University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy Advising

The 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 faculty member work together as a team; the student should come to advising appointments prepared with specific questions and ideas.

Seeking Other Kinds of Advising

Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to Philosophy. You may seek advice and support on other matters, such as student health, legal issues, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more. While your faculty advisor's role is to give you advice on academic matters, she can point you to other resources at UVM to address any non-academic concerns. UVM offers a variety of free professional advising regarding these and other issues. The College of Arts and Sciences Student Services can help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.

Advising in the Philosophy Department

When you declare a Philosophy major, you will be assigned to an individual faculty advisor who 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 the list on the Department webpage to see when your advisor is available and find contact information to arrange an appointment.

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

Advisor Changes due to Leave

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 administrator will email you to let you know who your acting advisor is.

Student-Initiated Advisor Changes

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

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for

  • establishing professional relationships with their advisors, starting early in their time at UVM
  • meeting with their advisors if and when they need information and guidance; and
  • requesting that they be assigned new advisors if that is necessary or appropriate.

Faculty Advisor Responsibilities

Faculty Advisors are responsible for

  • reaching out to new advisees via email communication;
  • posting and attending regular office hours;
  • meeting with their advisees if and when information and guidance is needed
  • making themselves familiar with academic requirements and resources for their advisees.

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