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Undergraduate Advisor:

Jennifer Thonedara
Academic Advisor
Martin Luther King, Jr. Program
33 Appleby Hall

Office Hours:

Our departmental undergraduate advisor and the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) are here to assist you in reaching your academic and career goals in an appropriate time frame. Your CLA advisor can help with registration, CLA degree requirements, extra-curricular activities, and post-graduation plans.

Questions about American studies coursework and requirements, the senior paper, careers based on your American studies background, graduate school, etc., may be directed to the American studies undergraduate advisor.

Questions about general CLA requirements and overall degree planning are best directed to your CLA advisor. In addition to completing requirements for your major, you are expected to meet all general CLA graduation requirements. Therefore, it is a good idea to meet regularly with your CLA advisor as well as with our department's undergraduate advisor.

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to schedule a "balance sheet appointment" with their CLA advisor at least once a year to ensure you are on track for graduation. Remember, it is the CLA advisors who ultimately clear students for graduation. You must apply for your degree online. Go to the One Stop Graduation website for guidelines.

Make an Appointment

American studies majors are required to meet with the department's undergraduate advisor at least once each year. Please contact the American studies department advisor by phone to make an appointment, if you have any concerns regarding your major program or academic goals.

Student Responsibilities

  • Knowing policies, procedures and requirements for registration and completing their degree
  • Keeping copies of all paperwork
  • Transferring any and all records to the admissions office
  • Making and keeping appointments with your advisor