You should talk to the professor, and make an appointment with your advisor. For some courses, you can visit the various learning centers on campus to get extra help. The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success offers Academic Success Coaches and other resources. Academic difficulty is a serious problem, but not an uncommon one. Here are some policies (withdraw dates, refunds, etc.) regarding dropping classes or withdrawing from the university. It’s a good idea to contact your advisor before making changes to your registration.
Don’t despair–it is often the case that seating fluctuates even after the semester begins. But here are some steps you can take now:
You should register for another class that you want to take (this is your Plan B). If you aren’t sure which course to take, consult with your advisor.
Keep your eye on the seating availability so that if a seat becomes available you can add into that class, and drop the Plan B class.
Finally, if the semester begins and you still have not been able to add the class you really want to take, attend that class and speak to the instructor. It’s possible, though not guaranteed, that you’ll be added into the class.
And, if all of the above fails, take your Plan B class and wait for another opportunity to take the Plan A class!
Typically, registration for the Spring Semester takes place the preceding November. Registration for the Fall Semester takes place the preceding March. The Registrar’s website has more information, including the priority for registration schedule. You should schedule a meeting a few weeks before registration with your advisor to be sure you are selecting the correct classes.
No. If you take a class to satisfy your major requirements (including emphasis areas and major electives), it can’t be listed again as a General Education class.
Your advisor will help you understand the course requirements for your degree. For specific information about policies related to graduation, applying for graduation, cap and gown purchase, and other commencement information please consult the Registrar’s site for graduation requirements.
The Humanities department internship program offers opportunities for you to gain work experience and get HU credit at the same time. You can also find opportunities for internships and co-ops at the Career Services website (some that allow you to register for credit, some that are paid work experiences). It’s a good idea to schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss how a co-op or internship will affect your academic plans.
In most cases, the answer is yes. Most Humanities degrees require 128 academic credits. You will need to average 16 cr per semester to graduate in four years. Several factors can affect your time to degree, including adding a minor or certificate, doing an internship, studying abroad, taking summer classes or carrying a heavier load some semesters. Working closely with your academic advisor will help you be efficient in planning your coursework for the degree.
The Department of Humanities offers several majors, minors, and certificates. Program Directors, faculty, and your undergraduate advisor will be happy to discuss careers with you, and share information about companies that hire our majors, as well as about our alumni and their professional lives. It’s also wise to take the “MyPlan”inventory offered by Career Services.
Talk to your advisor about the classes that are required for your major at MTU. She can help you understand how your transfer courses might apply. Also, it is important that you get in touch with Transfer Services. They have a helpful Transfer Equivalency Link that will let you know how commonly-transferred courses will apply here at MTU.
Schedule a meeting with the advisor of the new degree, then complete a “change of curriculum”form with the new advisor–he or she needs to sign this. Some Humanities majors require additional material (a writing sample, a minimum GPA, etc.). The advisor will let you know if there are additional steps. It is also a courtesy to contact your former advisor so he or she knows you’ve changed plans.