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Changes in the 2019-20 Academic Year

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This year, the General Social Sciences Program is experiencing lots of change. Continue reading to find information about how these changes may impact you, particularly regarding advising and registering for classes this fall.

New System for Advising

GSS advisors Gretchen Hill-Marino and Ryan Smith are in the process of moving from PLC to Tykeson Hall.  They will join a team of professional academic and career advisors who will address the advising needs of all students in the College of Arts of Sciences, including GSS students.  So beginning in fall 2019, GSS students will go to Tykeson Hall for advising. Tykeson Hall is located in the heart of campus between Johnson and Chapman Halls.  Information on how to schedule an appointment with an advisor will be available soon.  To get an advising appointment now, please contact the Office of Academic Advising for at Please be patient, as the advisors on campus are particularly busy this summer as they prepare to offer a new, more comprehensive advising experience for students at Tykeson Hall.

Registering for Fall Class

If you have not yet registered for fall courses, we encourage you to go ahead and do so without scheduling an advising appointment. Get instructions on how to register for classes.

We’ve Moved!

The GSS program is now housed in 275 McKenzie Hall (also home to the Department of History). You can reach us at the new program email address:

New Procedure for Changing Your Major

Students will soon be able to add or drop the GSS major via an online form available on our website. In the meantime, if you need to make an immediate change to your major, please email the GSS program at and we will send you the form. You can then print it, fill it out, scan it, and email it to us. Or you can stop by the GSS Program office at 274 McKenzie Hall and fill out the form there.

New GSS Director

Starting this academic year, Jamie Mayhew Bufalino is the new Director of the General Social Sciences Program. She is an instructor in the departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has worked with GSS students in her courses for many years and is excited to take on this new role, directing GSS during a period of significant change on campus.

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