Middlebury

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

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