The orientation includes an overview of the Philosophy department, expectations for the first year, arrangements (insurance, housing library; wildcard, etc.), technology (e-mail, databases, voice mail). The orientation may include a special session, organized by the Graduate Student Union, with incoming graduate students and more senior graduate students.
The Director of Graduate Studies is the principle advisor for all graduate students. This is especially the case for matters of procedure and protocol. However, students should develop relations with graduate faculty (including the Graduate Director) whose interests they share and who can advise them on matters relevant to the profession and professional development.
Registration for courses will be done on-line. Short descriptions of courses will be available before the registration period closes. Students should consult with faculty about the advisability of their course selections relative to their preparations for exams and the development of their professional and philosophical interests.