For All Students
- Your time at the university is one of education in the broadest sense.
You are preparing not for a job, not even for a career, but for a
fulfilling life. Your academic course of study is a big part of this
education, but it is only a part.
- Consider your advisor to be a primary resource for this education,
including your course of study. Get as much out of me as you can!
I can provide suggestions and information that can help you find the
right path for you through UNI.
- Before we meet for the first time, please give some thought to the
- What are your life goals? (Start at the beginning, I always
- Career goals?
- Educational goals?
- Do you have any questions about degree requirements in our
- Would you like to undergraduate research?
- Would you like to do an off-campus project or co-op work?
- Which senior sequence would you like to take? (It is perhaps too
early to know...)
- Are you interested in a minor? (Minors are optional, but I
strongly recommend them to all students!)
- Are you interested in a double major? (A second major is very
optional!! But I also strongly recommend that you consider the
- Are you interested in other opportunities such as a
pre-professional program (law, medicine, etc.) or teacher
- Taking into account answers to most or all of the above
questions, which courses would you like to take this year?
For Other Undergrads
- You should periodically ask yourself the same questions that I have
freshmen ask before seeing me the first time.
Over time, you may find that your answers change. That's natural, but
will want to make adjustments in your plans to account for changes in
- After your freshman year, I expect that you have a
semester-by-semester 'schedule' for your program of study. This
schedule will necessarily be tentative, since planned departmental
offerings and your goals will change over time, but it will help us
to ensure that you satisfy all degree requirements in a timely
fashion. You should specifically plan for all courses in your
major(s) and any minor(s) you plan. General education courses do not
need to be listed course-by-course.
- For students doing an undergraduate research project: be sure
to plan ahead!
For Graduate Students
- The controlling document for your graduate study is your program of
study, which is filed with the Graduate College on Form GF-1 before
you have completed twelve hours of study.
- I expect your program of study to be a coherent set of courses,
independent studies, and projects that help you to achieve your
academic and professional goals. Ordinarily, if you are a full-time
student, your program will not change over time in the program.
- Be sure to plan ahead for your
thesis or project!
Eugene Wallingford ====
August 13, 1997