Once you’ve decided on a major, use a preprinted form or your own sheet of paper to graph out your study plan. List each semester and the courses you plan to take. Be sure to balance your study plan with other responsibilities such as work and family obligations. As you write down the courses you plan to take, list the credit hours next to each class and a total at the end of each semester. Putting your plan in writing will help you see the big picture. Cross-reference your study plan with the course bulletin and put a check mark next to each required course. This will ensure you’ve met all requirements in your major.
Now that you’ve created your study plan, it’s important to share it with an academic advisor. Make an appointment with the advisor that specializes in your major, or if you’re undecided, meet with a general academic advisor. Your advisor will review your study plan and ensure it meets all of the university requirements for general education and your major. It’s best to meet with your advisor early in the semester so that you don’t register for courses that aren’t needed. Your advisor may also share advice about the appropriate sequence for your class registration and other opportunities such as an internship or study abroad possibilities.