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Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Advising Information

The advising information provided within this section is in addition to that provided in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business Undergraduate Handbook.

The faculty in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business takes pride in advising students. However, as good as the faculty is, it is the responsibility of each student to oversee the satisfaction of all degree requirements. When meeting with your advisor, make sure to bring all necessary forms or information in order obtain the proper guidance.

When to see your advisor:

It is never too early to meet with your respective advisor in the School of Business. While students cannot declare their major in business administration until they have completed 36 credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.5, meeting with your advisor early on could save you from taking more credits than needed to graduate.

For example, students with a major in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing will be required to take BUS ADM 421, International Marketing. This class will ALSO satisfy the general education requirement for other culture. Thus, knowing this in advance, students can avoid taking extra general education requirements.

BUS ADM 421 also satisfies one of the four Writing Emphasis requirements. Thus, this one class can satisfy the following: upper-level marketing requirement, other culture requirement and writing emphasis requirement. While it will satisfy three degree requirements, students will only earn 3 credits toward their degree. It is possible for a student to satisfy all general education, business major and outside minor requirements, yet not satisfy the 120 credits needed to graduate. Students in this situation can then take elective classes to reach the 120 credit requirement.

The classes you will need to take should be offered on the same days and times during the respective semester (Fall, Spring) they are being offered. If you want to know what classes will likely be offered in a future semester, review that semester for the preceding year. Example: if a class is offered during the fall semester on M, W and F at 8:25am, that class will be most likely be offered on the same days and at the same time for the next fall semester. This will help you plan classes so you are not left with 2 or more required classes which are only offered on the same day and at the same time.

The Academic Plan for Business Administration and Accounting Majors

All UW-Green Bay students are expected to file a plan for the major by the time 62 credits are earned and/or in progress. The plan is created by submitting the form, "Official Declaration of Degree Plan/Advisor" to the Registrar's Office. This form is used to declare, change or delete majors/minors, as well as to designate an official faculty advisor. It will create an advisement report, a personalized list of all courses required for the degree including: (1) General Education, (2) the major, and (3) the minor.

Your advisement report (commonly referred to as an academic plan) is available through the Student Information System (SIS). Each semester the computer updates your plan, providing you with up-to-date and accurate information. You may view the updated information on any computer or obtain a printout of your plan at a minimal cost through the Computer Center. The advantages of having your plan on file are obvious. The guesswork will be taken out of your schedule planning and there is greater likelihood of completing requirements in a more timely fashion.

In order to file the "Official Declaration of Degree Plan/Advisor" form you must have satisfied the admission criteria for the major (i.e., 36 earned credits with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average). We encourage you to file your plan as soon as you have earned at least 36 credits and you have been admitted to either Business Administration or Accounting, with a classification of either BUA or ACTG. There is no need to wait until you have 62 credits. To begin the process, pick up the form from the Registrar's Office or the Academic Advising Office.

Your next step is to arrange an appointment with your faculty advisor from Business Administration or Accounting. Call the School Business office at 465-2051 to find out who your faculty advisor will be. Each academic year an advising schedule is available indicating each area of emphasis within Business Administration and Accounting and the appropriate advisor to contact. You will be given the faculty advisor's direct telephone number and office hours so that an appointment can be made. IT IS BEST TO EMAIL OR CALL IN ADVANCE FOR AN APPOINTMENT!

Next, you should select a minor and meet with the faculty advisor in that area. If you are unsure of your intended minor, discuss it with your faculty advisor from Business Administration or Accounting. Please note that all Business Administration majors are required to complete a minor outside of Business Administration. Accounting majors will automatically complete a Business Administration minor through their required Accounting course work.

Your last step is to submit the form to the Registrar's Office. Shortly thereafter you will have access to your academic plan through the Student Information System.