Academic Advising FAQ | Interior Architecture

Academic Advising FAQ

As an Interior Architecture (IARc) student, you will meet with your major advisor each semester. If you aren’t sure who your advisor is or how to contact them, follow these steps to look up your advisor in UNCGenie:
  1. Login to UNCGenie.
  2. Select Student Services and Financial Aid.
  3. Select Registration.
  4. Select Look up Advisor.
  5. Select the term from the drop down list.
  6. Click View Advisor.
  7. Your advisor is now displayed.
Advisor appointments are made in Canvas. Go to Account > Starfish > My Success Network > Major Advisor. If online scheduling is not available for your major advisor, contact them via their email address listed in Starfish. Be sure to include your student ID# (the nine-digit number 88XXXXXXX).
Your advisor will contact you during the semester and provide dates and times that advising will be available. It is recommended that you meet with your advisor early and often. Setting up an appointment early will help you beat the rush that occurs right before registration.
Write down a list of questions you want to ask your advisor or other topics you may wish to discuss. These can include questions about transfer credit, adding a minor, requesting a course overload, your GPA, academic standing – or any other issues that are on your mind.
Your advising code/pin is required to register for courses each semester. Your advisor will provide it to you during your advising session. Remember that this code is unique to you (no other student has the same code) and changes each semester, so you must meet with your advisor to get your new code. Once you receive your code, be sure to save it (even after you register) in case you need it in the future. If you lose your advising code, please contact your advisor to get it again.
Degree Works is an online degree evaluation program that tracks your progress through your degree program. It is important to review your online degree evaluation each semester to be aware of your progress in the major and of the courses you need to complete to meet graduation requirements. For step-by-step assistance in navigating Degree Works, use this instruction guide.
The courses you need to complete depend on your catalog year. Go to UNCG's online catalog and locate your catalog year (the year you started taking courses at UNCG). If your catalog year is not the current academic year, search for your catalog year under Archives. Then search for "Interior Architecture" under program. The courses will be listed under Major Requirements. Here is the link to the current year Interior Architecture core requirements. Your advisor will also refer to the IARc Typical Course Sequence. The typical course sequence is the list of courses and the order that IARc courses need to be taken in. Remember, this is "typical," so there may be some lecture or support courses offered in a different order than listed in the sequence.
You may access the University Catalog for your catalog year for more information regarding departmental policies, degree requirements, and course information. Here is the link to the current year Interior Architecture course information.
Along with IARc's core requirements, students need to satisfy the general education core requirements to graduate. Check under the General Education Program Core Requirements section of your catalog year in the university’s catalog. Here is the link to the current year General Education Core Requirements.
While the major course of study provides an in-depth study of a discipline and prepares students to pursue specific careers, General Education creates a collective intellectual experience that not only prepares students for a rich and satisfying life but also supplements their knowledge with skills that are highly sought after by employers. Communication, critical thinking, and leadership ability are often cited as the essential skills employers seek in new hires. Also, General Education helps students discover the connections among various fields of knowledge and fosters an appreciation of the natural world and the many diverse expressions of human imagination and ingenuity, today and in the past.
For more information regarding the abbreviations used in the UNCG course schedule, please see the university catalog’s pages dedicated to the definitions of Academic Program Terminology here. Follow this link for more information regarding the General Education Core Category & Marker Abbreviations and Descriptions.
You must complete a minimum of one GN (Global-Nonwestern) course and three other GL (Global) or GN courses. These courses will be flagged as GL or GN in the class schedule search and the course catalog. These courses focus on perspectives from various geographical areas and cultures. You can search for courses with these markers by identifying Course Category in your Course Offerings Search, and course markers are included in the Categories column of a course search.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, all majors must complete four Writing Intensive (WI) courses during your time at UNCG, one of which must be at the 300 level or above. You must also complete two Speaking Intensive (SI) courses at any level. Many majors require a WI and SI course to be taken from that major, which can overlap with the overall requirements. In the Interior Architecture major, IAR 201 will count towards meeting one SI requirement, IAR 202 will count towards meeting one WI requirement.
For more information regarding the registration process, please visit the UNCG Registrar’s website.
Use the Course Schedule Search to check course availability for the upcoming semester. Typically, the course schedule for Spring and Summer becomes available in mid-October. The course schedule for Fall becomes available in mid-March so that you can begin planning for the next term. Follow this link for directions on how to search for courses in the schedule.
R” represents Thursday in the Course Schedule.
You can begin registering for courses during your registration access window. Your registration access window is several days during which you have access to register. During this period, the registration system is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. For directions on how to check your registration status and when you can register for courses, please visit the UNCG Registrar's directions here.
Make sure you have access to your UNCGenie (know your student ID AND six-digit PIN). Make an appointment with your advisor to go over your schedule and receive your advising code. You will not be able to register without your advising code. For step-by-step directions on how to register for classes, please visit the UNCG Registrar's directions here. Follow this link for a helpful schedule planning worksheet.
Classes that require “Written Permission Only” can only be added to your course schedule by having an instructor complete an override in UNCGenie. If the instructor grants you an override, you can register yourself for the course in UNCGenie. Email the course instructor to request permission to add their course.
Keep in mind that if you are trying to register for a full course, the only person who can authorize a course overload is the instructor of the course. Email is usually the best way to contact an instructor. Please be patient during academic breaks (i.e., Summer Session I & II), as many faculty are not on campus then and may not check email frequently. If you have trouble contacting the instructor, please contact IARc's Administrative Associate, Amanda Romero at a_romero@uncg.edu. Send her an email with the course(s) you were trying to register for, along with your student ID number.
If you are having trouble with a prerequisite restriction issue, please contact IARc's Administrative Associate, Amanda Romero, at a_romero@uncg.edu for clarification. Send her an email with the course(s) you were trying to register for, along with your student ID number. Transfer students should make sure all transfer credits have been articulated. If you believe you have already met a prerequisite, you can check Degree Works on UNCGenie to see if your credits have transferred.
This occurs when you are trying to add 1 of 2 courses that are required to be taken together at the same time:
  • IAR 101/IAR 110
  • IAR 102/IAR 112
  • IAR 201/IAR 211
  • IAR 202/ IAR 212
To bypass this error, search for the 1st class you are trying to register for, and instead of clicking on Register, click on Add to Worksheet. Then search for the 2nd class you are trying to register for and also add it to the worksheet. Once the CRNs of both classes are on your add/drop worksheet, you can click Register. You will then see the classes as registered. If you are still encountering an issue, please contact IARc's Administrative Associate, Amanda Romero at a_romero@uncg.edu for assistance. Send her an email with the course(s) you were trying to register for, along with your student ID number.
When encountering a registration error, please note the specific error message you get. Contact IARc's Administrative Associate, Amanda Romero at a_romero@uncg.edu. Send her an email with the specific error message you are getting, along with the course(s) you were trying to register for, and your student ID number.
Log into your UNCGenie. Click on Student Services and Financial Aid. Then click on Registration. Click on Select Term and make sure you select the correct term you are trying to see. Then click on Student Detail Schedule. This will show you all information regarding the classes you registered for. If the class(es) does not show up here, then you are not registered for it.
The UNCG Registrar's Office keeps all academic calendars here. The academic calendars list important dates throughout the term, including the beginning and end of the semester.
A full load of credit hours (14-16 credit hours) is recommended for the first semester. To graduate in four years, a student needs to average 15 credit hours or more per semester.
You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours to be considered a full-time student. However, on average, students typically enroll in 15-17 semester hours each semester so that they can stay on track to graduate in 4 years.
Students are not permitted to take more than 18 credit hours during the fall/spring semester without receiving approval from their academic advisor. To request special permission to take more than 18 credit hours during a regular semester, students must complete the Course Overload Request.  (Requires Adobe Reader.) Please note it is at the discretion of the student’s advisor whether or not they approve a Course Overload. Once this form is complete and signed by the advisor please forward to the CASA email address: casa@uncg.edu. Depending on your circumstances, approval of your request usually requires one or both of the following: a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, and an anticipated graduation date within 1-2 semesters.
Students are not permitted to take more than seven credit hours during summer session I or II without receiving approval from their academic advisor. To request special permission to take more than seven credit hours in any one given summer session, students must complete the Course Overload Request. (Requires Adobe Reader.) Please note it is at the discretion of the student's advisor whether or not they approve a Course Overload. Once this form is complete and signed by the advisor please forward to the CASA email address: casa@uncg.edu. Depending on your circumstances, approval of your request usually requires one or both of the following: a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, and an anticipated graduation date within 1-2 semesters.
It is always the student’s responsibility to drop a course. If a student stops going to a course, the instructor will not drop them from a course. Many departmental policies state that after a certain number of absences, students’ grades will be automatically lowered to an ‘F.’
The add/drop period is typically during the first week of each semester. You can drop a course during this time in UNCGenie. This allows students to change their schedule penalty-free as they get a feel for the courses, their times, and their locations on campus. Dropping a course during this period does not impact your grade or take away from the 16 hours that you may withdraw from. After the drop period ends, students can only withdraw from a course.
After the initial add/drop period during the first week of the semester, students may no longer drop a course penalty-free. They may, however, still withdraw from the course until a set date mid-semester. Withdrawing from a course before the final day to withdraw free will not impact the student's GPA. There will simply be a 'W' on the academic transcript. The exact last date to withdraw is listed in the academic calendar for that semester, which can be found here. Students may only withdraw from 16 credit hours during their undergraduate career. If a student chooses to withdraw after the date listed in the academic calendar, they will receive a 'WF' on their transcript, which will impact their GPA as if they received an 'F' in the course.
You can calculate your GPA here.
Please see the Student First office for more information regarding Academic Good Standing.
The Student Success Center provides personalized and structured tutoring, academic skills workshops, study group sessions, and academic counseling. Information about all of their programs can be found here.
You can find an application for graduation here.