Academic Advising Services

Navigating Success: Map Your Course


Academic Advising Services assists and supports students in exploring academic goals, university requirements, and progress toward degree completion. Services and resources offered to students, faculty, and staff include:

  • Academic Advising Resource Guides
  • Academic Counseling
  • Advisor Meeting Preparation
  • Change of Major Advising
  • One-on-One Advisor Training
  • Professional Development for Academic Advisors
  • Undeclared Academic Advising

Please review the resources available on this webpage for answers to the most common questions about academic advising at DSU. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Change of Major Advising

Already have a major, but thinking about changing to Undeclared? Before you decide, schedule a meeting with Academic Advising Services. We can help you to:

  • Decide which major to choose.
  • Explore different majors.
  • Answer general advisement questions.
  • Understand how your coursework fits into your new major.
  • Start the Change of Major process.
  • Rearrange your academic plan to fit your intended major.

Talking to an advisor before changing your major will help you make more informed academic decisions by exploring your options and understanding how changing your major can affect you academically. Change of Major Advising can help you navigate between majors, compare majors and program requirements, and prepare you for departmental advising appointments.

Exploring Your Major

Changing Your Major

If you want to declare or change your major, talk to your current advisor first. If you are undeclared, you will work with the Coordinator of Academic Advising Services in Union 308. If you have a major, you will work with a faculty advisor in your department. Your academic advisor helps you in all areas of career exploration, including changing your major.

Advising Resources for Faculty

Searching for tips and suggestions to effectively advise your students? The Academic Advising Resource Guide is a one-stop online resource for faculty that includes tips, suggestions, frequently asked questions, and links to advising resources. Please use the sections of this Guide, along with the resources provided here, to help develop and streamline your academic advising process.

Academic Advising Resource Guide 2.0

Technology Access and Use

DSU academic advisors have access to a number of online tools to assist in the advising process. All systems can be accessed by going to

  • Argos—Use to access data reports related to advisee information, including advisee lists, alternate PINs, mid-term grades, student schedules, and more. Access reports by following the instructions below.
  • Banner—Use to locate all general student information, including current GPA, academic standing, high school GPA, ACT scores, previous courses taken, and more. See below for a list of Banner codes commonly used by academic advisors.
    • Banner Codes
    • For access information or training, contact OIT at 662-846-4760.
  • CRM Advise—Use to locate all general student information, access advisee lists, create and receive advisee alerts, generate reports, and more.
  • DSU Online Services—Use to access registration information, including alternate PINs, course availability, student schedules, transcripts, and more. See section 1.3.A of the Academic Advising Resource Guide 2.0 for step-by-step instructions for accessing alternate PINs and registering for classes.
    • For access information or general questions, contact OIT at 662-846-4760.
  • Outlook—Use as primary contact for communicating with advisees and to access features of Microsoft Office 365. E-mail can be accessed online via myDSU or by using the Microsoft Outlook desktop app.
    • For access information or general questions, contact OIT at 662-846-4760.
  • SOS Early Alert—Use to alert the Student Success Center for assistance if an advisee is experiencing academic difficulties. Once an alert is received, students are contacted and connected to campus resources to help them stay on track.
    • For more information, contact Academic Support Services at 662-846-4654.

Academic Advisor Training and Professional Development

Throughout the academic year, DSU academic advisors will receive a number of training and professional development opportunities. In addition to coordinating with campus departments to train new faculty, Academic Advising Services provides monthly professional development modules as well as special topics workshops as requested by campus academic advisors.

Advising Resource of the Month
To receive credit for monthly professional development modules, access the resources below and complete the short quiz. Modules are due by the end of each month, and each participant will receive a certificate via e-mail upon completing quizzes.

Academic Advising Services Monthly Updates

Academic Advising Champions

Under the leadership of the Coordinator of Academic Advising Services, the Academic Advising Champions are a network of faculty advisors who are dedicated to the development of a streamlined campus-wide advising process. Each Advising Champion is a DSU faculty member who is recognized as an effective academic advisor and adopts the tenets of Proactive Advising, an advising process that involves the use of proactive outreach and intervention to enable students to persist to graduation. Advising Champions are responsible for:

  • Assisting in efforts to enhance proactive advising at Delta State
  • Serving on the frontline for implementing proactive advising in their academic areas
  • Relaying new advising strategies, resources, and practices to their departments
  • Acting as advocates, mentors, and resources for new academic advisors

It is important for new/inexperienced advisors to know the Advising Champion(s) for their department. These individuals have assisted in the development and implementation of Proactive Advising and are able to share strategies, resources, and practices.

Academic Advising Champions

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Charly Abraham, Delta Music Institute
  • Karen Bell, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Leslie Stewart, Division of Social Sciences and History
  • Ellen Green, Division of Mathematics and Sciences
  • Sharon Hamilton, Division of Mathematics and Sciences
  • Cora Jackson, Department of Social Work
  • Thomas Laub, Division of Social Sciences and History
  • Lekeitha Morris, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Arlene Sanders, Division of Social Sciences and History
  • Tricia Walker, Delta Music Institute

College of Business and Aviation

  • Tomeka Harbin, Division of Management, Marketing, and Business Administration
  • Gwendolyn Meador, Division of Accountancy, Computer Information Systems, and Finance
  • Glendscene Williams, Division of Accountancy, Computer Information Systems, and Finance

College of Education

  • John Alvarez, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Natasha Barnes, Division of Counselor Education and Psychology
  • Todd Davis, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Jan Haynes, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Jon Westfall, Division of Counselor Education and Psychology
  • Franco Zengaro, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

School of Nursing

  • Lacey Blessitt, School of Nursing


Current DSU students are given an opportunity to engage in early registration for the upcoming semester, typically the first weeks in April/November. During this one week Pre-Registration period, students are able to meet with their advisors to register for classes. While some advisors choose to meet with students for course advisement the week before Pre-Registration begins, others prefer to meet the week of Pre-Registration. Make sure you know your advisor’s preference, and schedule accordingly. Regardless of when the registration advising session is held, you must register on the day that your class/group is eligible for registration during Pre-Registration week:

  • Monday: Seniors, Honor Students, Student-Athletes
  • Tuesday: Juniors
  • Wednesday: Sophomores
  • Thursday: Freshmen
  • Friday: All Students


Each semester, campus-wide Pre-Registration awareness efforts aim to canvas the campus in orange so everyone is aware that it is Pre-Registration week. These promotions include the use of orange yard signs, banners, flyers, e-mail reminders, and a sweepstakes in which pre-registered students are able to submit completed schedules for a chance to win prizes. Once promotions begin, contact your advisor proactively to set an appointment. Consider completing the Pre-Advising Worksheet below before meeting with your advisor.

Advising Resources for Students

All students are assigned an academic advisor who can be very helpful in your course selection and career planning. If you are undeclared, you are assigned to the Coordinator of Academic Advising Services in Union 309. If you have a major, you are assigned to a faculty advisor in your department.

While your advisor is responsible for helping you navigate degree requirements and other aspects of academic progress, you are in the driver’s seat. This means that the ultimate responsibility for understanding and completing degree and graduation requirements lies with you, not your advisor. Your advisor helps you plan your course schedules and gives you advice to assist you toward timely graduation, but it is important that you take the time to track your own degree progress.

There are a number of resources available to help you track your degree progress, including Academic Maps and the Undergraduate Catalog. Academic Maps are structured, semester-by-semester schedules that show when each course should be taken throughout an academic program and can be used when you are making decisions about which classes to take. The Undergraduate Catalog includes more detailed information about degree requirements, pre-requisites, and more. For a list of these and other useful resources, see the menu below.

Tracking Your Progress

Frequently Asked Advising Questions

Have a question related to academic advising or academics? See if your question is answered in the handy Frequently Asked Advising Questions guide below. If you don’t find the answer to your question there, e-mail Darla Sisney, Coordinator of Academic Advising Service, at, or call 662-846-4577).

Undeclared Academic Advising

Unsure of what major you want to pursue and courses to take? No problem! We are here to assist you with course scheduling and advisement, giving you time to explore and find the degree that best suits you. DSU requires you to take certain basic courses (General Education) regardless of your major. Undeclared Academic Advising allows you to complete those requirements while exploring your options.

The Coordinator of Academic Advising Services serves as the academic advisor for undeclared majors and assists in choosing a major. As an undeclared student, you are required to participate in early and active exploration of your major and take advantage of opportunities that will help you choose a major. This includes attending career fairs, speaking with department faculty, and meeting with your advisor. By the end of your freshman year, you are expected to declare a major. For more information about advisor meetings and other expectations of undeclared students, please see the “Road Map to Declare” below.

Exploring Your Major

To learn more about all the majors that DSU offers and their requirements, check out our Academic Maps and Meta-Majors:

Academic Maps

Academic Maps are structured, semester-by-semester schedules that show when each course should be taken throughout an academic program. The Map can be used when you are making decisions about which classes to take.






Similar to an Academic Map, a Meta-Major is a three-semester course of study that focuses on common General Education classes across a group of majors. All Undeclared students are required to select a Meta-Major, which allows you to stay on track by taking courses that count for multiple degree areas before choosing a major. 


Darla Sisney
Union 308; DSU Box 3232
Cleveland, MS 38733
P: 662.846.4577
F: 662.846.4580

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