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Advising & Course Selection Information for CRIMINOLOGY MAJORS
(Freshmen, Transfer Students, and Continuing Majors)

 


COURSE SELECTION & ADVISING – What’s the difference?


Course Selection involves meeting with an advisor who assists you in selecting the courses you need to complete your major and eventually your degree.  During this meeting your advisor will issue you an Alternate PIN numbers that must be used when registering for courses.  Alternate PIN numbers change each semester and can only be obtained through a department advisor.

Advising is time set aside with an advisor to discuss questions you may have concerning your education, interests and career plans.  Advising meetings can be scheduled at any time during a semester. Criminology faculty have diverse backgrounds and experiences (criminologists, attorneys, psychologists) and you are free to schedule time with faculty who are most aligned with your interests.  Faculty members welcome the opportunity to respond to your questions and concerns.


FIRST SEMESTER FRESHMEN


As a full-time first semester freshman you will be assigned an advisor through CACE (Center for Advising and Career Exploration).  All full-time, first-semester freshmen will meet with their CACE advisor to plan their second-semester schedule. Students who have declared an academic major will be transitioned to their academic department at the start of their second semester in time to complete course selection for the first semester of your sophomore year. Continuing students who have not declared a major will remain with CACE for continued advising.


TRANSFER STUDENTS


If you have been accepted by CCSU and at the time of admission have declared Criminology as your major, you should contact the Criminology Department Secretary at 860-832-3005 or oteroca@ccsu.edu to schedule an appointment with the department’s Academic Advisor for transfer students.

During your appointment the advisor will provide you with an orientation to the Criminology Department and review credits from other colleges and universities that have been accepted by CCSU as listed on your Transfer Credit Evaluation.  A Curriculum Worksheet will be completed indicating courses needed to satisfy your general education, criminology major, and minor requirements.

Once you have met with the department’s Academic Advisor, please consider the following:

  • If you believe that you have not received the appropriate credit for courses other than those in the Criminology Major (for example, English, History, and Philosophy), you may appeal to that particular department (not the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department) at CCSU within which you seek credit for your prior course.
  • If you believe that you have not received the appropriate credit for prior criminal justice courses, you may appeal to the Undergraduate Director of Criminology and Criminal Justice. You cannot receive credit for prior criminal justice courses through any other means.



CONTINUING CRIMINOLOGY MAJORS
 

**ANNOUNCEMENT** Only those students who have not met with their assigned advisor (this does not include an initial meeting with the Department Academic Advisor, Ms. Kathy Mayer) at least two times during their tenure at CCSU are required to sign up for a face-to-face meeting for course selection. Seniors may use the PIN Waiver. Juniors and Sophomores that have met with their assigned advisor at least twice before this semester can email their choices to their assigned advisor or sign up to meet with their advisor during office hours. Please see below for detailed instructions according to your class status.

SENIORS (86 Credits by the end of the semester)

Option 1: Use PIN Waiver

You may obtain your PIN directly from the department Administrative Assistant if you do not wish to meet with a faculty member for help with course selection. The Waiver form is available in the Main Office (Vance 208) and on the department website.

Option 2: Email your Course choices to your Faculty Advisor

You may choose your courses and email them for your faculty advisor to review. To do this, e-mail your advisor your student number, a proposed course list, and a brief paragraph explaining how each course fits into your requirement for graduation. Your advisor will then email you the PIN within 2 business days.

Option 3: Sign up for an Appointment with your Advisor

Students may also obtain their PINs through appointments with their advisors. You need to make an appointment through signup sheets on your Advisor’s office door. You will be required to bring your transcript, degree evaluation and a proposed course list to your appointment. These appointments are meant to be brief, no longer than 10 minutes, in order for faculty to meet with Criminology students. If you have questions regarding careers, advanced degrees, or any other topic, please make a separate appointment outside of this course selection time period. If you are uncertain who your advisor is, you may access the information by simply

  1. Logging on CentralPipeline with your BlueNet account username and password.
  2. Click on the WebCentral - Banner Web link
  3. Go to the Student tab and click on the View Student Information link. On the Student Information page, view the Primary Advisor information.

 

JUNIORS (54 Credits by the end of the semester) & SOPHOMORES (26 Credits by the end of the semester)

Option 1: Email your Course choices to your Faculty Advisor (if you have met with your advisor twice before)

You may choose your courses and email them for your faculty advisor to review. To do this, e-mail your advisor your student number, a proposed course list, and a brief paragraph explaining how each course fits into your requirement for graduation. Your advisor will then email you the PIN within 2 business days.

Option 2: Sign up for an Appointment with your Advisor

Students may also obtain their PINs through appointments with their advisors. You need to make an appointment through signup sheets on your Advisor’s office door. You will be required to bring your transcript, degree evaluation and a proposed course list to your appointment. These appointments are meant to be brief, no longer than 10 minutes, in order for faculty to meet with Criminology students. If you have questions regarding careers, advanced degrees, or any other topic, please make a separate appointment outside of this course selection time period. If you are uncertain who your advisor is, you may access the information by simply

  1. Logging on CentralPipeline with your BlueNet account username and password.
  2. Click on the WebCentral - Banner Web link
  3. Go to the Student tab and click on the View Student Information link. On the Student Information page, view the Primary Advisor information.

Please select the following the link to obtain your degree evaluation: Please Click Here

NOTE: Seniors seeking an Internship for must see Professor Bantley - the sign-up sheet is posted on her office door (VAC 208).

CLOSED COURSE POLICY



You will find that some courses are "closed." This means that no student may register for a closed course or even attend a closed course class in the hope that the course will be open at some time in the future. Although we want to accommodate every student's needs, we simply do not have enough resources in terms of professors or classroom space. In some courses, registered students do drop in the first week, and you may be able technically to register for the course during drop-add week at the designated location. However, even in the remote event that a closed course is opened at some time in the future, you will already have missed many classes. Lost class time cannot be recovered. If a course is closed, please choose other courses. Neither your advisor nor your professor can permit an unregistered student to "sit in" or enter a class that is closed.
   

COURSE REPEAT POLICY

As per University policy, students are allowed to repeat courses.  However, after two attempts at the same course, they are not permitted to register for the course again without approval from the chair of the department offering the course.  Criminology majors will not be approved for a third registration of a core criminology course in which they have previously failed to obtain a C- or better.  Students who fail to obtain a C- or better after two attempts will be removed from the major.  In rare occasions, exceptions to this policy may be made after appeal to the department chair.




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