Advisors can offer more than a signature on a class pre-registration schedule. They are knowledgeable about institutional requirements and are aware of the educational support services available to you. An advisor can help you in your intellectual development and in your academic planning.
There are times when you need to see your advisor and other instances when you are encouraged to seek counsel from your advisor.
When you must see your advisor:
Add/Drop (if applicable)
Fall: early September
Spring: early January
Fall: early November
Spring: after spring break
Withdrawals (if applicable)
Fall: refer to academic calendar (withdrawal with a "W")
Fall: refer to academic calendar (withdrawal with a "W" or "WF")
Spring: refer to academic calendar (withdrawal with a "W")
Spring refer to academic calendar (withdrawal with a "W" or "WF")
When you are encouraged to seek counsel from your advisor:
First week of the fall semester
First week of the spring semester
Mid-semester deficiencies (if applicable): mid-October (fall), early March (spring)
Are experiencing academic difficulties
Have been placed on academic warning or probation (See Saint Anselm College Catalog, pp. 30-31)
Have questions about academic policies or procedures
Want to discuss choosing a major
You must declare a major no later than the spring pre-registration period in the second semester of your sophomore year. This deadline ensures that you will continue to make progress toward graduation.
The Process: Students Declaring or Changing a Major
Change of Major forms (which also serve as major declaration forms) are available in the Office of Academic Advisement or the Office of the Registrar.
Declaring or Changing to a major: Students should schedule an appointment with the appropriate departmental chairperson for signature approval.
Declaring or Changing to the Undeclared major: Students should see the director of academic advisement who will meet with them and assign a new advisor. (Freshmen or sophomore students may decide to change from a departmental major to an undeclared major for one or two semesters while investigating other choices.)
It is the student's responsibility to turn the form in to the Registrar's Office and to distribute copies to the appropriate offices indicated on the form.
What an undeclared freshman's schedule looks like:
Conversatio I (HU103)
Conversatio II (HU104)
Freshman English (EN105) (A-L) or Core Elective (M-Z)
Freshman English (EN105) (M-Z) or Core Elective (A-L)
Elective / Major Course
Elective/Core/Major Course or, Theology or Philosophy Core Requirement
What an undeclared sophomore's schedule looks like:
Language (continued - if applicable)
PH105 or PH018 and/or 100 level TH course
Major/Elective (x2 if applicable)
Note: Undeclared sophomores must declare a major before the spring pre-registration period.
Kenneth Walker, Director of the Academic Resource Center
Academic Resource Center, Roger and Francine Jean Student Center, Top Floor
Your major determines your career
While it is true that some fields-e.g., nursing, engineering, accounting-demand a specific undergraduate degree, many liberal arts graduates work in fields unrelated to their major. You do not have to be a business major to work in business when you graduate, or an English major to work in journalism, or a politics major to work in government.
Liberal arts graduates enter a variety of occupations regardless of their majors. But a word of caution: although your specific major may not be critical to obtaining meaningful post-graduate employment, demonstrable skills are. You can develop employable skills during your four undergraduate years through academic course work, volunteer experiences, internships, summer employment, and in numerous other ways.
All you can do with an English/history/language major is teach
Although you may believe that a field like English, history, philosophy, or the languages limits your career options, hard evidence suggests that this is not the case. In a recent semester, English and history majors were preparing for their careers by doing internships in law offices, government agencies, newspapers, local television studios, advertising agencies, public relations firms, magazines, and in local schools. Other students were preparing for law school, medical school, and other graduate work.
If you still haven't selected a major and you are unsure of the career prospects associated with a given major, you are encouraged to sit down with your department chair or someone from Career Services to discuss what other Saint Anselm graduates are doing with their degrees.
I'll love every class in my major
It is a rare student who loves every class in his or her chosen major. Don't be discouraged too early from continuing in a major if an introductory class isn't the best class you have ever had. Review the requirements and upper-level courses in a major and talk to professors in the major about your interests. You might find that a little patience pays off.