Creating Your Four-Year Plan

Available Resources

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

Graduation Requirements

Take 34 course credits (at least 31 semester courses must be taken during the fall and spring semesters or summer transfer credits)

  • 2 credits: Interim Experience (IEX) courses (also known as “J-Term”)
  • .5 credit: Personal Fitness course from the Health and Exercise Science department (HES 100, FIT)
  • .5 credits: a total of .5 credits worth of Lifetime Activities classes from the HES course offerings (ACT)

             *Note: a maximum of 2 IEX courses and .5 ACT courses can count in the 34 credits to graduate 

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

  • Have not declared your major, but have an idea to explore
  • Have declared your major, but may be 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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pre-Health Interests: If you are interested in a pre-health field, visit the Health Professions website maintained by Career Development.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.
    • 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 or an online course?
  6. Have all of your CIS, AP, PSEO, IB or transfer courses been included in your plan? Do they appear on your degree audit?

Looking for more help? Schedule an appointment with your Peer Academic Coach

  • Your Peer Academic Coach can help you with study skills and organization, create a four-year plan, and prepare for registration. 
  • Call (507) 933-7027 to make an appointment

Julia Rydberg '17

Major: Communication Studies

Minors: Studio Art and History

Extracurriculars: Tau Mu Tau Sorority, Love Your Melon, Advertising club, and Studio Art Teaching Assistant

Favorite book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite class taken: Modern China with David Obermiller

Drop-in hours: Tuesdays 12:30-2:00pm

Schedule an appointment Sundays between 4:30 and 6:00pm


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