Advising News, March 2016: Great Courses, Timing Courses for Graduation, and a Must-Do-Pop-Up

Dear Social Science Students,

Can you feel Spring coming from where you are?  It’s sunny, it’s (almost) warm, and that means it’s time to start thinking about the future. In past semesters, I’ve relied on pro-active students to get in touch with me with question about advising.  Starting this semester, I’ve decided to actively reach out with periodic newsletters.  I’ll share important information about deadlines, extra-curricular opportunities, new courses and graduation strategies.
As always, I invite you to get in touch with me if you have any questions or need help making decisions about your path to graduation with a Social Science major.  My phone number is 207-621-3190 and I welcome your call.  You can also send me an e-mail message at james.m.cook@maine.edu.  Finally, you’re welcome to drop by unannounced to my office hours, which are Wednesdays from 12-2 PM in Augusta Jewett Hall 122 and Thursdays 8-9 AM and 12-2 PM at University College Rockland.

Registration Starts Monday — Check Out These Two Crucial Fall Social Science Courses
Don’t forget to register for classes starting Monday, March 14!  Classes fill up fast, so be sure to put in your requests quickly.  There are a lot of super courses for Social Science that you might enjoy, but one is new and one is really important for majors.
  • SSC 320, Research Methods in Social Science, is absolutely necessary for you to graduate as a Social Science major, and it’s only taught once per year in the fall.  If you plan to graduate soon, please be sure to sign up for SSC 320 as quickly as you can, before the class fills up to capacity.
  • SSC 360 is a new course in Qualitative Research Methods being taught by Social Science faculty member Prof. Kati Corlew.  This course will help you practice systematic interviewing and observation skills, develop questionnaires and protocols for field notes, and apply scientific rigor in method to analysis of results.
  • This fall, I’ll be teaching SSC 320, SOC 316 (Criminology), and SOC 375 (Social Networks) in addition to SOC 101 (Introduction to Sociology), a course that most of you should have completed by the fall.  I’d love to have you in class!  Ask me a few questions if you’d like to know more about these courses.

Important: New Requirement When Registering
Staring this year, you’ll be asked to sign a Financial Responsibility Statement in MaineStreet on your ‘To Do’ list before you complete registration.  This is a legal agreement between the student and the University of Maine System explaining that you are financial obliged to pay back whatever loans you receive.  It may sound like a boring hurdle, but if you don’t agree to the statement before you try to register, you’ll be blocked from registering!  Please make sure you sign in to MaineStreet and agree to that statement.

Time to Apply for Graduation! DUE: April 1
Are you ready to graduate this Spring or Summer?  If so, you need to apply for graduation by April 1st.  To apply, visit http://www.uma.edu/about/offices/registrar/graduation/ on the web. Once you register for graduation you’ll receive cap & gown and ceremony information via email.

Looking for Scholarships? DUE: March 25
Unlike financial aid (loans that must be repaid), UMA scholarships are outright grants that you don’t have to pay back.  For a list of scholarship opportunities (more than $1,000,000 available), and to apply for those scholarships, visit http://www.uma.edu/admission/financial-aid/scholarships/.  The due date for UMA’s easy Universal Scholarship Application is March 25.

I hope this information is helpful.  As always, please get in touch if you have any questions about registration and the road to graduation.

Best Regards,
James Cook
UMA Assistant Professor of Social Science