Ideas & Subjects

The first semesters are all about discovery.  Which department -- or departments -- are you most eager to explore at the college level?

These might be disciplines you've already engaged with in high school, such as literature, mathematics, or political science.  Or they might be subjects that are new to you, such as anthropology, psychology, or religious studies.  To see a list of all Arts & Sciences departments, click this link.  Then on the left tool bar, click "Listing," and then double-click "Arts & Sciences."

Note #1:  For this first semester, please make copious use of the Fall 2013 Course Listings book sent to you earlier in the summer (if you are a resident of North America).  While the web version will give you up-to-date listings and real-time enrollments,  its structure narrows your focus to specific fields and classes.  Leafing through the book version, on the other hand, allows for more organic discovery.  You'll have a more thorough sense of departments overall, begin to see the breadth of knowledge available to you, and very likely encounter fascinating courses that you otherwise would not find.  

Note #2:  While you're browsing, it's a good idea to read advanced-level course descriptions (classes whose numbers begin with a "3" or a "4") so that you have an understanding of how a discipline develops.  When actually creating your schedule, however, you will want to stick to 100- and 200-level courses unless you have placed into a higher level class (see step two).  In the old days, courses beginning with "3" were intended for 3rd year students, with a "4" for 4th year students, and while that rule is no longer hard and fast, professors of advanced courses will generally assume a foundation of college-level experience with the subject.  This is particularly true of 400-level courses, which are generally for advanced majors in the field.