Creating a Balanced Course Load

Advise students to balance their course loads by both interest and type. Different kinds of courses have different rhythms during the semester.

To have a balanced course load after the FYSE, students should select:

  • 1 course in a major (or possible major)

  • 1 course to enjoy or are good at, or to fulfill a distribution credit

  • 1 course to explore, to experiment with, to try something NEW

Keep these categories in mind when choosing courses that will give a balanced workload:

Courses with dense reading, 1 – 4 papers and exams:

Literature, History, Religion, Philosophy,Sociology-Anthropology, Geography, Political Science

Course with daily homework, frequent quizzes and drills, presentations and tests:

Beginning and intermediate languages

Courses with some reading, labs, quizzes, problem sets, exams:

Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences

Courses with time intensive ‘hands on’ tests, some reading, presentations, group work, concert/performances:

Music, Studio Art, Theatre, Dance, Film/Video

Useful Information

Documents that help faculty better advise first-year seminar students:
(planning beyond the first semester)

(tracking distribution categories)

(outlines what CTLR offers to students)

(popular semester and weekly calendars

(CTLR offers advice in handbook selection for faculty, provides faculty and peer writing tutors to support student writers, and offers Writing Program courses to supplement or continue the writing instruction in the first-year seminar. Download the document above to learn more about  these options.)

Pre-Professional Programs

Academic Requirements for Health Professions Fall 2013

3-2 program engineering dual-degree program with Dartmouth

Other dual-degree students that our students can participate in, can be found at go/engineering, or at http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/options/preprof/engineering.