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Advising Resources for Students

Interested in transferring into an HSS major or adding an HSS second major or minor or concentration?

Each department publishes change of major requirements and retention standards.  Here are the current standards: Change of Major Requirements.  Also, please make use of the What-If report in PAWS.  Liberal Learning requirements may change if you change your major or add a second major.

Interdisciplinary Concentrations are another mechanism to explore your interests and support your major or minor course of study.  Many of the concentrations are associated with HSS departments.  These concentrations structure your Liberal Learning requirements around a theme.

TCNJ also has policies about how courses are allowed to count across majors or minors or concentrations.  The college policy that describes these rules “Types of Majors and Minors Defined” can be found in the TCNJ policy manual.

Departmental Advising Materials

Each department publishes advising newsletters for students.  For the current semester and to view the archive, please see the Advising Materials from Departments.

Advising Policy

Effective Fall 2011; Revised Fall 2017

Because advising is critical to students’ educational success in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we embrace the following principles and strategies to promote good advising in our programs and departments.

Advising is an educational interaction between students (advisees) and faculty members (advisors) in which both have responsibilities to one another. As a School, our community agrees on the following list of responsibilities for the two partners in this relationship:

The responsibilities of faculty advisors are:

  1. To help students plan their programs of study;
  2. To listen to students’ academic concerns and needs;
  3. To be available to students and to take an active interest in their welfare;
  4. To refer students to appropriate resources elsewhere on the campus or beyond for guidance on academic and career matters;
  5. To help students make informed choices, negotiate difficulties, and take ownership of their education by learning from the consequences of their actions and choices.

The responsibilities of students (advisees) are:

  1. To develop a program plan with liberal arts breadth and depth that may change over time as they discover new interests and passions but still leads to graduation in a timely manner;
  2. To participate actively in planning their education, setting and meeting goals;
  3. To prepare for advising appointments as instructed by their faculty advisors;
  4. To develop resourcefulness by seeking, identifying and appropriately using resources, beyond their faculty advisor, for guidance on academic and career matters; and
  5. To develop self-ownership of their education by learning to make fully informed choices and take responsibility for their decisions.

For more information about the advising structure in our School, download the HSS Advising Policy and the other materials linked here:

Questions about transfer credits, test credits, or graduation?

Records & Registration maintains an Advising Guide that answers questions about transferring courses, test credits, and graduation.  Please visit their website: Advising Resources.