Choosing Courses

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