Spring Consultation on Long-Range Academic Plans
Spring Consultation Form (PDF)
During April of your sophomore year you are required to meet with a faculty member to discuss a tentative program of study for your junior and senior years. This conversation allows you to take stock of your academic objectives and to reflect 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 tentative 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.