BAIS Advising FAQ

When do I need to see an advisor and why?
BAIS is a large, complicated, interdisciplinary major that can be difficult to navigate without advising. You will be choosing a functional track (16 units) and a regional minor (20 units), which, along with the four basic required courses, make up the 52 units needed for the major. Consulting with an advisor at least once a semester will ensure that you stay on track to graduate and meet all the requirements of the major.

Who are the BAIS Peer Advisors and why should I meet with them?
BAIS Peer Advisors are current BAIS students who have been trained to share their experience with the major and provide advising to other BAIS students for general questions about the major. Peer advisors are available for consultation (see Blackboard for each week’s schedule). You should see a BAIS Peer Advisor before you schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor(s). You do not need to make an appointment to see a Peer Advisor and you do not have to see a specific Peer Advisor each time.

Sample Questions for Peer Advisors

  • What classes should I take first (second, third…)?
  • Which track/minor should I choose?
  • Should I study abroad? What options are there?
  • Which classes count for BAIS and the CORE? Can I double-count them?

Sample Questions for Faculty Advisors

  • Can I count a special topics class, independent study, etc. for the major?
  • Have I completed the track / minor requirements?
  • How does a specific study abroad program fit into my requirements for the BAIS major?
  • Will this class I took elsewhere count towards my major?

Who is my faculty advisor?
As a BAIS major, you will have two advisors – one for your functional track and one for your regional minor. To see your advisors, you can check the Student tab on USF Connect. If you have not declared your functional track and/or regional minor, your advisor is the Program Director, Professor Hoag.

When and how can I make an appointment with my faculty advisor?
After you have spoken with a Peer Advisor, and you still need specific academic advice or need a form signed, you can visit Blackboard for a current chart of the office hours for the BAIS faculty advisors for each track and minor. You can also meet with your faculty advisor(s) during BAIS Group Advising sessions.

What is BAIS Group Advising?
Every semester, prior to the registration period for next semester’s classes, the BAIS program holds mandatory Group Advising. Students must attend one Group Advising session to have their Advising Hold removed, so they can register for classes. During these sessions, the requirements are discussed and the course list for next semester is distributed. Peer and faculty advisors are also available for consultation.

How can I prepare for my faculty advising appointment?
+ Fill in your “Four Year Plan” as far as you are able.
+ Meet with a Peer Advisor to get general questions answered.
+ Have specific questions ready for your faculty advisor.
+ Retrieve your advising file from the Program Office (KA 336) to bring with you.