BA Advising Centre
BA Academic Advisors are experienced in helping students navigate their academic journey in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree programs. We recommend that you visit a BA Academic Advisor at least once a year to make sure you're on track to meet your educational goals.
The BA Advising Centre will soon offer a blend of in-person and virtual services for students. Academic advising and services continue virtually at the start of the Fall 2021 term. Blended advising delivery is coming shortly; please see below for more information.
Virtual Advising and Services
- Students can continue to email inquiries, questions, and forms to BAadvising@smu.ca (please include your A# and full name).
- Virtual Academic Advising is available. Select from the current options of telephone, online Zoom meeting, or video chat with Microsoft Teams (available through Office 365, using your SMU email address).
- Advising appointments are booked online.
- Virtual Drop-In Advising will be offered during peak periods. See our online booking page for information.
- In-person drop-in advising will not be available. Students must book an appointment.
- If you have an urgent request for an in-person meeting, Dr. Myles McCallum, Associate Dean of Arts (Curriculum and Student Affairs), is available in MM 214A on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
In-person Advising and Services (available soon, watch this space for updates)
- In-person (on campus) advising appointments will be available to students only through a booked appointment.
- Advising will be offered in 20-minute appointments at the BA Advising Centre, located in the McNally Main Building on the second floor. Students are asked to wait in the waiting area in MM 214 (Arts Commons).
- Students are asked to arrive no more than 5 minutes before their appointment and wait in the waiting area. Your advisor will come and get you for your appointment. Students are asked not to enter the front desk area.
- If you are late for your appointment, please wait in the waiting area and your advisor will continue to check if you have arrived. Students who are more than 10 minutes late will need to reschedule their appointment.
- Masks must be worn at all times, and all campus health and safety protocols must be followed. If you’re feeling unwell, please cancel and reschedule your appointment.
- Students are required to complete the Campus Check-In Form when arriving on campus.
In support of safe hygiene practices, we are unable to accept printed forms or other documentation at this time. Please continue to email any forms, such as major declaration, to BAadvising@smu.ca. Paper forms and documentation will not be accepted.
Download the BA Advising Syllabus 2021-2022 for detailed information on academic advising, important dates and resources available to you. We also encourage registered Arts students to connect with us on the BA Advising Brightspace page.
Academic Advising appointment information
Appointments are approximately 20 minutes long and can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance. Students who require more in-depth advising are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.
Academic Advising appointments are best used for questions about:
- degree progress and course planning for the next academic year;
- discussing and planning program options;
- students experiencing academic difficulty;
- students on probation or at risk of probation, suspension, or dismissal;
- discussing your goals, available skill-building opportunities, and planning next steps.
Book and manage your appointments using our online booking page.
- The Counselling Centre can assist and offer support whether you're dealing with exam stress or mental health issues. A healthy mind is key to academic success.
- The Fred Smithers Centre offers support and accommodations for students with disabilities. Register for its services through an online application process.
- The Patrick Power Library is a great place to research topics and information for papers, projects and more. Log in with your s# for access to an abundance of online and print resources. If you could use some research assistance, one of the librarians would be glad to help you.
- The Studio for Teaching and Learning has links to tutorial videos, writing support, Brightspace help and much more. Its resources can help students navigate the transition to learning in a virtual university environment.
- The Writing Centre can help with planning your papers all the way through to checking your citation formatting, with tutorials, handouts, workshops, or one-on-one appointments.