Meet with a Counselor
Our professional staff is available to meet with students by appointment and during walk-in hours throughout the academic year. Academic counselors help students understand the purpose of a liberal arts education and counsel students during the course of their academic careers. We help students:
- Understand the Liberal Arts Core;
- Select courses, majors, and minors;
- Develop time management skills;
- Map strategies to improve academic performance;
- Identify academic enrichment opportunities;
- Maintain steady progress toward completing degrees;
- Plan for graduate school or entry into the job market.
At the beginning of their academic careers, students are assigned an individual academic counselor or lower-division faculty advisor from various departments. Assigned, individual advisors help students transition to college, discuss course selection and class schedules, and provide insights about the academic experience in the College of Arts and Sciences and opportunities available at Syracuse University. After students declare a major, they are assigned a faculty advisor from within the department or interdisciplinary program they are pursuing. These advisors continue working with their students through graduation and help with post-graduation planning. The assigned advisor is available at the top of the student transcript, accessed through myslice.
Students are welcome to speak with an academic counselor about individual questions or concerns by appointment. Please call 443-3150 to schedule an appointment regarding academic plans, strategies and goals; pre-law, pre-health, pre-professional and career plans; and other topics of interest to you.
Counselors are available for 15-Minute Drop-Ins every day of the week to discuss academic matters that require shorter discussions, answer brief questions, or review core checksheets. Students sign in for a Drop-In at 323 Hall of Languages. Drop-In hours are:
8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Develop an Academic Plan
Our professional staff offer personalized, one-on-one assistance to students who are in the process of exploring and selecting their major. Academic counselors help students who are considering changing their major, adding one or more majors, adding one or more minors, or dropping a major or minor.
Academic counselors help students choose a major based on:
- Aptitudes and Abilities
In addition, academic counselors help answer students questions, such as:
- What is a the difference between a double major and dual enrollment?
- What is a combined degree?
- Is it OK to choose one or more minors outside the College of Arts and Sciences? (The answer is "yes"—see link below.)
- What types of Interdisciplinary Programs are available through the College of Arts and Sciences?
- Is it possible, under special circumstances, to tailor a major to my specific interests, although the College may not offer a formal degree in this particular area? (The answer is "yes"—click here to read about Selected Studies).
As part of the process of exploring majors, our professional staff sometimes make use of various self-assessments in helping students to identify their interests, values, and personality.
Declare a Major or Minor
When arriving at Syracuse University, all students who enter the College of Arts and Sciences provide an indication of their intended major or area of interest; however, all students are undeclared until they follow the official declaration of major process. Once academic counselors assist students with exploring all of their interests, skills, and academic talents to help them integrate and build the optimal interdisciplinary academic plan, students often feel ready to declare their major and, potentially, minor plans.
Once students declare a major, they are appointed a faculty advisor within the department. Until that time, students will work with the lower-division faculty advisor assigned to them upon entry to the University. Some majors stipulate certain grade performance in foundational courses before students can declare the major, and students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor about each major's unique program requirements. Academic counselors are here to assist students with the development of the best-suited academic plan and steps to achieve success.
To officially declare a major, students must complete a Major Declaration Form, which must be approved by the department and submitted to Advising and Academic Support at 323 Hall of Languages.
Liberal Arts Core Checksheet: