Advising Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I talk to if I’m interested in declaring a major?
If you are considering one of the majors in SDS, see Connie Angermeier, PH 208A, for Decision Science (Last names G-Z) and Policy and Management and Lizzy Stoyle, PH 208G, for Behavioral Economics, Policy and Organizations and Decision Science (Last names A-F). They will be able answer all your preliminary questions regarding your major of choice and direct you to other helpful resources.
When can I declare a major?
How do I declare my major?
Can I declare a minor?
Can I have an additional major within SDS?
All three SDS majors, Behavioral Economics, Policy and Organizations, Decision Science and Policy and Management, are available as both primary or additional majors.
Can I get an additional major in SDS and another discipline?
If you are an SDS primary major and you wish to declare an additional major in another discipline (e.g. Statistics, History, Philosophy, etc.), you should meet with an advisor in that department to get approval and then speak with either Connie Angermeier, PH 208A, for Decision Science (Last names G-Z) and Policy and Management or Lizzy Stoyle, PH 208G, for Behavioral Economics, Policy and Organizations and Decision Science (Last names A-F).
Do I need to meet with an advisor before scheduling?
Yes. This will ensure that you are on track with your coursework and are prepared to graduate.
Can I substitute a course outside the set curriculum to count toward my SDS major or minor?
All course substitution proposals for SDS major requirements must be submitted to the student’s Academic Advisor. There of no formal form, but if a student wishes to petition for a course substitution, an email should be sent articulating:
- Why the proposed course should be substituted for a required course (providing a syllabus is useful)
- How the proposed course fits into the students SDS major plan
This rationale will then be evaluated by the Academic Advisor and the Faculty Director.All requests for General Education substitutions must be made through the Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center, located in A57 Baker Hall. Complete and return the Dietrich College Petition form to the Academic Advisory Center.
What happens if I am waitlisted for a course?
Being placed on a waitlist does not mean you are in the class and does not mean you will get into the class. Luckily, if you are formally declared for one of the SDS majors or minors, it is highly likely you will be able to enroll in the course, as we reserve seats specifically for SDS students. If you are able to get off the waitlist and into the course then the registrar's office will send you an email with either (1) a notification that you have been enrolled in the course or (2) an invitation to enroll (if you have a scheduling conflict or unit restriction) that you must resolve before you are able to enroll in the course. You will likely only have 48 hours to respond so make sure you are checking your email frequently.
If you are waitlisted for a course outside of SDS, the HUB maintains a list of each department and their waitlist procedure. It is best to find yourself another course just in case you are not able to register for the course you have on your waitlist!
How do I add, drop or withdraw from a course?
What is a unit overload and how can I request one?
Overloading is defined as taking more than the equivalent of five full-semester courses (9-12 units each); it usually means registering for more than 50 units per semester. If a five full-semester course schedule (9-12 units each) is equivalent to more than 50 units (ex., 51 or 52 units), it may not be considered overloading; contact your primary advisor to discuss your schedule. Eligibility for overloading is defined as having a QPA of 3.00 (or higher) based on passing a normal load of 5 courses (minimum factorable 45 units) in the last completed semester AND a current cumulative QPA of 3.00 (or higher). Freshmen and transfer students are limited to a normal course load in their first semester of attendance. To request on Overload, please complete an Overload Petition form.
How can I transfer credits?
Where can I find more information about calculating my QPA, mid-semester grades, and final grades?
Who should I talk to about studying abroad?
How do I find an internship?
How do I find research opportunities?
For detailed instructions and resources on how to find research opportunities, please see our “Research Opportunities” page.