Academic advising

Although academic advising is only required in the first three semesters, students majoring in criminal justice are strongly encouraged to get to know their academic advisors. Advisors can often anticipate issues before they arise and are here to assist students not only in scheduling the next semester, but also in planning for graduation.

In addition, the department encourages students interested in careers in criminal justice, justice-related professions, or graduate school, to meet with the faculty for career advisement. It is particularly important to explore career opportunities and options early in your academic career.

List of advisors

Department/Information Advisor Name Email Office
Criminal Justice Advisor - Last name begins with A-M Lauren Anderson AB 605
Criminal Justice Advisor - Last name begins with N-Z Pamela Everett AB 602
Criminal Justice Advisor - Law and Justice Pamela Everett AB 602

For helpful catalog year checklists, please email your advisor or view the course catalog.


  • Can you tell me how my son/daughter is doing in class?

    No. Faculty and staff are prevented from discussing any issues related to grades with parents under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

  • I am on academic probation – do I need a special advising session?

    Yes. Please contact the College of Liberal Arts Student center (775) 682-8745 to schedule an appointment regarding your probation.  

  • I got a bad grade in one of my classes. How do I replace my grade?

    You can replace up to 30 credits, levels 100-499. Both courses have to be taken at the University of Nevada, Reno and have to be the same course or cover the same course content. You can submit the grade replacement form electronically, via DocuSign. Please see an advisor for additional questions.

  • How do I take an independent study?

    Independent study courses are for students completing research or extended studies in conjunction with a faculty member sponsor. These credits can be earned in a variety of ways: performing a research project with a faculty supervisor, working as a research assistant on a faculty research project, or participating in a special topics class. Independent study credit is not available for students who simply want or need upper division credit. Please contact the professor with whom you are seeking an independent study course to determine if you are eligible.

  • How do I enroll in an internship?

    Please contact Internship Coordinator, Lauren Anderson.

  • Can I use transfer classes for criminal justice requirements?

    Yes, some transfer credits will count for CRJ credit, but many transfer credits come in as lower division electives only. Classes from non-accredited universities are not accepted. If you are transferring to the University of Nevada, Reno from another institution, it's best to coordinate with the other institution and the University of Nevada, Reno admissions and records office to determine how many and which credits will transfer to this University. Also, to prepare and register for the first semester after your transfer, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Student Center (775) 682-8745 to schedule an appointment for transfer advisement.

  • Can I substitute a class?

    Class substitutions are rare, but in some circumstances you can substitute a class you took at another university or in another department for a CRJ requirement. If you believe you have a course to substitute, contact an advisor to determine if you have a viable proposal.  

  • How many semesters of foreign language do I need?

    You need to complete a fourth semester (level 209 or 212) in a foreign language course or complete a fourth semester in American Sign Language (AM 148). Most students will need to complete all four semesters in a foreign language in order to complete the final courses (level 209, 212, or AM 148). 

    You can also satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency exam, by providing an official transcript showing you took four years of one foreign language in high school, or that you have participated in an approved study abroad program (contact the USAC office for information about the study abroad option and make sure to say that you want your study abroad experience to work toward your foreign language requirement). Contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures for more information.

  • What counts for the College of Liberal Arts “breadth” requirement?

    You can satisfy the breadth requirement with two classes from a College of Liberal Arts program, but those classes cannot count toward your major, minor, or any University core requirements. To get credit for the breadth requirement, you must email the College of Liberal Arts Student Center to inform the College of which courses you have taken to satisfy your breadth requirement (also include your name and NSHE ID number). These courses will not automatically show up on your MyNevada academic report under the breadth requirement, so you must contact the College via email to ensure your classes are applied.

  • How do I declare my minor?

    See an advisor/administrator in your desired minor course of study and they will assist you in declaring a minor with their department/program. Note: The Department of Criminal Justice does not offer a minor but criminal justice majors are required to declare a minor or complete the related subjects requirements. Also note: the law and justice major specialization does not require a minor.

  • How do I declare my major?

    Fill out a declaration/change of plan (major) form. Take it to your assigned advisor or to the criminal justice office (AB Room 601) and provided your GPA is at least a 2.0, we will sign your form and you will submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records on the 2nd floor of the Fitzgerald Student Services building.

  • Can my advisor get me into a class that is full?

    No, sorry. Advisors cannot enroll you in a course that is full. You should first get on the class wait list if one exists; otherwise, you must contact the professor directly if you want permission to enroll in a course that is full.

  • How do I get an advising registration hold lifted from MyNevada account?

    Contact your advisor and explain the hold you are seeking to have lifted. Criminal justice advisors can only help you with advising holds and not any other holds (financial aid, athletic, or parking-ticket holds, for example).

  • What classes should I take next semester?

    The best way to determine what classes you need to take next semester is by viewing your academic advising report, which is an electronic checklist of your degree requirements. After you go to your report, click on "collapse all." Then review the sections for "University core curriculum requirements," "College of Liberal Arts," "criminal justice," and your minor (if you have selected one). Each of these sections will tell you what classes have been "satisfied" and what classes are "not satisfied" (you still need to complete). When you see a section that says "not satisfied," click the green arrow for a list of classes that will fill the requirement.

  • How often and when should I meet with my advisor?

    Freshmen: Academic advising is mandatory for freshmen preparing to register for their second semester. Freshmen must participate in a group advising session (typically held in late September/early October), after which an advisor will lift the registration hold on your MyNevada account. You will receive notice about group advising sessions in class, via email and on WebCampus.

    Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are not required to meet with an advisor but are encouraged to do so if you have questions about particular requirements, courses or other academic issues. If you anticipate any special questions about registration, you should make an appointment with your advisor by April 1st for Fall registration and November 1st for Spring registration.

    Graduating Seniors (90 credits or more): If you have earned more than 90 credits, it is critical that you see an advisor for a graduation check. The College of Liberal Arts Student center will help you regarding the process. Contact them (775) 682-8745 if you have questions.

Advisors in the College of Liberal Arts

There are two types of academic advisors in the College of Liberal Arts: College Advisors and Faculty Advisors. Both types of advisors can assist you with your academic progress in different ways and you are able to meet with both types of advisors.

College advisors

The College advisors, located in the College of Liberal Arts Student Center, are year-round professional staff members whose primary role is academic advisement. College advisors are able to assist all students with a major or minor in liberal arts programs.

A College advisor can be particularly helpful with advising for:

  • New students to the University (incoming freshmen/first-year students and new transfer students)
  • Students changing their major into the College of Liberal Arts from another College/School at the University
  • Questions regarding overall degree framework, including Silver Core Curriculum, foreign language, CLA breadth, or the minor requirements
  • Students on academic probation
  • Pre-graduation evaluations for students nearing the completion of their degree preparing to graduate
  • General advising or exploration of liberal arts majors and minors
  • When faculty advisors are not available (especially during winter or summer breaks)

First-year students generally meet with College advisors prior to their first semester at the University (at summer orientation) and throughout the first year.

Faculty advisors

Each academic department in the College of Liberal Arts has one or more faculty advisors. The faculty advisors are academic faculty members that advise specifically for their department’s major and minor programs. In addition to their roles as instructors and scholars, faculty advisors can serve as mentors to students as they progress through their degree.

It is best to consult with a faculty advisor for:

  • Questions about requirements or course substitutions in a major/minor program
  • Selecting specific major/minor classes to meet your academic or professional interests
  • Graduate and professional school planning
  • Exploring internship and career opportunities related to your program

Students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors on a regular basis, especially after completing the first year of study.