We can assist you with:

  • declaring a major or minor program
  • choosing your courses
  • planning for a career
  • understanding the requirements needed for graduation
  • pursuing opportunities to study, volunteer, or work abroad

Majors should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) at least once a year; see the sidebar for contact information. If you are a junior or a senior, stay on track to graduate by contacting the DUS to ensure that no requirements have been overlooked.

Please be aware that there are no advising hours during winter break, spring break, or the summer.

Double majors

Students choose a double major because it offers a competitive advantage in both the job market and on applications to graduate and professional schools. Over half of our major students have a second (or even a third) major. With good planning, it is possible to do this in just four years.

Studying abroad?

For students wishing to use those credits towards our major or minors, it is essential to consult with the DUS.

Not in CLA?

Students in other colleges can declare a GSD or Russian major without seeking admission to CLA. It is also possible to receive a dual degree (e.g., BA in CLA and BS in another college), in which case the student would need to be admitted to CLA and to fulfill any additional requirements for the BA.

Interested in graduate studies?

Most graduate programs in German, Nordic, or Russian studies expect high-level language competence and familiarity with current literary and critical theory. Courses emphasizing these skills must be included among your electives if you are considering graduate study. The DUS welcomes the opportunity to speak with you if you are considering graduate school.