Important: If you are a second semester senior, please click here for your Fall 2016 Communication Packet.

Welcome back!  We hope this semester will be happy and productive. 

You should receive an email from your academic advisor by 12 noon on Monday, August 29th.  If you have not heard from him or her by then, please call the Social Studies office at (617) 495-2163 to receive his or her contact information. 

By 8 p.m. on the night before you first meet with your academic advisor for the year, or at a mutually agreed upon time, please email him or her with a short (1-2 page) advising essay, attached as a Word document.  Describe your academic interests and list goals, questions, concerns, and other information your advisor should know in order to do a good job advising you.  If you are new to your relationship with your advisor, offer details about yourself (your background, your interests, your work habits).  If you have already worked with your advisor, provide him or her with an update, including information that she or he may not already have (your summer experiences, changes in your family situation).  And please answer the following questions:  How do you hope to change and grow this year?  What would make this year a success for you (however you define success)? 

Please read the attached material carefully.  You are responsible for its contents.  Not having read the material is not a valid excuse for not having information or knowing deadlines.  

  1. Academic Advising Memo
  2. Senior Meeting, Requirements, and Petitions Memo
  3. Senior Thesis Calendar, May 2017 Degree Candidates
  4. Policy Regarding Late Theses, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
  5. Focus Field and Plan of Study Form (due October 5th, 2016)
  6. Focus Field and Plan of Study Checklist
  7. Senior “Unconc” Form (due October 5th, 2016)
  8. Urgent Focus Field Petition (due Friday, September 2nd, 10 a.m.)

There will be a mandatory meeting about the senior year on Thursday, September 1st at 3:30 p.m. in William James Hall.