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Advising and Registration

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Please take the time to read this entire page before emailing the Criminal Justice Advisor. You will find important information on advising procedures followed by a comprehensive FAQ on this page as well.


Formal appointments are divided into two categories:

  1. Formal Advising Appointments
  2. Drop-In Advising Appointments for Intended Majors with less than 60 hours

The “Primary Advisor” in SAGE for Criminal Justice majors is Lindsay DickersonOnly students who have applied, been admitted to, and have had their major change submitted and approved on Athena are considered active/admitted Criminal Justice majors.

Intended-Criminal Justice majors (including AP/IB/dual enrollment) will be advised by Franklin College until students have earned 60 hours of coursework.

Formal Advising Appointments

Formal advising appointments for students who have their primary advisor listed as “Mrs. Dickerson” in SAGE can be scheduled in SAGE.  You will be cleared for registration at this time, as well as discuss any career opportunities and personal concerns you may have.

Drop-In Advising

“Drop-In” Advising will occur every Wednesday from 9-11AM.  Intended majors, students thinking about adding the Criminal Justice Major, or students who have follow-up questions can schedule a 15 minute zoom appointment via email on these Wednesdays. Please be sure to contact Mrs. Dickerson with your 81X and any questions you may have so that she can schedule your meeting.  Please note that you cannot be cleared for registration during this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Program of Study look like for a Criminal Justice Major?  What classes should I be taking?
Please reference this 4-year program of study for guidance.  

How Do I Schedule an Advising Appointment?

  1. Log into SAGE
  2. Find your primary advisor under “your connections” (note – you may have more than one primary advisor if you have more than one major; you should schedule an advising appointment with both!)
  3. Select the drop-down arrow next to your advisor’s name and click “schedule”
  4. On the following screen, select “appointment” and “clear for registration”

How do I get a POD for POLS 3600?
POLS 3600, Criminal Justice Administration, is a required course for both majors and minors.  There is a restricted number of seats each semester and allotted PODs are determined based on the student’s progression toward their degree, and how close they are to finishing the program.  You will be given an opportunity to take the class, as it is required; however, it may be in your junior or senior year.  

How do I get a POD for POLS/SOCI 3700?
POLS/SOCI 3700, or Criminal Justice Research Methods, is the statistical research methods course that prepares you for your Criminal Justice internship.  Only Criminal Justice majors should take this class.  It is recommended to register for this course in the semester prior to the completion of your Criminal Justice internship, as the class prepares you for conducting an original research project during the internship semester.

So how do I formally request a POD?
The Criminal Justice advisor can only grant PODs for POLS 3600 & 3700.  If you want a POD for a course that contributes to the major or minor but has a different prefix, please reach out to the appropriate department for that particular override.  

When submitting a POD request, please submit the following:

Name: John Doe
81x: 810234567
Class Name: Criminal Justice Administration, POLS 3600
CRN: 123456

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