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Welcome to Potter College Advising

Potter College of Arts & Letters Academic Units

Potter College of Arts & Letters (PCAL) is home to 12 academic units/departments that house over 33 majors, 38 minors and 2 certificates:

Information about Potter College Majors:

Undergraduate Course Catalog for Potter College: Complete listing of academic information and degree requirements for all Potter College departments and programs.

Suggested 4 Year Degree Pathways for Potter College: Complete list of all Potter College majors by department. Each major (and concentration) has a sample 4 year degree plan to complete the major and WKU degree requirements.

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".
  • If you don't have an advisor listed, contact Dr. Ahmad Sims at ahmad.sims@wku.edu.

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: October 21  |    Spring: April 2020 (TBD)

Important Dates:

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

Aug. 26

1st Day of Fall Classes

 Jan. 27

 1st Day of Spring Classes

Sept. 3

Last Day to Add/Drop a Class

Feb. 3

Last Day to Add/Drop a Class

Oct. 10-11

Fall Break

Mar. 9-13

Spring Break

Dec. 9-13

Final Exams

May 11-15

Final Exams

 Dec. 14

 2019 Fall Commencement

May 15-16

2020 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. For more information about iCAP Audits, click here to read some frequently asked questions.

WKU Colonnade Requirements:

Potter College offers the vast majority of the Colonnade Foundations and Exploration courses. Colonnade Plan requirements

PCAL Topper Orientation Program (TOP) Dates

The Academic Commons

The Academic Commons (AC) is an open study area for students located in FAC 166.

Have a question that you would like answered by our PCAL peer mentors? Email wkupcaldcs@gmail.com.

PCAL Resources:The Writing Center

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 Last Modified 6/11/20