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Advising and Registration

Spring 2021 Advising Guide




Academic Advisement

Your academic advisor plays an important role in designing and realizing an enriching college experience that will prepare you for life’s opportunities and challenges. From experience and training, faculty members know of the best learning opportunities on- and off-campus, how to combine The College’s signature experiences into your program of study, and various rules and procedures of The College. Please meet with your assigned advisor roughly once a semester to discuss these issues, as well as current research in Political Science.

If you are unsure who your advisor is, please open your student account in PAWS and check the right-hand column under ADVISOR. If you have not been assigned an International Studies faculty advisor, please contact Dr. Nick Toloudis.


Preparing for an advising session

Prior to meeting with your assigned advisor:

Consider asking your advisor about issues beyond the semester, such as study abroad or plans after graduation. For guidance on how to prepare better for your advisement session and plan your academic career, see the “Advising” links on the School of Humanities & Social Sciences website.

When you place courses in your PAWS shopping cart, be sure to hit the “validate” button to make sure you have met all prerequisites. Plan alternatives for major courses, liberal learning courses, and electives so that you can register quickly. This is particularly true if you are a first or second-year student and competing over the last seats in such courses. If
you are thinking about adding a concentration, double major, or a minor, please run a “What If” report in PAWS. The report will show your academic requirements as if you formally added the concentration/major/minor. It is a very useful tool! Click here for instructions on printing your unofficial transcript and Academic Requirements Report.

If a course is full or reserved for majors, please ask the instructor if you can have permission to enroll. If you continue to have problems, please contact Dr. Toloudis at


Holds on your account

Please check and clear all holds on PAWS well in advance of your registration window. Holds will keep you from registering for next semester’s courses! There are several different types of holds and some might require time to clear. Your advisor can only lift advising holds, and they can only lift an advising hold after you have attended an in-person (not email or phone) advising meeting.


Transfer credit

Make sure any and all transfer and test credit is on your PAWS unofficial transcript or transfer credit pages, as this will affect your registration window, course selection, and the advice that you receive for academic planning. Do not miss your first available registration appointment window on PAWS, as you may be closed out of your preferred courses.


Add/Drop deadline

Remember that the Add/Drop deadline comes quickly in the semester. After the deadline has passed, you can withdraw from a course but your transcript will show a grade of “W,” or a “WF” if you withdraw later in the semester. Even though you have withdrawn from a class, the unit still counts in your load for the semester. For more information on registration deadlines, see the Academic Calendar. Information on all TCNJ policies can be found in the “Policy Manual” on the Records and Registration website.


Overload requests

The standard semester academic load at TCNJ is 4 units per semester. If you wish to overload and take more than 4.5 units, please note the following conditions:

  • You may overload only once during your academic career.
  • Students who have earned 8 units at the college and maintain a 3.3 cumulative TCNJ GPA may request an overload for a maximum of 5 course units.
  • First-year students, with less than 8 TCNJ earned units, may apply for an overload to take an intensive language after than have a TCNJ GPA.
  • You must have been at TCNJ for at least a full academic semester.
  • We do not approve overloads for the Winter Term or the Mini-Summer Term.
  • Complete the Overload Interest Form.  Completing the form will automatically generate an email that will be sent to Dr. Toloudis, Program Director, who will reach out to you for advising.  He may ask you why you are requesting the overload, review your academic record, and determine the likelihood of a successful semester with such an overload.  The Program Director will communicate directly with the Associate Dean Lisa Grimm. She will then correspond with you about your overload request.


A Note about Business Courses

Please take your upper-level economics/international business course in the semester immediately after you take ECO 102: Macroeconomics. Since better mathematical skills improve student performance in economics courses, ECO 102 requires one of the following as a prerequisite: MAT 95, 96, 125, 127 or 128.


Languages across the curriculum

Many courses in the International Studies major and specializations can be complemented with Languages Across the Curriculum credit. This is a one-quarter unit independent study whereby those students who have intermediate-level proficiency in another language complement work in a course by utilizing their language skills. Students must enroll before the add/ drop deadline. Please visit the LAC website or contact Dr. Compte, Department of Modern Languages, for more information at (Please note: for Fall 2020 contact Dr. Potter, the interim LAC director.)


Course Repeat Policy

Students are allowed by TCNJ policy to retake a course once without additional approval. If an INT major fails either INT 200 or INT 498 (or fails to meet the INT 200 minimum grade threshold) for the second time, the Program Director will send a letter by mail and by email to the student explaining the procedure to take the course for a third time. Please click here for the full course repeat policy and procedures.


Honors in International Studies


Advising Materials

Academic Bulletin

Requirements for the Major

Four Year Sequence Samples