Do I have to make an appointment to meet with the advisor?
It is recommended that you make an appointment to see the faculty advisor. You may be able to drop-in during less busy times of the semester, but this is not guaranteed. Peer advisors also hold open office hours Monday-Friday and can provide assistance for most questions/concerns.
What can the peer advisors help with?
Peer advisors can help with a wide variety questions including, but not limited to:
Kin major requirements
Tracks for health professions (OT, PT, PA, pre-med, etc.)
Kin elective classes
General education requirements
Understanding your ARR
Am I required to meet with my advisor?
You are not required to meet with the Academic Advisor before registration unless there is an academic hold on your Spire account. If there is an academic hold on your Spire account, you should make an appointment with the Academic Advisor as soon as possible so that the Academic Advisor can remove the hold. Even if you do not have an academic hold on your Spire account, it is recommended that you meet with an advisor at least once a year to ensure that you are on track to completing your major and any other requirements.
I would like to talk with someone about what I can do with the Kin major.
There is a lot that you can do with the Kin major, especially in the fields of allied health and fitness. Many Kin majors are interested in strength and conditioning, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical school, and becoming a physician’s assistant. Other students are interested in going into research or related fields, like public health and policy. If you would like to talk to someone about one of these topics you can look at the peer advising bios on our website to see who would be a good match for you!
I am not a Kin major and I would like to become one. How do I do that?
The Kin Department hosts New Major Meetings throughout the semester which you may attend. The meeting times and dates will be posted on our website as well as at the advising office. You will also need to complete the form titled: Declaring the Kinesiology Major.
I would like to attend graduate school, study abroad, or pursue a career in strength and conditioning and am looking for recommendations on classes to take. Where can I find these?
On the Kin Advising website, there is a list of course sequencing for the most popular graduate school tracks and study abroad. You may also want to meet with a peer advisor if you have any further questions about the classes. The classes listed on the sheet are recommendations, so it is important that you look at prerequisite courses required for graduate schools that you are interested in.
What can I do to best stay on track with the kin major requirements (and the extra classes that I am taking as prerequisites for graduate school)?
The best thing to do is to make sure that you are looking over the course sequencing recommendations and checking your ARR in SPIRE. Your ARR will let you know which classes you still need to take. You should also plan your classes out as far ahead as possible, and not register for classes semester-by-semester. Some classes are only offered in the Fall or Spring semesters and other classes occur at the same time within a semester, so it is good to have an idea of how you will need to organize your classes so that you can complete everything on time.
What do I do if a class is full but I need to take it?
You should fill out a course override form that is available on our advising website or outside the Kin main office in Totman. These forms are given to the faculty member who is teaching the class you are interested in. You should also speak with the professor before handing in the form to make sure that they are willing to accept students over the class capacity.
What do I do if I need to enroll in more than 19 credits?
In order to enroll in more than 19 credits, you need to be in good academic standing. There is a credit overload form that needs to be filled out and it can be found on our advising website or outside the Kin main office in Totman.
I am worried about graduating on time and am wondering what my options are.
An option that many students choose to take is enrolling in courses online or at a local college during their summer and winter breaks. Online classes that are available through UMass during break do cost extra and the semesters are shorter than the typical duration of the fall or spring semesters. The winter session is significantly shorter. Most Kinesiology major requirements need to be taken on the UMass campus. If you choose to take a class at a local university, it is important to check with the Registrar’s Office to make sure that your credits will transfer appropriately. Additionally, if you are taking a graduate school prerequisite of any kind, it is important to check with the university you are applying to in order to ensure that it meets their requirements.