Behavioral and Social Sciences Academic Advising Overview
Early in a departmental advisee's residence, a departmental faculty advisor is assigned to help assess and plan the student's program of study, focusing on the student's specific academic and career goals. Some students are seeking careers in teaching, social service, museums, historical societies, nonprofit organizational settings, or corporations, while others are preparing for admission to graduate and professional training programs.
All students must meet with their departmental advisor (in person or via phone or email) prior to registration. Contact your advisor one or two weeks before registration for an appointment. You cannot register for classes without the approval from your advisor. Arrive at your advising meeting with a suggested schedule in hand. Make sure to examine your online degree audit to ascertain what courses you need to graduate. An online list of available courses is posted about one month before registration, while the printed version comes out about a week before. After a meeting with an advisor, you will be released to register online. Seniors with at least 90 credit hours receive first priority, followed by juniors with at least 60 credit hours and then everyone else. Contact your advisor if you need to alter your schedule due to filled classes, etc.
Preparation for Graduate School
Students who are considering attending a graduate program in the future should carefully consider what courses they take while at Webster. The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers a wide range of courses that will prepare students for a graduate career in Anthropology, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology.
Undergraduate Drop, Withdrawal, and Incomplete Policy
Students may drop a course any time by the Friday of the second week of class. If drops are done during the allotted time period, the class will be eliminated from the academic record completely. Drops should be processed through your academic advisor or by visiting the Academic Advising Center.
Students may withdraw from an 8-week course from the third through the sixth week of class. Students may withdraw up until the 12th week of a semester-long course. The student will receive a "W" on their official academic record, but it will not affect the overall GPA. Withdrawals should be processed through your academic advisor or by visiting the Academic Advising Center.
If a late withdrawal is requested after the deadline, a student needs approval from the instructor, advisor and department chair. A late withdrawal normally is done for external reasons such as an illness or family emergency.
Students unable to complete a course may file for an incomplete grade. It’s a contract that spells out what needs to be done and when. Incomplete grades may last up to a year. After a year, the incomplete will change to an F.
Please refer to the Official University Policy for specific information.
Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center (314-968-6972) coordinates the undergraduate and graduate advising system. This office provides students with information about academic programs as well as special study opportunities; it also administers registration for graduate degree programs. Additional resources related to advising can be found at the Academic Resource Center webpage.
Academic Resource Center
The Webster University Academic Resource Center, located at Loretto Hall, Room 6 (314-246-7620) helps students succeed at Webster in a number of ways:
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