Your academic advisor is your advocate, someone who understands the major, the core and career opportunities and is willing to help you. Get to know your advisor early by stopping by and introducing yourself. Your advisor has a folder containing your transcripts, transfer credit record (where applicable) and any other information that pertains to your career at Fisher. In this folder, you and your advisor will keep track of your progress with your core and major requirements.
are some answers to frequently asked questions about academic advising in the
From the Registrar's Office, obtain and fill out a "Declaration of Major" form. The form must be signed by Dr. VanderBilt, the chair of the English Department. Shortly thereafter, you should meet with your advisor to discuss and plan a program of studies.
How do I get an advisor or change advisors?
If you declared a special interest in English at the time of admission, you were probably assigned to an advisor in the English Department. If you have an advisor in another department, you will need to switch to one in the English Department once you have declared your major. Sometimes you may choose to change advisors if you find someone you particularly enjoy working with. Students often choose as their advisor a faculty member with whom they have already taken courses. Simply approach the faculty member who interests you and ask whether he or she is taking on new advisees. The Department Chair will assist you in this process if you need help.
How can I keep
track of core, major, and minor requirements?
Although you are ultimately responsible for making your own decisions and meeting all the requirements stated in the College Catalog and Bulletins, your advisor should approve your course schedule each semester before registration and any subsequent schedule changes. Find out your advisor's office hours and consult him or her well in advance of registration day. Most advisors have extended office hours during the week preceding course registration; check your advisor's door for times and sign-up sheets.
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