All advising appointments are being done remotely by either telephone or Zoom. If available slots on the appointment website below don’t work for you, email the appropriate advisor and let us know when you are free to meet.

Major Advising, Study Abroad, and General Course Questions
Cindy Walter

Minor Advising
Josh Herrin

IMPORTANT: To access the Student Information System, you need an MSU Two-Factor Authentication account. Visit the MSU Two-Factor Authentication website for more information.

  • Select the Academic Progress tile.
  • Click the tab on the left, labeled Advising/Tutoring Appointments.
  • Click Create New Appointment in the upper right corner.
    • Category: choose Advising
    • Advising/Tutoring Unit: select College of Arts & Letters
    • Appointment Reason: select the applicable reason (i.e. Japanese major, German minor, etc) *You must click on the magnifying glass icon and scroll until you find your applicable major or minor, you cannot type them in here*
    • Additional Information: include further details to help the advisor prepare for your appointment
    • Appointment Type: select Zoom or phone
    • Click on Select Advisor
    • Click the Time Selected drop-down menu to view available times.
    • Click on Select Time to confirm the appointment.
    • Click Book It!

For directions that include a visual guide on how to schedule appointments, click here.

Cindy Walter, Academic Specialist

M.A. College and University Administration, Michigan State University;
B.A. Spanish and Communications, Western Michigan University

B-340 Wells Hall
(517) 355-8471


Cindy has been an academic advisor at MSU since 2004 and in the department since 2011. As former language major and study abroad student herself, she really enjoys working with students in the department. Over her career in student services, Cindy has also worked in residence life, TRIO programs, study abroad and financial aid. Cindy volunteers with the International Friendship Program that matches MSU international students with American families and friends in the community. An adoptive parent, Cindy is active with adoption advocacy as well.

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Josh Herrin, Minor Advising Graduate Assistant

M.A. Linguistics, Michigan State University;
B.A. French and English, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis


Josh graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2013 with a B.A. in French and English as well as a minor in German. He started graduate school at MSU in 2015 and got his M.A. in Linguistics in 2017, and then he continued onto the MSU Linguistics Ph.D. program. As a graduate student, he has served on departmental committees and has held many leadership positions in the Linguistics Student Organization. Josh is a part of the Child Language Acquisition Lab and the Syntax and Semantics Groups. He focuses on the syntax, semantics, and acquisition of the English superlative. Outside of academics, he enjoys doing crossword puzzles and visiting friends in other cities.