Guiding a Student's
Adapted with permission from Beloit College's Advising Manual
Developing Advisee's Schedules
academic success – or finding academic success
Free time – for
co-curricular activities, for finding their niche at Monmouth, for
developing and consolidating friendships, work-study
General Principles Guiding Course Selection
Working on major
requirements or working towards finding a major:
Take a course, or another course, in your possible
Are you enjoying a course this semester? Take a
second course in the department.
No idea about a major? Take courses in several
Spread your major
requirements over all your remaining time at Monmouth; don’t finish
Work on missing
general education requirements.
Don’t wait until the senior year to complete them.
interests unrelated to the major, and develop new interests.
Be aware that many
level lower courses, e.g. in math, science, languages and economics,
are sequential and may only be offered alternate semesters. You
must therefore start on them at the appropriate time.
Be aware that some
courses required for the major may only be offered every two years;
check carefully and take them when they are offered.
Take a variety of
types of courses e.g. labs, writing intensive, artistic, heavy
reading load, only two exams, etc. Check with faculty and other
students to see what courses may involve.
Don’t take two
courses from the same professor in one semester unless you have
already had a course with him/her.
appropriate number of courses (usually 3-4) so that you will do well
academically and have time for other activities.
If you really want
a specific course, go and explain this to the professor during
pre-registration; faculty always favor motivated students. Make
sure the professor remembers your name!
Note that a double
major or several minors is often limiting. It is liable to give you
little chance to take a wide range of interesting and varied
courses. Students believe they are credentialing themselves;
however, they may in fact be limiting their education.
SUGGESTIONS FOR COURSES
Internships. Students may do an internship for
academic credit instead of a course during the semester. This is a
very sensible choice if the student is unsure about a possible
career, or has little working experience. An internship may be
paid, or may receive academic credit. Internships for credit are
arranged through individual departments.
creative courses, e.g. music, art, theatre, dance
unfamiliar subject with an intriguing course description
Language courses – Students often reject foreign
languages because of bad experiences in high school. Many study
abroad programs, however, require two years of language study.
Additionally, many graduate programs require or encourage
proficiency in a foreign language
Public Speaking… Logic... Calculus… International
Relations… Introduction to Literature… Introduction to Women’s
Studies…Biological Issues…Introduction to Sociology -- and many
others! In other words, students should take a wide array of
Monmouth College courses from a variety of departments and
disciplines: this is what a liberal education is all about!