Academic planning is a critical component for future success because it allows you
to strategically plan and select your courses based on your degree program requirements.
Planning your course of study will guarantee timely progression towards graduation
while also developing your skills and experiences needed to obtain employment after
The goals of the academic planning process are to:
- Assist students with their understanding of academic requirements
- Nature intellectual maturation and self-confidence
- Encourage students to take an active role in goal setting, academic planning, and
The Career & Academic Planning (CAP) Center can assist undergraduate business students
with academic planning efforts including:
- Course selection
- Academic/graduation planning
- Selection of major
- Interpreting University policies and procedures
- Study abroad advising
- Tutoring referrals
- Warning and probation counseling
- Registration for internships and undergraduate research
- Graduation clearance
Course selection and planning are critical to progressing towards graduation and obtaining
the skills and experiences needed to secure employment after graduation. Work with
your Advisor to complete a graduation plan that will include a listing of recommended
courses for each semester.
Considerations When Creating an Academic Plan:
- Major. Review and study the requirements of your major as well as the required pre-requisites
for each course. Plan appropriately so you complete the necessary pre-requisites for
your upper-level courses.
- Your background, characteristics, and current circumstances. Consider your academic preparation, preferred learning style, preferred learning
times of the day, strengths, weaknesses, lifestyles, work schedule, extracurricular
demands, physical disability, or emotional status when selecting courses for each
- Student interests and goals. Consider your interests and goals to plan for internships, study abroad, and possible
minors or general electives.
- Course demands. Different courses may present different demands (ie. the amount of reading, writing,
computing, or memorizing necessary, group work required, or laboratory time required).
A well-planned schedule should balance the kids of work demanded. You may need to
learn more about a course by contacting your advisor or professor.
- Course characteristics. Different courses offer different instructional environment. Even the same course
may differ in format by section and/or delivery system. You should consider which
course characteristics are most effective in helping you learn (ie. large class, small
class, or online; lecture or discussion; scheduled meeting times or self-paced; traditional
or technology-intensive; and types of projects, papers, and/or exams.) You may need
to learn more about a course by contacting your advisor or professor.
- Course availability and pre-requisites. A few courses are not offered every semester and some courses requires special academic
preparation. A tentative, long-range plan should be established to allow for pre-requisites
and to accommodate courses offered less frequently. Review the course rotation sheets provided for your major, schedule of courses on the Registrar’s website, and the course catalog for pre-requisite information.
- Long-range plans. Complete a graduation plan that includes all of the semesters you need to graduate.
Also review the recommendation plans provided by your advisor to consider how your
course selections and credit load can affect your ability to attain your goals.
- Time management ability. When planning, consider your demands both in and outside of the classroom. If you
need assistance with time management, contact your Advisor for additional resources.