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College of Liberal Arts Academic Advising Center
It is recommended, and in some cases required, that students consult with an advisor prior to registration. The advisor will review the proposed coursework and inform students of the requirements for graduation. In addition, the advisor helps students achieve breadth in their curriculum and provides other needed assistance.
Academic advisors strive to avoid errors when advising students about program requirements, although the college cannot assume liability for errors in advising. Students must, therefore, assume primary responsibility for knowing the requirements for their degree and for acquiring current information about their academic status.
Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center in the College of Liberal Arts helps Liberal
Arts students plan curriculum, choose majors, make vocational and post
graduate plans and resolve a variety of academic matters. Services are
provided by a staff of full-time professional advisers and part-time
faculty advisers. The center informs students about the results of placement
testing and assignment into corresponding courses. Monitoring of academic
progress and graduation clearance are also the responsibility of the
Advising Center. Through individual interviews and group workshops,
the Center offers the following services:
· Curriculum Advising for undeclared Liberal Arts students and declared majors in the Humanities and Social Sciences who have completed fewer than 30 credits. Students enrolled in the University Honors Program are advised in the Honors Office in Tuttleman Learning Center until they have completed 60 semester hours. All other students are advised in their departments.
· Registration Assistance for students ineligible for on-line registration. Includes on-line processing of original registrations and/or schedule revisions, and course withdrawals through the ninth week of the semester or the fourth week of the summer sessions.
· Academic counseling provides an opportunity for students to develop a meaningful education plan compatible with life goals. Students can also meet with advisers to discuss a variety of academic concerns and develop some possible solutions. Students on academic probation and others experiencing academic difficulty work with advisers to learn strategies for overcoming the obstacles to success.
· Pre-Professional Advising for students planning to enter law school. Pre-professional advising for the health professions is offered through the Academic Resource Center.
· Intra-University Transfer (IUT) Advising for students changing programs and moving to the College of Liberal Arts from other schools and colleges at Temple. During mandatory group advising sessions, students transferring to Liberal Arts learn about collegiate degree requirements, policies and procedures.
· Withdrawal and Readmission interviews.
· Graduation Reviews for students entering their senior year.
· Special requests that require students to petition, including those to attend another university for a semester or summer course, be graded in one course on a credit/no credit system, register for an overload, evaluate life experience credit and credit by examination, receive approval for an exception to policy.
Students are advised by a departmental advisor within their major once they have accumulated at least 30 credits and have declared a major. Through contact with departmental faculty, students gain an in-depth appreciation of a specific discipline and discover opportunities associated with their field of interest.
Student Advisors/Ombudspersons (SA/O)
Departments in the College of Liberal Arts have student advisors/ ombudspersons that are qualified undergraduate majors of the departments they represent. Thoroughly familiar with requirements and curricula, they add something far more valuable than just information—the voice of experience. These student advisors/ombudspersons competently direct fellow students to the courses and faculty members who will enhance their interests. They also have information concerning career options for graduates from their departments. The Student Advisors/Ombudspersons have offices within their respective departments. This program serves as a means for student expression and concern with the hope of benefiting the student and the department.
Student Grievance Procedures
Mediating student academic grievances is an important responsibility of the departmental ombudspersons. They will try to solve any academic grievance that may arise, acting as the student-faculty "go-between." A student must initiate the first stage of an academic grievance no later than 30 days after the beginning of the fall or spring semester immediately following the completion of the course in which the grievance occurred. Copies of the College of Liberal Arts grievance procedure can be obtained from the Student Advisors/Ombudspersons.
Continuing Student Registration
Continuing student registration is the period during the fall and spring
semesters when currently enrolled students should register. Prior to
processing their registrations, freshmen meet with advisors in a group
setting to review their DARS documents and discuss course selections
for the upcoming semester. Freshmen will be unable to register for their
second semester unless they attend a group advising session. DARS for
all students are available on the Web through Owlet.
Early Admission to Health Professions Graduate Programs - Students in the College of Liberal Arts who have been admitted to graduate health-related professional schools at the end of their third year and have completed 90 semester hours of College of Liberal Arts or College of Science and Technology coursework including the requirements of the College and their majors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 may petition the Dean for the transfer of their first year in professional study toward the completion of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Preparation for the Study of Law -
All law schools accept the degree of Bachelor of Arts as fulfillment of their requirements for admission. The Pre-Legal Education Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and the Temple University School of Law stress the importance of a well-rounded education. Since the legal profession makes extensive use of both the written and spoken English language as professional tools, the law student should have extensive preparation in English in undergraduate courses. Because a large part of a lawyer's work requires problem solving and sound judgment, students should take courses that help develop creative power in thinking. The study of law, furthermore, rests upon a broad knowledge of western civilization, including its political, economic, and social institutions; hence, the student preparing for law should schedule courses, which afford this broad background. Some law schools also recommend two semesters of accounting. After selecting a field of concentration, the student schedules courses in consultation with both the adviser in the area of concentration and with the pre-law adviser in the Academic Advising Center of the College of Liberal Arts.
Courses of Special Interest to Pre-Law Students -
While no specific undergraduate courses or majors are required for admission to accredited law schools, pre-law students are advised to select courses and programs of study that are intellectually challenging while helping to develop necessary skills and knowledge.
Courses that are "law-related" because they either require reading of law cases or concern the study of particular legal issues are listed below for the convenience of interested students. Law school admissions officials prefer that pre-law students take very few such courses believing that the teaching of law more appropriately belongs in the province of the law school. It may be useful, however, for students who are uncertain about attending law school to test their level of interest by selecting one or more of the following courses in the College of Liberal Arts:
American Studies 0109 -- Courtroom in American Society
To develop the communications skills of reading and comprehension, expository writing, and speaking:
Communication Sciences 0180 -- Introduction to Linguistics
To develop analytical reasoning skills:
Philosophy C055 -- Critical Thinking
Since most law schools require applicants to submit the score earned on the Law School Aptitude Test, administered periodically by the Law School Admissions Service, students planning to study law should consult the pre-law advisor prior to the senior year to determine whether the school to which they plan to apply will require such a test and to determine the dates when such examinations are given. Prospective law students should consult the pre-law advisor about requirements for admission to law school, law school scholarship assistance, and opportunities in the legal profession. To satisfy statutory requirements, early in the senior year prospective law students should consult the pre-law advisor concerning the legal requirements for practicing law in the state in which the student desires to study and practice.
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International -
Students interested in College of Liberal Arts pre-law studies are
encouraged to join Phi Alpha Delta. Its pre-law program assists "undergraduate
students to make an 'informed choice' in selecting law as a career,
deciding which law school to attend, and in preparing for the rigors
of law school."
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