Advising and Orientation

The earlier you declare your major in your academic career the better you will be able to plan your courses and the fulfillment of the requirements. If you declare your major early you will receive more guidance, useful advice and close follow up.

The department provides extensive orientation for the Spanish Studies major. It is very important you plan the prerequisite and requisite courses in the appropriate sequence so as to complete your studies in the expected time. 

Orientation is provided in two ways: quarterly large-group informational sessions, and small group or individual meetings with a faculty and/or staff advisor.

Quarterly Informational Sessions 
Orientation meetings are scheduled at the beginning of each quarter and announced on the departmental web page.

Dates, Times and Place

Fall 2018 Orientation Session: TBA

Winter 2018 Orientation Session: TBA

Spring 2018 Orientation Session: TBA

All quarterly orientation sessions will be held in Humanities 1, Room 202.

Individual/Small group Advising Sessions
If you are interested in pursuing the Spanish Studies major, have read all the information provided, attended an orientation session, and still have questions about it, do not hesitate to schedule a meeting with the Director, M. Victoria Gonzalez Pagani for an appointment or undergraduate advisor, Lisa Leslie. The sooner your questions are answered, the better position you will be in to complete the major on time. Drop-in hours with undergraduate advisor, Lisa Leslie (Cowell 218) are: MW 9:15-11:15AM; T/TH 9:15-11:15AM and 1:15-3:15PM; appointments are recommended. Please call (459-2054) or email ( for an appointment.  There is no advising on Fridays.

Advising at UCSC
The main purpose of undergraduate academic advising is to guide students in clarifying and achieving their educational goals and in developing the most appropriate and efficient plan to achieve them.

Small-group and individual advising sessions are particularly useful because they give students an opportunity to meet the SPST staff and academic advisors and director, ask the questions they may have, receive additional information, clarification and guidance, and formulate a plan of study early enough in their career to fulfill their long term educational goals. Students are encouraged to sign-up for these sessions to receive the proper assistance with course selection, major planning, and required paper work. Routine progress check-ins are encouraged and advisable.

Additional information on advising can be viewed at the Undergraduate Advising Center website.