Help for New Freshman Students

Find help for new Freshman students in the Department of Child and Family Development.

Orientation

We highly recommend that all new freshmen attend a one-day orientation offered during the summer. These orientations include an advising session which is helpful to our new students. Information on the orientations will be sent to new freshmen.

Advising 

New freshmen may visit the SDSU Undergraduate Academic Advising Center for assistance with General Education (G.E.) requirements. The Center is located in the Student Services Building (map), Room 1551 (619-594-6668). New freshmen may begin using the Academic Advising Center the first business day after the last freshman orientation.

Students may get help regarding the Child Development major from Pamela Gardner, Undergraduate Advisor, in the Office of Student Services (OSS). Pam sees students on a walk-in basis. Her office hours are posted on the OSS advising page.

Preparing for the Major 

All students must complete a series of “Preparation for the Major” classes and earn at least a C in each class. Once this is done, students will move from the “pre-major” to the “major” and may begin taking upper division CFD classes. Please visit Pamela Gardner, and she will complete the paperwork to expedite this process of moving from the “pre-major” to the “major.” If you took some of these classes at other institutions, you must bring copies of transcripts to your meeting with Pamela Gardner.

Specialization 

About the time students move from the “pre-major” to the “major,” students must select one of two specializations (Child Development Specialization or Family Development Specialization). Students must also file a master plan. This is done in a meeting with Pamela Gardner. Information on the specializations and the master plan is noted in the catalog.

General Catalog and Web Portal 

It is advised that students read the SDSU General Catalog and become familiar with the Child and Family Development section. Most questions that students have are addressed in the catalog. We also encourage students to check their WebPortal frequently.

Degree Audit Report

The Degree Audit Report is available through WebPortal and shows the classes students have taken, the classes students must take, etc. For the first semester that students attend SDSU, the Degree Audit Report is available only at the SDSU Undergraduate Advising Center and not through WebPortal. If you meet with Pamela Gardner during your first semester at SDSU, please bring a copy of your Degree Audit to your meeting.