Mission of Advising
Academic advising is integral to the teaching mission of the University and engages students in a collaborative process to explore academic and co-curricular opportunities as part of a plan to realize academic, career, and life goals.
The Department of History’s faculty provides one-on-one academic advising and mentoring to all history majors. All history students must meet with their advisors once a semester to discuss their planned course schedules and to receive an advising code for registration. But an advising meeting is about much more than obtaining a code.
As advisors, the faculty helps students understand the curriculum, identify their academic talents and interests, and make timely progress toward graduation. Faculty advisors can also assist undergraduate majors with related tasks like managing time, selecting courses, and exploring various extra-curricular and career options.
An effective advising relationship, however, is a two-way street. It is the shared responsibility of students and faculty who work in concert to achieve the University’s Advising Learning Goals:
|1||Articulate the intent of general education, school/college, and program requirements.|
|2||Craft, execute, and continually assess a coherent educational plan, including post graduate options, based on assessment of abilities, aspirations, interests, and values.|
|3||Demonstrate an understanding of the policies and procedures that guide progress to the degree.|
|4||Identify and access campus resources and co-curricular opportunities to help reach educational, career, and life goals.|
Students should be advocates for their own education and actively seek out the information they need for academic success. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your advising relationship.
- Be proactive! Contact your advisor to schedule meetings.
- Be Prepared! Come to your advising meeting ready to communicate your passions and goals. Make sure you have read the description of the history major and know the requirements. Moreover, create a plan for what courses you would like to take during the next semester. Fill out the scheduling form in advance and bring it to your meeting.
Before your meeting, take time to think about the goals you would like to accomplish during your next year, two years, three years, etc. at Boston University. Come to your meeting ready to share any thoughts and questions with your advisor.
- Be patient! Advisors know a good deal about Department and University policies, but they have their limits. Your advisor may refer you to another resource or office on campus. Be sure to take notes on these recommendations and report back to him or her about what steps you took and about the answers or advice you received.
- Be communicative! Keep your advisor informed of any changes in your academic progress, schedule, or goals. If you need to, make a follow-up appointment. Chart your own progress toward degree by using this check-off sheet.
Advising is a partnership. Knowing your role in the process is essential for that partnership to be fruitful.