BASS Academic Advising

Behavioral and Social Sciences Academic Advising Overview

Early in a departmental advisee's residence, a departmental faculty advisor is assigned to help assess and plan the student's program of study, focusing on the student's specific academic and career goals. Some students are seeking careers in teaching, social service, museums, historical societies, nonprofit organizational settings, or corporations, while others are preparing for admission to graduate and professional training programs.Don Conway Long

All students must meet with their departmental advisor (in person or via phone or email) prior to registration. Contact your advisor one or two weeks before registration for an appointment. You cannot register for classes without the approval from your advisor. Arrive at your advising meeting with a suggested schedule in hand. Make sure to examine your online degree audit to ascertain what courses you need to graduate. An online list of available courses is posted about one month before registration, while the printed version comes out about a week before. After a meeting with an advisor, you will be released to register online. Seniors with at least 90 credit hours receive first priority, followed by juniors with at least 60 credit hours and then everyone else. Contact your advisor if you need to alter your schedule due to filled classes, etc.

Advising Tips

  • Students should take General Education courses as early in career as possible. In addition, BSS majors need a wide exposure to many disciplines and skill building courses (e.g., computer class, composition, mathematics).
  • The transition from a community college to Webster University often requires some adjustment. Consequently, 2000 or lower 3000 level courses are most appropriate in this situation.
  • Students should not take all of their courses in BSS. Consider taking some skill building courses outside the discipline (e.g., writing, computers). Students in psychology should take an anthropology or sociology course and vice versa.
  • Most courses in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (particularly 3000 and 4000 level courses) have a set of prerequisites. Make sure you have met these prerequisites prior to enrolling in upper division classes.
  • You should be taking courses that are appropriate for your class standing. In other words, students in their first year should be taking introductory level courses and general education requirements. Second year students should be taking 2000 level courses. Juniors should be taking 3000s. Seniors should be taking upper level 3000s and 4000s.

Preparation for Graduate School

Students who are considering attending a graduate program in the future should carefully consider what courses they take while at Webster. The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers a wide range of courses that will prepare students for a graduate career in Anthropology, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology.

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Undergraduate Drop, Withdrawal, and Incomplete Policy

Students may drop a course any time by the Friday of the second week of class. If drops are done during the allotted time period, the class will be eliminated from the academic record completely. Drops should be processed through your academic advisor or by visiting the Academic Advising Center.

Students may withdraw from an 8-week course from the third through the sixth week of class. Students may withdraw up until the 12th week of a semester-long course. The student will receive a "W" on their official academic record, but it will not affect the overall GPA. Withdrawals should be processed through your academic advisor or by visiting the Academic Advising Center.

If a late withdrawal is requested after the deadline, a student needs approval from the instructor, advisor and department chair. A late withdrawal normally is done for external reasons such as an illness or family emergency.

Students unable to complete a course may file for an incomplete grade. It's a contract that spells out what needs to be done and when. Incomplete grades may last up to a year. After a year, the incomplete will change to an F.

Please refer to the Official University Policy for specific information.

Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center (314-968-6972) coordinates the undergraduate and graduate advising system. This office provides students with information about academic programs as well as special study opportunities; it also administers registration for graduate degree programs. Additional resources related to advising can be found at the Academic Resource Center webpage.


Academic Resource Center

The Webster University Academic Resource Center, located at Loretto Hall, Room 6 (314-246-7620) helps students succeed at Webster in a number of ways:

  • The Writing Center: Qualified writing coaches will work with you at any stage of the writing process, from ideas to final drafts.
  • The Peer Tutoring Program: Staff and student tutors can clarify concepts and reinforce skills learned in class.
  • The Testing Center: Faculty may send and students may take make-up tests to be proctored at the ARC. The Testing Center also provides information about and administers examinations including DANTES/DSST, CLEP, CBASE, Webster foreign language placement (Spanish, French, German), and Webster course-waiver exams for MBA students (accounting and economics).
  • Disability Accommodations: Students with documented physical and learning disabilities must register with the ARC director in order to arrange for academic accommodations at Webster.
  • Study skills and writing handouts
  • Academic counseling for individual academic challenges & individual sessions for students who need to develop better organizational and learning strategies.