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Barrett Advising?

MomMe32MomMe32 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
S & I just visited ASU/Barrett. Overall, we really liked the people and the campus.

My one concern/question is about the departmental advisors. The math advisor we ended up seeing on our visit was in the religion dept and didn't teach math classes. When I asked if we could speak w an advisor from the dept, I was told that the advisors know all the dept classes well and it doesn't matter what dept they are in. Frankly, I thought this was a bit strange. When we have contacted other schools about math or other related subjects, we spoke to someone from the corresponding dept.

I understand that a freshman advisor doesn't necessarily have to be from a student's intended major to help the student figure out classes, but we were asking about a focus in math in relation to other majors and upper div math - not so much what 1st yr math course to take given these HS math classes or AP class taken.

I am hoping someone who has a student at Barrett or a Barrett student could tell me more about how advising works at ASU/Barrett. TIA for any info you are willing to provide!

Replies to: Barrett Advising?

  • STEMFamilySTEMFamily Registered User Posts: 1,327 Senior Member
    I have a daughter who is a current sophomore CS student in Barrett. The CS department has a group of advisors that, from what my daughter has told me, are not CS faculty. I have seen this at other state schools as well where they have full-time advisors instead of having faculty do the advising. The ones who have advised D do know the flow chart dependencies very well and are very adept at manipulating it based on a student's current standing and AP credits. And for CS, the first 2-3 years are pretty full just with requirements even with AP credits. However, I would guess that the advisors do not know the subject well enough to advise upper division students for that students' particular interests and career goals. My D has done research with a professor for a couple of semesters now and I know she has had more in-depth conversations with him about her future plans and what electives she should eventually take. So I think the answer is your S will need to be proactive and seek out his math professors to talk to them.

    There is a poster who has a sophomore daughter who is a math major and with whom I have corresponded several times. I will PM you with her user name and I am sure she would be happy to tell you about her D's experience in the math department.
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