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When the advising period begins (October for spring semester; March for summer and fall semesters), please make an advising appointment as soon as possible to secure a spot in your preferred classes.  You can identify advisors and their office hours via the Advisor Finder link.  Each student has been assigned an advisor.  If you do not know who your advisor is please contact Shawn Dubay (

Before you schedule your advising appointment, look at your transcript on RUAccess, and know the answers to the three questions below.

1.  How many credit hours will I have completed after this semester?

It takes a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate.

2.  How much of my general education coursework remains to be done after this semester?

Your general education courses include ENG 101, ENG 102, LIBS 201, ACP 101, 110 and 250, MATH 110 or higher, two sciences courses (one with a lab), three social-science courses, and three humanities courses. 

3.  How much of my major remains to be done after this semester?

The history major requires a minimum of 33 hours:

  • HIST 106
  • HIST 107
  • HIST 111
  • HIST 112
  • HIST 280
  • 6 history electives (at least 4 of these at the 300 level)
  • Three course portfolios, each from a 300-level history course

The philosophy major requires ten courses or a minimum of 30 hours.  These courses include four core courses, five elective courses, and a senior research project.  The senior research project is an independent study on a topic chosen by the student after consultation with the faculty.

Once you have a sense of what courses you need to take, check out the online schedule.  Look at courses in other disciplines, too – courses that fulfill your general education requirements, or your second major or minor requirements, or that simply look interesting.

Be proactive.  Know what courses you need and want to take before you show up at your advising appointment.  That way, your advising session can focus on bigger-picture issues: do you want to try study abroad?  Do you want to think about an internship?  When do you hope to graduate?  What do you want to do after you graduate?  How can you prepare yourself for that now?  These are all good topics to discuss with your advisor, but if you spend all your time together choosing courses, there just won’t be time for all of that.