Advising Information

Advising is a critical component of your success at HSU.  All CD majors have faculty advisers. Your advisor is here to help you find resources, make decisions, plan and manage your educational experience and your pursue professional development.  Get to know your advisor. Make an appointment or drop by during office hours.  We are here to help.

All majors must meet with their advisers at least once every semester during the mandatory advising weeks prior to registration. The primary purpose of these meetings is to choose courses for the next semester, update advising documents and make sure that all steps are being completed to make successful progress to graduation.  Your advising registration hold will not be lifted until after you meet with your advisor.

Meet with your advisers at other times during the semester to keep in touch and talk about what you and doing. This is particularly important if you have questions, concerns or are considering a change in academic plans.  We are always pleased to see you just to check in and say hi as well.  Contact your adviser during office hours or by appointment.  If you are a declared Child Development major and you are not sure which faculty member is your adviser, contact Lauren Parker at and she can help you get connected.

Changing your Major

To change your major to Child Development, fill out a Major Change Request form and turn it in to the Child Development office, HGH 229. Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors can fill out the form found here. Seniors, use the form found here.  The office staff will assign you an advisor and get the appropriate signatures before submitting the form to the Office of the Registrar.

To Declare/Update a Minor

You may declare a minor at any time through your Student Center using the online form found here.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Kishan Lara-Cooper at or 707-826-5853.

Helpful Resources

The following links are provided to help students prepare for advising sessions and maintain their own records for academic planning:

Advising in the Child Development Department 062116
Child Development Advising Checklist
Curriculum Flow Chart 2017
Child Development Course Rotations
American Indian Education Course Rotations


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