You registered last spring for the fall semester. Now is the time to review your selections, discuss your schedule with your advisor, and make whatever changes are needed. If you are abroad, keep in touch with your advisor by email. Please keep in mind the requirements and other considerations given below.
Your CSS advisor for this year will normally be the same as last year, but due to sabbatical leaves, he or she may have been replaced over the summer. Please check your portfolio to see if your advisor has changed and, if so, to whom you may have been reassigned. Seek advice from him or her during preregistration in November and April.
Choosing Courses for the Junior Year
In the second semester, you are required to take the junior colloquium, CSS 371, Contemporary Social and Political Theory; you will be automatically pre-registered for this course during the spring pre-registration period in early November. In addition, you will take a two-tutorial sequence that is equivalent to two course credits, choosing two of the three junior tutorials on offer (one each in economics, government, and history); these tutorials can be previewed in Wesmaps. Please send Mickie Dame email@example.com your tutorial preference by Monday, October 1st. Once students have been assigned to their tutorials, you will be notified and enrolled automatically.
Here are some factors to consider and to discuss with your advisor when choosing your electives:
General Education Expectations. If you have not done so already, you should fulfill Stage I expectations by the end of your junior year and Stage II by the end of your senior year. Students in the CSS who have not completed Stage 1 by the end of the Sophomore year must, by the start of preregistration that spring for Junior year, submit for the approval of their advisor and the CSS co-chairs a plan for completing the expectations of Stage 1 and Stage 2 by graduation. The plan should be sent as an e-mail attachment to your advisor and to Mickie Dame. To graduate, each student in the CSS must be Stage 2 compliant.
Research papers. Experience shows that many students who arrive at senior year without having written long research papers have difficulty with theses and senior projects. While the junior tutorials make a small start, you should plan to take some outside courses such as upper-level seminars that require a major research paper.
Additional skills. Students of the social sciences interested in pursuing further research should generally be familiar with the basic quantitative and critical or interpretive techniques used in describing and explaining social phenomena. You might consider taking one of the following courses during your program of studies: ECON 300, GOVT 366, QAC 201, HIST 362, PSYCH 200, or SOC 202. Students may also want to go deeper into the philosophical and historical bases of the social sciences by taking courses in the philosophical classics, and/or in ancient and modern history.
Preparation for the thesis. You may not know your thesis or project topic
a year in advance, but it is wise to be thinking about it and, if you have some
ideas, to take some appropriate courses.
Without the basic courses in a particular discipline (especially if it
is one like sociology, which is not taught in the CSS), you may find it hard, not
only to do good work, but also to find a supervisor. Especially if you have a non-CSS thesis
advisor in mind, plan to contact him or her well before your senior year. Many
faculty will agree to advise a thesis only if the student has already taken a
course or worked with the faculty member in some capacity. Watch, too, for the
announcement of the Davenport Grant applications in the spring semester: a
well-written thesis proposal could get you up to $3,000 in summer research
Grades. Unlike sophomore work, your CSS courses in the junior year are graded on the usual scale of A to F. You may take your other courses either graded or CR/U if the instructor gives you a choice. The results in all courses will be recorded on your transcript by the Registrar's Office in the usual way.
Absence and late papers. Junior tutorials, and junior and senior colloquia are graded and operate under normal University rules, meaning that absence or late work will normally adversely affect your final grade. The University requires the submission of all outstanding work by the first day of the following semester; the instructor, however, has the option of imposing more stringent requirements. The CSS takes these rules seriously, and failure to meet them may result in failure in the course and separation from the major.
Double Majors. Please discuss this possibility carefully with your CSS advisor and the CSS co-chairs.