University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of German and Russian

Department of German and Russian Advising

The Department of German and Russian practices one-on-one advising between students and a faculty advisor. We encourage students to meet with their academic advisors several times per year, and to attend special advising events organized by the Department over the course of the year. These special events will assist students in deciding on study abroad programs, identifying career opportunities, and applying to graduate school.

Purpose of Academic Advising

The fundamental purpose of academic advising is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational and career goals. Academic advising requires that both the student and the faculty member work together as a team; the student should come prepared with specific questions and ideas.

Seeking Other Kinds of Advising?

Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to German or Russian. There are many other issues about which you may seek advice and support, including student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more. UVM offers a variety of free professional advising regarding these and other issues. The College of Arts & Sciences Student Services Office can help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.

Advising within German and Russian

  1. Majors in German or Russian When you declare a German or Russian major, which can be done through the MyUVM Portal, you will be assigned to an individual faculty advisor who will provide assistance on the following topics:
    • course selection
    • 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
  2. Undecided Majors
    • course selection
    • general distribution and minor requirements within CAS
    • selection of a major and minor
    • navigating the Four Year Plan
    • planning for off-campus studies, internships and other opportunities

Making appointments with your advisor

At the beginning of each semester, you should receive an email from your advisor indicating when s/he has office hours. If you have a conflict in your schedule that prevents you from attending office hours, you should send an e-mail to your advisor requesting a different meeting time. Office hours will also be posted on the Department’s website.
You can contact your faculty advisor anytime during the semester either by e-mail or by telephone, though if the issue is quite complex, using e-mail to schedule an appointment would be best.

How should I prepare for meeting with my advisor?

Prior to your meeting with your advisor you should:

  • bring a copy of your four-year-plan
  • print your web transcript and bring it as a reference
  • bring a copy of your CATS audit
  • familiarize yourself with the course offerings and prepare a tentative schedule
  • make a list of questions you want to ask your advisor

Advisor changes: leaves and sabbaticals

If your advisor goes on sabbatical or other leave, you will be temporarily assigned 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.

Advisor changes: student initiated

If for whatever reason you would like to change your advisor, please contact the Department chair.

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Last modified January 13 2016 02:01 PM