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Liberal Arts Advising

Advising relationships play a crucial role in a Beloit education, empowering you to take ownership of your path through college. Your Initiatives advisor (who is also your Spark/Initiatives professor) is your advisor in the liberal arts. Beginning in the Spark course and continuing through the first two years at Beloit, your Spark/Initiatives advisor will introduce you to a Beloit liberal arts education and facilitate your own active planning process, both in individual meetings and through Initiatives advising workshops.  When you declare a major, you'll also develop an advising relationship with a professor in your chosen area of study, but you'll continue to meet with your Initiatives advisor through your first two years of study (and probably thereafter, as well). You'll very likely find other, less formal mentors, as well, through coursework, research, and engaged learning opportunities on and off campus.

And every semester during your time at Beloit, you can take advantage of sessions tailored to your interests and questions at the Advising Practicum.

Initiatives Program Advising Objectives

You will work with your advisor individually, in seminar, and in Initiatives advising workshops to ensure that, by the end of your second year, you have:

  • articulated in writing your projected program of study and your reasons for choosing it;
  • planned for undertaking at least one Liberal Arts in Practice experience that is exciting to you and makes sense in the context of your academic plan, whether through study abroad, community-based learning, internship or research options, or other engagement beyond the traditional classroom; and
  • declared your major(s), and possibly minor(s), and established an advising relationship with a professor in the chosen area(s) of study.

You should also be able:

  • to reflect on your experiences so as to identify your own interests, strengths, and challenges; and
  • to articulate your educational goals and strategies for achieving them.

The Advising Relationship

As a student and advisee, you have the following responsibilities:

  • to engage actively and intentionally in planning your educational trajectory;
  • to develop an academic plan that achieves breadth and depth in the liberal arts, and to reevaluate that plan regularly in light of your developing interests and skills;
  • to seek advice or referral from your advisor and others when you have academic, career, or personal concerns;
  • to prepare for and attend all advising appointments and workshops;
  • to strengthen your ability to make thoughtful, well-informed choices, and to take responsibility for your own academic and personal decisions.

Your Spark/Initiatives advisor will endeavor:

  • to assist you in designing your educational trajectory;
  • to help you reflect upon, develop, and implement a strategy for achieving your academic, career, and personal goals;
  • to connect you with other resources on campus that can help you to address specific academic, career, and personal concerns;
  • to make all reasonable efforts to be able to meet with you when you request an appointment;
  • to support and stimulate your capacity to make informed decisions, to negotiate difficulties, and to take responsibility for and learn from the consequences of your actions and choices.

Beloit's academic advising program continues through a relationship with an advisor in a student's chosen area(s) of specialization.