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College Major - Advising
 
USING THE ADVISING SYSTEM

by the student editors of FISHING FOR A MAJOR, a Students Helping Students™ guide


Don’t try to make a decision about your major without getting some input from trusted professors and advisors. Take advantage of the help you can get—you can always stick to your own instincts at the end.

“I was assigned an advisor right off the bat, but I didn’t talk to her for months. I’m sorry I didn’t go earlier, though. She was so helpful.”

Economics major,
Boston University ‘03

When you begin your freshman year, you’ll probably be assigned an academic advisor. Depending on your school’s advising policy, this person may be a professor, a dean, or a full-time counselor. In many cases, your advisor will not belong to the academic department that you’re hoping to explore. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t get useful information from him or her. Rather, you should understand the limitations of your advisor’s knowledge and seek outside help when necessary.

Although your advisor might not know everything about your particular fields of interest, he or she can be quite helpful in a general sense. You can discuss your ambitions, your concerns, and anything else that might be affecting your major-selection process. If nothing else, your assigned advisor can point you to the right places to go for more detailed and specific advice, and can be a good source for logistical information—when you must declare your major, what forms need to be filled out, etc.

Another resource that too few students seem to take advantage of is departmental advising. There are usually two or three people within every department whose primary duties are to help prospective students within that major/field. These people will help you get to know the department before you join, which will give you plenty of time to avoid leaping into unfriendly waters. They can also help you sort out the mess of credit-hour requirements that will undoubtedly haunt you for the rest of your college days. Not sure if that government class counts toward your political science track? Wondering if you can substitute your AP scores for introductory science classes? Departmental advisors can give you answers to these kinds of questions, but you’re going to have to ask them first.

Once you choose a major, you’ll probably be assigned to an advisor from that department. While policy on this varies from school to school, you should try to make sure that your advisor’s specialty is as close to your intended program as possible. As your academic years progress, the issues you face become more and more complex—where to concentrate within your major, what to write your thesis about, where to apply to graduate school—and you’ll need to have an advisor who knows a great deal about very particular problems.

Whatever you do, don’t settle for sub-par advising. If your advisor seems confused or uninformed, pay a few discreet visits to other advisors in the department. You might find someone who’s more willing to help, or is more receptive to your way of doing things. If your school allows it, switch to this advisor as soon as possible. Above all, be honest about your needs and concerns. Let your old advisor know why you’re going elsewhere and give specific reasons whenever you can. He or she may not appreciate being dumped (who would?), but you won’t leave room for argument if you come prepared.


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