Find a Balance of Interest and Type
First-year students should seek 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 your first-year seminar, you should select...
1 course in your major (or possible major)
1 course you enjoy or are good at, or to fulfill a distribution requirement
1 course to explore, to experiment with, to try something new
Keep these categories in mind when choosing courses for a balanced course load...
Courses with dense reading, 1 – 4 papers and exams:
Literature, History, Religion, Philosophy, Sociology-Anthropology, Geography, Political Science
Courses 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, concerts/performances:
Music, Studio Art, Theatre, Dance, Film/Video