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College of Arts & Sciences
Film and Media Studies Program


Advising FAQ

When is advisement?

  • Fall 2017 advisement begins Monday, March 20 and runs through April 10.
  • It always happens in the 2-3 weeks before the Registrar opens student time tickets; you can work this out by checking the Registrar's calendar.
  • You must meet with your advisor before you register for courses. You will not be able to register for classes until after you have been advised.
  • Your advisor will email you via your UofSC email account to let you know how to sign up for an advisement appointment. 

Who is my advisor?

  • Your advisor will email you. 
  • If you have completed less than 60 hours, you will be advised by someone in the First Year Advising office. After 60 hours, a faculty memeber in Film and Media Studies will advise you. 
  • You can also find your advisor through Self Service Carolina under Student Records/View Student Information. (Note that this information does not always get updated as swiftly as we would like.)
  • You may have a different advisor this semester than last. We have to make adjustments when faculty go on leave, majors graduate, and so on.

How can I take classes that interest me and graduate on time? 

The key is preparation! The Registrar offers helpful guidance here. Before you meet with your FAMS advisor you should:

  • Review which requirements you need to complete by consulting DegreeWorks. While you're at it, make sure the information looks right. Your advisor can help you find the right person to correct errors in the record. 
  • Search for classes that fulfill requirements using the Class Schedule in Self Service Carolina. Remember that you can click through the blue links to get to the Academic Bulletin description for the course. Additional information is often available on the website of the department or program offering the course. For FAMS courses that page is here.
  • To locate courses satisfying Carolina Core requirements, this page is helpful.
  • To see how your classes might fit together, you can experiment with the new Schedule Planner feature in the student section of Self Service Carolina.
  • You should prepare a list of courses to discuss with your advisor. You could even cut and past them into an email to send before your appointment.
  • Plan also to discuss questions or concerns you might have about your academic work more generally (including possibile minors, cognates, or double majors, GLD, study abroad) and career plans looking beyond graduation (including internships, graduate school, etc.).
  • Courses fill up quickly so it is crucial to get advised and register as early as your scheduled time allows; delays can result in not getting your first choices in classes and times. 

What can expect from my advising appointment?  

  • Your advisor will expect professional courtsey, that is, that you wil arrive on time and give advanced notice if you must cancel. 
  • Your advisor will talk with you about your overall progress and plans for the degree. This part is often the most fun. 
  • Your advisor will review your plan for the upcoming semester, answer any questions you have (or point you to someone who can), and suggest changes that might make it easier for you to accomplish your goals. 
  • Your advisor will complete the paperwork required for you to register. Afterwards (and only then), will you be able to register for courses online.

I have reached 90 credit hours, and I am looking ahead to graduation. What should I do? 

  • The Dean’s Office requires that you complete a senior check two semesters prior to graduation, after reaching 90 credit hours. 
  • Make an appointment to fill out the SENIOR PROGRAM CARD with the Program Director Mark Cooper (coopermg@mailbox.sc.edu). 

Other questions? 

Please feel free to contact our office at 777-2339 or email your advisor.