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FAQs about Advising

What is a prerequiste? What exactly is a CRN?  The answer to these and many other advising questions are answered here.

When can I register for classes?

You will be able to register for the approaching semester at your posted ticket time in Self-Service Carolina (SSC). Registration typically opens the second week of November for the spring semester and the first week of April for both the summer and fall semesters. 

What is a ticket time and where can I find it?

Your ticket time is the registration time that has been assigned to you by the registrar’s office.  You are not able to register for an upcoming semester until that specific time. 

Your time is located in Self-Service Carolina (SSC).  Click on the STUDENTS tab, then REGISTRATION box.  From there, select REGISTRATION STATUS and then select the term you are planning to register for from the drop down menu.  Once that is complete, your ticket time will be listed at the top of the screen. 

I have a hold on my account, what do I do?

Holds can be placed on student accounts by a number of offices throughout campus. The holds link in Self-Service Carolina (SSC) displays any holds other than the advisement hold a student might have.  The Processes Affected area displays what exactly is being held.  The options are registration, transcripts, diploma/graduation grades, accounts receivable, and enrollment verification. You will need to contact the office that has placed the hold on your student account to resolve the matter. 

Please note:  The Student Services Office can only remove academic advising holds and will only do so after the student has been advised for the approaching semester by their assigned academic advisor. 

I am trying to register for a course, but Self-Service Carolina (SSC) will not let me.  Why?

Self-Service Carolina will not let you register for a course you do not have the prerequisite for. Additionally, it is important to understand that some courses will require special permission from the instructor in order for you to receive an ‘override’ into the course. Your assigned academic advisor will let you know if that is required during your advising appointment.

Furthermore, some course sections are reserved for special student populations such as Honors students or Green Quad students.  And some courses are restricted to students of that major.  In order to find out if this is the case, please click on the ‘CRN’ of the course in SSC.  It will let you know what, if any, restrictions may apply.

I was dropped from all of my classes for non-payment.  What do I do now?

If this happens, it is important to act quickly.  Please get the AS199 form (Request for Current Term Exception Form) and complete it. Bring the completed form to the Student Services Office at 800 Sumter St, Room 118 for approval.  From there, you will receive the appropriate next steps. 

What is a “CRN” and where do I find it?

A “CRN” is a five-digit course registration number that is linked to the section of the course you are registering for.  You need to input this in the registration system in Self-Service Carolina (SSC) in order to register for a course.  You can find the CRN in SSC under the course search option.  It will be listed in blue and is an actual hyperlink that will lead you to more information about that specific course section. 

What is a prerequiste?

A prerequisite is a requirement you must complete before taking a specific course. They appear in all colleges and make planning out your schedule at least a year in advance necessary. For example, if you are a Public Relations student, you must enroll in JOUR 291 before JOUR 436.  Furthermore, you must complete JOUR 436 before you register for your capstone experience courses of JOUR 531 and JOUR 533. 

Please note:  Each major sequence has a similar prerequisite courses before the senior capstone experience.  You can look up all course information in the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

What is an "overload"?

The normal course load is 15-18 hours per semester. If you want to take 18 or more semester hours, you need to make an appointment with your assigned academic advisor.

What is a dual degree?

You may pursue a dual undergraduate degree if you complete all requirements for both degrees and if you complete a minimum of 24 semester hours beyond those required for the first degree and a minimum of 144 semester hours total. Additionally, courses accepted toward any requirements (general education, major, cognate or minor) for the first degree may not be applied to the major requirements for the second degree. Students pursuing second degrees are urged to confer with both deans early in the process.

What is a general elective?

Electives are courses that do not meet specific degree requirements.   

What is the difference between a general elective and a JOUR elective?

Electives are courses that do not meet specific degree requirements (Carolina Core, major, or minor).  A JOUR elective is a course that you are interested in taking within the JOUR program. See journalism electives» (pdf)

What is a skills elective?

A skills elective course is a course that teaches the skills generally regarded as necessary in a particular field of work.  For example, a broadcast journalist needs to know how to use a camera, and to edit, shoot and produce video packages. Therefore, we offer a number of electives which teach the software and technology required to become proficient at that. See journalism electives» (pdf)

What is a directed elective?

Directed elective courses are courses specific to your major which focus on an area of specialization. For an example, if you are an advertising major, you may choose one of the following directed electives which delves deeper into a topic which interests you such as Advanced Creative, Integrated Campaigns, Brand Communications Competition, Creative Leadership and Cause Communications. See journalism electives» (pdf)

What is a conceptual elective?     

A conceptual elective is a course that provides an overview of a specific topic, as opposed to a skill.  For example, depending upon your major, some of the conceptual electives from which you may choose include: Introduction to Public Relations or Advertising; Faith, Values and the Mass Media; Minorities, Women and the Mass Media; and Freedom, Responsibility, and Ethics of the Mass Media. See journalism electives» (pdf)

Do I need to take the foreign language placment test?

This varies from student to student; therefore, please speak with you assigned academic advisor during your first semester here at USC about your individual needs in regards to the Foreign Language Placement Test.

What are Sample Schedules?

You can find the SJMC major specific sample schedules on this site.  Please remember that it is best to work closely with your assigned academic avisor when creating your schedules.