Pre-Orientation Advising for New Students

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences!

Our academic advisors look forward to meeting you and supporting you throughout your studies at Mason. During orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet your major advisor and develop a course plan for your first semester.

All of our programs are able to provide pre-orientation advising for new students. You must follow the specific appointment scheduling instructions listed for your major, as this is how your advisors have prepared to meet with you.

Please select your intended major from the list below and carefully follow the instructions for scheduling an appointment starting May 15, 2020. 

How should you prepare for pre-orientation advising?

View our recommendations for how to make the most of your appointment.

Anthropology, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled through NavigateMason or by emailing Katy Hoepf, Academic Advisor, at khoepf@gmu.edu
    • Click here for NavigateMason instructions (link will be updated for 2020)

Art History, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled by emailing Dr. Angela Ho, Art History Undergraduate Director, at aho5@gmu.edu

Communication, BA

Creative Writing, BFA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled by emailing Laura Scott, Professor and Academic Coordinator, at lscott@gmu.edu

Criminology, Law, and Society, BA or BS

Economics, BA or BS

English, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled by emailing Laura Scott, Professor and Academic Coordinator, at lscott@gmu.edu

Environmental and Sustainability Studies, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Please click here to schedule an appointment
  • Pre-orientation advising contact: Sharon Spradling (sspradli@gmu.edu)

Foreign Languages, BA

Concentrations in: Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled by emailing Ms. Xi Chen (xchen8@gmu.edu)

Global Affairs, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Students must schedule an appointment by emailing gloa@gmu.edu. Appointments must be scheduled at least one week in advance.
  • Pre-orientation advising contact: Erika Marquina (emarquin@gmu.edu)

History, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled by emailing Dr. Sam Collins (scolline@gmu.edu), History Undergraduate Director, or Carrie Grabo (cgrabo1@gmu.edu), Undergraduate Coordinator

Human Development and Family Science, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled by emailing Dr. M. Susan Burns (mburns2@gmu.edu

Individualized Study, BIS

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled by emailing the BIS program at bis@gmu.edu
  • Pre-orientation advising contact: Mark Sistek (msistek@gmu.edu

Integrative Studies, BA or BS

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Please click here to schedule an appointment
  • Pre-orientation advising contact: Sara Montiel (smontiel@gmu.edu)

Philosophy, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled through NavigateMason or by emailing Katy Hoepf, Academic Advisor, at khoepf@gmu.edu
    • Click here for instructions (link will be updated for 2020)

Psychology, BA or BS

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled through NavigateMason or by emailing ugpsyc@gmu.edu
    • Click here for instructions (link will be updated by 4/24)
  • Pre-orientation advising contact: Mike Hurley (mhurley2@gmu.edu)

Religious Studies, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled through NavigateMason or by emailing Katy Hoepf, Academic Advisor, at khoepf@gmu.edu
    • Click here for instructions (link will be updated for 2020)
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Russian and Eurasian Studies, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled by emailing Dr. James Levine, Program Director, at jlevin2@gmu.edu

Sociology, BA

  • Pre-orientation advising for Summer 2020 available: Yes
  • Appointments may be scheduled through NavigateMason or by emailing Katy Hoepf, Academic Advisor, at khoepf@gmu.edu
    • Click here for instructions (link will be updated for 2020)