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Frequently Asked Student Questions

 

How do I contact my advisor?

For Sociology: Alexandra.Haney@ttu.edu

For Anthropology or Social Work: Adrienne.Scales@ttu.edu

How do I make an appointment?

Strive

Social Work and Anthropology Majors - Scheduling an Advising Appointment

  1. Visit: Strive and click the blue Schedule an Appointment button.
  2. Choose College Advising
  3. Choose My Undergraduate Advisor
  4. Choose the reason for the appointment. In most cases, this will be
    Planning & Course Approval.
  5. Choose the location as: A&S: Social Work & Anthropology (Holden Hall 159)
  6. Select your advisor: Adrienne Scales
  7. Select the date and time that best fits your needs.
  8. Include any important comments and click the blue button that says Confirm Appointment. Wait until you see the confirmation page to know the process is complete

Sociology Majors - Scheduling an Advising Appointment

  1. Visit: Strive and click the blue Schedule an Appointment button.
  2. Choose College Advising
  3. Choose My Undergraduate Advisor
  4. Choose the reason for the appointment. In most cases, this will be Planning & Course Approval.
  5. Choose the location as: A&S: Social Work & Anthropology (Holden Hall 159)
  6. Select your advisor: Alexandra Haney
  7. Select the date and time that best fits your needs.
  8. Include any important comments and click the blue button that says Confirm Appointment. Wait until you see the confirmation page to know the process is complete

Other Majors - Scheduling an Appointment to Explore Sociology/Criminology

  1. Visit: Strive and click the blue Schedule an Appointment button.
  2. Choose College Advising
  3. Choose Explore a New Major/Minor
  4. Choose the most appropriate reason for the exploratory advising appointment
    1. Expl. Sociology
    2. Expl. Criminology
    3. Expl. Minor in Sociology
  5. Choose the location as A&S: Sociology (Holden 161)
  6. Select your advisor: Alexandra Haney
  7. Select the date and time that best fits your needs
  8. Include any important comments and click the blue button that says Confirm Appointment. Wait until you see the confirmation page to know the process is complete.

Am I required to see my advisor every term?

Yes! Every major student is required to see their major advisor every term. If you are a double major, you have to see both advisors.

What if my preferred appointment time isn't available?

Sorry! Appointment time is limited and appointments fill up quickly. Keep an eye on Strive to see if an earlier spot opens up!

Are there walk in appointment times or email appointments available?

Walk in appointments are accepted as time allows. 


If you are studying abroad or completing an internship out of Lubbock please send an email to your advisor with all of your course options for the upcoming term as well as any questions you have.

When can I register?

You can visit Raiderlink- MyTech Tab – Registration – Registration Status (Dates and Holds) to see your registration date each term. Classifications are based on credit hours, not semesters completed.

Where can I register?

There are two ways to access the system:

  1. Log in to Registration.
  2. Log in to Raiderlink (raiderlink.ttu.edu) using your eRaider username and password. Navigate to the MyTech tab, then click on Manage My Enrollment>Registration

For a helpful overview of how to use the online registration system, please see here.

How do I late add a course?

The late add period is after the 4th day of class and before the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters. During summer terms, it starts after the 3rd and 4th class days. Adding late is strongly discouraged due to missed assignments and information. Attendance also needs to be considered as some professors count from the 1st day even if you weren't in the course yet. Late adds are disrupting for the teacher as well as the student who have been attending from the beginning. Students who add late statistically do not do well for a variety of reasons. Therefore, late adds are never automatic, but require research and careful consideration. If adding late also requires an override, then please consult the override information as well.

- MUST have the professor's permission in and EMAIL including the student's R#, course prefix, CRN, and if possible, section number.

- For Anthropology or Social Work courses, email Adrienne Scales

- For SOC/CRIM courses, email Alexandra Haney

- For all other courses, you will need to contact the department you are trying to add into.

What do I need to know about dropping a course?

If you are struggling in a class this semester and expect that you might fail it, you are able to DROP. If you find yourself considering this and have any questions or reservations, remember you can always email or schedule an appointment! If you think you may fail ALL or MOST of your classes, you need to talk before you consider dropping anything because WITHDRAWING instead may be a more effective option for this scenario.

Some MYTHS about dropping a class that you may have heard over the years:

- If I am on Probation or Suspension, I cannot drop a class: NO! Actually, if you are on Probation and Suspension and fear that you might fail a class, dropping it might salvage the whole semester for you.

- If I live on campus, I cannot drop a class or they will kick me out of my dorm: NO! As long as you stay enrolled in even ONE credit hour during the semester, you may continue to live in your residence hall

- If I have financial aid (loans, scholarships, or grants) I cannot drop below full-time: NOT NECESSARILY! Again, if you fear that you are going to fail a course, sometimes dropping it may be more beneficial to you. If you are considering dropping a course, go talk with a Financial Aid Advisor in West Hall to gather information before taking any action. Find out how would dropping below 12 hours impact you vs. potentially failing, if at all.

Remember, you only have 6 drops to use (state-wide) during your undergraduate career, so use them wisely. And, adding/dropping in the first 4 days of the Fall/Spring semester considered adjusting your schedule, not a true DROP. At this poinIf you need a reminder on how to use the registration system to DROP a course yourself online via Raiderlink, check out this 2 minute video refresher from the Registrar's Office “Online Class Registration” here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/registrar/regvideo.php At the end, it will walk through dropping a class.t in the semester, you won't get any money back for a class you drop, but it might help you save your GPA.

How do I actually drop a class?

To drop a class, you log into the Raiderlink “MyTech” tab, click on “Add/Drop Classes”, and do the drop yourself before the deadline. If you need a reminder on how to use the registration system to DROP a course yourself online via Raiderlink, check out this 2 minute video refresher from the Registrar's Office “Online Class Registration” here. At the end, it will walk through dropping a class.

What is the policy on overrides and permits?

During the approved registration time period, if a class reaches capacity, a student may ask for an override. Keep in mind that capacities are set for a reason, and overrides are rarely permitted. If a student does not have the necessary prerequisites for a SOC or CRIM course, they need to email Alexandra Haney with their specific situation. If a student does not have the necessary prerequisites for an ANTH or SW course, they need to email Adrienne Scales with their specific situation.

What do I do if I have a hold on my account?

If there is a hold on your account, you need to get the hold removed from the office who placed it there. For instance, if you have a housing hold, you must contact housing to remove the hold. You can check your hold by visiting Raiderlink – MyTech Tab – Registration – Registration Status (Dates and Holds). SASW department holds are updated each semester after course advising appointments. SASW holds will not be removed for any reason other than a students has had their advising appointment.

How do I know which courses are going to be offered for a semester or summer session?

You can visit Raiderlink – MyTech tab – Registration – Section Search Tool and select the term you are looking for and you can see all available courses.

How can I find important deadline information, such as the last day to drop a course, or when tuition is due?

Please visit the link for the official Academic Calendar

Raiderlink won't allow me to drop my Summer class. How can this be resolved?

If you are registered for one class during a Summer session that you need to drop without registering for a different class, you'll need to get in touch with the Registrar's office for assistance.

How can I find out if TTU accepts transfer credit for the courses I want to take at another college or university?

This Transfer Equivalency Search is quite handy.

What is my GPA?

This information can be viewed on your Raiderlink transcript. Go to Raiderlink - MyTech –  Transcript -  Unofficial Transcript – View Online. You can also view this in DegreeWorks

How do I know which requirements I have not yet completed?

Your DegreeWorks report provides this information. You can also access this report if you go to Raiderlink -MyTech - Registration -DegreeWorks. If you ever have any questions about this report you should contact your major advisor.

How do I use DegreeWorks?

Watch This

Where can I plan multiple semesters at once?

Be sure to use DegreeWorks when planning your classes! You may also use this

What are my fall through courses in DegreeWorks?

These courses do not currently have a specific place in your degree plan. These courses could change depending on your minor, double major and general elective needs if you need electives. These courses will be discussed in advising appointments. General Electives are not considered until your last semester.

I'm having difficulty with Visual Schedule Builder. How can I figure this out?

This video tutorial explains how to use Visual Schedule Builder to make planning your schedule easier

What do I need to do to declare or change my major?

• Students may declare/change a major at any time at the Dean's Office (HH102) using a Change of Major/Minor form.

• Concentrations: All concentration changes require advisor approval, and these can be done at any time.

What do I need to do to declare or change my minor?

All students receive a "Must file degree plan" hold at 45 hours. Our website for minor forms within Arts and Sciences is up and running here. Students will submit the minor degree plan to HH 102 in person or via email to Justine Martinez or Elizabeth Rangel.

What is a waitlist and how does it work?

Please refer to the waitlist guidelines here or here.

I'm receiving a Campus Restriction error message when trying to register. What does that mean?

This usually means that the section is restricted to a distance education students. Try registering for a different section. Some courses have the restriction lifted about a month prior to the term beginning and some will never have the restriction lifted. This is all department specific. You can ask the department for permission to register for a distance course but it is not guaranteed.

What are some of the academic services available to me?

What are the graduation Requirements for Arts and Sciences?

College of Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements:

  • Fulfill major requirements
  • Fulfill minor or 2nd major requirements 
  • Fulfill General Degree requirements
  • Fulfill Additional Arts and Sciences Requirements
  • Acquire 120 Earned Hours
  • Of the 120 hours acquire at least 40 at the junior/senior (3000/4000) level
  • Grade point average 2.0 or higher

What is CLEP? How do I sign up? When do take it?

What is Concurrent Enrollment? What are the rules?

Concurrent Enrollment Rule: "Concurrent" typically means "at the same time." The catalog states: "Students who are registered at Texas Tech and wish to register concurrently at another institution must obtain prior written approval from the academic dean of the college in which they are enrolled. This approval apples to all residence courses, extension courses, and distance education courses in progress elsewhere at the time of registration and those begun during the semester." The College of Arts & Sciences typically does not grant such permission except under exceptional circumstances. You must speak with the Dr. Iber for concurrent enrollment approval. If you ask for concurrent enrollment in your graduating semester you will automatically be moved to the next semester for graduation.


I want to take a course Pass/Fail, how do I do that?

Pass/Fail option: The courses you can take Pass/Fail are severely restricted. If you need the course for your major, your minor or for a Core or General Degree requirement, you MAY NOT take it pass/fail. The deadlines for declaring that you are taking a course pass/fail are stated in the Academic Calendar. It usually corresponds to the last day you can drop a course for that semester.

How do I ask for a letter of recommendation?


Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work