Spring Consultation on Long-Range Academic Plans


Consultation on Long-Range Academic Plans 

During April of your sophomore year, plan to meet with your sophomore adviser or a faculty member to discuss a tentative program of study for your junior and senior years. This meeting is mandatory. There is also a consultation form that needs to be filled out and turned in to your residential college dean, but filling out the form is secondary to the primary goal of the meeting: taking stock of your academic objectives and reflecting on your progress as you work on a program of study for the rest of your undergraduate career.

After spring break, you will receive an e-mail message about this consultation and online access to a form to help you organize courses into a preliminary but coherent program of study. Selections should satisfy your intellectual interests and plans, the distributional requirements, and the requirements for your major. This planning process entails no formal commitment to particular academic choices and courses, but it is a critical element of sophomore year.

You may pick any faculty member for this consultation—your current sophomore adviser, a DUS, or another appropriate person. The point is to discuss your plans with a faculty member who is knowledgeable about your area of interest and with whom you can talk comfortably. The person you choose may or may not be your faculty adviser next year, because your adviser for junior and senior years is the DUS or a designated departmental representative.

Your residential college dean is always willing to help you choose an appropriate faculty adviser or to discuss your academic considerations and plans.

Your spring consultation with a faculty member should be both extensive and thoughtful, taking into account not only the courses you will probably take for your major, but also those outside it. Discussion of specific courses you might take as a junior or senior can help you clarify your intellectual interests.

Sophomore Advising Nights in the Residential Colleges

Each fall, generally in October or November (or, in some residential colleges, in the spring), each residential college dean organizes an event for sophomores to introduce them to the challenges and rewards peculiar to the sophomore year, and to help them begin focusing their thoughts on potential majors.  These Sophomore Advising Nights take as many different forms as there are colleges and reflect the different characters of each college and their master/dean leadership teams.

For information on your college’s Sophomore Advising Night, keep your eyes open for an announcement from your dean, or contact him or her directly.