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students and faculty discussing Sophomore Planning at the Chocolates, Chai and Choosing event

Chocolates, Chai and Choosing event 2016. Photo credit: Registrar Martin Warner.

You should consult the College Catalog for requirements for both the major and the minor, as well as for the interdisciplinary programs. Along with the catalog, you should also consult the individual department or program websites. Each academic department and program lists projected courses for the next two years on their website. 

Career Services will hold an Open House on Monday, January 28 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Parrish West 135. Come by to meet the staff and students of Career Services. For more information on careers and majors, please visit Career Services website and the First Steps: Where Swat Grads go website.

Each department and program offers an information session during the first two weeks of the application process. The session schedule for 2019 is listed at the bottom of this webpage.

For Faculty

General instructions for Faculty access to view Sophomore Plans:

Go to the Majors and Minors Departmental Portal: www.swarthmore.edu/appgarden

In the Majors and Minors Departmental Portal, all faculty and departmental administrative staff can read students' sophomore plans and can review lists of majors/minors for their own departments/programs. But, only chairs, AAs and coordinators can enter decisions or assign advisors.

How to view plans? The deadline for the Class of 2021 to submit their plans is March 4, 2019. In the portal, click on the magnifying glass or the PDF icon to the left of the student’s name. The very first time that you want to access the PDFs, you will need to:

  1. Click on the tab that you want (e.g.“Sophomore Plan Submissions”)
  2. Click on the “Action” button
  3. Select “Reset” option
  4. Click on “Apply” button

Note: The Sophomore Plan PDFs are only available if you are accessing the portal from on-campus, or via a VPN connection.

Problems? Some faculty might find that they are not seeing all the plans that they should in the portal. For example, someone might find that she can see plans for students in her home department, but not plans for students in her affiliated programs. If you encounter this problem, please email Associate Registrar Lesa Shieber for help.

For Sophomore Plan Advisors:

How do I access a list of students for whom I will serve as their Sophomore Plan Advisor? After February 14 (or if an Administrative Assistant has advised you that assignments are complete for your department or programs):

  1. Go to the Majors and Minors Departmental Portal in appGarden: www.swarthmore.edu/appgarden Sophomore Plan Advisor assignments do NOT appear in Faculty Services.
  2. Click on the Majors/Minors left-hand tab. Select the Majors or Minors option, depending on whether you'd like to see prospective Majors or Minors.
  3. Select Class of 2021 in the drop-down menu. This summons a list of all sophomores who have indicated a major or minor in the faculty person's department/programs.
  4. Click on the Sophomore Plan Advisor column heading to sort the column in the order of Advisor Name, or click on your name to only see your Sophomore Plan Advisees.

What is a Sophomore Plan Advisor? 

A Sophomore Plan Advisor is a faculty advisor who meets with sophomores in February to help them craft a viable sophomore plan. 

  • Who? In some departments, Sophomore Plan Advising is done by one faculty member for all sophomores. In other departments this responsibility falls on multiple faculty members. Your department chair or administrative assistant will tell you if you have Sophomore Plan advising responsibilities.
  • For how long? Duration of the Sophomore Plan process. In some departments, a student's Sophomore Plan Advisor also then becomes their major or minor advisor upon acceptance or deferral. 
  • Course Minors? Many departments do not assign Sophomore Plan Advisors for prospective course minors.

For Department Chairs, Program Coordinators and Administrative Assistants:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


4:30 pm - Individualized Special Majors (not standardized special majors like Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, etc) - Science 102
5:30 pm - Classics - Trotter    115
4:30 pm - Psychology - Science Center 101
5: 00 pm - Neuroscience - Science Center 101 
4:30 pm - Music - Lang Music Building Green Room 303
6:00 pm - History - Trotter 203
6:30 pm - Cognitive Science - Science Center 104

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


4:30 pm - Latin-American & Latino Studies - Kohlberg 245 (Prof. C. Fraga’s office) 
4:30 pm - Philosophy - Beardsley 316
4:30 pm - Sociology & Anthropology - Kohlberg 228
4:30 pm - Religion & Islamic Studies - Pearson 210
6:30 pm - Economics - Kohlberg 115
6:30 pm - Honors Information Session - Kohlberg – Scheuer Room 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

12:40 - 1:10 pm - Sophomore Planning: Resumes for English Literature and Educational Studies - LPAC 301 - Students who are interested in majors in English Literature and/or Educational Studies will need to include resumes as part of their Sophomore Plans. Career Services will show you how to put together your resume that reflects your interests, skills and experiences as they relate to your proposed course of study.  Pizza lunch provided.

4:30 pm - Art & Art History - Beardsley 318  
4:30 pm - Asian Studies, Japanese language - Kohlberg 226 
4:30 pm - Modern Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature - Kohlberg 226 & 228 
4:30 pm - Black Studies - Kohlberg 236
4:30 pm - Spanish - Kohlberg 328 

Friday, February 1, 2019 

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Dance - LPAC- Room 006
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Film & Media Studies - Kohlberg 228 
2:00 pm  - 3:00 pm - Global Studies - Kohlberg 115 

Monday, February 4, 2019

4:30 pm - Computer Science - Science Center 181 
4:30 pm - Educational Studies - Pearson 220 EMC
4:30 pm - Medieval Studies - Kohlberg 228
4:30 pm - Gender & Sexuality Studies - Kohlberg 230 
6:30 pm - Chemistry & Biochemistry - Science Center 183  
6:30 pm - English Literature - LPAC 201 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

4:30 pm - Peace & Conflict Studies - Kohlberg 228
6:30 pm - Physics & Astronomy - Science Center 128
6:30 pm - Biology - Science Center 101

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

4:30 pm - Mathematics & Statistics - Science Center 199
4:30 pm - Engineering - Kohlberg Scheuer Room
4:30 pm - Interpretation Theory - Kohlberg 313 (Prof. JV’s office) 
4:30 pm - Linguistics - Pearson 115
6:30 pm - Environmental Studies - Kohlberg Scheuer Room 
6:30 pm - Political Science - Trotter 301    

Thursday, February 7, 2019

6:30 pm - Theater - Kohlberg 116    

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

8:30 - 9:30 pm - Sophomore Planning: Resumes for English Literature and/or Educational Studies - LPAC 301 - Students who are interested in English Literature and/or Educational Studies majors will need resumes as part of their Sophomore Plans. Career Services will show you how to put together a resume that reflects your interests, skills and experiences as they relate to your proposed course of study.  Light snacks provided.