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FAQs about Advising

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 title of the course in SSC.  It will let you know what, if any, restrictions may apply.

If this happens, it is important to act quickly.   You will need to fill out an AS-199 (Registration Exception Form), get it signed by all your professors, and then return it to the Student Services Office.  After your form is signed by the Assistant Dean for Student Services, it will be returned to you, and you will need to take it on to the Bursar and Registrar, both of which are at 1244 Blossom St.

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.

Electives are courses that do not meet specific degree requirements.   

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»

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»

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»

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.

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