The goal of advising is to help the students to develop suitable plans for the completion of their degree program. The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about career goals and educational plans rests with the student. It is the responsibility of the student to understand and complete the requirements for the degree. The student, in consultation of the advisor, will construct a program that meets all departmental, collegiate and University requirements. The role of the advisor is to assist the student in planning, and to monitor the student's progress.
The advisor's written approval is a prerequisite for registration. It is very important that the student gets advised during the formal advisement period, and he or she comes prepared for advisement. In particular, the program should be planned bearing in mind the selected cognate/minor and whether the student plans to go into the 5-year program or graduate school. Also, the student needs to make sure that the courses planned for the semester are indeed offered and do not conflict. The following links will help in preparing for advisement and planning a program of studies:
- College of Arts and Sciences - FAQ for Undergraduates How do I get an advisor?
List of advisors, whom to contact if you need an advisor, the time you should get an upper division advisor.
- What should be the emphasis of my math major?
Information on the different flavors of math major available.
- How soon should I declare my major
As soon as possible. Some courses fill up fast, and those whose who need them for graduation have first chance to register. You may change your major/minor later, if it becomes necessary.
- Cognate, minor, double major
What the cognate is, what the differences are between these options, why you need to select one.
- Planning my program of study
Collection of information about when courses are offered, sample programs, requirements, etc.
- Retention requirements and course prerequisites
Things you need to keep in mind.
- What if I want to go to grad school?
Information about how to plan your program to maximize your chances for graduate school.
- The five year program
A quicker way to a graduate degree, and what do you need to take it.
- Major card and senior check
What they are, when do you need to fill them out, what to do with them.
- Scholarships and awards
Information about what is available, and how to apply.
- Undergraduate Bulletin
The USC undergraduate bulletin
- Undergraduate Majors and Minors
USC's full list of major and minor programs
- Academic Calendar
The Full USC Academic Calendar, Including the Final Exam Schedules
- Guidelines for Advising for 2014-2015
- Guidelines for Advising for 2013-2014
- Guidelines for Advising for 2012-2013 (and prior)
- Interpretation of AP Scores and IB Credits
- Courses Approved for the Carolina Core
- Transfer Equivalency Tables
- SC Transfer and Articulation Center (SC TRAC)
- College of Arts and Sciences - Important Information for Students
- College of Arts and Sciences - FAQ for Undergraduates
- College of Arts and Sciences - Advisor Information
- Miscellaneous Forms (from Registrar)
- Minor Application Form
- Cross College Advising
- Transfer Credit Guide