Academic Advising Guide
At Furman, your advisor will do much more than just explain general education requirements. They’ll take the time to get to know who you are as a person. Your goals, your interests, and your career plans. Your advisor will keep you informed about what classes you need to be taking, and what opportunities exist on and off campus. They’ll help you choose a major and plot out a career path. By the end of your time at Furman, you’ll have a mentor you can always turn to for advice.
Year One: Exploration and Discovery
Your first year is an opportunity to discover your skills, interests, values, identity, and goals by taking courses in a variety of different academic fields. Explore and discover.
Year Two: Focused Exploration and Decision-Making
Year two places an emphasis on inquiry and exploration which involves finding a major that helps you meet life and career goals, but that you also find appealing and fulfilling. Make decisions.
Year Three: Connecting and Refining
In the third year, you begin to focus your study in a major. It is also a time for you to take the initiative to seek out opportunities where you are able to apply your developing knowledge and skills to meet real-world challenges, through opportunities such as internships, community engagement projects, or research experiences. Connect and refine.
Year Four: Synthesis, Reflection and Closure
The fourth year is the culmination of your academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular experiences at Furman and is the time to reflect upon your accomplishments and your plans following graduation. Reflect and find closure.