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This is an important reminder that the deadline to submit your Major Certification form to your department or program for final review is tomorrow, Thursday, February 23 at 5:00pm.

Because this form is new and many students are unfamiliar with its use, the Registrar’s office is offering a last-minute training session tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12-1pm in PAC001.  If you have questions about this form, please come to this session!

You can also access links to FAQs and senior instructions concerning submission of your form at the following location:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/general_information/major_certification.html

If you need assistance with the form, contact Susan Krajewski x2738 or at skrajewski@wesleyan.edu.

Today a new link appears in connection with your Major Certification Form that will allow you to submit the form to your department/program major for final certification.  This is an important part of your graduation clearance.  The deadline for submission of your Major Certification Form for final certification is Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:00pm.  (Note: CSS, COL, and UNIV majors will not be using this electronic form.)

Go to your Wesleyan Career bucket in portfolio now and click on the Major Certification Form link.  You will see a separate link for each of your majors.  You must submit the form for each major separately.  You will be able to submit the form for final certification even if you have courses in progress that are required to fulfill the major.

You can view detailed instructions on how to submit the form at https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/departments/Reg/MajorCertificationForm/Public/Senior_Certification_Submission_Instructions.docx

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Krajewski at x2738, or at skrajewski@wesleyan.edu.

The Registrar’s Office is pleased to announce the launch of a new electronic Major Certification Form.  This online form replaces the old paper Senior Concentration form. The only students still required to use the paper form are University majors and December Completions in the Class of 2012.  The link to the new online form will begin appearing in your portfolio tomorrow, September 22.

You can access the Major Certification Form link in the Wesleyan Career bucket in your portfolio.  When you click on the link you will be brought to a landing page where all of your majors are listed.  If your particular major has multiple tracks or concentrations, you will see a separate link for each.  Since departments/programs do not currently require you to officially identify which track or concentration you are pursuing, you can navigate between them and see how each is progressing.

This tool is designed to directly interface with your individual academic history which means that if you have taken a course that has been pre-identified by your major as satisfying a requirement, that course will automatically pre-populate on the form and a check box will appear next to the course.  If you wish to use that particular course to satisfy a requirement, you simply need to check the box, click submit, and the course will be applied.

There is also an “override” feature that allows you to propose a course outside of the pre-approved course list.  You can either choose a course already posted to your academic record from a drop-down menu, or type in free-form text explaining what you would like to offer for consideration.  Once you submit an override request, your advisor will be prompted to take an action similar to those currently being used in drop/add.  Your advisor will be able to “approve,” “disapprove,” or click “see me” in response to your individual request.

There are also “planning text” links built into the form to accommodate departments/programs that require their students to project out and inform their advisor of how they intend to fulfill the major.  Once submitted, the planning text boxes become part of the online form until you choose to update or delete them.

We envision the electronic Major Certification Form to be a useful planning tool when registering for courses.  Each requirement displayed on the form contains a hyperlink to a complete list of courses that have been pre-approved to satisfy that requirement.

You can begin working with this electronic form from the moment you are accepted into a major.  Please consult with your individual department/program for any form-related deadlines.  Seniors will be required to submit their final version of the form at the end of Drop/Add in their final semester of their senior year for degree certification.  Your department/program will use this form to certify that you have completed the requirements for the major, whereas a committee will certify that you have completed all university requirements.

We will be offering training on the Major Certification Form to juniors and seniors on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 12 from 4:15-5:00pm in SHAN107
  • Monday, October 17 from 12:00-1:00pm in SHAN107

We have posted documentation and FAQs on the registrar’s website http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/general_information/major_certification.html.  If you have any questions regarding this new application, please contact Susan Krajewski at x2738 or skrajewski@wesleyan.edu.

Monday, February 21, 12:00 noon
Usdan 108

Join Barry Chernoff, Director from the College of the Environment, as he discusses the Environmental Studies Program, encompassing the linked major, think tank and the certificate program. A pizza lunch will be served. Please RSVP by Feb 16 in order to place your order. For more information, please contact Valerie Marinelli at vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-3733.

The following departments will be hosting Major Declaration Open Houses 2/22 – 2/25.  For more information about the major declaration process, check out the Major Declaration website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/major_declaration/.

  • Monday, February 22
    • Anthropology
      4:15-5:30 p.m.
      Anthropology Department, Anth 6 Classroom
      281 High Street
      Light refreshments
    • French Studies
      4:15-6:15 p.m.
    • RL&L Common Room
      300 High Street
      Snacks and refreshments
    • Iberian Studies
      4:15-6:15 p.m.
      RL&L Common Room
      300 High Street
      Snacks and refreshments
    • Italian Studies
      4:15-6:15 p.m.
      RL&L Common Room
      300 High Street
      Snacks and refreshments
    • Spanish
      4:15-6:15 p.m.
      RL&L Common Room
      300 High Street
      Snacks and refreshments
  • Tuesday, February 23
    • Studio Art
      4:30-5:30 p.m.
      Zilkha Gallery, Room 202
      Refreshments
    • Classical Studies
      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      Downey House Lounge, Room 200
      294 High Street
      Pizza Lunch
    • History
      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      CSS Lounge, 4th Floor PAC
      Lunch and Refreshments
    • Latin American Studies
      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      Center for the Americas, Rooms 1 and 2
      255 High Street
      Lunch
    • Philosophy
      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      Allbritton 311
      Sandwiches/Drinks
  • Wednesday, February 24
  • Thursday, February 25

The following departments will be hosting Major Declaration Open Houses 2/16 – 2/18.  For more information about the major declaration process, check out the Major Declaration website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/major_declaration/.

The following departments will be hosting Major Declaration Open Houses this week:

  • Chemistry
    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Woodhead Lounge
    Exley Science Center
    Lunch
  • East Asian Studies
    Thursday, Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m.

    Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
    343 Washington Terrace
    Asian Buffet
  • English
    Thursday, Feb. 11, 4:15-6:00 p.m.

    Russell House
    Groovy Treats

For more information about the major declaration process, check out the Major Declaration website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/major_declaration/

Department Chair Date Location
African American Studies (AFAM) Ashraf Rushdy Wednesday, Feb. 24
4:15-5:30 p.m.
Pizza
CAAS Lounge
343 High Street
American Studies (AMST) Patricia Hill Thursday, Feb. 25
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Center for the Americas
Rooms 1 and 2
255 High Street
Anthropology (ANTH) Elizabeth Traube Monday, Feb. 22
4:15-5:30 p.m.
Light Refreshments
Anthropology Department
Anth 6 Classroom
281 High Street
Archaeology (ARCP) Douglas Charles Thursday, Feb. 18
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pizza Lunch
Downey House Lounge
Room 200
294 High Street
Art History (ARHA) Elizabeth Milroy Thursday, Feb. 25
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Refreshments
Davison Art Center
Dining Room
Art Studio (ARST) Tula Telfair Tuesday, Feb. 23
4:30 p.m.
Refreshments
Zilkha Gallery
Room 202
Astronomy (ASTR) Ed Moran No Open House Scheduled
Biology (BIOL) Sonia Sultan Wednesday, Feb. 24
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pizza and Salad Lunch
Exley Science Center
Woodhead Lounge
Chemistry (CHEM) Joseph Knee Wednesday, Feb. 10
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Exley Science Center
Woodhead Lounge
Classical Studies (CCIV) Michael Roberts Tuesday, Feb. 23
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pizza Lunch
Downey House Lounge
Room 200
294 High Street
Computer Science (COMP) Karen Collins Thursday, Feb. 25
12:05-1:00 p.m.
Pizza Lunch
Exley Science Center
Rm 601
Math Lounge
Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff Tuesday, Feb. 16
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Usdan 108
Dance (DANC) Nicole Stanton Wednesday, Feb. 24
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Refreshments
Dance and Theater Building
Jones Room
Earth & Environmental Studies (E&ES) Peter Patton No Open House Scheduled
East Asian Studies (EAST) Vera Schwarcz Thursday, Feb. 11
4:30 p.m.
Asian Buffet
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace
Economics (ECON)
Math-Econ (MECO)
Gil Skillman Tuesday, Feb. 16
12:15-1:00 p.m.
Pizza Lunch
CSS Lounge
4th Floor PAC
English (ENGL) Joel Pfister Thursday, Feb. 11
4:15-6:00 p.m.
Groovy Treats
Russell House
Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies (FGSS) Natasha Korda Thursday, Feb. 18
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pizza Lunch
Allbritton 311
Film Studies (FILM) Jeanine Basinger No Open House Scheduled
German Studies (GRST) Leo Lensing Wednesday, Feb. 17
4:30 p.m.
Refreshments
Fisk 404
Government (GOVT) John Finn No Open House Scheduled
History (HIST) William Pinch Tuesday, Feb. 23
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Refreshments
CSS Lounge
4th Floor PAC
Latin American Studies (LAST) Ann Wightman Tuesday, Feb. 23
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Center for the Americas
Rooms 1 and 2
255 High Street
Mathematics (MATH) Karen Collins Thursday, Feb. 25
12:00-12:50 p.m.
Lunch
Exley Science Center
Rm 601
Math Lounge
Medieval Studies (MDST) Jeff Rider Wednesday, Feb. 17
4:14-5:15 p.m.
Center for Humanities 206
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (MB&B) Michael McAlear Thursday, Feb. 25
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Exley Science Center
Woodhead Lounge
Music (MUSC) Su Zheng Wednesday, Feb. 17
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
World Music Hall
Neuroscience and Behavior (NS&B) John Kirn Wednesday, Feb. 17
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Exley Science Center
Woodhead Lounge
Philosophy (PHIL) Stephen Angle Tuesday, Feb. 23
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Sandwiches/Drinks
Allbritton 311
Physics (PHYS) Reinhold Blumel Tuesday, Feb. 16
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
255 Exley Science Center
Physics Cady Lounge
Psychology (PSYC) Lisa Dierker No Open House Scheduled
Religion (RELI) Peter Gottschalk Tuesday, Feb. 16
4:15-6:00 p.m.
Refreshments
Religious Studies Seminar Room
171 Church Street
Romance Languages & Literatures
French Studies (FRST)
Italian Studies (ITAL)
Romance Studies
Spanish (SPAN)
Iberian Studies (IBST)
Catherine Poisson Monday, Feb. 22
4:15-6:15 p.m.
Snacks & Refreshments
RL&L Common Room
300 High Street
Russian & East European Studies (REES)
Russian Language & Literature (RUSS)
Susanne Fusso Wednesday, Feb. 24
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pizza Lunch
Fisk Hall
Room 215
Science in Society (SISP) Joseph Rouse Thursday, Feb. 25
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pizza Lunch
Allbritton 311
Sociology (SOC) Jonathan Cutler Thursday, Feb. 25
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pizza Lunch
PAC 107
Theater (THEA) John Carr Thursday, Feb. 18
4:15-6:00 p.m.
Refreshments
Theater & Dance Studios
East Room

Wesleyan students must declare a major during the second semester of the sophomore year.  As a member of the Class of 2012, this means that you must declare a major–and have it approved by department or interdisciplinary program into which you are seeking admission–by Friday, March 5.  Once you have been admitted to a major, you will receive major preference for courses in your department or program when course Pre-Registration takes place in April.  Please be aware that each department has its own processes and procedures for admitting students into its major program, so it is important that you consult with an advising expert in your intended department before you initiate the major declaration process.

In any case, you are strongly encouraged to undertake the following before making any final decisions about what to major in:

Once you have decided which major you will be applying for, you must login to your e-portfolio to officially begin the major declaration process.  In your student portfolio, navigate to the “Wesleyan Career” bucket and click on the “Major Declaration” link.  In the dropdown menu that appears on the next page, select the department you have decided to apply to and click the “Submit Major” button.  Clicking the “Submit Major” button sends a message to the department with your request to declare the major; an automated email message to you will then confirm that your request has been received. Clicking on the submit button also provides the department with access to your academic history.  Depending on the major you are declaring, it is possible that the department may require you to submit additional information or meet with a member of the department.  If the department approves your request to join the major, this approval will noted on the “Major Declaration” page in your portfolio (the same page from which you initiated the declaration process).  If you are declaring a second major, simply repeat this process.

An important feature of the major declaration process is the Pre-Major Advising Survey.  After submitting your major declaration request, you will be prompted to submit feedback regarding your advising experiences over the past three semesters.  Your answers will be kept confidential and will be made available to your former advisor at the beginning of the summer as a tool to improve his or her advising.  You must complete the Pre-Major Advising Survey before your major declaration request to be forwarded to the department for review.

Individual departments and programs have different procedures for assigning advisors to students.  For this reason, once you have been accepted into your major it is important that you contact the department chair to initiate the process of finding an advisor.  Your major advisor will work with you through Course Pre-Registration in April and will help you design your program of study over the next four semesters.

If you are unable to declare your major by the Friday, March 5 deadline because, for example, you are currently completing a prerequisite course, you must submit a Major Deferral form to me so that I will know that you are still in the process of gaining entry into a major.  You will be required to communicate your plans with the chair of your intended department or program.  You must also identify an alternate major in case you are not accepted into your first choice.

If you have any questions or concerns about the major declaration process, or if you are feeling anxious or unsure about meeting the major declaration deadline, please contact me as soon as possible at dphillips@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.2757.  Please keep in mind that while choosing a major is a milestone in your college career, it is not a decision that will affect all aspects of your future in a profound or irreversible way.  That may sound like heresy, but it is true.  This is not to say that your major is irrelevant or insignificant, but it is important to know that there are many myths surrounding one’s choice of a major.  These myths–for example, that only certain majors lead to certain careers–can be the source of a lot of unnecessary anxiety and stress and I would be happy to dispel them for you.

Best wishes for a successful semester!

David Phillips
Dean for the Class of 2012