What to do First

  1. Make an Appointment with an Advisor

    Tamara Goldie is the Liberal Studies advisor. If you have never attended another college or university, call 408-924-4718 to make an appointment.  ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY ARE ABLE TO MEET WITH THE ADVISOR.

    Students who have attended another college or University and who have never been advised in this office should send copies of their unofficial transcripts to the Liberal Studies Program office at 408/924-4576.

    Provide your current name and phone number on the transcripts so that you can be called to set up an appointment.

    If you are in campus, you can leave copies of your transcripts in Clark Hall 419 and sign up for an appointment. Please leave your name and phone number, so we may call you in case we have questions.

    If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call the Liberal Studies office at 408/924-4718 to cancel or reschedule. This allows us to schedule another appointment in your slot if we can. We have over 300 liberal studies majors that need to be advised at some point during the year.

  2. Prepare for Your Appointment

    Bring a list of questions you want to discuss with your advisor. We have a lot of printed information available, but you will need to record details that are particularly applicable to you. Make a to-do list for yourself. Students coming into the major from another department at San Jose State should bring San Jose State grades if they were earned before Spring 1991.

    Use a folder, notebook, or large manila envelope to keep all your documents related to your schooling. Bring that with you whenever you see an advisor or try to question anything about your school records. Keep every piece of paper any school ever gives you. This collection should include your personal copy of transcripts or grade slips from every college you have attended and copies of GE checklists. Any time you drop, add, or change anything on your program, save the paperwork.