The Larger Concentrations: Filing in the Biological Sciences, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, or History
February 21st, 2014
Dear Sophomore: As you know, April 1 is the University deadline for all 4th-semester students to file a concentration; concentration advisors then have until April 10 to review and approve declarations in ASK. (Students who don't have an approved concentration on file by April 15 will not be permitted to preregister for Fall 2014 courses.) If you are planning to declare in one of the larger concentrations--the Biological Sciences, Econ, I.R., Poli Sci, or History--you should begin that process now. Read below for specifics about filing in each of these areas.Biological SciencesTo file in Bio or Health/Human Bio, you should first visit the website; then schedule an appointment with Dean Marjorie Thompson by calling 401/863-3133. (You can't fill out your concentration declaration forms in ASK until you've met with Dean Thompson and mapped out a program plan.) Dean T. will assign you to a concentration advisor and, after you've reviewed your program plan with that person, you can enter it into ASK. Your advisor will review your declaration and either request revisions or approve. To file in Biochem, Biophysics, Computational Bio, Applied Math-Bio, or Neuroscience, you must contact the respective advisors directly. You can find them on Focal Point. If you'd like to compare one of the latter choices with either Bio or Health/Human Bio, make an appointment to speak with Dean Thompson.EconomicsSophomores considering a concentration in Econ, Applied Math-Econ, Mathematical Econ, or Computer Science-Econ should see one of the department's concentration advisors well before the last days of the declaration period, so that no one is caught in a last-minute rush. The names and office hours of the advisors and other information about the concentrations can be found here. IMPORTANT: If you submit a declaration in one of these concentrations, you will not be contacted by the department; rather, you are expected to take the initiative to seek out one of their concentration advisors. Note that it is also possible to declare the Applied Mathematics-Economics concentration or the Computer Science-Economics concentration with an advisor in the other sponsoring department, if you prefer to do so.International Relations Students declaring a concentration in International Relations must plan to file well ahead of the deadline. First, make a 30-minute appointment with IR Concentration Advisor, Prof. Claudia Elliott. The IR appointment scheduler and office hours are posted on the IR website. Second, take the completed IR worksheet AND a printout of your essays from ASK to your appointment at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Room 126. Students who are studying abroad in the fall and need approval for their courses should also bring the appropriate OIP form. Third, submit your approved concentration in ASK (only after your concentration meeting). IMPORTANT: All students should be familiar with the IR language requirement; proper documentation is required for native speakers. All forms and the IR concentration worksheet are available on the IR website.Political ScienceIn order to declare a concentration in Political Science, you must first meet with Professor Linda Cook in Prospect House, Room 301. Professor Cook has office hours on Tuesday 3:00-4:00 and Wednesday 3:00-5:00. Once you have met with her, Professor Cook will give you an override in order to declare your concentration in ASK.History Those interested in declaring a History Concentration should first obtain the History Concentration Form. Fill the form out as completely as possible, including envisioned future courses; then meet with your concentration advisor before completing the online declaration form. Advisors are assigned by the initial of the student's last name. Good luck, and let us know if you need help.
Ann Gaylin and Carol Cohen Associate Deans of the College for First-Year & Sophomore Studies
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