Advising

AdvisingThe Modern Languages and Literatures Department encourages all students to meet regularly with their advisers for questions pertaining to registration, required curriculum, class schedule and more. Typically, an adviser is a student’s greatest resource; he or she will work diligently to find needed answers to help you solve problems that may arise. 

If you are unsure of who your adviser is, or you would like to change your adviser, please visit the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at 145 Whitman Hall or call 906-227-2940.

A few tips for registration and advising:

You should meet with an adviser well before registration in order to verify that the schedule you have created meets your program and financial aid requirements and to be certain that no holds have been placed on your account which will prevent timely registration.   

DOs:

  • Check your NMU account regularly. E-mails from the registrar, academic advising, financial aid and your adviser are important and often time-sensitive. Do not discard these e-mails without reading them!
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with your adviser before registration each semester. 
  • Always create your schedule following the curriculum from your hardcopy of your program’s bulletin page (this is a page you should have printed and that you and your adviser have agreed you will follow). If you have not discussed this with your adviser, please do so. 
  • When creating your schedule, be sure you have taken all prerequisites for any classes that you are interested in and write down the course registration numbers (CRN) and times of all courses. Be sure the day and times do not overlap in order to avoid frustration later. 
  • Always choose secondary classes in the event your first choice classes are full by your registration date. 
  • If you have any questions about creating your schedule, which classes you should take, etc., please speak with your adviser as soon as possible.  He/she is there to help you succeed. 
  • If you are not satisfied with your adviser, please see another adviser until you find someone who you feel is meeting your needs within reason. 

DON’Ts:

  • Never delay scheduling an appointment with your adviser. 
  • Don’t forget your prepared schedule when meeting with your adviser about registration. 
  • Although your adviser can help you with your final course selections or to substitute one course for another, do not expect your adviser to create your schedule for you.
  • Never ask another student questions about course registration, financial aid policies, prerequisites, etc. — please ask your adviser. He/she will have the most current and accurate information or can get you that information. 
  • During the first week of courses, students may realize that a particular course is not suited to their learning needs. Do not hesitate to speak with your adviser about enrolling in a comparable section if you anticipate future problems for yourself.  There are always options. 
  • Never assume that if you stop attending a course that the instructor will have you officially dropped. You need to drop the course officially before all pertinent deadlines (see the academic calendar) in order to not receive a failing grade or an incomplete. This will never be done for you.
  • If you receive financial aid, do not drop a course without verifying your necessary credit load. Your financial aid may be affected if you choose to drop a course and not replace the credits with another course. 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your adviser for help or clarification. If he/she does not know, then ask them if they can point you in the direction of someone who can get you the answer you need; and if you don’t understand an answer, ask him/her to explain until you do understand. 

For more information on academic advising, click here.