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School of Social Science and Global Studies


What is the point?

Advising is important. It is a time for you to sit down one-on-one with your faculty advisor to talk about your academic career, plans for the future, and strategies for getting where you want to be in terms of graduate school and/or your career. Advising is not about picking out classes or getting registered for that semester. You can look up requirements for your major in the undergraduate bulletin or in your Advisement/Degree Progress Report on SOAR and you should be able to pick out your own classes and graduate just fine. You don't need a faculty member to do that for you. But you do need a faculty adviser to help you make the most of your education, set goals for your future, and make the best choices now that will help make your post-graduation life easier. 

See USM’s academic advising web page for more information on the advising process:

Mandatory Advisement

You can come in for advisement any time during the semester. but we do require all of our students to be advised at least once per semester by their faculty advisor. A mandatory advisement period will be scheduled for the weeks before and after your registration window opens in the fall and in the spring. You will receive an email to remind you to make an appointment with your advisor during this advisement period.

What happens during the mandatory advisement period?

  • Email your advisor to make an appointment.
  • Prior to your appointment, you should plan your schedule in SOAR. If you have your advisement meeting prior to the opening of your registration window, place courses in your SOAR shopping cart. If your appointment is after your registration window opens, you should procced on and register for classes.

 Scheduling Resources:

The purpose of advising is to help you succeed at Southern Miss and in your future career. If you have questions, please contact the School of Social Science and Global Studies at 601.266.4964 or via email.