Academic Advising @ BSOS

BSOS Advising COVID-19 Operations
  • The University will have reduced operations the week of March 23, 2020, and will be moving to an online format starting March 30, 2020 through at least to April 10, 2020.

  • The BSOS Office will also move to an all online services format.

  • To schedule an online phone appointment: https://bsosundergrad.umd.edu/advising/contact-us

  • To request Stamps for Registration: http://bsosstamps.umd.edu/

  • To check your online Degree Requirements: https://uachieve.umd.edu/

  • Change of Major: 

    How do students add/change a major in the College?            
    1.Students must meet with the department advisor and obtain the change/addition of major form with appropriate signatures and stamps.
    2.Students then attend the Academic Planning Workshop online at: http://www.bsosworkshops.umd.edu/
    3. Students will submit the change/addition of major form with a completed academic-plan online to the bsosmajorchange@umd.edu
    4. Major change or addition of second major may take approximately 15 business days to process. 
    5. Students on academic probation/dismissal and other designated student populations will be required to schedule an appointment with an advisor to process the major change.
  • First-Semester Graduation Plan:

  • First semester and Freshmen Connection students still needing to submit their graduation plan should do the following:
    View the graduation planning workshop by going to bsosworkshops.umd.edu.
    2. Submit your completed graduation plan to firstsemgradplan@umd.edu  

Call 301-405-1697 with questions or concerns. 

Academic advising is an integral part of each student's educational experience and it takes many forms.  Academic advisors in the College Of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) provide students with information on academic requirements needed for degree completion, help students plan for future graduate study or a career, and serve as a resource person.  Academic advising is a shared responsibility between the student and the advisor.

Advisors in the BSOS Advising Center  also connect students with their major advisors within BSOS. Appointments, walk-in, phone, and email advising are all possible, depending on the circumstances. 

The most frequently requested academic resources and program officers are listed on our website.
If you are looking for a credit-bearing internship, you can check the BSOS Undergraduate Blog or your academic department’s listserv or blog, but you may also wish to explore the BSOS Internship Program the campus Internship Website, or the University Career Center @ BSOS Job/Internship Search Strategies. Note that many students choose not to earn academic credit for internships and instead highlight these important experiences on their resumes instead.
If you run into academic difficulty, your academic advisor may contact you. But, if you are experiencing problems or know that your GPA is in danger, please be proactive about seeking help from your advisor early. Please review the important information about academic probation and dismissal procedures.

General Information

· Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
· Office location: 2148Tydings Hall
· Phone: 301-405-1697
· Scheduled appointments and walk-in advising offered



Advising can mean many things. As a freshman or new student, it may mean receiving information about courses and university procedures. After you become more involved in your course work, advising may mean exploring different majors, careers, and other opportunities in your field of study. In some cases, an advisor may refer you to another office or service on campus to best meet your needs.
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences does not generally assign advisors to students in order to offer more flexibility. You may choose to meet with the same advisor continuously or choose to meet with the first available advisor.

When to schedule a 30 minute appointment? These appointments can not be handled on a walk-in basis.
Walk-In Advising is available during fall and spring semesters on first-come, first-seen basis. Generally walk in advising is available from 1 - 4pm Monday – Friday. A sign-up sheet will be made available 10 minutes prior to the start of walk ins. Please contact our office to check our walk-in advising hours for the day. Walk-in advising lasts approximately 10 minutes and is intended to answer brief questions regarding:


Call the Advising Center (301)-405-1697, or come in-person to schedule a same day appointment.

Please note that the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is one of the largest colleges on campus and the demand for advising appointments is high, especially during registration and the schedule adjustment period.