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2012-13 Catalog 
2012-13 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Services

Academic Advising at Academic Support Programs

Stevenson Union 134 or Higher Education Center 102


Academic advising is available to all students attending Southern Oregon University. The mission of the SOU advising program is to provide each student with the information and advice necessary to complete a college program appropriate to his or her developing life and career objectives. The principal goals of the advising program include delivering accurate information about degree requirements, assisting students with choosing a major, and teaching students to monitor progress toward their degrees.

Meeting with an advisor is one of the most important contacts in the student’s academic career. Advisors not only provide academic assistance, but also serve as mentors and resources in the student’s field of study.

Transfers or Undeclared Majors

New transfer students and all students who are undeclared majors should make an appointment to see an academic advisor in the Advising Center. Students entering in fall will be invited to receive their academic advising during Raider Registration held each summer. Students are advised on University Studies requirements, choosing a major, BA/BS requirements, and how to register for classes.

If you have questions regarding University Studies requirements, you are encouraged to see an advisor in the Advising Center. After you have selected a major, you will be advised by a faculty member within your major department.

Freshman Standing (0-44 credits)

The University Seminar instructor provides advising for all freshmen required to complete USEM 101, 102, and 103. This yearlong sequence of courses focuses on writing, speaking, and clarifying educational goals.

The USEM instructor assists with the preparation of freshman and sophomore year plans, which serve as guides for course selection and overall academic planning.

Sophomore Standing (45-89 credits)

Sophomores with declared majors are assigned an advisor within their academic department. Sophomores must contact their major department to formally declare a major and request an advisor.

Sophomores without a declared major continue to be advised and receive assistance in deciding on a major from Academic Support Programs.

All sophomores must declare a major and complete a junior plan in their chosen department by the conclusion of their sophomore year. This plan and a declaration of major must be on file by the time students accumulate 90 credits.

Junior Standing (90-134 credits)

Upon reaching junior standing, students must have:

  • declared a major;
  • secured a departmental advisor; and
  • filed a junior plan through their major department.

Senior Standing (135+ credits)

Upon reaching senior standing, students must have:

  • filed a senior plan through their major department; and
  • filed an Application for Degree for graduation at least two terms prior to the term in which the student plans to complete degree requirements. Applications for Degree are available in the Enrollment Services Center.