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Advising & Academic Support

Academic Advisement   

Every student must be advised before registering for classes. Failure to do so will result in a registration hold on the student's record. 

Incoming Freshmen 
The orientation process is the first step toward becoming a full-fledged college student. The university’s New Student Orientation program is held every summer for an exciting 2-3 day intellectual, cultural, and social experience. During this time, first-year and transfer students who have been admitted into the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication will be advised to an experienced faculty member. Registration is required. Visit the NSO website for dates and more information. Note: All undeclared majors who have completed 0-30 credit hours must be advised through the Academic Advisement Center located in the School of General Studies.  

Returning Students
In mid-October and early March of each year, all returning undergraduate and graduate students are required to consult with their assigned faculty adviser to create a course schedule for the next term. Both the student and the adviser must complete and sign the SJGC Academic Advisement Form for their respective degree program. A registration stop will occur until the advisement form has been submitted. Students should contact the Division of Journalism or Division of Graphic Communication for the name of their assigned faculty adviser.   

SJGC Academic Advisement Forms
Each student should bring a completed SJGC Academic Advisement Form to every meeting with a faculty member for advisement. The form shows the program of study, course taken and courses a student plans to take. A copy of the form is kept in the student's file and will be used for the graduation check to ensure that all requirements have been met. 
Broadcast Advisement Form
Public Relations Advisement Form
Graphic Design Advisement Form

Courses Requiring Advisor Approval
MMC 4945    Journalism/PR Internship 
GRA 3935    Graphic Communication Seminar
GRA 3940    Graphic Communication Internship
GRA 4905    Directed Individual Study
JOU 5931     Specialized Topics in Journalism
JOU 5905    Directed Independent Study 

Modifying Academic Programs
Any modification to the student’s academic program (i.e., change of major, change of program type, etc.) must be approved by the advisor, division director,  and the Dean. 
Career Advisement   
The SJGC Office of Intership & Placement (OIP) assists current students and alumni with finding interships and job opportunites. The the OIP also provides students with professional development assistance such as résumé and cover letter critiques, interviewing tips and portfolio reviews. Contact Knight Chair, Francine Huff at 850-412-6587 for further assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Writing Resource Center   
The FAMU Writing Resource Center offers free 30-minute daily writing and grammar tutorials for all students enrolled at FAMU. Writing is an essential component of the SJGC curriculum and the professional careers of our graduates. Students who desire to shapern their writing skills outside of the classroom are encouraged to schedule an appointment. 

Counseling Services   
The college experience is full of exciting new experiences, but it can also be quite stressful and overwhelming. The FAMU Office of Counseling Services understands the importance of addressing the stressors and concerns of student life to ensure academic success. Additionally, SJGC faculty hold several workshops throughout the year to address time management, stress, and social issues.