Advising Notes for Spring 2012


FALL 2011

(for Intercession and the SPRING 2012 SEMESTER)

Road Map to Graduation PDF

Registration for the Spring 2012 semester (and Intercession) is less than a couple of weeks away.  We wanted to give you an overview of what to expect and what you need to do between now and then.

First, however, please note a couple of items regarding the upcoming Politics schedule. Check the schedule often.  There still may be changes which occur between now, when registration begins, and even at the start of the Spring semester.  This may be a bit frustrating, but it is an effort to provide you with the best combination of courses to meet your interests, while working within the constraints of available staff and classrooms. 

In terms of the registration process, it is as simple as 1, 2, 3:

Please note: It is important that you review this email and complete steps 1 and 2 PRIOR to step 3 (group advising) or meeting with your assigned advisor.

1.  Find out what classes you need.

By now, you should know how to do a degree audit via the USF website.  This step will tell you which classes the University Registrar has you on file as completed, and against which graduation requirements those classes have been counted.  To do your degree audit:

(a) Go to the USFConnect page that you use to check your schedule and classes. 

(b) Click on Degree Audit. 

(c) Click on “Politics major” and then  “Generate new evaluation”  (at the bottom). 

(d) Click on one of the three different report formats.

This listing will report which core classes you still have to take (look for the core sections listed as “requirement not met.”) as well as which courses have counted toward the major and any minors.  The degree audit is not 100 percent accurate, but at a minimum, it tells you the official story.  From it, you should be able to assess how far away you are from meeting the graduation requirement of 128 units as well as generate a list of courses you still need to complete for the core and major. 

2.  Have a plan.

Having completed the degree audit, you should have a sense of what you need to do to finish.  If, for example, you are a first year student, chances are you will have completed about 32 units by the end of this spring.  That leaves you with 96 more units to go – probably about 6 semesters (96 divided by the normal course load of 16 units equals 6 semesters).  A sophomore might have 64 units completed, leaving 4 more semesters to go.  Transfer students can calculate how many semesters they are working with in the same manner.

We really want to encourage you to take this chance to map out how you will complete the remaining requirements.  For example, say you will be a junior next year with four more semesters (or 64 units) left to complete.  You still need 4 core classes (e.g., science, literature, philosophy, and ethics), the third semester of your foreign language, and 5 upper division politics classes.  When, over the next four semesters, are you planning on taking those courses?  MAP IT OUT!  You can use this form to do it.  Or, you can use any other system you like.  But, the most important thing is to have a plan.  Who knows, if you map out your path to graduation, you might even discover that you can add a minor to your plans.  Or, you might realize that a semester abroad will fit quite easily.  But, most importantly, you will know that you are making progress toward getting your degree in a time efficient – and cost efficient – manner. It is also requested that you bring this map of your college career to the group advising meeting, or any individual meeting you may have with your advisor.


3.  Attend a group advising session to get your registration hold lifted.

Once you have an idea as to what you want to take in the fall, you are ready to see an advisor.  All Politics majors have an advising hold on their registration.  The easiest way to get your hold lifted is to attend a group advising session.  These sessions have been conveniently scheduled at the following times and places:

·  Tuesday, November 1 –11:40-12:40 - KA 211

·  Wednesday, November 2 –11:30-1:30 (drop in) - KA 209 

·  Thursday, November 3 – 11:40-12:40 - KA 211


At that time, you can check in with an advisor, get any questions answered, and make arrangements to get your hold lifted.  We will do our best to make the experience run as efficiently as possible.

Students who wish to meet individually with an advisor may do so, but note faculty members office hours and availability.  Our goal is to use group advising to address the most common situations and questions.  One-on-one advising is best suited for students in complicated situations (e.g., complicated transfers) and/or those students close to graduation who are uncertain about particular requirements.  

***STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD or in DC THIS SEMESTER:  You will need to contact your advisor via email and submit your plan in writing as described above in order to have your hold lifted.