The mission of the MTSU academic advising process is to provide a quality, student-centered
environment that promotes intellectual growth. This process is dedicated to fostering
a collaborative and mentoring relationship among advisors, students and the university
community. Students are encouraged to think logically, critically and creatively in
order to assume ownership of their lifelong educational goals. Advisors guide students
through a variety of support services that enable them to make a successful and holistic
transition in the MTSU and global community.
Objective: To understand university, college and degree program policies and requirements.
Need to meet with an advisor?
Undecided majors will be advised by the advising staff in the University College Advising
Center until solidifying a major of choice. Click here for more information available at the University College Advising Center.
When students declare a major, the major department will assign a faculty advisor.
Students may view their assigned advisor including contact information in their Pipeline/RaiderNet
account. In the event that faculty advisors have not been assigned or are not available,
students may also contact the college of their major to speak with a college advisor.
Click on the college listed below to be directed to the college advising website for
Please note: Beginning fall 2011, freshmen intending to major in Mass Communication and Education
will initially be advised by staff in the University College Advising Center.
College of Basic and Applied Sciences
- Agribusiness Agriscience
- Concrete Industry Management
- Computer Science
- Engineering Technology
- Mathematical Sciences
- Military Science
College of Business (Jennings A. Jones College of Business)
- Business Communication & Entrepreneurship
- Computer Information Systems
- Economics & Finance
- Management & Marketing
College of Education
- Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3)
- Special Education K-12 (Comprehensive & Modified)
- 4-8 (Science, Social Studies, Math, English)
- Interdisciplinary Studies K-6
- Students wishing to teach grades 7-12 should major in the teaching discipline with
a Secondary Education minor from Educational Leadership
College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
Schedule advising appointments at: www.mtsu.edu/cbhs
- Criminal Justice Administration - Concentrations in Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
- Health and Human Performance
- Athletic Training
- Communication Disorders
- Exercise Science
- Health Education - Concentrations in Health Education & Lifetime Wellness and Community
& Public Health
- Physical Education K-12
- Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies
- Human Sciences
- Family & Consumer Studies - Concentrations in Family & Consumer Science Education
and Child Development & Family Studies
- Interior Design
- Nutrition and Food Science - Dietetics
- Textiles, Merchandising, and Design - Concentrations in Apparel Design and Fashion
- School of Nursing
- Social Work
- Psychology - Concentrations in Pre-graduate Psychology and Industrial/Organizational
College of Liberal Arts
- Economics (BS only not BBA)
- Foreign Language (French, German, & Spanish)
- Geosciences (Geology & Geography)
- Global Studies
- Political Science (includes International Relations)
- Sociology & Anthropology
- Speech & Theatre (includes Organizational Communication)
College of Mass Communication
- Electronic Media Communication
- Digital Media Communication
- Electronic Media Communication - Production, Management, Journalism, or Digital Animation
- Advertising/Public Relations
- Visual Communication
- Recording Industry
- Audio Production
- Commercial Songwriting
- Music Business
- Liberal Studies
- University Studies
- Professional Studies majors
Students with questions regarding the honors program should also contact the Honors College.
What takes place during an advising session? How should I prepare?
Expectations of Students:
- Schedule regular appointments with faculty and/or college advisor.
- Review major/program policies and requirements using the MTSU Undergraduate Catalog
and make a list of questions and concerns.
- Clarify personal values and goals; follow through and accept responsibility for academic
decisions and performance.
- Keep a record or file of your academic progress and goals and bring it to scheduled
- Possess an understanding of university/college/program requirements in order to effectively
communicate those requirements to others.
- Provide a teaching/learning environment for students to share thoughts, aspirations,
concerns and interests.
- Encourage and guide students to define and develop realistic educational goals.
- Assist students with making course selection and career-related decisions; make referrals
ACADEMIC ADVISING TIMELINE
- Complete general education requirements and lower-division courses (1000-2999) level)
- Explore student organizations related to major
- Consider Experiential Learning Opportunities
- Begin networking with peers and faculty in major
- Make tentative plan of classes to prevent prerequisite issues
- Explore Career Development Center services and resources
- Begin upper-division courses (3000-4999 level)
- Research career options and graduate programs
- File intent to graduate and upper division form with advisor (three semesters remaining)
- Finalize career/postgraduate plans
- Take graduate exams (LSAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT)
- Complete appropriate exit exams (graduating semester)-see Testing Services