Academic Support Center

Have questions about your major, your course schedule or university policies? Get answers at the Academic Support Center in Caldwell Lounge. Operated by graduate student advisers, the support center allows walk-in appointments throughout the school year.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.​​​​​​​

About the Center

The Academic Support Center employs graduate student advisers who can help with questions about university policies, academic records, degree requirements and university resources. For example, drop by if you need help registering for classes. 

The advisers are available not only to Humanities and Social Sciences students, but all NC State students, particularly those considering transferring to the college, adding a Humanities and Social Sciences major or minor, or needing help locating campus resources.

While the support center is an extra resource, it’s not a substitute for traditional advising through your major department. You’ll still need to visit your academic adviser for course registration approval. In addition, your major department remains the most comprehensive source of information for degree requirements, careers, internships and discipline-specific graduate studies.

Caldwell Lounge

Meet Our Advisers

Rachel Canning

”I am a second year graduate student, studying English Literature in the M.A. program. I have an undergraduate degree in Social Work from NC State. I understand how overwhelming it can be to start at NC State and navigate academic responsibilities on top of forming social lives, so I am looking forward to working with undergraduate students. Professionally, I have worked in mental health and addiction recovery, but am excited to broaden my academic studies in the humanities to supplement what I've learned in the social sciences. I have a particular interest in American literature, and especially enjoy works that allow me to research more about queer/feminist theory. I have a dog who is the light of my life, and I enjoy attending yoga classes regularly.”

Dejah Oertwig

“I am a third year doctoral student in Development Lifespan Psychology. I received my B.A. from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and completed complementary course work from Penn State. Currently, my research interests are studying the emotional socialization and development of marginalized populations within and between cultures. My guilty pleasures are bad TV (e.g., reality television and lifetime movies), spending time with my cat, and sleeping until noon. These guilty pleasures along with my career goals have taught me how to keep a balanced life. I hope that my life experiences and academic drive will assist fellow students in achieving their goals, both academically and personally.” 

Helen Oluokun


”I was born in Nigeria but moved to Boston with my family when I was 5 years old. I did my undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where I received my Bachelor's degree in neuroscience and classical studies. The year prior to starting graduate school, I worked at a special education private school with children who had experienced significant trauma in their lives. While serving as a Teacher's assistant, I realized how passionate I was about the impact of mental health on academic achievement. I am starting my first year as a doctoral student in the school psychology program with the hopes of diversifying the field and making an impact back in my native country. When I'm not thinking about saving the world, I indulge in everything New England Patriots, chocolate, and cooking.”

Geena Washington

“I was born in Savannah, Georgia, but grew up in Atlanta. I've served with two AmeriCorps programs doing various community service projects from construction to working with people who have disabilities. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and this will be my second year as a doctoral student in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program. I have a soft spot in my heart for sloths, napping, and cartoons.”