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Academic Year

NOTE: Students must choose a major worksheet from the year/semester in which they started at the University.

NOTE: The worksheets listed below are for students following the 2020-2021 FSU Catalog. Students must choose a major worksheet from the year/semester in which they started at the University. Please view the undergraduate course catalogs for additional information and previous academic years.

Choosing a major

Are you finding it a bit daunting to pick the perfect major? We understand. It's not just about checking off general education courses. Choosing your major is a journey, and it's important to find the right fit for you. That's where our dedicated team of advisors at the Advising Center comes in. They're not just here to help you schedule classes; they're here to guide you in discovering the major and minor combination that aligns perfectly with your passions and career goals. 

Adding a minor

With just five courses, you can delve into a whole new realm of knowledge complementing your major, exploring fresh interests, and boosting your attractiveness to future employers. It’s an opportunity to expand your horizons and we’ll help guide you along the way.  

Students are asked to come to the Advising Center, located in O'Connor Hall Room 111, to arrange appointments. Dr. Chris Gregory, Associate Dean of Academic Enhancement for Academic Counseling, encourages e-mail inquiries regarding advising. You may e-mail Dr. Gregory, or Veronica LaPlante, Academic Advisors, at %20advising [at] framingham.edu (advising[at]framingham[dot]edu). 

For more questions, please visit the Advising Center, located in O'Connor Hall Room 111, or call us at (508) 626-4540. 

Placement Testing

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and Framingham State University require ALL students to complete “common core courses” in writing and math. We review adjusted high school GPA, standardized test scores (if provided), and any college credits already earned (AP credit, dual enrollment, and college level courses taken prior to enrollment at FSU) to determine which course level a student is eligible to register for. Students are also required to take a language course or demonstrate proficiency in a language (other than English) to complete degree requirements

We review each student in need of placement testing, and we will contact students when placement testing is appropriate.

All students must complete ENWR110 (Composition II) to fulfill the common core writing requirement. If your recalculated high school GPA is 3.0 or higher you are eligible to enroll in this course without a writing placement test. 

If your recalculated high school GPA is less than 3.0 you are asked to take a writing placement test. The test is used to determine which level of writing is most appropriate. The Director of the First Year Writing program will contact you by e-mail (your Framingham State e-mail account) with instructions on how to access the test online. 

For an explanation for how students are placed click here. 

Students in the STEM majors (Biology; Chemistry and Food Science; Computer Science; Environment, Society and Sustainability; Mathematics; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Studies) as well as AEF (Accounting, Economics, and Finance) will take several math courses based on their specific field of study. STEM and AEF students are required to take a math assessment to determine the most appropriate math course to begin the math sequence. Students who are undeclared or have declared a major that is not a STEM or AEF major, are also strongly encouraged to take math assessment. Why? 

  • If your high school GPA is below 3.0 you must enroll in a math class with additional support called “recitation.” However, if you complete the math assessment and earn a qualifying score, you will not need this additional support. 
  • If your high school GPA is 3.0 or higher you are not required to enroll in a math recitation section, and math assessment is not required. However, any student considering a major in STEM or AEF must take math assessment. 

If you are a new student beginning Fall 2024, you have been enrolled automatically in the Math Placement Canvas site which may be accessed here. 

Questions? Please email placement [at] framingham.edu (placement[at]framingham[dot]edu). We are here to help! 

The World Language requirement can be fulfilled by taking one semester of a language or by demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English. 

Language courses offered at FSU include American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Students who plan to take a course in one of these languages will be asked to take a placement test, except ASL. Those interested in ASL may register for ASGN 101. It is important to assess fluency and comprehension to determine appropriate course level.  

Students who speak a language other than English will have the opportunity to be assessed for a waiver through a standardized test or an assessment with a member of the World Language Department. The method of assessment depends on the language. A waiver does not give course credit, however, it allows the student to choose from a selection of other courses to fulfill the domain requirement. Please e-mail placement [at] framingham.edu (placement[at]framingham[dot]edu) if you have any questions to register for a language placement test.

Meet the Team

Ann Deschamps

Ann Deschamps

Administrative Assistant I, Office of Residence Life

Advising Center Core Values

Members of the Advising Center at Framingham State subscribe to the Core Values espoused by the National Academic Advising Association, the national group of academic advisors of which we are members.  The Core Values include Caring, Commitment, Empowerment, Inclusivity, Integrity, Professionalism and Respect.   As the NACADA Core Values statement reads

While nations, institutions, and students will offer unique circumstances, the Core Values provide guidance to academic advisors in their professional lives.”

More information on these Core Values is available at https://nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Pillars/CoreValues.aspx .