Office of Academic Services

Advising

The mission of academic advising is to assist each student in developing and implementing their own academic plan designed to meet his/her educational, career and personal goals. The advising process is a shared responsibility between students and advisers.

Need academic advising? We're here to help! 

Regardless of the type of advice you need or questions you have, the staff in the SAS Office of Academic Services can assist you directly or point you in the right direction.

Not sure what advising actually is?

See What is Academic Advising?, and then take a look at several options for advising available to SAS students:

 

With advising centers on the four Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses, you're never far away from friendly, knowledgeable advice from an academic dean or staff member!

848-445-8888
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Busch Campus Busch Student Center, Room 172
604 Bartholomew Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Fax: 732-445-0109

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College Avenue Campus Milledoler Hall, Room 103
520 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Fax: 732-932-9009

 

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Douglass Campus Ruth Adams Building, Room 103
131 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Fax: 732-932-8898

 

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Livingston Campus Lucy Stone Hall, Room A-216
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Fax: 732-445-2175

 

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To make an appointment:

Call our main phone number, 848-445-8888, to schedule an appointment.
Please have a date, time, and/or location in mind when you call.

Who should come in for advising?

Appointments are designed for current Rutgers students who are taking classes at Rutgers this semester or students who have taken classes at Rutgers in the past.

Prospective students should contact University Undergraduate Admissions for information on the School of Arts and Sciences. There will be full-day advising sessions for incoming students (First Years and Transfer Students) over the summer. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate prospective or incoming students in individual advising sessions until the semester they begin at Rutgers.

When should I make an appointment?

Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor once a semester to discuss interests and long term plans. Appointments are made in advance by calling any SAS Advising Center. Your appointment may be on any campus and with any SAS Dean. Your meeting will be 15 minutes in length, so arrive to your appointment prepared. In order for your appointment to be productive:

  1. Be on time. Please leave adequate travel time as you may have to reschedule if you are late.
  2. Arrive with questions for discussion. The SAS dean can help you with:
  3. During pre-registration have a list of propsed courses for the next semester, with alternatives. Please use this form (Course Planning Worksheet) to tentatively plan your remaining semesters. (It is best to refer to Degree Navigator, WebReg, and SAS Undergrad to review any pre-requisites or restictions on courses you are interested in taking.)

When should I stop in to see a Reference Dean?

Reference Deans are available at every SAS Advising Center Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm unless the University is closed. You will be able to ask a question or two at the counter. If the Reference Dean finds your questions require more time, s/he will recommend an appointment. You may also use student workstations to submit online forms.

Often exactly which arts and sciences major you choose is less important that the fact that you have a  arts and sciences major rather than a specific, narrow technical degree that may rapidly be out of date. There are certain skills, habits of mind, and perspectives that all humanities, or social science, or natural, physical, and mathematical science majors share. Key is being able to articulate these as you present yourself to employers across sectors. Add a few key technical skills such as Excel and some familiarity with the jargon of the business world (google "business jargon" or "business buzz words") to the deep critical thinking skills you developed through the Core Curriculum, a major and minor you intellectually enjoy and feeds your need for purpose, and breadth-enhancing electives, and you are ready to go.

Here are some articles and books we have found helpful in understanding how arts and sciences is valued in the workplace.   Get more help with this in our Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences course for sophomores and juniors.  Also, visit University Career Services.

Here are some articles and books we have found helpful in understanding how liberal arts is valued in the workplace:

 

Advising about majors and minors can come from a variety of sources. Depending on what you need to know, you might turn to more than one source. The topics and questions below are meant to help you ask the right person. You can always come to an SAS advisor with a question - if we are not the right person to answer the question, we will refer you to the right person.

SAS Advisors (Deans)

  • I don’t know where to get started in choosing a major (Tips to get you started).
  • Can I fit in a double major and still graduate according to my schedule?
  • I am having trouble with the coursework in my major - can someone help me or steer me toward a better option?

Major/Minor Advisors

  • What classes do I need to take now or next term to make good progress in my major?
  • What classes do I have left to take to complete my major?
  • I am a senior - if I take classes X, Y and Z, will that complete the major?
  • I am having trouble with the coursework in my major - can someone help me improve?
  • What out-of-classroom opportunities are available for your majors?
  • What kind of career opportunities can a certain major lead toward?
  • What can I do outside the classroom to improve my professional prospects?
  • Can someone help me find an internship?

Career Services

  • What can I do outside the classroom to improve my professional prospects?
  • What kind of career opportunities can a certain major lead toward?
  • I want a job in X; what major will help me toward that goal?
  • Can someone help me find an internship?

Faculty/Instructors

  • Advising is not typically a full-time job for faculty, but a faculty member can be an excellent person to turn to with questions.

Additional Resources

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STAFF DIRECTORY
ADVISING CENTERS
  • Busch Campus

Busch Student Center
Room 172

  • Douglass Campus

Ruth Adams Building
Room 103

  • College Avenue Campus

Milledoler Hall
Room 103

  • Livingston Campus
Lucy Stone Hall
Room A-216