Undergraduate Academic Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

CHSS Student Year-to-Year Guide

Below, you will find some suggestions as to how to use your time at Mason in an effective way in order to meet your goals. 

Freshmen

  1. Attend Orientation.
  2. Take UNIV 100.
  3. Set academic and personal goals for yourself!
  4. See your advisor in the beginning of your first semester to learn about your degree program requirements, Patriot Web and your Degree Evaluation.  Share your goals with your advisor so that they can refer you to extra help if needed.
  5. Explore the many different resources we have to offer at Mason
  6. Join a student club/org or attend an event on campus.
  7. Visit Career Services and initiate your HireMason account.
  8. Begin to construct your academic plan (outline of what classes you will take each semester from now until graduation).
  9. Check mid-term grades on Patriot Web, seek help if necessary.  Your advisor is a good place to start!
  10. Make an appointment to see your advisor for spring registration in late October.  See your advisor for fall registration in late March.
  11. Find yourself struggling?  Contact your advisor or CHSS Student Services at chssadv@gmu.edu.

 Sophomores

  1. Look for opportunities to understand your chosen field outside of the classroom through OSCAR, study abroad, internships, community service and leadership activities.
  2. Declare/decide on your major.  Visit Career Services if you aren’t sure what you would like to do.
  3. Explore minor options with your advisor.  Visit minor department contacts of programs you are interested in.
  4. Talk to your instructors/professors/faculty outside of class.  Build connections!  Attend department lectures and events to network!
  5. Visit Career Services to discuss possible internships or on and off campus jobs.
  6. Make sure to see your advisor at least twice during the year to ensure that you are staying on track in achieving your goals.  Some adjustment may be necessary.  Tweak your academic plan if needed.  Refer to degree evaluation.

Juniors

  1. Participate in a learning experience outside of the classroom.  This could be, but is not limited to, internships, study abroad experiences, participating in a student organization, undergraduate research, submitting original works for publication, or employment.
  2. Start to explore your options for life after Mason.  Have more than one path chosen!  Consider accelerated master’s programs where appropriate.
  3. Create a CV/resume and have it reviewed by Career Services staff.
  4. Network and develop relationships with faculty and students of your department and the college!
  5. Take a College to Career course!
  6. Take the UNIV 320 course on internships.
  7. Make sure to see your advisor at least twice during the year to make sure that you are staying on track in achieving your goals.  Some adjustment may be necessary.  Tweak your academic plan if needed.  Refer to degree evaluation.

 Seniors

  1. The semester before you graduate, meet with your advisor, conduct a final review of your degree audit and determine graduation eligibility.  Make sure you are still on track for personal goals.
  2. Apply to graduate!
  3. Consider taking the UNIV 420 or 421 course on transitioning to the workplace or graduate school.
  4. Apply for jobs, graduate schools, or professional schools (where appropriate in satisfying personal goals).
  5. Attend job fairs and other Career Services events that will help you prepare for life after Mason.
  6. Participate in research, activities, community service and other extra-curricular activities to build experience.
  7. Participate in career census survey as well as senior survey!
  8. Schedule your final meeting with your advisor to ensure you will meet all degree requirements with your final registration.
  9. Attend Convocation!
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