Take home points:
The following are the general education requirements for bachelor’s degrees on the University of Saint Mary main campus for students entering as traditional age freshmen after Fall 2015 or transfer students entering with less than 12 transferrable credit hours of college work:
____ First Year Experience I & II (6 hours)
____ English Composition I & II (6 hours)
(English Composition I is a writing competency course. All students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in the course or re-take the course)
____ Three Idea Seminars (3 hours each) (number is prorated for transfers)
(Idea Seminars may apply to the Areas of Investigation listed below)
Completion of the following Areas of Investigation:
____ Two Theology courses (6 hours)
(3 hours are lower level and 3 hours are upper level) – need to do lower level course before upper level course – cannot leave both until last semester
____ a Philosophy course (3 hours)
____ a History course (3 hours)
____ a Literature course (3 hours)
____ a Fine Arts course (3 hours) ensure the class is a 3 credit class – cannot take three one-credit classes
____ a Behavioral Science course (3 hours)
(Criminology, Psychology, or Sociology courses)
____ a Social Science course (3 hours)
(Political Science, Economics, Global Studies, or Geography)
____ a Mathematics course (3 hours)
(Must be USM MA 125 or higher; the prerequisite for MA 125 is MA 115 or approved equivalent) one course beyond MA 115, Intermediate Algebra
____ a Natural Science course with lab (3 – 4 hours) NS, BI, CH or PHY – lab doesn’t have to be done concurrently – we have NS 108 Lab Topics to take if somebody takes a lecture only NS/BI/CH/PHY class
____ a Lifetime Physical Wellness course (3 hours)-can substitute EX 225 Health and Wellness since SCA 250 Lifetime Wellness will not be offered after Summer 2019
For students majoring in Art, English, History, Music, Pastoral Ministry and Theatre excluding students preparing for secondary education who complete the University of Saint Mary teacher education program, including student teaching, prior to graduation:
____ a Second Language: college-level Elementary I & II (or approved equivalent) of the same language
For students majoring in Global Studies the above second language requirement applies as well as additional second language courses.
How do I find time to meet with each of my advisees?
*If they have a hold on their account, they might have to visit the business office to set up a payment plan before they are allowed to enroll in courses
*Enroll students in 15-18 hours for full time status to allow for wiggle room if they need to drop a course later on
* Remind students to have any transcripts sent to the registrar's office to have transfer hours documented on their degree audit
Our advising role is more than just meeting with students to select courses. Here are some questions you can ask to get to know your advisees so that you can provide guidance and mentoring:
-Tell me about your family, hometown, experiences in high school
-What was your favorite class in high school? Why?
-What are you good at, what is challenging for you?
-What are your hobbies, interests, how do you spend your free time?
-How do you learn best?
-What is your dream job?
-How can I help you be successful?
-Why did you pick this major?
-What do you worry about?
-Favorites: Food, Music, TV Shows, Movies, etc
The better you get to know your advisees as people, the easier it is to help them succeed. And easier to have difficult conversations when they are not succeeding.
These are some common errors that result in waivers requested or graduation delays. If you are unsure how to proceed, please contact the registrar's office before making a decision that might cause problems for the student later on:
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