I'm currently a sophomore in undergraduate college who is just recently became a business administration major and I was undeclared for my freshman year and part of my sophomore year. Once my old advisor signed my paperwork about changing majors, I asked him when I would be graduating since I was genuinely curious and to reaffirm a fact that he said in an earlier appointment that I would graduate in the winter semester. However, he stated that I would need a fifth year and proceeded to harshly demand why I took classes in CJA, education, and had taken other gen ed's. When I reminded him that he did say I would graduate in the winter semester, he did not believe me and told me to give up on graduating in the spring with my other fellow classmates. I explained to my former advisor my reasons why I took said classes, because I was undeclared, yet he refused to believe me. To be honest, I was caught off guard by his behavior since in my last appointment with him, he was cordial and polite towards me. After my appointment with him, I began to lose self confidence in my choice for this major and I was confused by his harsh attitude towards me. After that harsh exchange, I transferred to a new advisor who is helpful and keeps me motivated but I am still bothered because I do not know why did my former advisor decide to say those harsh words to me. Any ideas behind my former advisor's behavior?

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    When he said you would graduate "in winter semester", was this based on a specific plan as to what classes you would need to take and when? Did you double-check this plan against the graduation requirements in the catalog, and the schedule of planned course offerings? Did you stick to the plan? – Nate Eldredge Apr 22 '18 at 0:29
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    He probably had no idea when you could graduate and hadn't bothered to check / make a plan for the new major. – mkennedy Apr 22 '18 at 0:51
  • He said I would graduate in the winter semester judging by the classes I am taking in the fall semester which are all classes for this major and due to how much credits I have taken over the course of my college. Thanks for pointing that out Nate! – user91721 Apr 22 '18 at 1:03
  • Why do you assume we know what "CJA" is? -1. – scaaahu Apr 22 '18 at 2:12
  • CJA is Criminal Justice, I do apologize. – user91721 Apr 22 '18 at 3:14

Any ideas behind my former advisor's behavior?

Maybe he is a bozo. Maybe he had a bad day. Maybe he misunderstood the situation. What does it matter? You have found a new advisor and moved on with your life.

I would have just voted to close ("help me guess what he was thinking" questions are off-topic here), but I think there is a real issue in your post, and I think it's this line:

I asked him when I would be graduating since I was genuinely curious

You should not be "asking" this question! As you've discovered, advisors make mistakes all the time -- it's very common for undergraduate students to stay longer than they expected (and pay extra) because their advisor made a mistake. Instead, you should look up all the classes you need for your major (including gen eds) and make a plan for when you will take each of them. Your advisor (the good one) can help you with this, but any mistakes will hurt you, not your advisor, so it's on you to get this right.

Good luck!

  • Thank you so much!!! I really do appreciate it! The only reason why I asked was to have a rough estimate of when I will graduate. – user91721 Apr 22 '18 at 3:16

I can think of ONE reason, no TWO reasons for this kind of behavior. Business administration is a DEGREE PROGRAM, NOT A MAJOR,. is the first reason. You are going to HAVE to declare a major OFFICIALLY in B.B.A degree program at some point.

Maybe he honestly forgot he told you that you would graduate in the "winter' semester. but there really is NO SUCH THING as winter semester on semester academic calendar. there are winter QUARTERS.. There are Fall spring and simmer semesters. Not ALL colleges have commencement (graduation) ceremonies for all semesters or quarters.I graduated from graduate school on July 29. i WALKED commencement in MAY because i had successfully orally defended my master's thesis. but i did NOT graduate until i handed in the library copies of my master's thesis into the graduate college.

IF you changed your ENTIRE DEGREE PROGRAM. you need to ask THAT academic adviser when you can graduate. and you also need to ask WHEN and how to officially DECLARE a major, management accounting, m, finance or information systems in that degree program.

Business administration IS NOT A MAJOR.

YOU are the one who is responsible for seeing that you take ALL the courses for your DEGREE PROGRAM and WHEN you take those courses to determine WHEN you can graduate, Your academic adviser or advisers is NOT responsible for this.

Academic advisers are human beings too. You have NO IDEA what they go home too. most families have at least ONE dysfunctional family member and sometimes MORE than one. There can be handicapped children or grand children as well. I should know, because i was a university faculty dependent, and iv'e been type 1 diabetic since I was 2 years old. SOME faculty are homeless.

Talk to your current academic adviser as soon as possible and ask when and how to officially declare a major.

  • A lot depends on where the original poster goes to school. Some places do have "Business Administration" as an undergraduate major in itself. Some places have a (shorter) winter term in addition to the fall and spring semesters. But you're universally right that "Academic advisers are human beings too." :) – cactus_pardner Apr 22 '18 at 22:37