Advising

Plan Ahead

Carefully planning your coursework is critical to your success as a student. Your advisor can help you make strategic decisions when selecting classes, review your progress toward your degree, provide guidance to help you navigate the university's policies and services, and identify academic and university resources important to your success. Always plan ahead when scheduling an advising appointment, particularly during peak advising times when advisors may be booked several weeks in advance. We recommend you meet with your Academic Advisor once a semester to keep you on track.

Advisors

Academic Advisor

Your assigned Arts and Sciences advisor, Ryan Heitkamp, is here to help you select courses, identify special academic and career opportunities, meet graduation requirements, understand university policies and procedures, and access campus support services. Ryan’s office is in 100 Denny Hall, but he also holds drop-in hours in Drake Union in the River Den Lounge from 9 AM to 5 PM. Call (614) 292-6961 or email heitkamp.12@osu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Maureen Boman, Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, can also offer advising services. She is available at boman.12@osu.edu, and her office is in 1089 Drake Performance and Event Center.

Faculty Advisor

In addition to an Academic Advisor, each undergraduate theatre major is assigned a faculty advisor. You are invited to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss big-picture questions about career planning, seeking internships, and connecting to theatre in the Columbus community. Each semester, the Department of Theatre hosts an Undergraduate Advising Day and Course Fair where students can learn about upcoming course and production opportunities, as well as have a dedicated day in which they can meet with their Faculty Advisor. More information on this will be circulated to theatre majors by email each semester.

University Honors Advising

Honors advisors provide advice on your university Honors Contract. Honors Office counselors can assist you with procedural matters, information about degree requirements, an Honors Thesis, and other special honors opportunities.

Common Advising Matters

Below are links to some common advising matters. Advising and Academic Services provides comprehensive advising information.

Declare A Major

When to declare a major, how to declare a major, and what questions you should ask.

Buckeye Link

Your academic center for information about your academic record is Buckeye Link. View the university's schedule of classes, plan a schedule of classes, register, add/drop a class, see your grades, view your class schedule, view your statement including financial aid, print an advising report, get your degree audit report (DARS), request a transcript, access Carmen, and more.

Scheduling/Add/Drop

Policies, and processes for all your scheduling questions including registering, adding, and dropping a course.
Add a class information - Add
Drop a class information - Drop

Degree Audit Reporting System/DARS

See how your completed courses satisfy both general and major area course requirements. Access DARS through Buckeye Link, Enrollment and Academic History.

Academic Status

Information on academic status, academic dismissal, reinstatement, Freshman Forgiveness, Fresh Start, and more. Students who are struggling in a class are encouraged to discuss their difficulty with the course instructor. Academic advisors are also available for assistance in identifying appropriate resources.

Graduation

Ensure you have information on deadlines and policies so that your graduation plans go smoothly.

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