Advising is an important piece that contributes to each undergraduate student’s achievement. The purpose of advising allows each student to engage in his or her undergraduate program of study while understanding and fulfilling requirements towards graduation. The department takes advising very seriously, and it is our goal to help you make a successful transition to Colorado State University. Throughout your relationship with your Academic Success Coordinator, we will support and encourage your academics by developing strategies that will achieve educational, personal and career goals during your undergraduate experience. We hope that you find this website useful and are able to answer some of your questions before coming to campus and while you are at CSU.
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Login to your RAMWeb account to view your assigned academic advisor. Your landing page will indicate who your current advisor is. If your advisor is not listed, contact the main department office at (970) 491-1629.
If you are new to campus and have not taken any courses at CSU, your advisor will be assigned to you after you attend a university orientation program.
You should make an appointment with your advisor so that he or she is prepared with your student file and/or academic history for your appointment. During peak advising times, advisors and faculty members are extremely busy and may take some time to respond to your questions. Please take a look at the Online Advising Appointment Scheduler to determine how to schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor. For a list of contact information, please click here.
Become familiar with your advisor’s office hours. The Online Advising Appointment Scheduler is an excellent resource for scheduling appointments. Once you know who your advisor is, the Appointment Scheduler will help you to determine where their office location is and what the preferred process for setting up an appointment is.
Registration for Fall and Spring terms generally opens about 10 weeks into the regular semester. Registration appointment times are assigned by the Registrar’s Office based on your total number of completed credits. Graduate students and students with Senior level credit status generally register first, followed by Juniors, Sophomores, Freshman, Transfer students, and new admits. Please check RamWeb for your individual registration appointment time and plan to make an appointment with your advisor approximately two weeks prior to your registration time. During peak advising time, appointments fill up quickly.
Yes, email is an important piece of our communication to you. The department sends out an email to all students letting them know when pre-registration and Peak Advising is beginning. We strongly encourage you to check your CSU email on a regular basis so that you do not miss out on important messages and exciting opportunities.
Advising Codes are given to Design and Merchandising students after advising has been completed for the Fall or Spring term. Please make an appointment with your advisor in a timely manner in order to receive your Advising Code so that you are able to register at the beginning of your assigned registration appointment time. Advising Codes are not given over the phone in lieu of advising.
Stop by the main department office, 150 Aylesworth SE, to complete the required paperwork and pick up a current 4-year plan of study.
Contact the department of the major that you wish to change into to understand their major change process.
Adding a Merchandising Minor is easy. Stop by the main department office, 150 Aylesworth SE to complete the required paperwork and pick up a current checksheet. Note that additional coursework beyond courses on the checksheet may be required in order to complete the Merchandising Minor. We encourage you to meet with your advisor on a regular basis so that careful planning of regular coursework and elective coursework is complete.
Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Architecture and Design 4-year programs of study are located outside of the department main office, 150 Aylesworth SE. Please bring an up to date 4-year plan filled in with your completed coursework to all of your advising appointments. Your Degree Progress Audit on RAMWeb will help you track courses toward your degree completion. Please check this on a regular basis and become familiar with the format.
Independent and Group Study, and Supervised College Teaching forms are available inside the main department office, 150 Aylesworth SE. Overrides and Course Exceptions should be discussed individually with your Advisor. Some forms are also available in the center hallway of the Gifford Building.
When reviewing the current check-sheet for your major, pay close attention to courses indicated with an AUCC category identification. If the name of the category is listed with a line, you are free to choose a course in the category indicated on the check-sheet. In some cases, your major may require a specific course in a core category. If you are not sure if a specific course is required, please ask!
AUCC General Catalog click here.
Elective courses provide you with an opportunity to take a selection of courses based on your interests and/or career goals. Elective coursework notations on the check-sheet are credits that you can take towards a Minor, interdisciplinary study, or courses of interest to you. The idea of Elective coursework is to give you flexibility within your graduation requirements to master information in additional areas outside of your major area of study. Examples of great Minors to pair with Design and Merchandising degrees are: Business, Construction Management, Global Environmental Sustainability, Media Studies, a foreign language, and Merchandising (for Interior Architecture and Design students only).
The best resource for selecting an Elective course is the General Catalog. Here you will find course descriptions and/or specific course and prerequisite requirements. Upper Division Elective notations indicate a 300 or 400 level course.
General Catalog click here.
Even when a class has reached its published enrollment limit, the instructor may give special permission for a student to register in the course. Students should inquire about overrides with the instructor assigned to teach the class or the department offering the class. Overrides are processed electronically via ARIESweb by the instructor or department offering the course. Once granted an override, the student must still register for the course through RAMweb. To do so, the student will need to manually enter the CRN (course reference number) into the Add Classes Worksheet in RAMweb.
Variable Credit courses offered to Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Architecture and Design students are courses that are identified by the department to have varying credit minimum and maximum limits. Examples of Variable Credit courses are Independent Study, Group Study, Supervised College Teaching and Thesis (Thesis credits are for Master’s degree students). Courses that are variable in credit require the student to devise a contract with a faculty member who will develop course content including learning objectives, schedule of assignments, and method of grading. Registering for Variable Credit courses is completed after the student and instructor of the course have finished the contract of work including all departmental signatures of approval. Variable Credit forms can be obtained in the Design and Merchandising main office, 150 Aylesworth SE.
Once you are approved to register for a Variable Credit course, you will register yourself through the university registration system. The registration system will ask for the CRN (course registration number) and then ask for the number of credits that you are completing for the course. Please refer directly to the Variable Credit form for the assigned number of credits. Typically Variable Credit courses are 1-3 credits, although the internship course for Apparel and Merchandising students is a minimum of 12 credits.
Undergraduate students who wish to register for more that 18 credits per term must have an overload approved by their advisor. Overloads are processed electronically from your advisor to the Registrar's Office.
Requests for Course Exceptions are made directly through your advisor. Courses with similar or duplicate content taken from a prior higher education institution can be substituted or waived on a case by case basis after consulting with your academic advisor. If you are requesting a Exception for a course, please bring supporting documentation with you to your appointment with your advisor. Documentation includes the syllabus used for the course at the time you took the class. Assignments and work from the course will help the advisor identify whether or not the content is sufficient. In the case of requesting an Exception of a university core requirement, your academic advisor will direct you to the Transfer Evaluation office for guidance (100A Centennial Hall). Departmental Course Exception forms are located in the main Design and Merchandising office, 150 Aylesworth SE.
Please note that Course Exception requests require multiple steps for approval within the department of Design and Merchandising. Your advisor will help you to facilitate the steps; however, the final departmental approval is held at the discretion of the department chair.
An internship is required for both Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Architecture and Design students as part of the graduation requirements in each program. Apparel and Merchandising students are required to take a Pre-Internship Seminar course (DM 492 prior to the semester they enroll for the internship experience. Apparel and Merchandising students usually do their internships during the final Spring or Summer term. Interior Design students take part in internships after the Fall semester of the Junior year. Students who are eligible for internships must meet the following prerequisite requirements established by each program area in the department:
Students who do not meet prerequisite requirements are not eligible for internship credit at that time and should consult with a faculty advisor. The department recognizes that there are many work experiences available to students. We encourage students to take advantage of work experience; however, we will not be able to award internship credit for these experiences prior to the student meeting the prerequisite requirement of the formal internship placement course (DM 487A, DM 487B, DM 487C, and INTD 487).
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