College of Arts & Sciences

CAS Advising Support Center

Advising Resources

There are many resources at Saint Joseph's to guide you as you plan your education and help you with all aspects of your academic life.  While your advisor will most likely be the person you talk to most often about your class schedules, grades, and academic plans, we encourage you to take advantage of other people on campus for specialized help and advice related to your interests and goals.  These resources include The Dean's Office, Fellowships OfficeHealth Professions Advising, Pre-Law Advising, Center for international Programs, Career Development Center, and the HSB Leahy Advising Center.


THE DEAN'S OFFICE

College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office (BL 113) 610-660-1280
Haub School of Business Dean's Office (MV 160) 610-660-1847

There is an Associate Dean designated for each of the four Divisions in the University (Business, Humanities, Natural Sciences/Mathematics, and Social Sciences) and an Associate Dean for Education. 

Associate Dean for Education - Dr. John Vacca
Associate Dean for Humanities - TBA
Associate Dean for Natural Sciences/Mathematics - Dr. Michael McCann
Associate Dean for Social Sciences - Dr. Nancy Fox
Associate Dean for Business - Mr. Patrick O'Brien

The Associate Deans can help you to:

  • Get academic assistance when experiencing a family emergency or facing signficant obstacles in your academic life
  • Withdraw from a course
  • Take a leave of absence
  • Obtain pre-approval for transfer course work including summer courses and/or courses taken during a study abroad experience
  • Change a course from credit to audit
  • Get permission for a course overload
  • Obtain approval for an independent study/directed readings course

If you need a CAS Associate Dean's signature and/or would like to schedule a meeting with one of them, please contact Donna Mallon at dmallon@sju.edu or call her at 610-660-1280.  The CAS Dean's Office is located in BL 113.

FELLOWSHIPS OFFICE
Director: Brent Smith, Ph.D.
Telephone: 610-660-3348
Email: bsmith@sju.edu

The Fellowships Office offers guidance and advice to fellowship applicants already enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, and the University College. The Fellowships Office works closely with fellowship / scholarship applicants in every step of the application process, from discerning which fellowships / scholarships best suit their needs to discussing the steps that need to be taken along the way.

HEALTH PROFESSIONS ADVISING
Mrs. Connie O'Hara
329 Science Center
610-660-1043
ohara@sju.edu

Visit the Health Professions Advising website to join the Health Professions email list to receive announcements about programs and events geared to students interested in health careers.

The Health Professions advisor can help you to:

  • Learn about required courses for medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as nursing and allied health programs such as physical therapy.
  • In consultation with your faculty advisor, provide assistance with creating a 4-year plan for completing pre-health coursework in combination with major courses and other general education courses.
  • Understand and navigate the application process.
  • Learn about experiential learning opportunities both on- and off-campus that can help you explore career areas and prepare for application to medical school and other graduate programs.


PRE-LAW ADVISING
To Be Announced

The Pre-Law Advisor can help you to:

  • Consider carefully if a law degree is right for you.  It is not necessary to know what kind of law you want to practice or even if you want to practice law to decide to attend law school.
  • Explore ways to gain necessary experience as you prepare for law school.
  • Understand the factors that may give you a competitive edge in the admissions process.
  • Prepare for the application process

STUDY ABROAD - CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
183 City Avenue (Across from Borgia Hall)
610-660-1835
cip@sju.edu

The Center for International Programs staff can help you to:

  • Explore study abroad programs and decide which option(s) best meets your needs/goals
  • Understand study abroad application requirements
  • Navigate the application process
  • In consultation with your advisor and Deans, determine how courses taken abroad will apply toward your degree requirements.


CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Moore Hall - 1st Floor
610-660-3100
careerhelp@sju.edu

The Career Development Center can help you to:

  • Consider your interests, personality, and skills, in relation to your major and career options.
  • Prepare for the internship and job search process.
  • Research careers and connect with alumni who work in fields that are of interest to you.
  • Develop professionals skills as you prepare for life after SJU.
  • In collaboration with your faculty, explore graduate school options and prepare for the application process.
The Career Development Center also offers a number of programs throughout the year related to all aspects of career/major exploration and the job and internship search including resume workshops, two annual career fairs, mock interview opportunities, networking nights, and much more.


HSB LEAHY ADVISING CENTER (for HSB Students and for CAS students considering a minor/double major in the HSB)
Fr. Bruce Bidinger
Tim Higgins
MV 289
610-660-3420

The Advising Center's website features information on all programs and requirements for the Haub School of Business.  The Leahy Advising Center can help CAS students who may be considering a minor or double major in the HSB.  It also can be a great source of information for those considering changing their major to a business program.