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Year 2



This is your first year in your RISD major! You will be assigned both a major advisor and a Liberal Arts advisor. Advising begins at the start of your sophmore year and continues through degree completion.

Your major advisor will be assigned from the full-time faculty in your chosen department. Your advisor may change as you progress through the major. Your Liberal Arts advisor will be assigned from the full-time faculty in the Liberal Arts division. The Liberal Arts advisor works in coordination with your Major advisor. Concentrators in Liberal Arts departments work with their respective concentration coordinator.

Your second and third years are especially critical for ensuring you’re making steady progress toward meeting graduation requirements.

Year 2
Second-Year Advising Highlights:

Advising in the major and Liberal Arts begins at the start of a student’s sophomore year and continues through degree completion. The sophomore and junior years are especially critical for ensuring you’re making steady progress toward meeting graduation requirements.

It’s important to be in regular communication with your advisor to make sure you are on track for:

  • The timely completion of studio major requirements
  • Selecting meaningful electives
  • Exploring non-major studios
  • Keeping up to date with your Liberal Arts credits
  • Learning about internships or off-campus global learning opportunities

By the end of the second year you should have: 66 credits

  • 18 in your major
  • 3 non-major studio elective
  • 12 in Liberal Arts

First Day of Fall Semester

September 7, 2017

  • Add/drop registration period begins. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class, consult your advisor.
  • Begin required sophomore sequence in your major.
Meet with your Major Advisor

Early October

Begin mapping out your major courses (required and optional) using Student Planning.

Student Planning

Meet with your Liberal Arts Advisor

Mid-October (before Wintersession registration!)

During your 4/5 years at RISD, you are required to take 42 credits in Liberal Arts (LA). You need to set up time to meet with your LA advisor to plan ahead.

42 credits in Liberal Arts:

  • 12 credits in History of Art and Visual Culture, HAVC (= 4 courses)

  • 9 credits in Literary Arts and Studies, LAS (= 3 courses)

  • 9 credits in History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences, HPSS (= 3 courses)

  • 12 credits in LA electives (= 4 courses). This can include any of the categories above and some additional non-departmental classes.

Most students will have completed 4 classes (12 credits) during their first year (2 HAVC, 1 LAS, 1 HPSS) leaving 10 classes (30 credits) to be completed in the other three years.  Since you’ll have 9 remaining semesters, including Wintersessions, you should plan on taking at least one liberal arts class per semester.

Do You Want to Pursue a Concentration?

Mid-October (before Wintersession registration!)

Think about whether you are interested in a concentration. Concentrations exist in each of the three departments in Liberal Arts and in Nature Culture Sustainability. Each of the concentrations has an advisor. Make an appointment to see that person to discuss the requirements if you are considering a concentration.

Concentrations

Ask your Advisor!

Remember to talk with your advisor about global opportunities, travel courses, internships, getting involved with student groups, and more.

There’s a lot you can do beyond the classroom that will enhance your time at RISD and introduce new possibilities and opportunities. Take advantage of as much as you can.

Mid-semester Warnings

Students are notified via RISD email if they receive a midterm warning of “unsatisfactory” performance. If you receive an “unsatisfactory” you should contact your advisor as soon as possible.

Last Day of Fall Semester

December 15, 2017

First Day of Wintersession

January 3, 2018

Add drop registration period begins. Ends on January 11. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class, consult your advisor.

Last Day of Wintersession

February 6, 2018

First Day of Spring Semester

February 15, 2018

Add drop registration period begins. Ends on February 23. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class, consult your advisor.

Meet with Academic Advisors

First week in April, 2018

Meet with academic advisor and department heads in home and secondary major if interested in a double-major or exploring the Interdisciplinary Study Option between two majors. 

You should also schedule a check-in meeting with your Liberal Arts advisor.

Ask your Advisor!

Remember to talk with your advisor about global opportunities, travel courses, internships, getting involved with student groups, and more.

There’s a lot you can do beyond the classroom that will enhance your time at RISD and introduce new possibilities and opportunities. Take advantage of as much as you can.

Mid-semester Warnings

Students are notified via RISD email if they receive a midterm warning of “unsatisfactory” performance. If you receive an “unsatisfactory” you should contact your advisor as soon as possible.

Last Day of Spring Semester

May 25, 2018

Finish Year 2