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Majors & General Questions (Cindy Walter) - Tuesdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(B-340 Wells Hall)

Minors (Jason Smith) - Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
(B-380 Wells Hall) 

-Select “Schedule Appointment” (blue button in right corner)
-Select “Arts and Letters Advising”

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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 Linguistics and Languages Department since 2011. As former language major and study abroad student herself, she really enjoys working with students in the department. Cindy advises undergraduate students in the following majors and minors:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Cognitive Science Minor
  • German
  • Indian & S. Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Japanese
  • Korean Minor
  • Linguistics
  • Russian
  • TESOL Minor, (regular and teaching.)

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.

Jason Smith Portrait

Jason Smith, Advising Graduate Assistant
B.A., Linguistics, University of Toledo

B-380 Wells Hall


Jason is a first year Ph.D. student in Linguistics whose research focus is on language structure and African languages. He has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Toledo and has been working in the non-profit world since 1997. He recently returned to the United States after living and working for twelve years in Rome, Italy, where among other things, he taught Italian and English to refugees and asylum seekers. When not working or studying, you can most likely find Jason spending time with his wife and kids, playing or watching sports, or reading boring non-fiction books.