The Importance of Variety

It's important that you strive for variety -- and balance -- in your schedule.

You may, for example, love the humanities, but taking all "books-and-papers" courses in one semester isn't healthy for anyone, even the most ardent Shakespeare fan!  Taking too many "problem-sets-and-exams" courses at once can be similarly taxing.

As much as possible, then, you should take different "types" of courses.  How will you know?  When you look at a course's description online (see step three), you'll see a category called "Attributes."  Looking at the letter trios after "A&S IQ," you'll find either HUM, LCD, NSM, and/or SSC, and you'll want to build your schedule from an array of these attributes.  You should try for at least two types, preferably three.

You should also try for a mix of lecture (large) and discussion (small) classes.  How will you know?  The course's description online includes a column called "Seats" toward the right, which will give you an idea of the class size.

A note about freshman seminars:  Freshman seminars and Focus programs are terrific ways to be in a small, intellectually-intimate, and closely-mentored class in your very first semester.  If you have not already signed up for one (and if you have, you'll already have been registered for it, and it will appear on your registration -- see steps 4 and 5), please visit Getting Started and review our Fall offerings; if you're interested in adding a freshman seminar to your schedule, you can request one at this link.  If you don't find a particular seminar on the request link, that means that it is full, but you're welcome to choose a different one.