How to Create a Four-Year Plan

Available Resources:

  1. Blank 4-Year Planning Worksheet: This fillable and downloadable PDF worksheet serves as a template for making your own four-year plan.
  2. Degree Audit in WebAdvisor: Your degree audit tracks progress towards your degree in terms of fulfilling major requirements, general education requirements, and the total number of course credits needed to graduate.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Take 34 course credits (at least 31 semester courses must be taken during the fall and spring semesters or summer transfer credits)
    1. 2 credits: Interim Experience courses (IEX, also known as “J-Term”)
    2. .5 credit: Personal Fitness course from the Health and Exercise Science department (HES 100)
    3. .5 credits: at least two Lifetime Activities classes from the HES course offerings

Use the “What If” option on the Degree Audit if you…

  • Have not declared your major, but have an idea
  • Have declared, but are changing your mind
  • Are curious about how close you might be to a potential major with the courses you have taken

(LAP = Liberal Arts Perspective, 3C = 3 Crowns)

  1. Search for Classes Screen- in WebAdvisor: For LAP students, click on the link of general education approvals at the top of the page to see your choices for fulfilling area requirements for the semester of your choice.
  2. Catalog (Academic Bulletin): By department, there are course descriptions, which include pre-requisites that are needed, which semesters they are offered, and what LAP area they fulfill. The Catalog will also give you a list of the classes that are required for a specific major. An electronic copy can be found here or a hard copy at the Academic Support Center, Johnson Student Union 204.
  3. Pre-Health Interests: If you are interested in a pre-health field, visit the Health Professions website maintained by the Career Development specialists in the Center for Servant Leadership. There are sample four-year plans available for many pre-professional programs.

Steps for Creating Your Four-Year Plan

  1. Use the worksheet to lay out courses required for your possible major in sequential order paying attention to pre-requisites, which semester they are offered, etc. Note: some major departments have already created sample four-year plans. Refer to this website to look at specific departments.
  2. If you are considering a pre-health interest, refer to this website for additional four-year plans OR the Academic Support Center website for a PDF file of the Advising and Registration Manual and lay out those courses onto your four-year plan worksheet.
  3. Look at how many credits and how much time you have for general education requirements and electives.
    1. Think of the “Rule of Thirds”: 1/3 courses for your major, 1/3 general education courses, and 1/3 courses available for electives
  4. Are you trying to fit in a study away (study abroad) or internship semester? Can you tell which semester might be a good time to go? Which semester might have the least demand for taking major courses here?
  5. Do you have the option of taking summer school?


Attend a 4-Year Planning Workshop

4-Year Planning Workshops

Especially for First Years and Sophomores
Join both of our Academic Advisors, Margo W. Druschel and Jane Lalim
Work time to create or change your own 4-year plan
Plenty of time for individual questions

Library Classroom Bi-2 (smaller e-classroom, south side of main floor) or
Olin Technology Center (first floor Olin)

Copy of your Degree Audit from WebAdvisor
Previous draft of your 4 year plan (if you have one)

Call 507-933-7027 or Stop by the Academic Support Center (JSU 204) to register.

Space is limited to 8 students per session  |  Registration is required

Choose a session that matches your needs:

March 19  |  Thursday    |  1:30 p.m.  |  Minors/Concentrations/Internships | Library

April 9  |  Thursday  |  10:30 a.m.  |  Undecided | Olin

April 14  |  Tuesday  |  3:30 pm  |  Margo & Jane's Advisees only | Library

April 20  |  Monday  |  2:30 pm  | Anything Goes | Library 

Sponsored by the Academic Support Center


If you want to discuss possibilities, feel free to make an appointment in the Academic Support Center, 204 Johnson Student Union (Ext. 7027).