The Family Science Department provides a multi-tier advising
system that will help you design and carry out a program of
study best suited to your interests and needs. Several advisors
are available, depending on your need: the Family Science
Undergraduate Coordinator, Faculty Advisors, and the Director
of Student Services in the School of Public Health.
For general questions and consultation about degree requirements the Department Undergraduate Coordinator, Zainab Okolo, is available in the main office (1142KK School of Public Health) as a first point of contact.
The Undergraduate Coordinator also
conducts orientations for students in the major. During the
orientation, students receive the Family Science Undergraduate
Handbook. Review the Handbook every year and refer
back to appropriate sections (e.g. internship, course clusters,
senior audit) as the need arises.
Advising appointments are typically set up the week before openings are available. If there are no appointments set up for the following week, please check back regularly.
All students are assigned a Faculty Advisor who can provide
information about Family Science requirements, courses, department
research opportunities, and graduate programs. Faculty Advisors
have regular office hours posted on their office doors, and
they schedule additional office hours during the course registration
process. Many have advising sign-up sheets on their doors.
Alternatively, you may phone or e-mail your Faculty Advisor
to arrange an appointment. Meeting with your Faculty Advisor
will help you to focus on the upcoming semester, select courses,
and make decisions about graduate schools and careers.
The Department also has a listserv for all Family Science undergraduate students. You will receive weekly email messages about department and campus events, internship and research opportunities, career seminars, graduate schools, job openings, and other news. If you are a Family Science major and are not on our listserve, contact our Undergraduate Coordinator, Zainab Okolo, and ask that your name be added to the list.
Students should make every effort to attend the Department, College, and Campus programs that relate to their areas of academic research and career interests.
Who to See About What
Information about Undergraduate Advising can be found here.
The Assistant Dean, Dr. Coke Farmer,
deals with a number of special issues (see below). Note that
Dr. Farmer's office is located in the School of Public Health
building, Room 3310A.
The following chart provides a quick reference for advising
The Family Science Department encourages student comments
about Departmental advising. Faculty advisors want to maintain
their strengths and overcome any weaknesses in the advising
process. Students should feel comfortable about contacting
the Undergraduate Coordinator or the Department Chair with
concerns or suggestions about their experience.