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First-year Advising

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The Providence College School of Business first-year advising model is designed to enhance the first-year experience for PCSB students by helping to provide a smooth transition to college. First-year business students are assigned a first-year academic advisor — a faculty member or administrator from their major in the PCSB — who will be their academic advisor during their first year. These advisors are experienced in working with new students.

Students will attend first-year advising workshops facilitated by their first year advisor during their first semester or participate in one of two first year courses. The First-Year Advising Workshop Program will provide first-year students with an understanding of the PCSB curriculum and help them develop the skills needed to make important academic and co-curricular decisions. They will provide students with face-to-face check-ins with their first year academic advisor. Topics covered include business curriculum, registration, time management, career opportunities, and campus resources.

Students are required to attend the PCSB first-year advising workshop sessions to be eligible for PCSB preregistration. PCSB preregistration allows business majors to register for business courses before campuswide registration.

Fall 2019 Workshops

  • Accounting: Wednesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Finance: Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. & 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Management: Monday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Marketing: Wednesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

First Year Courses

ACC 470 PCSB Introduction to Business (only for business majors)

The PCSB Introduction to Business class is a new option for Fall 2019. This course will cover similar content to FYAW, but will add depth in understanding of what it means to study business. The course will also address business communication. Students will have small assignments to assist with exploration. This is a one-credit course that will be graded.

EDU 471 Introduction to Providence College (only for undeclared students)

The PCSB is partnering with the Center for Engaged Learning to offer two or three sections of this course for undeclared students interested in business. These sections will be taught by administrators who are very familiar with the business curriculum and resources and who have taught in the FYAW program. This course will fulfill the first year advising workshop or course requirement for students who later declare a business major. This course will be graded.

Please note: Any first year business major who wants to change his/her major within the School of Business may submit his/her request to the PCSB Undergraduate Office by the end of the first week of classes each semester. After the first week of classes, the School of Business will not process any requests to change majors within the School of Business (e.g. ACC, FIN, MGT, MKT) until the next semester. Requests to change to a non-business major will be processed on an ongoing basis within PC guidelines.