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
Documents that help faculty better advise first-year seminar students:
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.