University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Classics

Department of Classics Advising

The purpose of academic advising

Academic advising incorporates both (1) generalized assistance and guidance given to undergraduate and graduate students in fulfilling their individual course work and degree requirements, and (2) more sophisticated, intellectual direction and mentoring provided for students who undertake independent studies, honors theses, and graduate projects. The fundamental purpose of academic advising is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational and career goals. The student and faculty member work together as a team; the student should come prepared to advising sessions with specific questions and ideas.

Advising in the Classics Department

When you declare a major in Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization, you will receive an email that assigns you to an individual faculty advisor. That person, a professor in the Department, will provide assistance on the following topics:

  • course selection
  • fulfilling the requirements of the major
  • general distribution and minor requirements within CAS
  • planning for off-campus studies, internships and other opportunities
  • navigating the Four Year Plan
  • career ideas and opportunities

All advisors hold regular office hours; please check that faculty member’s UVM webpage or the Faculty Office hours at a Glance to see when s/he is available and to find contact information to arrange an appointment.

Classics minors or students considering a minor/major who would like advice are welcome to make an appointment with the Chair, or to reach out informally to professors they know in the Department.

Advisor changes: leaves, sabbaticals, and student-initiated changes

If and when your advisor goes on sabbatical or other leave, you will be assigned temporarily to another faculty member until your advisor returns and resumes duties; if you are being reassigned, the Department’s administrative assistant will email you to let you know who your acting advisor is. If for whatever reason you would like to change your advisor, please contact the Department Chair.

Additional resources: careers, research, graduate school, etc.

Members of the Classics faculty have a wealth of knowledge to share about the nature of the field, job opportunities available to Classics majors, graduate programs in Classics and related disciplines, and more. We encourage you to tap into that expertise through consultation with individual faculty members. We also recommend you join the Goodrich Classical Club, which sponsors regular events, lectures and socials on campus and where a lot of informal peer advising takes place, for example the Goodrich Club and Facebook page.

Seeking other kinds of advising?

Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to the field of Classics. The College of Arts and Sciences Student Services office can help you to identify many other resources you may need, including free professional advising and support concerning student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more.

How to find out who your Academic advisor is:

From the UVM Homepage – click on MYUVM (upper right of page) - click Advising/CATS - you will see your Academic Profile panel. There your advisor(s) is listed with an option to send an email.

How do I contact my advisor?

  • Send an email to your advisor (follow the above procedure to find his/her email address or use the online UVM directory
  • Stop by his/her office during office hours, or make an appointment
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to call 656-3210, or email the Department’s Administrative Assistant, or stop by the Classics office at 481 Main – Room 102 (1st floor).

Last modified April 13 2015 01:37 PM