Professional Studies Program
West Chester University
144 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Academic Advising is a critical component in the successful completion of any degree program. The Professional Studies - Liberal Studies program of study is as unique and varied as the individual students in the major. As a result, regular consultation with your academic advisor becomes essential.
The academic advisor's role is to make certain that the requirements for the major are clearly explained to the student. However, the academic advisor's role goes beyond this simple function.
As a result of good academic advising and the student's active involvement in the process, the student is empowered to make informed decisions about their program of study and their academic plan. In essence, the student takes ownership of their educational experience. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the degree are met in order to graduate.
Academic advising for the Liberal Studies: Professional Studies student begins at the initial meeting between the student and the Program Director. At that time, the program will be explained and the courses taken by the student will be incorporated into the program advising sheet. There will be a discussion about the need for two academic minors and options for choosing these will be explored. The advisor and student will also discuss the student's short-term and long-term goals. Change of Major and Minor Application forms will be issued at that time.
Students are expected to use the information they receive at this initial meeting to develop an academic plan. The plan should include the minors they wish to pursue, the courses they want to take and a tentative timeline to degree completion.
The student should then plan to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. Ideally, that meeting should take place before the student's enrollment appointment for the upcoming semester. At that meeting, the student's progress toward degree completion is evaluated, the student's academic plan is reviewed and modified as needed and his or her proposed course selection is examined.
Students are encouraged to consult their advisor at any time they have a question or want to address an issue of concern. That consultation may take place via telephone, email or office visit. Please note that email communications should not be considered as confidential. Please exercise appropriate levels of caution. Do not include information such as identifying numbers (social security #, etc.), grades, GPA, etc.
Students in the Liberal Studies - Professional Studies major are required to earn two academic minors as part of the degree requirements. Students must submit an application to each minor they wish to pursue. Upon acceptance to the minor, the student is assigned a minor advisor. Often, the department chair will serve in this capacity. It is the student's responsibility to meet with the minor advisors. At that meeting, the requirements to the minor are explained and courses options are listed. The student is responsible for completing all minor requirements. Students who fail to consult their minor advisors are accountable for any mistakes made in pursuing that minor.