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Advising and Registration

 Academic Advisement - Who, what, when, where and how?

Registration for Fall semester 2017 begins April 4, 2017.  Instructions for Advising will be available on 3/1.

Advisors ensure that students are completing social work courses in the scheduled developmental progression, provide guidance regarding completion of remaining university and cognate requirements, and discuss students' interests for their field placement, graduate school, and future employment in the profession.  Advisors also provide alternate pin numbers each semester. 

Schedule an advising appointment:  October and March are the months to remember to schedule a time for advisement for the next semester.  Check your Southern email for instructions and links to schedule an appointment, or click on the appropriate link below. 

MAJORS- Advising List:

Junior and Senior students who have been accepted into the BSW program have been assigned an advisor and emailed a copy of the 2016-2017 Advisor List.  If you have not received the Advisor List, or you do not see you name included, please contact Social Work University Assistant, Chris Sagar:

Sign up with:  Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes
LOCATION: Lang House
Please Select the link for the advisor you have been assigned.  If you are unsure who your advisor is, please contact Social Work University Assistant, Chris Sagar:  PRIOR to scheduling an appointment.
Sign up with:  Nicole Paul
LOCATION: Lang House
Sign up with:  Julie Piepenbring
LOCATION: Lang House

PREMAJORS- Advising List:

Students who have 31 credits, or MORE:
Last name beginning with A-L will see Steven Hoffler (Lang House)
Last name beginning with M-Z will see Amy Smoyer (Lang House)
Students with LESS than 31 credits:

Advisement for Spring will take place with your INQ instructor. 

Premajors/ Students who have less than 31 credits and do not have an INQ instructor should signup for advising with Drs. Hoffler and Smoyer according to your last name. 

The Social Work Department will host three meet and greet/information sessions in the Lang House Lounge: 
  • Wednesday November 9th, 1pm-2pm.
  • Thursday November 10th, 1pm-2pm.
  • Monday November 14th, 4pm-5pm.
Please join us to learn more about becoming a BSW Major! 

Advising FAQS

 How do I schedule my advisement appointment?

All advisement schedules are posted online.  Please sign up directly in your advisor’s schedule, by clicking on your advisor’s name above. 

What do I need to bring to my advisement session?

Please bring a recent degree evaluation to your appointment.

 Can I miss class to attend my advisement appointment?

No! Please do NOT schedule advising during class time.  If you are having trouble finding a time when your advisor is available, please contact your advisor directly, by email, and request a time that is not during your class time.

 How long is my advisement session going to be?

Advisors block off twenty-minute sessions per student. 

When is my registration date?

Find your registration date each semester by going to

 I am a transfer student.  Do I get to come in for advisement?

Yes! We are very happy to meet with transfer students and help assist you with planning your application to the social work program and your coursework.

What courses will I be registering for?

Juniors and Seniors, please click on the BSW Course Progression tab  to the left to preview which courses you should register for and when.  Pre-majors will discuss their course selections with their advisors.

 Do I have to come in for my alternate PIN number?

Yes!  Social Work department faculty do not give out alternate pin numbers without first meeting with a student.

 How do I pull up my Degree Evaluation?

From the Southern home page, log into Banner (as if you were going to register for classes).  Click on Records, then on Degree Evaluation.  Make sure you are listed as a social work major.  [If not, come to the department and complete a declaration of major form which can be obtained from the student workers or the department secretary].  Continue to follow the prompts, and select detail requirements to see your BSW program on the screen.  The courses that have a NO next to them still need to be completed.

I still have questions.  Whom do I ask?

It’s normal to have questions about the registration process and your advisor is prepared to answer them.  Some students prepare for advisement by writing down their questions and bringing it to their advisement session.  If you still have questions after your advisement session, please contact Dr. Steven J. Hoffler at