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Sophomore Advising for Fall Semester

Students enroll for their sophomore year Fall courses in the spring of their first year. Arrange an appointment with each advisee, asking them to review Fall course offerings and to arrive to their appointment with a list of preferred classes. Prior to the meeting, review the student’s transcript, which can be found in the Advisor Menu on Banner. At the beginning of your advising session, discuss any challenges the student may be having. This might include deficiencies, personal challenges, or concerns about their current trajectory toward a degree. This is also a good time to discuss:

Declaring a Major/Selecting a Major Advisor

If your advisee has not yet declared a major or chosen a major advisor, encourage them to begin considering their options. Students are encouraged to declare a major by the Spring semester of their second year.

Starting a Degree Plan

You should be working with your advisee to begin their degree plan in their sophomore year. This document helps to keep the student on track and to visualize progress toward their degree. Starting and updating a degree plan before or during an advising session can be useful in planning a student’s schedule even if the student is uncertain about their major. Make sure to keep a copy for your own files.

Trek Requirements, Internships, Study-Abroad, Research Opportunities

Students in their second year should consider opportunities and expectations beyond their major, L.A.B., or “Explorations” Coursework.

  • Encourage your advisee to investigate internship opportunities, either during the summer or during the regular semester. 
  • Sophomores should be thinking about how to fulfill their Trek Community requirement in a meaningful way with a plan to complete the requirement by the end of their second year. Discuss their options. View and learn helpful information about Centenary’s Community partnerships.
  • Students who are considering studying abroad through one of our many exchange partnerships should begin exploring their options by consulting Centenary’s Office of Intercultural Engagement
  • Some departments offer summer research opportunities for students, and individual faculty members may be seeking student research partners for the Student-Faculty Research Award. Talk with your advisee about their interest in research opportunities and help to connect them with appropriate faculty members looking for student researchers.
  1. Check to see if the student has passed Trek 115. If they haven’t, they must re-enroll in the course for Fall of the second year. When your advisee repeats a course, remember to have them complete the “Repeat & Replace” form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

  2. Inquire to see if the student has other courses that they wish to repeat, and have them complete another “Repeat and Replace” form.

  3. If the student is an athlete, enroll them in the appropriate WAC course.
    • Fall Semester - WAC 101: Baseball (BSB) - Men Only
, Basketball (MBB) - Men Only, 
Basketball (WBB) - Women Only, 
Golf (GOL) - Women and Men, 
Gymnastics (GYM) - Women Only, 
Lacrosse (LAX) - Men Only
, Softball (SB) - Women Only, 
Tennis (TEN) - Women and Men
    • Spring Semester - WAC 102 : Soccer (MSO) - Men Only, 
Soccer (WSO) - Women Only, 
Swimming (SWM) - Women and Men, 
Volleyball (VB) - Women Only
  4. If the student is in choir, Ensemble, or Camerata, enroll them in the appropriate MUS course(s).

  5. If the student is in CLC, enroll them in REL 200.

  6. If the student has already started a foreign language or needs to begin foreign language study, enroll them in the appropriate course (ie 101, 201). Note: Spanish/French 101 and 201 are only offered in the Fall. 102 and 202 are only offered in the Spring.

  7. Enroll the student in appropriate courses in their major field of study. If the student has yet to declare a major, encourage them to take a course in a discipline in which they may have a strong interest.
  8. Review the Core Checklist, and enroll the student in a course or courses that fulfill a L.A.B. and, if possible, an “Explorations” requirement.

 

Sophomore Advising for Spring Semester

  1. If your advisee hasn’t already done so, encourage them to declare a major and select a major advisor by completing the Change of Advisor/Major Form 
  2.  Check to see if the student has passed Trek 116. If they haven’t, they must re-enroll in the course for Spring of the second year. When your advisee repeats a course, remember to have them complete the “Repeat & Replace” form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

  3. Inquire to see if the student has other courses that they wish to repeat, and have them complete another “Repeat and Replace” form.

  4. If the student is an athlete, enroll them in the appropriate WAC course.
    • Fall Semester - WAC 101: Baseball (BSB) - Men Only
, Basketball (MBB) - Men Only, 
Basketball (WBB) - Women Only, 
Golf (GOL) - Women and Men, 
Gymnastics (GYM) - Women Only, 
Lacrosse (LAX) - Men Only
, Softball (SB) - Women Only, 
Tennis (TEN) - Women and Men
    • Spring Semester - WAC 102 : Soccer (MSO) - Men Only, 
Soccer (WSO) - Women Only, 
Swimming (SWM) - Women and Men, 
Volleyball (VB) - Women Only
  5. If the student is in choir, Ensemble, or Camerata, enroll them in the appropriate MUS course(s).

  6. If the student is in CLC, enroll them in REL 200.

  7. If the student has started learning a foreign language, enroll them in the appropriate course (ie 102, 202). Note: Spanish/French 101 and 201 are only offered in the Fall. 102 and 202 are only offered in the Spring.

  8. Enroll the student in appropriate courses in their major field of study. If the student has yet to declare a major, encourage them to take a course in a discipline in which they may have a strong interest.
  9. Review the Core Checklist, and enroll the student in a course or courses that fulfill an L.A.B. and, if possible, an “Explorations” requirement.

  10. Look over May term offerings and enroll the student, if interested.
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