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Academic Advising Information


All incoming First-Year and Transfer students will be advised at their in-person orientation session. Make sure to check out the New Student Orientation site for information about signing up for your orientation session and keep an eye on your inbox for new information. Advisors are not able to meet with incoming students or clear their registration holds before their in-person orientation session.

Undecided Majors

Unsure which major you want?  It is OK to be Unspecified! Select an AB or BS Unspecified major in Athena.  The Exploratory Center advises Unspecified/Undecided students.  

Request Appointment with an Explore Advisor


All UGA students are required to be advised every fall and spring semester.  You can’t register until you’ve had your advising appointment.  Make an appointment shortly after drop/add to avoid a last-minute rush that might impact your ability to register on time.  If you have questions about making an appointment, email your advisor.

How to Find your Advisor in SAGE

Make an Appointment in SAGE

If you do not have an advisor in SAGE, please email

Your advisor and advising location will be assigned based on your major listed in Athena and your number of earned credit hours. To meet with the correct advisor, make sure your major is correct in Athena. (Note:  Students with more than one major should be advised in each department.)

African American Studies Major Students

All African American Studies majors are now advised by Jessica Couch in 103 LeConte Hall. If you have not yet officially declared your major, you will first need to declare an African American Studies major online in Athena.  All students advised in the Institute for African American Studies should go to SAGE, the Student Advising & Guidance Expert for Franklin College, to make an advising appointment and be cleared to register.

Advising for undergraduates begins in September for the Spring and Summer semesters, and in February for Fall semesters. It is in your best interest to see an advisor when our advising sessions begin so that you may register at the earliest possible time.

Declaring African American Studies Majors and Minors

To declare the Major or Minor go to Athena and select the Student menu and then the My Programs hyperlink in the ‘Student & Registration’ drop-down menu. Major and Minor requirements may be found at the UGA Bulletin. Prospective students considering a Major or Minor in African American Studies may contact Dr. Lesley Feracho or Jessica Couch to schedule an appointment to discuss their interests and whether they might fit with the curriculum.

Your AFAM Major/Minor Advisor: Once advising begins for the semester, students will need to make an appointment with your assigned advisor in SAGE.

Honors: If you are taking an Honors AFAM 4960H, 4970H, 4990H etc. Spring, Summer, or Fall, you must obtain the application from the CURO office or their website and follow their instructions on the form. Please do this EARLY during PHASE 1A registration.

AFAM Major and Minor Faculty mentoring

If you have questions about African American Studies as a career, applying to graduate school, engaging with the community, being a professor, or questions not related to advisement and registration, please see either Dr. Lesley Feracho or Dr. Carolyn Jones Medine for mentoring or mentorship assignment. If the faculty member is out of the country, you may see your advisor for a recommendation. Any student may contact a particular faculty member of their choice if they have an interest in any certain field of African American Studies. Also, the UGA Career Center is an excellent resource for discussing career paths, graduate school, jobs, internships, mock interviews, and other career-related activities. 

Transfers of credit - See below, do not email to Department

Many courses have already been evaluated for transfer. Before you request an evaluation, please check the current transfer articulation for your course from the Admissions Transfer Equivalency Page. If the transfer equivalency page lists a particular 4-digit course number (eg. AFAM 2000) as equivalent to your course, it will transfer automatically as that course and there is no need to have your course evaluated. (These transfer equivalencies are generally not changed unless there has been a very substantial change in the course syllabus at the host institution.) If the transfer equivalency page lists a course number containing T or G and XX (eg. AFAM 2TXX) then either your course does not correspond to a course we teach at UGA (this often happens) or your course has not yet been evaluated, and you should proceed.

To proceed, you must complete the credit evaluation survey at the following link for review by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please upload your course syllabi. Be specific - use the UGA course evaluation number (such as AFAM 2TXX) and the specific areas you are requesting the course to fulfill (Area VI/F, Major, elective etc.)

Study Away Course Credit

If you are attending a Non-UGA Program or UGA Exchange Program, the Transfer Credit Approval Form (TCAF) serves as your pre-approval for transfer credit brought in from your education abroad experience. Upon completion of this form, Global Education will notify the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Accounts of your approved Global Education program details. This form maintains your active enrollment for the time you will be abroad. It is your responsibility to notify Global Education of any changes to your course work while abroad and be familiar with the residency requirements for your degree.

Graduation dates and graduation certification

If you need to change your graduate date or find out when it is, find your

  • Degree Works record (look for "Pending Degree Term" in the column under your name)
  • Academic Advisor
  • Graduation Advisor

Note: The "Expected Graduation Date" in ATHENA may not be correct. Check Degreeworks for accurate information.

Does my graduation date need to be accurate?

Yes, it is important for the graduation certification process, as well as Financial Aid, that your tentative graduation date is accurate. To update your graduation date, please contact our office at 706-542-1522 or email

Application for Graduation

All students are required to submit an application for graduation in Athena prior to the midterm of the semester they plan to graduate.


Honors advisors and advising locations vary by your major in Athena and hours earned.  Please refer to your SAGE network at to find your advisor’s contact information.  For details, see the Honors website.  

Make an Appointment in SAGE

Support African American Studies at UGA

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Study within African American cultural history provides a basis for understanding political, social, and economic relations throughout human history.