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Student Resources

Advising

When you declare the major, you may choose a faculty member as your advisor (perhaps someone you have already had for a course or whose area of expertise relates to your interests). If you do not select your own advisor, the department will assign one to you. If you are not certain who your advisor is, you may call the department office at (410) 455-6276. You may select a new advisor at any time.

Each semester during registration you must meet with your advisor to review your program, plan your courses, and check your progress toward fulfilling major and university requirements. At this time, the AMST advising form should be updated and signed by your advisor. Since each AMST major has a unique program (due to the individualized emphasis areas), it is essential that this review occur. You may, of course, request a meeting with your advisor for this purpose at any time. You will not be able to register for classes until you have met with your advisor and he or she has cleared you for registration. Make sure to make an advising appointment at the beginning of the advising period. American Studies classes are in high demand and often fill up quickly.

Note to Seniors: Be sure that you have met with your advisor to review all graduation requirements before you register for your final semester. We can certify you for graduation in your major only if we have an updated and approved Major Program advising form in your file.

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The Department of American Studies

1000 Hilltop Circle • 453 Fine Arts Building • Baltimore, Maryland 21250
(410) 455-2106 • (410) 455-1027 fax
american.studies@umbc.edu