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School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

Guide to Academic Advisement


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What is advisement anyway?

Advisement is about much more than picking out classes, getting registered, or filling out paperwork. The advisement process is designed to:

  • help you understand and meet the requirements of your degree;
  • enable you to make informed decisions about your degree progress and your academic plans;
  • provide information about university services and to help you identify professionals on campus who can help you succeed academically and personally;
  • serve as a point of first contact when you encounter an academic challenge;
  • provide you with necessary mentoring on your journey through the university and as you look beyond graduation;
  • give you an opportunity to talk about your chosen field of study and to get professional guidance on potential careers and graduate school.


Who is my advisor?

Students within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies are assigned to an academic advisor. Although academic advisement officially happens once each semester, you should feel free to build a relationship with your advisor and address other questions to them throughout the year. You will get out of this relationship what you put into it. Your advisor could and should be more to you than just someone who helps create your class schedule. If you do not know who your advisor is, that information can be found on SOAR in your Student Center (in the Advisor box). Click the Details link to get contact information.


When do I get advised?

All students are required to be advised at least once per academic semester. Spring semester advisement typically occurs in October, and summer/fall semester advisement usually takes place in March; the Registrar's website provides information on the advisement period for each term. Additionally you will receive reminders from the department and your individual advisor. Departments are very busy during advisement, so it’s in your best interest to schedule an appointment sooner rather than later.


How do I prepare for my advising appointment?

In order for your advising appointment to be successful and effective, you need to come prepared, so that you have ample time to talk about more than just your class schedule.

To prepare for advisement, you should become familiar with the degree requirements of your academic major (or preferred major(s) for Exploratory Studies students), which are available at You must also come to advisement with a list of courses (on paper or in your Shopping Cart) for the desired semester. Students without this information may be asked to reschedule their appointment.

Interdisciplinary Studies students: In order for your advising appointment to be successful and effective, you need to come prepared. Fill out the 2013-2014 Advisement Worksheet, or, if you started at Southern Miss prior to Fall 2013, fill out the 2009-2012 Advisement Worksheet. In order to complete it, you will need your “Degree Progress Report” (DPR), available on SOAR. The form can be saved to your hard drive and updated each term, so you can keep good track of your progress toward degree. The worksheet also requires you to fill out a tentative schedulefor the upcoming semester. Print out a copy of your worksheet, sign it, and bring it to your advising appointment.

Exploratory Studies students: Items helpful to Exploratory Studies students:


Advising Resources

Faculty/Staff Resources (on A&L website)



For questions about advisement, please contact us at: bisFREEMississippi or 601.266.4317.

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