Montana State University

Modern Languages and Literatures

Advising Goals

The teacher of each course is available for office hours and appointments outside of regularly scheduled office hours when necessary to accommodate students.

The Department assists majors and minors to successfully register for courses in the Department, in the CORE, and to help them to wisely choose elective courses that will benefit them in terms of a broad education and for employment enhancement.

The Department assists majors and minors to successfully complete the requirements of the Department and the University that lead to graduation, i.e., completion of Department course work, substitutions, upper-division credits,completion of the CORE, etc. To keep the students "on course" from start to finish.

The Department has a special advising function for its majors and minors and other members of the student body at large: it introduces them to French- German- and Spanish-speaking countries of the world. Teachers also orient students for study abroad. The goal is to articulate entrance into the host country curriculum and the return to the MSU program.

The Department assists new students/transfers to our curriculum choose courses commensurate with their foreign language capabilities, i.e., course placement of majors, minors and all others entering our curriculum.

Advising Policy

All full-time, tenure-track faculty members of the Department advise students.When a new student declares a major or we become aware of a person minoring in the Department, the student is brought to the attention of the language section (French, German, Spanish)in question. The language section coordinator, in consultation with the members of the group, assigns the student to a specific advisor within the language group. Advising is required for all ML students during the advising period prior to the registration period for the upcoming semester. In the Department, majors must present a form that must be signed by an advisor before the Department Secretary is authorized to distribute the PDF form to the student. This ensures that the major has met the advisor. Since PDF forms are not a part of the registration process for minors,the Department encourages minors to meet with their advisors the same as majors are required to do. Since there is no MSU administrative procedure that requires minors to receive advising in the minor department, there is no 100% fool-proof way of assuring that all minors see advisors every time. However, these students should be served in their major department where advisors consider the major's complete educational program.

Advising is recommended for those "on demand" situations, and this takes place whenever the need is registered by the student of the advisor. Our advisors are available to students whenever they need help, i.e., during office hours or by appointment.

Recent Changes and Future Plans

To Improve Quality of Advising

Modern Languages has incorporated an "advising standard" in its version of the P&T document. The Department is also in the process of generating the advising evaluation instrument discussed above and will be ready to distribute it to students at the earliest in April of 1997(registration advising period) or at the latest, April 1998 (also during the registration advising period).

To Improve Accessibility of Advisors

The Department of Modern Languages has never had a problem with the availability or accessibility of advisors. If such were the case, the new advising evaluation form would have some effect on the situation, since the feedback will be incorporated into the annual reviews of the faculty members in the Department.