Drafting a Four-Year Plan
As a tutorial advisee, you will draft a four-year plan in your second
semester. This helps us meet several objectives:
Toward this end, you will not only complete a course plan but will
also reflect on how your plan meets the elements of a liberal education.
- Learning how to plan for a major (even if you change it)
- Making sure you can meet pre-requisites for upper-level courses you
are interested in
- Keeping slots for introductory courses outside your major interest
Extend your four-year plan with one major in mind. While this plan
is not a commitment, it is very important that you consider some of
your larger goals (such as your spikes and bumps)
and plan carefully to achieve them. Allot at least 2-3 hours for a
combination of reflection, exploring the catalog, and using it to
make sure you've gotten all the pre-requisites and semesters correct.
You may even need to contact faculty members to determine when courses
that are not offered every year may be offered next.
This is an important exercise that can have real consequences for
your satisfaction with your education. Make sure you give it adequate
You will use your Wiki in our Advising group to document your plan.
Please include for each course:
In addition, you will notice that at the bottom of your four-year
plan table, there are four columns for you to tabulate how many credits
and courses you are taking in each division. Note that some courses
and concentration listings are non-divisional (e.g., GWSS, GDS, NRS,
TUT, etc.). Please list only the course department and number here,
along with the credits. This portion will help us both ensure you
have a good representation of studies across the curriculum.
If you are planning to study abroad, you can include that semester
in your plan (typically during third year).
While planning, you may want to consider your eligibility for Phi
Beta Kappa. You may find the requirements
in the College catalog.
- The three-letter department abbreviation
- The course number
- The full course name
Essay on the Elements of the Liberal Arts
Once you have completed your four year plan, please write a short
essay where you tell your reader (e.g., yourself, me, your future
adviser) what your spikes and bumps are and how your courses connect
to them. In addition, tell your reader how you've incorporated each
of the six elements of a liberal education listed in the catalog.
Note that you will want to be thinking about these even as you are
planning. When you are finished, post (copy and paste) your essay
to your curricular journal.
Completion and Feedback
Although the PioneerWeb software will e-mail me when you've made updates
to your wiki and journal, you may be working incrementally, so I would
appreciate if you would send me an e-mail when you feel your work
is complete. I will then review them
and make comments for you.
If you are not already, you should subscribe to both your Wiki and
Journal, so that you too get e-mails when I make comments. You can
do this by clicking the "Subcribe" link at the top of each.