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

(Includes descriptions of WRPR courses, as well as information on tutoring and other support offered through the Writing Center.)

(Includes advice for talking to a student about his or her writing, from the faculty in the Writing Program)