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PCAL Advising

Welcome to Potter College Advising

PCAL Units

Potter College of Arts & Letters (PCAL) is home to 12 academic units/departments that house over 34 majors, 39 minors and 5 certificates:


Advising Basics

Your Academic Advisor

All degree-seeking students are assigned a primary Academic Advisor. Advisors help students navigate through their college years and assist students in: registration, course, degree, and general advisement and support. You can access the contact information for your advisor(s) in TopNet under:

  • "Student Services", then "Registration", and select "View Advisor Information".
  • Secondary Advisor: Cierra Waller
    • All PCAL major and minor students have Cierra listed as a Secondary Advisor to assist when your primary advisor is not available. She serves as an additional resource in helping students navigate through college, directing them to proper contacts/resources, and assisting in general advising. 
  • If you don't have an advisor listed, contact Cierra Waller: | (270) 745-6482

Schedule an Advising Appointment:

You must meet with your primary advisor prior to registering for classes for the upcoming semester to receive degree advisement and have your advising hold lifted. Contact your advisor PRIOR to your assigned Priority Registration date. You can schedule an advising appointment by:

  • TopNet Advising Calendar: Click here for instruction guide
  • Email or phone: contact your advisor directly
  • Priority Registration Begins:
    • Fall: November 2016 (TBD)  |    Spring: April 2017 (TBD)

 Important Upcoming Dates:

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Aug. 22

1st Day of Fall Classes

 Jan. 23

 1st Day of Spring Classes

Aug. 29

Last Day to Add/Drop a Class

Jan. 30

Last Day to Add/Drop a Class

Oct. 6-7

Fall Break

Mar. 13-17

Spring Break

Dec 5-9

Final Exams

May 8-12

Final Exams

 Dec. 10

 2016 Fall Commencement

May 13

2017 Spring Commencement

iCAP Audit

What is an iCAP Audit? Your BEST FRIEND!  iCAP is an acronym for interactive Curriculum and Academic Progress. An iCAP Audit show all the requirements needed to fulfill all of your degree requirements for WKU, including: GPA, major/minor, general education/colonnade, and university requirements. Students may also run "What-If" audits to compare current coursework to other majors. Click here for a Step by Step Guide.

General Education or Colonnade?

Enrolled Prior to Fall 2014: General Education Requirements

Enrolled Fall 2014 and On: Colonnade Plan Requirements

Additional information about general education requirements can be found here.

Need Information about a PCAL Major?

PCAL 2015-2016 Recruitment Manual: The content in this manual contains a list of PCAL academic programs, departmental information, major/minor/certificate offerings and much more! 

Undergraduate Catalog: Complete listing of academic information and degree requirements by college (Potter College of Arts & Letters)

 PCAL Topper Orientation Program (TOP) Dates

 The Academic Commons

The Academic Commons (AC) is an open study area for students located in FAC 166. The Academic Commons houses the Student Support and Advising staff for PCAL, who serve as a resource in student success.

Professional Staff:

Cierra Waller, Student Services Coordinator

Student Staff:

Academic Commons Support Staff:  Trent Marcum, Rachel Harris, Mina Thomas, Logan Taylor, Madlyn Beasley

Student Services: Ann Lundy Games

Have a question that you would like answered by our PCAL peer mentors? Email

PCAL Resources

PCAL 4 YEAR Degree Paths   |   The Writing Center

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 Last Modified 6/28/17