An academic advisor assists prospective, new, transfer and continuing students throughout his/her education experience at Utah Valley University.  Our advisors will help you create degree plans, assist in finding campus resources, purchasing credit, and career advising.

The Languages and Cultures advisors see students by Language or Degree with an appointment only.  To schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor, contact the main Languages and Cultures Office at (801) 863-8518.  Our advisors are located in the Classroom Building, 5th floor, Suite 506.

** For an advisor to speak about or release student information via email or on the phone, a student must have a FERPA Consent to Release Form on record in the Registrar's Office.  For the advisor to speak with parents about a student who is attending UVU, the FERPA Consent to Release Form must have the Parent(s) name, etc. on the form and signed by the student. 

How do I contact my Academic Advisor?

Sarah Lindsey

Sarah Lindsey       Phone: (801) 863-8518
CB 506n


Sarah advises for the following languages and programs:





B.A. ASL & Deaf Studies Education

Deaf Studies


B.A. Deaf Studies – General

Chinese Language


B.A. Deaf Studies – Interpreting









new.advisor@uvu.eduPhone: (801) 863-8518
Office: CB 506p

 This new advisor will advise for the following languages and programs: (Currently Sarah Lindsey is advising for these programs)





B.A. Spanish Education



B.A. Spanish







Latin American Studies








Below you will find links to the advising sheets for the Department of Language and Cultures for the current catalog year.  These sheets outline which courses you should take for each degree; they are in no way a replacement for an advisement meeting with one of our advisors.  To see how you fit the criteria for each degree, try the “What-if” option in Wolverine Track and then schedule an appointment with one of our advisors to discuss your results in detail. 





Other minors affiliated with the Language & Cultures Department


FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I make an appointment?
    • Call the Department of Languages and Cultures Office at 801-863-8518 or email to make an appointment with your advisor.
  • Why do you only take appointments?
    • By taking appointments, our advisors can be sure they are there and are prepared for the meeting with you.  If something comes up, we have your contact information so you don’t arrive at the advisor’s office and find our advisor not able to assist you.
  • What if I really just need to ask a quick question?
    • If you have a quick question, you can always send us an email or our office admins may be able to answer a general question you have.  Occasionally we offer walk-in hours which is a first-come, first-service opportunity to talk – quick questions taking only 10-15 minutes at most.  Otherwise, you will be asked to make an appointment.  Call the office to ask when walk-in hours are offered (801-863-8518).
  • How often do you answer emails?
    • We answer email every day, and make a point of responding no later than three days after an email is sent.  Sometimes you might get a response within ten minutes!
  • How soon can I make an appointment?
    • You can book appointments anywhere from 12 hours in advance to 3 weeks in advance.  There are NO same day appointments.
  • What should I bring to my appointment?
    • Ideally, you should come prepared for your appointment by first reviewing your Wolverine Track and identifying what classes you are interested in and what degree you are wanting to major in.
  • What if I’m late for my appointment?
    • If you’re more than ten minutes late, you might be told to reschedule.  As your advisor, we will be there on time and prepared for you, and it is your responsibility and common courtesy to do the same in return.

Purchasing Experiential Language Credit

Students who are fluent in a foreign language and have NEVER taken a lower-level class in that language are usually eligible to purchase up to 16 lower division credit hours. These credits are NON-REFUNDABLE; make sure you need lower division credit hours before purchasing them. These are lower division credits (1010-202G level) and they do not count towards any language major or minor. Most people purchase credits to fulfill the BA Language Requirement without taking a class, or to receive lower division elective credits.

How to Qualify to Purchase Credits:

Complete 3050 Level Language Class:  If you pass a 3050 class with a C- or better, you have the option of purchasing the 16 lower division credit hours assuming you have never taken 1010-202G in that language.

Please Note:

  • International Students are not eligible to purchase credit in their native language.
  • Students may only purchase credit for one foreign language for a maximum of 16 credits.
  • If you have taken a class equal to 1010, 1020, 2010 or 202G in the same language you intend to purchase, you won’t be eligible to purchase credits.  Please contact our advisor if you have questions about this.

How to purchase credits

  1.  Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor.
  2. You must bring your student ID.
  3. The advisor will complete the Petition for Language Credits and will send it electronically to Accounting.  You will have up to 24-hours to go to the Cashier and pay for the credits ($35.00 per class) $140.00 total for 16 credits.
  4. The credit hours will appear on your transcripts approximately 2 weeks after you have paid for them.
  5. The credits purchased will not have a grade and will not affect your GPA.


How to Fulfill the B.A. Language Requirement

If you have Minimal or no previous exposure to a foreign language:

If within the last five years you have had a class or experience with the following languages: ASL, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish you MUST meet with the specified Language Placement faculty member for a placement interview to determine which 1000-2000 level class is appropriate to beginning in.  Call the Languages office (801.863.8518 to get the contact information of your language's placement faculty member to set up an appointment for an interview.  Complete the lower division classes in order.  You may be able to skip some classes and purchase them later for $35.00 each:

 1010   -->  1020  -->  2010  -->  *202G

 *202G does count as a humanities credit but it cannot be enrolled in directly and without teacher approval just for the credit.  Take 2010 first.


If you have extensive experience with a language other than English

3050 is for students who have spent at least 1.5 years in a non-English speaking country or area (church service, extended study abroad, for example), bilingual, or native speakers (must be a domestic student).  Passing with a “C-“or better allows the student the opportunity to purchase the 16 lower division credit hours.  It is not necessary to purchase the credits to fulfill the B.A. Language Requirement.  Passing the 3050 class will automatically fulfill it.  Many students find it helpful to purchase the credits in order to fill in extra lower division elective credits.


Academic Advisor Responsibilities

What you can expect

  • Be accessible for advising students through telephone, e-mail, or during posted office hours.
  • Provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for advisement sessions.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Encourage, support and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals and make progress toward educational plans.
  • Effectively communicate and help students navigate the curriculum and graduation requirements as well as university academic policies and procedures.
  • Assist students in understanding the purpose and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives and personal goals.
  • Assist students in working closely with their professors and refer to appropriate university sources and available services as assistance is needed.
  • Assist students in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for their educational plans and achievements.


Advisee (Student) Responsibilities

What your advisor can expect

  • Schedule regular appointments or make regular contacts with advisor during each semester.
  • Give notice in advance if you need to reschedule or cancel any advising appointments.
  • Come prepared to actively participate in each advisement session by bringing questions, concerns, or materials for discussion.
  • Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving goals; select courses each semester to progress toward fulfilling that educational plan.
  • Enroll in the courses for which you and your advisor have determined that, from educational objectives, you are ready to pursue.
  • Become knowledgeable, as a student, about college programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor. Use campus resources and services to assist in achieving academic, personal and career goals.
  • Accept responsibility for decisions.