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University Advising Services Center | Planning & Scheduling | General Education Requirements


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University Advising Services Center (UASC)
144-B Ralston Hall



Academic advising is an educational process that facilitates students' understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education. It fosters intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning (NACADA, 2004).

UASC is home for Undecided students, liberal studies majors, and students who are transitioning between majors. At UASC, our role is to help you find the information, self-knowledge, and experiences that will move your life in the directions you choose.  We encourage you to find academic areas that you enjoy and in which you will do well.

We believe academic advising is a collaborative educational process where students and their advisors are partners in meeting and ensuring academic, personal, and career goals. This partnership requires proactive participation and involvement by both parties. The partnership is a process that is built over the student's entire educational career at Clarion University. Both parties have clear responsibilities for ensuring that the partnership is successful.



Expectations of Students:

 Your UASC Advisor expects you to:

  • Schedule regular appointments and/or contacts during each semester

  • Come to appointments prepared with questions and/or topics to discuss

  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions

  • Be open to developing and clarifying your personal values and goals

  • Research college programs, policies, procedures, and opportunities as appropriate

  • Keep a record of your academic progress and goals

  • Be courteous and plan ahead (schedule appointments early and cancel or reschedule if necessary)



Expectations of Advisors:

You can expect your UASC Advisor to:

  • Understand CU degree requirements and effectively communicate them

  • Provide a safe space in which to share your thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests

  • Provide resources and referrals

  • Listen carefully to your questions, concerns, and confusions

  • Maintain confidentiality

  • Encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success

  • Assist you in making course and major decision


Your Academic Advisor

Every student at Clarion University is assigned an academic advisor who is a faculty member in the department of his or her major. Undecided students are assigned to a faculty advisor through the University Advising Services Center (UASC) until they declare a major. It is important to know what an advisor is and how an advisor may be of assistance to you. Here are some questions and answers that will help you to make the most out of your relationship with your academic advisor.


When should I see my academic advisor?

  • Take the initiative to get to know your advisor within the first three weeks of the semester. Continue to meet with your advisor on a regular basis throughout the semester to discuss your academic progress and educational planning. Meet with your advisor at least once each and every semester, from your first year through graduation, to check your progress and make sure you are on track.


How do I make an appointment to see my advisor?

Different advisors may prefer different means of communication, but here are the best ways to make contact with your advisor. Keep in mind that meeting in person is the best way to develop a more personalized relationship with your advisor.

  • Stop by during your advisor's scheduled office hours. These are usually posted on his or her office door.

  • Telephone your advisor's office or e-mail your advisor and make an appointment. Write down the date and time of your appointment and make sure it is one that you can keep. If you don't have your advisor's telephone number or e-mail address, look it up using the employee directory at, or contact the department secretary of your major. Undecided majors should contact UASC (814-393-1879).

  • If your advisor is not in his/her office, leave a message with the department secretary with your name, the reason for your visit, and your telephone number. Your advisor will have the information needed to return your call. Be certain to contact your advisor when it is necessary to change or cancel a scheduled appointment.


How should I prepare for my meeting with my advisor?

  • Know the name, location, telephone number, and e-mail address of your advisor.

  • Think about your interests and the possible majors and minors you may want to explore if you are undecided.

  • Write down questions or topics you would like to discuss with your advisor. Take them with you to your meeting. Complete any forms in advance.

  • Review a recent copy of your degree audit from MyClarion, we will discuss it at your appointment.

  • See your advisor well ahead of deadlines. Students who wait until the last minute are unlikely to get their advisor's best time and attention.

  • Become familiar with the university's General Education requirements.

  • Become familiar with the requirements for your major and minor programs if you have already selected them.

  • Become familiar with the university's resources that can help you to achieve your goals.

  • Become familiar with the university policies, procedures, and requirements.

  • Be on time for scheduled meetings.

  • Take a pen and paper to your meetings.

  • Make a list of courses that interest you if you are scheduling.

Keep a copy of all advisement documents (Undergraduate Catalog, ACES electronic guide, degree audit, grade reports, semester schedules, advisor letters, e-mails, etc.).


You should . . .          

. . . contact and keep in touch with your advisor

. . . make and keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change an appointment

. . . come with specific questions in mind

. . . ask about other sources of information

. . . be open concerning academic work, study habits, academic progress, etc.

. . . build a class schedule which meets necessary requirements and is free of time conflicts

. . . make decisions concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses


Your advisor should . . .

. . . post and keep office hours

. . . keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment

. . . provide accurate and specific information

. . . suggest other sources of information

. . . listen to you and help you solve problems, while maintaining confidentiality

. . . check your schedule for appropriate selection of courses

. . . suggest options concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses



Planning and Scheduling

When you plan your schedule for the next semester, you will need some tools and answers to important questions to help you along the way. Make an appointment with your advisor before the time you are to schedule and review your planned schedule of classes. The more prepared you are for this advising session, the more you will benefit from your advisor's recommendations.



Planning tools you will need:

Academic Advisor                        

  • helps plan future semesters and assists you in meeting your goals

  • helps you chart your progress

  • helps you personalize your options

Semester Schedule of Classes      

  • lists when and what classes are offered

  • contains important dates and deadlines

  • lists all of the courses that count toward general education

Course Catalog             

  • contains a description of courses and prerequisites

Degree Audit                 

  • printout of your current academic status including courses you have taken and what areas still need to be filled

  • available from MyClarion, UASC, and your advisor

Major/Minor Requirement Forms

  • checksheets that lists all of the requirements in your major/minor

  • available from department and advisor

Registrar's Web Site      



Questions you will need to ask yourself:


  • How much time am I going to spend on this class?

  • How often does this class meet?


  • What is the focus of this course?

  • Is this subject easy/difficult for me?


  • How is this course taught?


  • Why am I taking this class?

  • Have I met the pre-requisites?

  • Do I need this course as a pre-requisite for other courses?  

  • How will I be evaluated?


  • Do I have a mix of general education, major classes, electives?

  • Is there variation in the type of classes I'll have this semester? (lecture, reading, labs, papers, math/graphic problems, etc.)


  • What are my other commitments this semester? (employment, personal, activities, sports, recreation, family, social life, etc.)

  • How am I doing academically? (raising QPA, progress on major, connections with faculty)


  • What is my backup plan if I don't get my first choice?


General Education Requirements

The General Education program is a selection of course requirements designed to provide a well-rounded educational experience. Courses in your major are specialized to provide knowledge in an academic discipline and in a career area. The General Education Program gives you an opportunity to explore a variety of subjects that can serve as a basis for your specialized area of study as well as for your life in the university and community.

Where can I get information about the General Education program and requirements?

  • The best source of information is your academic advisor. Your advisor is prepared to answer your questions about selection of courses, requirements of the program, and requirements of your major.  If you have not declared a major, University Advising Services Center is staffed with advisors who are very knowledgeable about the general education program.

  • The semester schedule lists courses that qualify as general education classes as well as all flagged classes. It is important that you check this list, as not all courses on the schedule are approved to fulfill the general education requirements.

  • For a complete list of courses and flagged courses that fulfill General Education requirements, consult the Office of the Registrar Webpage.

  •  Go to "Student Resources" and click on "General Education Requirements" for a one-page description of General Education. Click on "General Education Flags" for a complete listing of courses that fulfill flag requirements (requires Adobe Acrobat).



What are the actual course requirements in the General Education program?

General Education requirements are divided into four sections:

  • Skills Courses

  • Liberal Knowledge

  • Health and Personal Performance

  • General Education Electives

  • Select courses to reach a total of 48 credits from any course approved as a skills course, a liberal knowledge course, or as a general education elective. The courses may not be in your major, health, or personal performance.

 More information is available here.\


What are "flagged" courses?

 Some courses have "flags" or are specially designated to fulfill specific requirements. Some of these classes are in the general education program and others are in your major. The five required flags are:

  • One first-year Values Flag that promotes your reflections on personal values, interpersonal values, and societal values.

  • One Quantitative Reasoning Flag that helps you to learn about data, quantitative expression, evidence and assertions, and quantitative intuition.

  • One second-year Values Flag that encourages you to explore human values, applied values, or ethics in a particular context.

  • Two Writing Intensive Flags that engage you in higher order reasoning and communication in specific disciplines.