Registration will soon be under way, and many of you may be wondering about what courses you should be taking. You might be torn between two classes and worrying if one course will look better to the Admissions Committee than the other, but what if you are REALLY interested in the other? Below are just a few suggestions we hope will help:
1. Stay on track with your area requirements. Completing courses in all these areas will benefit you no matter what your major is and provides an excellent broad-based educational foundation.
2. Take courses you are interested in or curious about; it’s okay to explore.
3. Challenge yourself, but don’t go overboard. Don’t enroll in a 4000-level course unless you have a solid base for the material that will be covered.
4. Plan ahead. As you move forward in your academic career, so should your difficulty of courses. Once you are a second-year, your coursework should consist mainly of 2000-level courses.
5. Don’t overanalyze courses to look for “business-related” courses. Business is everywhere, whether you look for it or not. A politics course can be very valuable because politics influences business and vice versa. Sociology courses can help you develop critical thinking skills as well a deeper understanding of social environment – which has an impact on business. Just because “business” isn’t in the title doesn’t mean the course is not applicable to a business career.
6. Don’t worry too much about what will look better to the Admissions Committee. Take courses that interest you.
7. Choose courses that go along well with your area of interest: Marketing? Take some psychology or sociology courses or media studies courses. International? Take courses in foreign affairs, or continue in a foreign language or courses that emphasize global issues. Finance? Consider additional math or economics courses.
8. Finally, remember that college is your time to explore and broaden your perspective; take full advantage of this time and the opportunities before you. Below are some tips from Dean Leonard’s recent advising presentation that might help you further with course selection for spring.
Admissions Information – Academic Advice
1. Take full loads with challenging courses from various areas (e.g., quantitative, oral and written communication, ethics and moral reasoning, global perspective).
2. Stay on track to complete your area requirements in the College of Arts & Sciences, and explore possible majors in the College.
3. Spread the prerequisites out; don’t take more than two mini-GPA courses in the same semester.
4. Get involved outside of the classroom.