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Advising Frequently Asked Questions

Why is academic advising important?

The goal of academic advising is to assist students in meeting their educational goals in an efficient manner. While it is always up to you as a student to ensure you meet all applicable degree requirements, academic advisors can help you in understanding university policies and selecting the proper courses for you to take to graduate in a timely manner.

When should I see an academic advisor?

  • To help keep you on track for timely graduation, it is highly encouraged that you see an academic advisor regularly-at least twice per year prior to enrolling for the following semester. (If you plan to have an advising session by Nevada Day during fall semester and by Spring Break during spring semester, you will avoid the "advising rush" and have time to consider schedule options before registration begins.)
  • It is also recommended to consult with an advisor for any of the following situations: declaring or changing your major or minor, when considering dropping a class, or in preparation to study abroad.
  • Please note: New freshmen are required to be advised for their first two semesters of coursework. Incoming transfer students will also need to meet with a college advisor prior to enrolling in their first semester of courses at Nevada.

Who is my academic advisor?

Liberal Arts students have multiple advising contacts. Students have a faculty advisor for both their major and minor areas of study, and also have access to college advisors in the dean’s office.

My advisor isn't available over the summer, who can help me with academic advising?

The College of Liberal Arts dean's office provides professional advising throughout the year. The dean's office assists students at Summer Orientation, during the first year at the University, and again as a student approaches graduation. The dean’s office also assists new transfer students with initial advising for their first semester at Nevada. To schedule an appointment with academic advisors in the dean's office, please call (775) 784-6155. The dean's office is located in the Ansari Business building, sixth floor, Room 631.

How do I access my Academic Advising Report (AAR)?

Students can access their Academic Advising Report (AAR) via MyNevada — from the academics section of your Student Center Dashboard, choose “Academic Requirements” from the dropdown box. Your AAR contains all the requirements you need to graduate, so it is important to review this report with an advisor as you plan future courses.

I've heard about the "What-if Report," but what is it and why would I use it?

The "What-if Report" provides a scenario for you to see how the coursework you have completed might be applicable (or not) in choosing a new major or minor. The "What-If Report" presents similarly to your AAR, so you can see the remaining requirements for your potential plan. Students can generate this report in MyNevada under the Academics section on the Student Center Dashboard. Note: Using the "What-if Report" does not officially change your major or minor--you should meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements and declare the plan.

What is the Breadth requirement?

  • It might help to think of the Breadth requirement as six credits of electives designed to broaden your exposure to the liberal arts. These courses need to be taken within liberal arts disciplines that are outside of your major and minor areas of study. Also, the courses may not overlap with other degree requirements. (Exception: Students on the Silver Core may use courses that satisfy CO's 9-16 for Breadth if such courses meet the other stipulations above.)
  • For example, if a student is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Theatre, they can choose breadth courses from any other disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts (such as art, music, political science, sociology, history, philosophy,etc).

I've finished my Breadth requirement. Why doesn't it show as satisfied on my advising report?

Currently, the Breadth courses do not show on your advising report automatically. If you have completed your Breadth courses, please send an email to clahelp@unr.edu. Be sure to include your name, NSHE student ID#, and the courses you have completed for Breadth. After an advisor verifies the courses, your AAR will be updated in about two weeks.

How do I fulfill the foreign language requirement?

There are a number of ways to fulfill the foreign language requirement. Please consult with your academic advisor or the Department of World Languages and Literatures. (Please be aware of course prerequisites):

  • Complete a fourth semester (level 209 or 212) in a foreign language course.
  • Complete a fourth semester in American Sign Language (AM 148).
  • Show transcript evidence of successfully completing four years of the same foreign language in high school.
  • Demonstrate proficiency through a placement exam or other means through the Department of World Languages and Literatures.
  • Participate in and complete preapproved language courses in a study abroad program.
  • Languages offered at the University: American Sign Language, Arabic, Basque, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Do I need a minor, and what minors can I choose?

Most liberal arts majors require completion of a minor program of study. You can declare any of the minor programs offered by any college at the university. Generally, you cannot declare a major and minor in the same subject (see the General Catalog or consult an advisor for further information).

If I pursue a double major, do I need to complete a minor?

  • If you declare two majors that both lead to a "Bachelor of Arts" degree, you may have minor requirements waived. The minor will not be waived automatically. You will need to contact a college advisor to request the minor requirements be waived.
  • If you declare majors that lead to different degree titles (i.e. a "Bachelor of Arts" paired with a "Bachelor of Science," "Bachelor of Music," "Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice," etc.), you will not be able to waive your minor. In this situation, you are considered a dual degree student and must satisfy all requirements of both degrees.

How do I make it on the Dean's List?

Students in the College of Liberal Arts who earn a 3.7 GPA in a semester (minimum of 12 graded credits required) will be on the Dean's List.

I'm getting ready to graduate. What do I need to do?

  • At least one semester prior to your intended graduation term, be sure to meet with a college advisor for a pre-graduation evaluation. The advisor will review your transcript and advising report with you to verify if you are eligible for graduation.
  • After registering for courses for your final semester, apply for graduation on MyNevada and pay the fee. (Application deadlines are October 1st for December graduation, March 1st for May graduation, and June 1st for August graduation.) Be sure all your contact information in MyNevada is up to date to ensure you will receive communications regarding graduation and the commencement ceremony.
  • If you missed the graduation application deadline or have other issues with your graduation status, please meet with a college advisor as soon as possible to discuss potential options.

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