Interdisciplinary Studies Advisement

    The following resources are to assist Interdisciplinary Studies with their academic planning and advisement. Including information on preparing for and scheduling advisement appointments.

    Spring 2021 Course Options

    During the Spring 2021 semester, students have a number of options and supports available, including course withdrawal, Incomplete/Extensions, and Pass/Fail Option. Please review the following the Spring 2021 Course Options page for more information about these options.

      Student Responsibilities

      Students are responsible for their own academic success, progress and decisions. While academic advisors assist students in navigating their academic journey, it is a student’s responsibility to be informed and knowledgeable about academic requirements, and to be proactive in their academic success. To do this, students must: 

      • Review and work towards understanding academic program requirements; 
      • Utilize available resources to monitor academic progress, find available courses and review program requirements (including their Degree Evaluation and University Catalog); 
      • Be familiar with how to connect with discipline/concentration departments and understand how to connect with course faculty/instructors; 
      • Take responsibility for actions and decisions that impact their academic progress; 
      • Seek advisement from their academic advisor when necessary; and 
      • Be prepared for advisement appointments with a planned schedule of classes, questions about the program(s) and requirements, as well as an open mind for exploration and mentorship. 
      Academic Advisor Responsibilities

      Academic Advisors assist students as they navigate their academic journey, by providing individual advisement in the promotion of each student’s academic success. An academic advisor shares knowledge, experience and insight to benefit students in their decision making and academic planning. Additionally, the advisor provides information about university policies and procedures related to academic programs. To do this, advisors will: 

      • Assist students in understanding their academic program requirements and provide clarification of requirements, policies and procedures; 
      • Connect students to appropriate university academic and success resources;
      • Meet as appropriate to address student questions and provide consultation on upcoming planned course of study, including immediate and long-range academic planning; and
      • Review students’ progress toward academic goals and monitor academic progress. 

      Your Degree Evaluation provides you with a comprehensive and up-to-date guide of your program requirements to graduation. Working with your advisor you will map out your personalized academic plan towards graduation. You can also utilize our program Academic Maps as a starting/reference guide, however, your personal plan may be different depending on when you joined the major and what your individual concentrations are within your personalized program.

      Schedule Planner (new for Fall 2021 registration) can assist students in planning their schedule. Schedule Planner allows students to identify courses they need to take and helping them build possible schedules based around their availability and course preferences.

      • How to use Schedule Planner PDF Flyer 
      • How to use Schedule Planner Video

      Helpful Resources

      Our Interdisciplinary Studies team is available to provide you with support, including your assigned advisor. You can schedule an appointment with your advisor by emailing your assigned advisor (listed on your Degree Evaluation) or you can email or call 203-392-8113 for assistance scheduling an appointment. 
      If you are looking to change your major to Interdisciplinary Studies, please schedule an introduction meeting with us.

      During the spring semester, our Interdisciplinary Studies team will continue to offer appointments and meetings in our virtual offices. These meetings will allow us to best serve our students by providing contactless support in a secure and private online meeting area, where we can provide one-on-one support, share information/resources that would not otherwise be possible in person at this time.
      Our team utilizes WebEX, available for free to Southern students, for our virtual meetings. We can also connect with students via Microsoft Teams, also available for free to Southern students. 
      Now download is required for WebEx. Simply follow the meeting link provided to you when you scheduled your appointment and select the option “Join from your browser.” If you would prefer, you can also access the meeting via one of the WebEx apps, available for free download and no account is required to access/join meetings. You may download the WebEX application on your computer, tablet/iPad, or phone so that you can connect with ease a few moments prior to your appointment time. 
      We recommend using either the web access or the application to get the most out of your appointment. If you are unable to use access these tools.
      Additional Technology Resources and Information is available online.