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General Studies

Physical Address:
117 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: (208) 885-2024

Fax: (208) 885-8964

Email: generalstudies@uidaho.edu

Web: General Studies

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Academic Advising

The transition to college can make new students anxious — especially if they're undecided about the major they should pursue. In the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, we can help students make a smooth transition while they explore their opportunities. First- and second-year general studies majors are assigned to a professional academic advisor who will help guide them through course selection and major exploration while also being their connection to the university.

Advisors

First- and second-year students with the last name beginning with A-M will be assigned to Lexi Schaar, and first- and second-year students with the last name beginning with N-Z will be assigned to Kristi Overfelt.

What is Academic Advising?

Academic advising is a relationship in which the student and advisor are partners in planning academic, personal and career goals. It fosters intellectual and personal development that leads to academic success and self-directed life-long learning. This partnership requires proactive participation and involvement by both parties. Both parties have clear responsibilities for ensuring that this partnership is successful. (NACADA, 2005 & Student Advising and Learning Center at Washington State University)

Student Responsibilities:

  • Schedule regular appointments (minimum of 1 appointment each semester mandatory)
  • Gather all necessary information and questions prior to meeting
  • Discuss any problems that impact academic performance
  • Know where to access accurate information about requirements, policies and procedures
  • Discuss career goals, changing directions, interests and majors
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward your degree (degree plan)
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and your actions that affect your academic career and life goals

Advisor Responsibilities:

  • Maintain confidentiality within the advising relationship
  • Be knowledgeable and attentive during advising sessions
  • Encourage and guide students as they develop academic goals and pursue their degree
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements and university, college and department policies and procedures
  • Encourage and support all students with information and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services at the University of Idaho and in the community

Checklist for your advising meeting:

  • List of classes for next semester
  • Copy of Degree Audit Report
  • Degree Checklist (if you are looking at a certain major)
  • Career Goals or questions about career exploration
  • Questions about other issues you have had this semester

General Studies

Physical Address:
117 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: (208) 885-2024

Fax: (208) 885-8964

Email: generalstudies@uidaho.edu

Web: General Studies

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