Generating a Plan Statement

Academic Advising

Generating a Plan statement:
A self-questionnaire

1. Off the top of your head, write one sentence that best describes your thoughts at this point. It could be something like, “I’m thinking about a Plan in the social sciences.” Or “I really like working with Carol (or whomever) and think I’d like to do a Plan that involved her.” Or “I have no clue, but I think I want to do something in theater.”

 

2. Take a look at the Distribution of Courses by Area record (a "transcript" of sorts that you can get from the Registrar's Office) of all the courses you have taken at Marlboro categorized by the areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Cross-Disciplinary.

How many credits have you earned in the

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

3. Who are the teachers you have enjoyed working with at Marlboro?

4. What were your favorite classes?

5. View the Areas of Study and Degree Fields. Look at the degree fields that draw your interest. See what course of study is required or recommended for each degree field, and then complete the following exercises below. You have space to complete the exercises for three degree fields in case you are considering a cross-disciplinary Plan or have several ideas:

 

Degree Field 1:____________________________

Possible Plan sponsor:__________________

Courses I have taken that fulfill expectations for foundation work:

Courses I should have taken or will need to take to do a Plan in this area:

Degree Field 2:______________________________

Possible Plan sponsor:____________________

Courses I have taken that fulfill expectations for foundation work:

Courses I should have taken or will need to take to do a Plan in this area:

 

Degree Field 3:______________________________

Possible Plan sponsor:____________________

Courses I have taken that fulfill expectations for foundation work:

Courses I should have taken or will need to take to do a Plan in this area:

 

4. Now, throwing caution to the wind, write several simple Plan statements based on possible areas of Plan interest (e.g., A study of _______with a focus on ________).

Example 1: A study of choral music with a focus on medieval monophonic and polyphonic chant as a genre of vocal music.

Example 2: A study of genetics and evolutionary biology with a focus on the evolution of the conscious mind.

See Plan Objectives & Projects for more examples.