CHSS Advising Program Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives

CHSS Advising Program

*Created by staff and faculty advisors within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Although every major program has their own unique way of meeting the needs of their students, the college has a collective vision, mission, and set of goals and objectives.  These are intended to guide each advisor and program in how they provide advising services to students. These items are changeable as we respond to new student needs, changes in university vision and mission, and changes in the field of advising. 

CHSS Advising Vision

CHSS advising strives to provide nationally recognized advising services that contribute to the success of our students and our university.

CHSS Advising Goals

  • Students will understand the importance of the advising partnership and the role it plays in their success at Mason.
  • Teach students decision-making and reflective thinking skills so that they are able to apply them both at Mason and in life after Mason.
  • Help students to understand the process of goal setting and attainment and how it can help them with planning their life at Mason and after they graduate.
  • Students will maintain an appropriate academic and life balance so that they can be successful at Mason and learn the importance of prioritizing.
  • Teach our students the value and purpose of their liberal arts curriculum and how it will help them succeed in reaching their personal goals.
  • Encourage students to take advantage of learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Coordinate information sharing within the college so that departments can share and learn best practices and provide accurate, consistent and knowledgeable advising services to all students.
  • Collaborate with student services from the university community to provide effective referrals and holistic support to our students.

CHSS Advising Learning Objectives


By the end of orientation, all students should have completed the following 5-6 learning objectives (with objective #6 applying only to transfer students):

  1. Students will understand that they are personally responsible for their academic career.
  2. Students will know the basic concepts involved in creating a semester schedule and leave orientation with a set of courses for the upcoming semester.
  3. Students will understand their degree requirements.
  4. All students will understand the purpose of the Degree Evaluation and have a basic understanding of how to use it in academic planning.
  5. Students will understand the role of their academic advisor and will be able to locate and contact their departmental advisor for future meetings/inquiries at appropriate times.
  6. Transfer students will have a basic understanding of the Transfer Equivalency Worksheet and where to direct further questions.


By the end of their freshman year, students should have completed the following learning objectives:

  1. Students will see their advisor at least once every semester.
  2. Students will understand how to set effective goals for their academics, co-curricular experiences, and life. They will be able to adjust goals as needed and identify when goals work against each other, maintaining a balance between all.
  3. They will appreciate and understand the various social and academic opportunities available to them at Mason and use these opportunities to broaden their experiences and understanding.
  4. Students will be able to identify policies and procedures that impact them and seek further assistance or information when appropriate.
  5. Students will understand the structure of the university and college as well as the terminology used so that they can be integrated into Mason culture.
  6. Students will be able to identify, locate, and use student services appropriate to their unique needs.


By the end of their sophomore year, students should have completed the following learning objectives:

  1. Students will have determined their major and constructed a full plan of study by the end of their sophomore year.
  2. Students will discuss applicable minor options or interests with their advisor.
  3. Students will start to develop relationships with faculty.
  4. Students will understand the importance of balancing school and life commitments.
  5. Students will explore opportunities to understand their chosen field outside of the classroom by looking into OSCAR, study abroad, internship and leadership activities.
  6. Students will visit University Career Services and understand how this office can help them to prepare for life after Mason.


By the end of their junior year, students should have completed the following learning objectives:

  1. Students will develop professional skills through participating in internships, study abroad experiences, undergraduate research, submitting original works, or employment.
  2. Students will meet with their academic advisor and ensure that they are on track to meeting their personal goals.
  3. Students will explore multiple post-college plans and consider accelerated master’s programs where appropriate.
  4. Students will continue to utilize Career Services and create a CV/resume to be reviewed by Career Services staff.
  5. Students will network and develop relationships and connections with their faculty, department and college.
  6. Students will take “college-to-career” or "college-to-graduate school" transition courses. 


By the end of their senior year, students should have completed the following learning objectives:

  1. Students will meet with their advisor in the semester before their expected graduation date to conduct a final review of their degree audit and determine graduation eligibility.
  2. Students will get ready for life after Mason by applying for jobs and/or preparing for graduate schools and professional schools (where appropriate in satisfying personal goals).
  3. Students will attend job fairs and other Career Services events.
  4. Students will be able to articulate the strong skills and competencies they have gained from their learning experiences here in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  5. Students will continue to participate in research, activities, community service and other extra-curricular activities to build experience.
  6. Students will prepare for graduation appropriately by filling out application for graduation, career census survey (if provided), and graduating senior survey.