Advising and Opportunities

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the Academic Advisor for the Humanities Department. My background is in American literature, with a particular focus on the American West. I also have both professional and volunteer experience as a writer for various non-profit organizations.

Mentoring students is something I really enjoy, and I am looking forward to meeting with you to help you make the most of your time at Michigan Tech.

Meeting regularly with an advisor is a great way to stay on track with your degree requirements. I can also be a good resource as you look for opportunities to apply what you are learning in situations outside the classroom, whether that be internships, study abroad, or involvement with campus organizations and activities.

If you have advising questions, I am available by appointment or email. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of help to you.


I am struggling in a class, what should I do?

You should talk to the professor, and make an appointment with your advisor. For some courses, you can visit the various learning centers on campus to get extra help. The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success offers Academic Success Coaches and other resources. Academic difficulty is a serious problem, but not an uncommon one. Here are some policies (withdraw dates, refunds, etc.) regarding dropping classes or withdrawing from the university. It’s a good idea to contact your advisor before making changes to your registration 


A class I need is at capacity, what should I do?

Don’t despair–it is often the case that seating fluctuates even after the semester begins. But here are some steps you can take now:

You should register for another class that you want to take (this is your Plan B). If you aren’t sure which course to take, consult with your advisor.

Keep your eye on the seating availability so that if a seat becomes available you can add into that class, and drop the Plan B class.

Finally, if the semester begins and you still have not been able to add the class you really want to take, attend that class and speak to the instructor. It’s possible, though not guaranteed, that you’ll be added into the class.

And, if all of the above fails, take your Plan B class and wait for another opportunity to take the Plan A class!


When can I register for next semester's classes?

Typically, registration for the Spring Semester takes place the preceding November. Registration for the Fall Semester takes place the preceding March. The Registrar’s website has more information, including the priority for registration schedule. You should schedule a meeting a few weeks before registration with your advisor to be sure you are selecting the correct classes. 


Can courses double count between General Education an dthe major requirements of my degree?

No. If you take a class to satisfy your major requirements (including emphasis areas and major electives), it can’t be listed again as a General Education class.


What are the requirements for graduation?

Your advisor will help you understand the course requirements for your degree. For specific information about policies related to graduation, applying for graduation, cap and gown purchase, and other commencement information please consult the Registrar’s site for graduation requirements


What are co-ops and internships?

The Humanities department internship program offers opportunities for you to gain work experience and get HU credit at the same time. You can also find opportunities for internships and co-ops at the Career Services website (some that allow you to register for credit, some that are paid work experiences). It’s a good idea to schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss how a co-op or internship will affect your academic plans.


Can I finish this degree in four years?

In most cases, the answer is yes. Most Humanities degrees require 128 academic credits. You will need to average 16 cr per semester to graduate in four years.  Several factors can affect your time to degree, including adding a minor or certificate, doing an internship, studying abroad, taking summer classes or carrying a heavier load some semesters. Working closely with your advisor will help you be efficient in planning your coursework for the degree. 


What can I do with a Humanities degree?

This is a question you will face many times from family and friends. And of course you ask yourself the same question as you think about trying to get a job someday. This article, What do Philosophers do, will offer some encouragement that studying in the Humanities has real value when it comes to finding meaningful work.

Humanities offers several majors, minors, and certificates. Program Directors, faculty, and your undergraduate advisor will be happy to discuss careers with you, and share information about companies that hire our majors, as well as about our alumni and their professional lives. It’s also wise to take the “MyPlan”inventory offered by Career Services.


I want to transfer classes from another institution —what should I do?

Talk to your advisor about the classes that are required for your major at Michigan Tech. She can help you understand how your transfer courses might apply. Also, it is important that you get in touch with Transfer Services. They have a helpful Transfer Equivalency Link that will let you know how commonly-transferred courses will apply here at Michigan Tech. 


How do I change majors?

Schedule a meeting with the advisor of the new degree, then complete a “change of curriculum” form with the new advisor–he or she needs to sign this. Some Humanities majors require additional material (a writing sample, a minimum GPA, etc.). The advisor will let you know if there are additional steps. It is also a courtesy to contact your former advisor so he or she knows you’ve changed plans. 


Where is the flow chart for my degree?

Flow charts for degrees in Humanities do not exist. One of the benefits of a Humanities major is the flexibility and choice you have in scheduling your courses and structuring your degree. A sampling of courses for the different majors is available on the Humanities website under the “undergraduate” tab. A full list of requirements may be found on the College of Arts and Science’s degree audits page. The best way to make sure you are completing the requirements for your major is to meet regularly with your advisor and to use your My Michigan Tech portal to access DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) for your personalized audit report. 

Maria Bergstrom

Maria Bergstrom

  • Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Humanities
  • Instructor, Humanities
Walker 316

Spring Semester Office Hours

  • Monday and Friday 11 am – 1 pm
  • Tuesday 10 am – noon and 1 – 3 pm
  • By appointment

Most Popular Links

Academic Calendar