Jump-Start Your Third Year

Students in the entering freshman class of 2016 will be required to meet with an academic advisor or Peer Mentor within their current School during their fourth semester at UC Merced (for some of you this may be your fifth). We hope that this connection with an advisor or Peer Mentor will give you a jump-start on your third year by facilitating progress in your degree and support in the development of your educational goals.

Seeing an Advisor or Peer Mentor to "Jump-Start your Third Year"

In most cases, meetings will take no longer than 15 minutes of your time. Advisors and Peer Mentors will be available for this important meeting during regular SSHA Advising Walk-in hours or by making an appointment with an advisor. NOTE: appointments are not available through April 13th; you must complete this meeting during Walk-in hours.

Check in at COB 204 with the following materials:

  1. A printed copy of your current Audit, or a What-If Audit for your intended major, printed within 24-hours (Resources: how to run an audit/what-if audit through MyDegreePath) Undeclared SSHA majors should bring a "What-If Audit" for their intended major within SSHA.
  2. A printed, completed Graduation Plan using MyDegreePath
    • Using Plan Builder through MyDegreePath, complete a graduation plan which includes all of your remaining graduation requirements (Click here to watch a video tutorial on how to create a Graduation Plan).
    • You are expected to complete your graduation plan before meeting with an advisor or peer mentor
    • Undeclared SSHA Students should complete a MyDegreePath/Graduation Plan for their intended major within SSHA.

NOTE: Students wishing to complete this meeting without the above materials will not be seen, and will be asked to come back at a later time with the required documents.

Don’t Delay! Priority advising meetings begin February 12th. You will select “Jump Start Meeting” as your service when checking in to our front desk. For those wanting to transition to a new major, you should meet with an advisor or peer mentor and they will inform you of your next steps and expectations.

Remember: Your ability to register for Summer/Fall 2018 will be affected if you do not meet with an advisor or peer mentor prior to March 9th.

Resources

Here are some resources to help you create your personalized Graduation Plan:

Students who plan to complete their degree in their current (or proposed) SSHA major:

  • Four Year Major Plans - These documents will give you a suggested 4-year plan for each SSHA major. Choose your catalog year: 2016
  • Minors- You can find more information about SSHA minors here and School of Natural Sciences minors here. When creating a MyDegreePath plan, you may add a minor to your plan.
  • Audit - This document must be printed and you must bring it with you to your meeting. It will let you know all the requirements necessary to complete your major (and whether or not you've completed them).
  • Graduation Plan Assistance - Our SSHA Peer Mentors are available to answer any questions you may have in creating your graduation glan using MyDegreePath. Stop by at COB 204 and request to see a Peer Mentor; make sure to bring a printed copy of your current Audit (or "What-If Audit")  and a copy of MyDegreePath/Graduation Planning document with you. SSHA Peer Mentors will only be able to answer questions you may have in using MyDegreePath and completing your Graduation Plan. You may find SSHA Peer Mentor office hours here.
  • Jump Start Workshop!

Students who plan to complete their degree outside of SSHA:

If you plan to change your major to a School outside of SSHA after this term, you will still need to attend this meeting with a SSHA Advisor. You should bring a MyDegreePath plan with you for the intended major. To find out more information about how to build a personalized graduation plan for the intended major outside SSHA, see below:

  • School of Natural Sciences - Here you will find a full listing of what is required for any Natural Sciences major. You can also receive assistance with creating a Graduation Plan from their Academic Advising Mentors!
  • School of Engineering - Here you will find a full listing of what is required for any Engineering major.
  • MyDegreePath Plan Builder - You should create plan for your intended major using your catalog year (2016) to see what requirements you have already completed toward your new major, and which requirements you still have remaining.

Running an Audit/MyDegreePath and Printing on Campus

  • MyDegreePath - Check out the registrar's website for information on accessing your audit and MyDegreePath.
  • Printing on Campus - Can't print from home? Check out this resource page for printing on campus, as well as a listing of the IT Labs with computer/printing access.

Learn about how to prepare for your JumpStart meeting!

Sample 4 Year Major Specific Graduation Plans

Below are links to our SSHA major pages; which include suggested 4-year plans for each of our majors. The plans below are generic, and your specific plan for graduation may differ from what is indicated.

Anthropology 2016-2017

Cognitive Science, BA 2016-2017

Cognitive Science, BS 2016-2017

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies 2017-2018

Economics 2016-2017

English 2016-2017

Global Arts Studies Program (Option 1) 2016-2017

Global Arts Studies Program (Option 2) 2016-2017

History 2016-2017

Management and Business Economics 2016-2017

Political Science 2016-2017

Psychology 2016-2017

Public Health 2016-2017

Sociology 2016-2017

Spanish 2016-2017 (Starting with SPAN 50)

Spanish 2016-2017 (Starting with SPAN 10)