Undergraduate Advising

For advising concerns related to the BA in English at MMC, please make an appointment with, Craig McGill at 305-348-2874.

For advising concerns related to the BA in English at BBC, please contact Adrienne Grudzien or one of the MMC advisors listed above.

The CLAS Requirement, Academic Progress, and Graduation

The CLAS requirement must be satisfied before you can fully declare a major move your major from Pre-English to English. More inconveniently, failure to satisfy the CLAS once you approach 72 credit hours means that you have a CLAS hold every semester until the requirement is met. The CLAS hold can only be lifted by meeting with your advisor and filling out a CLAS Hold Release form. The CLAS hold can only be lifted by meeting with your advisor and filling out a CLAS Hold Release form. You should print out two copies of the form (available at http:/undergrad.fiu.edutesting/. Both you and your advisor sign the form. But the departmental advisor can’t lift the hold—the form then goes to the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center (ECS 411; ACI 318A), where the hold is finally lifted. Once you reach 96 credit hours, State statute requires restriction of any further enrollment in upper division courses unless and until CLAS is satisfied.

Worse still, you cannot apply for graduation until you satisfy the CLAS requirement. While it’s possible to apply for graduation in the final semester of your coursework, you cannot graduate in the same semester in which you’re working to satisfy the CLAS requirement. So if you have mathematics courses in progress, or if you’re planning to take the ACCUPLACER test in the same semester that you plan to graduate, you will need to think again. You can apply for graduation only after the courses are completed or the exam scores are posted. Thus, if you’re taking courses, or if you take the ACCUPLACER in the spring semester, 2011, you would need to defer graduation until the following semester—summer 2011.

Satisfying the CLAS requirements as early as possible in your college career is the solution—no registration or graduation delays! It’s recommended that any student with 45 credits or more who has not cleared the CLAS requirement attempt the ACCUPLACER exam. Not only will this potentially clear the requirement for you, but a minimum of 4 test attempts is required before you can appeal for a CLAS waiver.

Testing Alternatives

You can satisfy the math portion of the CLAS through the SAT, with mathematics scores of 500 or above (after 2/2005), or 500 (before 3/2005); or 473. You can also satisfy the mathematics requirement through the ACT/EACT with scores of 21. The University Testing Center (GL 120; ACI 160) administers the ACCUPLACER, a test in Elementary Algebra. The passing score is 91.

If you have SAT, ACT, or EACT scores that meet the requirements above, be sure that they are on file with the University. Obtain the scores from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); bring the envelope, unopened, to the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center (ECS 411; 305-348-2978). An advisor there can make sure that the scores are posted to your University records.

Please click here for the University Testing Center

Coursework in Mathematics

f you earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in any combination of mathematics courses, you can satisfy the CLAS requirement:

  • Any MAC course with the last three (3) digits of 102 or higher
  • Any MGF course with the last three (3) digits of 202 or higher
  • MGFX 106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I
  • MGFX 107 Liberal Arts Mathematics II
  • MGFX 113 Topics in College Mathematics I
  • MGFX 118 Mathematics for CLAST Review
  • Any Gordon Rule statistics course; any mathematics course that has College Algebra (MAC X105) as a prerequisite.