewed on UNCGenie’s homepage under ‘Course Catalog.’ Course pre-requisites, co-requisites, semesters offered, and a brief description are available.
Find your registration period by checking your registration status in UNCGenie. Access it by entering the secure area -> click on the student tab -> Registration -> check your registration status -> select the term you will be registering for ->check your registration status.
Find your registration period by viewing the registration timetable or check your student center within your portal for your enrollment date.
Make sure you have access to your UNCGenie (know your student ID AND six-digit PIN number). Make an appointment with your advisor to go over your schedule and receive your advising code. You will not be able to register without your advising code. Log into the secure area on UNCGenie-> click the student tab-> click registration -> click add/drop classes-> select the term-> enter advising code -> enter CRNs.
It is always the student’s responsibility to drop a class. If a student stops going to a course the instructor will likely not drop them from a course. Many departmental policies state that after a certain number of absences, students’ grades will be automatically lowered to an ‘F.’
After the initial add/drop period during the first week of the semester, students may no longer drop a class penalty free. They may, however, still withdraw from the class until a set date mid-semester. Withdrawing from a class before the final day to withdraw free will not impact the student’s GPA. There will simply be a ‘W’ on the academic transcript. The exact last date to withdraw is listed in the academic calendar for that semester, which can be found here. Students may only withdraw from 16 credit hours during their undergraduate career.
If a student chooses to withdraw after the date listed in the academic calendar, they will receive a ‘WF’ on their transcript, which will impact their GPA as if they received an ‘F’ in the course.
Students at UNCG can drop 16 hours worth of courses during their career at UNCG. However, students must complete 67% of the hours that they attempt at the beginning of the semester.
The add/drop period typically during the first week of each semester. This allows students to change their schedule penalty free as they get a feel for the courses, their times, and their locations on campus. Dropping a class during this period does not impact your grade or take away from your 16 hours that you may withdraw from.
There are several possible reasons for not being able to sign up for classes. First, if it is not during the Add/Drop Period, double check if it is your scheduled registration period. Second, check on UNCGenie to see if there are any holds on your transcripts. Third, has the tuition deadline passed and you haven’t paid your fees? These are all possible reasons for not being able to sign up for classes. For further information call or email CASA (firstname.lastname@example.org). (Don’t forget to include your student ID# when communicating with UNCG faculty and staff.)