Definitions: Who, What, When And Where
Who Is My Adviser?
Your tutorial professor is your adviser until you declare a major (typically in your fourth semester). If you are a transfer student, and you have met the Tutorial requirement, you are assigned an adviser in the department in which you have expressed an interest. Your adviser is someone who will take an interest in you, listen to you as you share your personal goals, and help you plan a course of study.
Advisers will discourage you from:
- avoiding subject areas that may challenge your academic skills
- avoiding subject areas that may challenge your beliefs and values
- avoiding a subject of which you think you have a phobia
- picking classes at random with no relation to your interests and life goals
- taking only courses in which you're convinced you'll get an 'A'
- taking only courses in which you think that you'll be entertained by the professor
- having no principled guidelines for choosing classes
Advisers will encourage you to:
- take a balanced program in the liberal arts
- challenge yourself to try new things
- make friends
- get some sleep
What's My Role as an Advisee?
It is important that you be actively engaged in developing your academic plan with your adviser. Consider the things you most love to study as well as the things you find difficult. A broad liberal arts education involves developing your talents, and taking on challenges. Your adviser will expect you to prepare thoughtfully for meetings, to look at a range of courses, and to reflect on various options. This means doing some background research yourself.
Your adviser will not direct you to a prescribed set of courses. Rather, through a process of dialogue and negotiation, you and your adviser will decide together what you will take each semester. You have an adviser for a reason: to discuss ideas, to get advice, and to receive mentoring as you craft an individualized program of study in the liberal arts.
An important place to start is by completing the Advising Information Form. Your comments on the Advising Information Form will give your faculty adviser a sense of your academic background and interests prior to your first meeting together. Be sure to also complete the form this summer and return it to the Academic Advising Office.
What Kinds of Questions Will I Address with My Adviser?
Think about these questions as you prepare to talk with your adviser in August:
- What academic subjects do you want to explore? Which might you explore first?
- What kinds of goals do you have — both immediate and long-term?
- How can you lay the groundwork and keep open several options for a major?
- What academic strengths do you feel you have?
- What special personal or academic qualities - such as a disability - should your adviser know about?
- What academic weaknesses do you need to address?
- What areas of study are at Grinnell that you have never explored or considered?
- What does a liberal education look like for you?
Enter into conversations with your adviser about course planning with an open mind. You never know which class might change your life!
What Resources Do I Use to Choose Courses?
Your adviser is a primary resource for you as you make decisions about your comprehensive academic plan. In addition, the college offers many resources to assist you:
- Departmental Advising Information is an important section of this Academic planning guide. Read it carefully, as it will provide helpful instruction for each academic subject.
- The Online Schedule of Courses displays the courses (including catalog descriptions and prerequisite information) offered in a particular semester. The online schedule is searchable by subject, level, time of day, and instructor’s name. This service along with other registration resources is available via the Registrar's webpage.
- The Grinnell College Academic Catalog is the official listing of all courses offered at Grinnell College. Just click on "Academic Areas of Study" to find a list of courses by department. The Catalog does not tell you which courses are offered in which semesters; for that information you need to check the Online Schedule of Courses. The Catalog explains how Grinnell defines a liberal arts education - see the section on "Education in the Liberal Arts."
- The Academic Evaluation in PioneerWeb helps you check your progress toward a Grinnell degree. You should be able to access this feature shortly after July 1 from your PioneerWeb account, in the "Course Areas & Acad Info" section.
- The Student Handbook lists all of the academic policies you should be aware of, and is a terrific guide for future planning - including information about internships, off-campus study, and independent majors.
When Will I Register for Fall Classes?
During New Student Orientation — on August 23, 24, 25, and 26 — you will have meetings with your faculty adviser. After discussing your academic goals and interests with your faculty adviser and planning your schedule, you'll submit your final registration on Tuesday, August 25. On Wednesday, August 26, you will have a chance to make changes to your schedule, if you desire.
How Will I Register for Fall Classes?
Although many colleges register new students in the summer before arrival, at Grinnell we place high value on in-person advising. Thus we wait until all of our new students (from Tulsa to Timbuktu!) are here on campus in the fall. Then, together with their adviser, each student completes his/her/hir course registration. Here is how it works.
ADVISING: New student advising happens Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, August 23- 25, 2015. You will have time on at least two of these days to meet with your Tutorial instructor, who is your adviser, for consultation.
SUBMIT REGISTRATION CARD: You will be provided a registration card upon arrival to Grinnell. After you have met with your adviser, and your adviser has signed your card, bring the Registration Card and your New Student Arrival Confirmation form to the Registrar’s Office in the John Chrystal Center. The card must be turned in no later than 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 25. Any student who fails to submit a card by 4 p.m. will have to add classes when the drop/add process begins on Wednesday afternoon, August 26, 3 p.m., in the Harris Center.
YOUR COURSE SCHEDULE POSTED: As soon as registration is completed on Wednesday, August 26 at 2 p.m., your schedule will be released and viewable via your PioneerWeb account. Students are enrolled in classes based on a very equitable lottery method. If there are any errors, you should visit the Registrar’s Office immediately. Please know that as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, all classes are under the direct control of instructors, and the instructor’s or department representative’s signature will be required to add a course (which you will be able to do at 3 p.m. that day).
POST-REGISTRATION FORUM: On Wednesday, August 26, at 3 p.m. faculty will be available in the Harris Center so that students can make adjustments to their schedule. The Course Change form — necessary to add or drop courses — will be available in Harris, in the Registrar’s Office, and online (on the “Course Areas & Acad Info” tab of PioneerWeb). The last day to add or drop a class will be Friday, September 18, but, realistically, students finalize their schedule within the first four class days.
ELIGIBILITY TO REGISTER: When you arrive on campus the Office of the Registrar will place an Arrival Confirmation form in your campus mailbox. The Arrival Confirmation form will list any holds that offices have placed on your ability to register for courses. Holds may be placed by the Cashier’s Office, Student Health and Counseling Services, Financial Aid Office, or the Office of the Registrar in circumstances where you have failed to address an outstanding requirement of that office (e.g., completing paperwork or providing payment). If your form indicates “none” on all lines, you do not need to do anything. However, if you have a hold, you should visit that office. Holds must be cleared before you will be allowed to register for classes. You should strive to not have holds on your registration upon arrival to campus, so communicate well with these offices this summer and it will streamline your registration process.
The First Two Years: Things You Need To Think About
What Is a Liberal Arts Education?
A liberal arts education demands that you gain skills and experience in critical thinking, self-reflection, designing projects of discovery and creation, encountering difference, exchanging ideas, and developing ethical judgment. By offering an education in the liberal arts, Grinnell College endorses life-long learning characterized by sustained intellectual curiosity and an open mind for assessing the unfamiliar. At the same time, by using critical thinking to assess evidence, to identify assumptions, to test logic, to reason correctly, and to take responsibility for the conclusions and actions that result, a student of the liberal arts can grows ethically as well as intellectually. A liberally educated person should be capable of principled judgment, seeking to understand the origins, context, and implications of one's knowledge. Because knowledge is lost if it is not shared, both students and teachers of the liberal arts strive to engage in precise and graceful communication. This communication takes place verbally, but also in other ways, such as the symbolic and expressive systems of mathematics, music, computer languages, the natural sciences, and the visual and performing arts. By learning and exploring these methods, one may attain an understanding of aspects of human thought, which is a crucial part of liberal education.
What should the liberally educated person know? While each discipline in a liberal arts curriculum has its own rationale and purpose, the heterogeneity of good critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas militate against any single answer to this question. As each student works to create an academic plan that is appropriate to his or her interests, talents, and goals as a person accountable to a life shared with others. Grinnell's Curriculum Committee recommends that all students should have some work in the following:
- writing and literary studies;
- a non-native language;
- scientific studies based on experimental observation;
- human society past and present; and
- fine arts, with attention to both creative and analytical methods.
Another way to think about liberal arts education is to inquire about its purpose:
- to encourage intellectual and aesthetic curiosity;
- to promote confident and accurate verbal expression;
- to foster the ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
- to examine critically one's own traditions and assumptions; to understand in depth at least one culture that is very different from one's own;
- to approach complex problems from a variety of analytical perspectives; and
- to realize obligations and capabilities to serve the common good.
Can I Take Anything I Want To?
Yes and No. Like many questions you'll encounter at Grinnell, the answer is complicated and nuanced.
Indeed, Grinnell does not have prescribed general education or distribution requirements or even very many graduation requirements. Consistent with the philosophy of self-governance, an individually-mentored curriculum speaks to the freedom you have to plan your own course of study and the responsibility you have to honor your adviser's guidance while following the College's policies.
Your faculty adviser is familiar with Grinnell's mission, core values, and curriculum, so she/he/ze can help you with planning your own education in the liberal arts. You should consult with your adviser about your plans and goals (your personal "mission") as well as the courses you want to take within the context of the liberal arts (the College's mission). Your adviser may also suggest some courses for specific reasons.
Please refer to the catalog to understand the requirements for graduation.
Think about the first year as a whole — you'll take about 8 different classes your first year. Simultaneously, begin to plan for your second year.
- Study a variety of disciplines. Think broadly about different ways of learning. A diversity of courses helps balance your workload. (You will want to avoid writing forty papers in one semester!)
- Explore as many interests as you can. You will have exposure in college to disciplines not taught in high school. Even familiar disciplines are often taught differently at this level. Most students' goals change over four years, and it's important to keep your options open.
- Develop your command of written English, not only in the Tutorial but in at least one other reading and writing course during the first semester.
- Strengthen skills in mathematics and foreign languages — these will serve you well in your life beyond college.
- Come prepared to take coursework in all three academic divisions of the curriculum - Humanities, Social Studies, and Science.
- Think about extracurricular activities as a way to explore some of your areas of interest. There is a lot of learning outside of the classroom as well as in the classroom.
How Can I Plan for a Major?
- Build a foundation by taking basic courses in a number of departments, so that you will have a range of choices for a major.
- Don't rush your choice of major. Explore several fields before deciding. (You will also have time to continue other interests after you declare a major.)
- Explore early those fields which are highly sequential (especially the sciences, math, and foreign language). Carefully use the Departmental Advising Suggestions for this purpose.
- Think carefully before you set your mind on a double major. Double majors are possible, but not always encouraged. Why? One reason is that students with two majors end up with half their credits in only two departments. If you major in one department, you are free to study the second area in depth without being bound by another set of major requirements and scheduling two sets of required courses. Your adviser may have other reasons, given your overall academic goals.
- Don't focus exclusively on your choice of major. Your total program and the skills you develop here are more important for most jobs and graduate schools than the particular major listed on your transcript.
How Can I Develop an Academic Plan for All Four Years?
When you declare a major (during your second year), you will also create a plan for the courses you will take in your third and fourth years at Grinnell. You'll look at the courses you have already taken and make a list of the courses that will complete your undergraduate education. Along with this course plan, you will write a one-page statement that explains your goals, how your program fits together, and how it balances coverage of basic intellectual skills, important areas of human knowledge, and the diverse scholarly and creative methods known as the liberal arts. Many students prepare for this early, writing a tentative four-year plan as soon as their first or second semester. If you want to participate in off-campus study in your third year, then the fall of your second year will be planning intensive. Although most students declare one of our existing majors, a few students each year create an independent major.
Course Registration Advice
Departmental Advising and Registration Suggestions
The following pages are devoted to departmental advice for students and faculty advisers, in alphabetical order by department. Suggestions include what courses to take and in which order, with an eye towards leaving open the possibility of majoring in that discipline.
Courses Available to First-Year Students, Fall 2015
NOTE: This list is current as of May 28, 2015, and is subject to change.
The following courses are open to all first-year students in the fall semester. Use this list as a quick reference as you begin to plan your registration. For real-time fall semester course offerings and full descriptions of each class, access the on-line schedule of courses.
Courses open to first-years Fall 2015 Course Number Title Credits Instructor AMS-130-01 Intro to American Studies 4 Barlow, George W. AMS-130-02 Intro to American Studies 4 Hansen, Jonathan H. ANT-104-01 Anthropological Inquiries 4 Kulstad, Tess ANT-104-02 Anthropological Inquiries 4 Hilton, Charles ANT-104-03 Anthropological Inquiries 4 Kulstad, Tess ARB-101-01 Beginning Arabic I 5 Youssef, Mervat ARB-101-02 Beginning Arabic I 5 Staff ART-103-01 Intro to Art History 4 Staff ART-103-02 Intro to Art History 4 Anger, Jennifer A. ART-111-01 Introduction to the Studio 4 Kluber, Matthew ART-111-02 Introduction to the Studio 4 Staff BIO-150-01 Intro to Biolgcl Inqry w/lab 4 Eckhart, Vincent M. BIO-150-02 Intro to Biolgcl Inqry w/lab 4 Brown, Jonathan M. BIO-150-03 Intro to Biolgcl Inqry w/lab 4 Jacobson, Peter J. BIO-150-04 Intro to Biolgcl Inqry w/lab 4 Rempel-Clower, Nancy L. CHI-101-01 Beginning Chinese I 5 Ridgway, Benjamin B. CHI-101L-01 Beginning Chinese I Lab 0 Gao, Qian CHI-101L-02 Beginning Chinese I Lab 0 Gao, Qian CHI-221-01 Intermediate Chinese I 4 Cui, Wenjin CHI-331-01 Advanced Chinese I 4 Cui, Wenjin CHI-461-01 Classical Chinese 4 Ridgway, Benjamin B. CHM-100-01 Chem is Everywhere 4 Marzluff, Elaine M. CHM-129-01 General Chemistry w/lab 4 Minelli, Martin CHM-129-02 General Chemistry w/lab 4 Hernandez, Heriberto CHM-129-03 General Chemistry w/lab 4 Ortiz, Corasi CHM-129L-01 General Chemistry Lab 0 Minelli, Martin CHM-129L-02 General Chemistry Lab 0 Minelli, Martin CHM-210-01 Inorgnc & Analytcl Chem w/lab 4 Levandoski, Mark M. CSC-151-01 Functional Prob Solving w/lab 4 Rebelsky, Samuel A. CSC-151-02 Functional Prob Solving w/lab 4 Curtsinger, Charles M. EAS-195-01 ST: Japanese SocietyPop Cltr 4 Saito, Kumiko ECN-111-02 Introduction to Economics 4 Ohrn, Eric C. ECN-111-03 Introduction to Economics 4 Ohrn, Eric C. ECN-111-04 Introduction to Economics 4 Lee, Logan ECN-111-05 Introduction to Economics 4 Lee, Logan ECN-111-06 Introduction to Economics 4 Staff ECN-230-01 Economic Development 4 Staff ECN-245-01 Financial Economics 4 Zurowski, Brian EDU-101-01 Education Princ/Plural Society 4 Hutchison, Paul EDU-101-02 Education Princ/Plural Society 4 Hastings, Alan EDU-150-01 Teaching Writing 2 Carl, Janet A. ENG-120-01 Literary Analysis 4 Shanafelt, Carrie D. ENG-120-02 Literary Analysis 4 Staff ENG-120-03 Literary Analysis 4 Barlow, George W. ENG-120-04 Literary Analysis 4 Jacobson, Carolyn ENG-121-01 Introduction to Shakespeare 4 Lee, James J. ENG-121-02 Introduction to Shakespeare 4 Lee, James J. ENV-125-01 Intro to Earth Syst Sci w/lab 4 Graham, Andrew M. ENV-125L-01 Intro Earth Systems Sci Lab 0 Graham, Andrew M. ENV-125L-02 Intro Earth Systems Sci Lab 0 Graham, Andrew M. FRN-101-01 Introduction to French I 5 Kosnick, Kristina FRN-101-02 Introduction to French I 5 Harrison, David FRN-103-01 Accelerated Intro to French 5 Moisan, Claire FRN-201-01 French Speaking 1 Staff FRN-221-01 Intermediate French I 4 Caradec, Gwenola FRN-221-02 Intermediate French I 4 Caradec, Gwenola FRN-222-01 Intermediate French II 4 Ireland, Susan E. FRN-222-02 Intermediate French II 4 Ireland, Susan E. FRN-303-01 Frn Cvl I: Sites Myth & Memory 4 Harrison, David FRN-303-02 Frn Cvl I: Sites Myth & Memory 4 Kosnick, Kristina FRN-313-01 Intro French Lit/19 & 20 Cent 4 Ireland, Susan E. GRE-101-01 Elementary Greek 5 Hughes, Dennis D. GRM-101-01 Introductory German 5 Samper Vendrell, Javier GRM-101-02 Introductory German 5 Reynolds, Daniel P. GRM-101L-01 Introductory German Lab 0 Staff GRM-101L-02 Introductory German Lab 0 Staff GRM-101L-03 Introductory German Lab 0 Staff GRM-101L-04 Introductory German Lab 0 Staff GRM-212-01 German Conversation 1 Staff GRM-221-01 Intermediate German I 4 Reynolds, Daniel P. GRM-221-02 Intermediate German I 4 Reynolds, Daniel P. GRM-302-01 Core Sem I: Frm Cult to Nation 4 Byrd, Vance L. GRM-343-01 Cult & Intellectual Revolution 4 Byrd, Vance L. GWS-111-01 Intro Gndr, Wmn's & Sxlty Stud 4 Henry, Astrid GWS-111-02 Intro Gndr, Wmn's & Sxlty Stud 4 Sanders, Sara K. GWS-111-03 Intro Gndr, Wmn's & Sxlty Stud 4 Sanders, Sara K. HIS-100-01 Trnsatlc Rvltn:US,Frnce,Haiti 4 Purcell, Sarah J. HIS-100-02 Cold War America 4 Lewis, Carolyn H. HIS-100-03 Rise & Fall of New Wrld Slavry 4 Lacson, Paul A. HIS-100-04 Europe Under Great Dictators 4 Cohn, Edward D. HUM-101-01 Hum I: Ancient Greek World 4 Cummins, W J. HUM-101-02 Hum I: Ancient Greek World 4 Mercado, Angelo O. HUM-185-01 Film Analysis, Theory & Crtcsm 4 Geller, Theresa L. HUM-295-01 ST: Gender, Power and Peace 4 Arora, Poonam HUM-295-02 ST: Race, Cinema Ntl Imgnry 4 Arora, Poonam JPN-101-01 Beginning Japanese I 5 Schimmel, Mariko Shigeta JPN-101-02 Beginning Japanese I 5 Schimmel, Mariko Shigeta JPN-101L-01 Beginning Japanese I Lab 0 Kuwabara, Nodoka JPN-101L-02 Beginning Japanese I Lab 0 Kuwabara, Nodoka JPN-195-01 ST: Japanese SocietyPop Cltr 4 Saito, Kumiko JPN-221-01 Intermediate Japanese I 4 Saito, Kumiko JPN-331-01 Advanced Japanese I 4 Schimmel, Mariko Shigeta LAT-103-01 Elementary Latin 5 Cummins, Monessa F. LIN-114-01 Intro to General Linguistics 4 Staff MAT-100-01 Math Laboratory 1 Norris, Susan A. MAT-123-01 Functions & Differential Calc 4 Mileti, Joseph MAT-123-02 Functions & Differential Calc 4 Ortiz, Marcos MAT-131-01 Calculus I 4 Wolf, A R. MAT-131-02 Calculus I 4 Blanchard, Jeffrey D. MAT-131-03 Calculus I 4 Blanchard, Jeffrey D. MAT-131-04 Calculus I 4 French, Christopher P. MAT-133-01 Calculus II 4 Shuman, Karen MAT-133-02 Calculus II 4 Chamberland, Marc A. MAT-133-03 Calculus II 4 Wolf, A R. MAT-133-04 Calculus II 4 Shuman, Karen MAT-209-01 Applied Statistics 4 Fellers, Pamela MAT-209-02 Applied Statistics 4 Fellers, Pamela MAT-209-03 Applied Statistics 4 Olsen, Christopher R. MAT-215-01 Linear Algebra 4 Ortiz, Marcos MAT-215-02 Linear Algebra 4 Chamberland, Marc A. MUS-101-02 Oratorio Society 1 Staff MUS-101-03 Collegium Musicum 1 Brown, Jennifer W. MUS-101-04 Grinnell Singers 1 Staff MUS-101-06 Grinnell Symphony Orchestra 1 Staff MUS-101-07 Latin American Ensemble 1 Espinosa, Gabriel MUS-101-08 Percussn, Mrmba, Steel Pan Ens 1 Ramirez, Stacey MUS-101-10 YGB Gospel Choir 1 Jones, Barry V. MUS-101-14 Chamber Ensembles 1 Gaub, Nancy M. MUS-101-17 Jazz Ensemble 1 Laver, Mark MUS-101-19 Symphonic Concert Band 1 Lutch, Mitchell B. MUS-101-20 Zimbabwean Mbira Ensemble 1 Perman, Anthony MUS-109-01 Musicianship 2 Gaub, Nancy M. MUS-111-01 Aural Skills I 1 Gaub, Nancy M. MUS-111-02 Aural Skills I 1 Gaub, Nancy M. MUS-112-01 Harmony 4 Cha, Jee-Weon MUS-112L-01 Harmony Keyboard Lab 0 Westphalen, Melinda MUS-112L-02 Harmony Keyboard Lab 0 Westphalen, Melinda MUS-120-01 Perf: Violin 1 Gaub, Nancy M. MUS-120-02 Perf: Voice 1 Henderson, Lisa A. MUS-120-03 Perf: Trombone 1 Maday, Casey E. MUS-120-04 Perf: French Horn 1 Staff MUS-120-05 Perf: Trumpet 1 Swartz, Craig L. MUS-120-06 Perf: Bagpipes 1 Clower, Robert P. MUS-120-07 Perf: Saxophone 1 Young, Colin MUS-120-08 Perf: Percussion 1 Ramirez, Stacey MUS-120-09 Perf: Clarinet 1 Young, Colin MUS-120-10 Perf: Jazz Saxophone 1 Young, Colin MUS-120-11 Perf: Guitar 1 Smith, Rex P. MUS-120-12 Perf: Harpsichord 1 Brown, Jennifer W. MUS-120-13 Perf: Voice 1 Miguel, Nicholas MUS-120-14 Perf: Piano 1 Rivadeneira, Barbara L. MUS-120-16 Perf: Banjo 1 Buck, Fred L. MUS-120-18 Perf: Harp 1 Maahs, Kristin MUS-120-19 Perf: Organ 1 Bryant, Linda MUS-120-20 Perf: Piano 1 Westphalen, Melinda MUS-120-21 Perf: Viola 1 Tabora Deras, Manuel E. MUS-120-24 Perf: Flute 1 Anderson, Claudia MUS-120-27 Perf: Jazz Piano 1 Espinosa, Gabriel MUS-120-28 Perf: Jazz Voice 1 Espinosa, Gabriel MUS-120-35 Perf: Tuba 1 Maday, Casey E. MUS-120-38 Perf: Cello 1 Chang, Yoo-Jung MUS-120-39 Perf: Double Bass 1 Eidbo, Ashley L. MUS-120-40 Perf: Bassoon 1 Wohlenhaus, Jennifer MUS-120-42 Perf: Guitar 1 Dunn, Robert MUS-120-46 Perf: Oboe 1 Wohlenhaus, Jennifer MUS-120-48 Perf: Jazz Bass 1 Dunn, Robert MUS-120-49 Perf: Baritone Horn 1 Maday, Casey E. MUS-122-08 Perf: Group Percussion 1 Ramirez, Stacey MUS-220-01 Perf: Adv Violin 2 Gaub, Nancy M. MUS-220-02 Perf: Adv Voice 2 Henderson, Lisa A. MUS-220-03 Perf: Adv Trombone 2 Maday, Casey E. MUS-220-04 Perf: Adv French Horn 2 Staff MUS-220-05 Perf: Adv Trumpet 2 Swartz, Craig L. MUS-220-06 Perf: Bagpipes 2 Clower, Robert P. MUS-220-07 Perf: Adv Saxophone 2 Young, Colin MUS-220-08 Perf: Adv Percussion 2 Ramirez, Stacey MUS-220-09 Perf: Adv Clarinet 2 Young, Colin MUS-220-10 Perf: Adv Jazz Saxophone 2 Young, Colin MUS-220-11 Perf: Adv Guitar 2 Smith, Rex P. MUS-220-12 Perf: Adv Harpsichord 2 Brown, Jennifer W. MUS-220-13 Perf: Adv Voice 2 Miguel, Nicholas MUS-220-14 Perf: Adv Piano 2 Rivadeneira, Barbara L. MUS-220-16 Perf: Adv Banjo 2 Buck, Fred L. MUS-220-17 Perf: Adv Piano 2 Gaub, Eugene W. MUS-220-18 Perf: Adv Harp 2 Maahs, Kristin MUS-220-19 Perf: Adv Organ 2 Bryant, Linda MUS-220-20 Perf: Adv Piano 2 Westphalen, Melinda MUS-220-21 Perf: Adv Viola 2 Tabora Deras, Manuel E. MUS-220-24 Perf: Adv Flute 2 Anderson, Claudia MUS-220-27 Perf: Adv Jazz Piano 2 Espinosa, Gabriel MUS-220-28 Perf: Adv Jazz Voice 2 Espinosa, Gabriel MUS-220-35 Perf: Adv Tuba 2 Maday, Casey E. MUS-220-38 Perf: Adv Cello 2 Chang, Yoo-Jung MUS-220-39 Perf: Adv Double Bass 2 Eidbo, Ashley L. MUS-220-40 Perf: Adv Bassoon 2 Wohlenhaus, Jennifer MUS-220-42 Perf: Adv Guitar 2 Dunn, Robert MUS-220-46 Perf: Adv Oboe 2 Wohlenhaus, Jennifer MUS-220-48 Perf: Adv Jazz Bass 2 Dunn, Robert MUS-220-49 Perf: Adv Baritone Horn 2 Maday, Casey E. MUS-221-01 Perf: Adv Violin 2 Gaub, Nancy M. MUS-221-02 Perf: Adv Voice 2 Henderson, Lisa A. MUS-221-03 Perf: Adv Trombone 2 Maday, Casey E. MUS-221-04 Perf: Adv French Horn 2 Staff MUS-221-05 Perf: Adv Trumpet 2 Swartz, Craig L. MUS-221-06 Perf: Adv Bagpipes 2 Clower, Robert P. MUS-221-07 Perf: Adv Saxophone 2 Young, Colin MUS-221-08 Perf: Adv Percussion 2 Ramirez, Stacey MUS-221-09 Perf: Adv Clarinet 2 Young, Colin MUS-221-10 Perf: Adv Jazz Saxophone 2 Young, Colin MUS-221-11 Perf: Adv Guitar 2 Smith, Rex P. MUS-221-12 Perf: Adv Harpsichord 2 Brown, Jennifer W. MUS-221-13 Perf: Adv Voice 2 Miguel, Nicholas MUS-221-14 Perf: Adv Piano 2 Rivadeneira, Barbara L. MUS-221-16 Perf: Adv Banjo 2 Buck, Fred L. MUS-221-17 Perf: Adv Piano 2 Gaub, Eugene W. MUS-221-18 Perf: Adv Harp 2 Maahs, Kristin MUS-221-19 Perf: Adv Organ 2 Bryant, Linda MUS-221-20 Perf: Adv Piano 2 Westphalen, Melinda MUS-221-21 Perf: Adv Viola 2 Tabora Deras, Manuel E. MUS-221-24 Perf: Adv Flute 2 Anderson, Claudia MUS-221-27 Perf: Adv Jazz Piano 2 Espinosa, Gabriel MUS-221-28 Perf: Adv Jazz Voice 2 Espinosa, Gabriel MUS-221-35 Perf: Adv Tuba 2 Maday, Casey E. MUS-221-38 Perf: Adv Cello 2 Chang, Yoo-Jung MUS-221-39 Perf: Adv Double Bass 2 Eidbo, Ashley L. MUS-221-40 Perf: Adv Bassoon 2 Wohlenhaus, Jennifer MUS-221-42 Perf: Adv Guitar 2 Dunn, Robert MUS-221-46 Perf: Adv Oboe 2 Wohlenhaus, Jennifer MUS-221-48 Perf: Adv Jazz Bass 2 Dunn, Robert MUS-221-49 Perf: Adv Baritone Horn 2 Maday, Casey E. PHE-100-03 Adv Baseball/Softball 0.5 Hollibaugh, Timothy J. PHE-100-07 Conditioning 1 Harrold, Dana PHE-100-13 Golf 1 Arseneault, David M. PHE-100-17 Advanced Racquetball 0.5 Jaworski, Brian PHE-100-18 Beginning Racquetball 1 Arseneault, David M. PHE-100-19A Rock Climbing 0.5 Zeiss, David J. PHE-100-19B Rock Climbing 0.5 Zeiss, David J. PHE-100-24 Beginning Swimming 0.5 Staff PHE-100-25 Advanced Tennis 0.5 Hamilton, Andrew H. PHE-100-26 Beginning Tennis 0.5 Hamilton, Andrew H. PHE-100-28 Water Aerobics 0.5 Freeman, Evelyn PHE-100-36A Indoor Cycling 0.5 Freeman, Evelyn PHE-100-36B Indoor Cycling 0.5 Freeman, Evelyn PHE-100-36C Indoor Cycling 0.5 Freeman, Evelyn PHE-100-38 Power Walking 1 Cooprider, Ben PHE-100-39A Advanced Weight Lifting 0.5 Martinez, Jason D. PHE-100-39B Advanced Weight Lifting 0.5 Martinez, Jason D. PHE-100-41A Beginning Weight Lifting 1 Martinez, Jason D. PHE-100-41B Beginning Weight Lifting 1 Martinez, Jason D. PHE-100-48 Yoga I 1 Hutchison, Jackie PHE-100-50 Wellness: Off Campus Kitchen 1 Jacobsen, Jennifer J. PHE-100-51 Wellness: Mind-Body Connection 1 Jacobsen, Jennifer J. PHE-101-01 Men's Cross Country 0.5 Freeman, William PHE-101-02 Women's Cross Country 0.5 Freeman, Evelyn PHE-101-03 Football 0.5 Pedersen, Jeffrey J. PHE-101-04 Women's Golf 0.5 Arseneault, David M. PHE-101-05 Men's Soccer 0.5 Jaworski, Brian PHE-101-06 Women's Soccer 0.5 Russell, Kirsten PHE-101-07 Women's Tennis 0.5 Hamilton, Andrew H. PHE-101-08 Volleyball 0.5 Hutchison, Jackie PHE-200-01 Orgnztn & Adminis of Athletics 4 Arseneault, David M. PHI-102-01 Symbolic Logic 4 Fennell, John PHI-102-02 Symbolic Logic 4 Fennell, John PHI-111-01 Introduction to Philosophy 4 Dobe, Jennifer PHI-111-02 Introduction to Philosophy 4 Nyden, Tammy PHI-111-03 Introduction to Philosophy 4 Fennell, John PHY-116-01 Universe & Its Structure 4 Christensen, Charlotte R. PHY-131-01 General Physics I w/lab 4 Breen, Barbara J. PHY-131-02 General Physics I w/lab 4 Kempton, Eliza PHY-131-03 General Physics I w/lab 4 Tjossem, Paul J. PHY-131L-01 General Physics I Lab 0 Tjossem, Paul J. 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Interdisciplinary Courses Of Study
Interdisciplinary Courses and Concentrations
Interdisciplinary Courses of Study
Grinnell structures the curriculum departmentally. However, we also offer a number of interdisciplinary courses, many of which are open to first-year students. Below are some examples you can consider for Fall or Spring semester.
- AMS 130 - Introduction to American Studies
- ENV 125 - Introduction to Earth Systems Sciences w/lab
- ENV 145 - Nations and the Global Environment
- GDS 111 - Introduction to Global Development Studies
- GLS 247 - The Russian Short Story
- GLS 251 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
- GLS 281 - Major Russian Writers: Dostoevsky
- GLS 295 - Modern Russia
- GWS 111 - Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
- HUM 101 - Humanities I: The Ancient Greek World
- HUM 140 - Medieval and Renaissance Culture: 1100-1650
- HUM 185 - Film Analysis, Theory, and Criticism
- HUM 195 - Origins of the Liberal Arts
- LAS 111 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
- LIN 114 - Introduction to General Linguistics
- TEC 154 - Evolution of Technology
Interdisciplinary concentrations are offered at Grinnell as a way to pursue a breadth of study across several related disciplines. They are organized programs that a student may choose to complete in addition to a major. Each concentration includes work in several departments and culminates in an interdisciplinary seminar or project in the senior year. Completion of a concentration is entered on a student's permanent record and transcript. Students declare their intention to pursue a concentration by the start of their third year. Consult this section of the Registrar's web page for detailed information about each Interdisciplinary Concentration offered at Grinnell. Concentrations are offered in the following areas:
- American Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Environmental Studies
- European Studies
- Global Development Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Policy Studies
- Russian, Central, and Eastern European Studies
- Technology Studies
Further Academic Opportunities Not To Be Missed
About 60% of Grinnellians study off-campus - either abroad or elsewhere in the United States - sometime during their four years at Grinnell. In addition to the nearly 90 programs in more than 30 countries operated by partner institutions, Grinnell offers two branch-campus options: Grinnell-in-London and Grinnell-in-Washington (D.C.).
The College values this opportunity for any and all qualified students. It is a terrific way to broaden one's liberal education, and it is strongly encouraged. Although you need third-year class standing to go, planning for this opportunity should begin in your first year. Check out the OCS website for detailed information about off-campus programs and how to apply.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK), the nation's oldest and largest academic honor society, fosters and recognizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. PBK has a local chapter at Grinnell College called Beta of Iowa. Each spring semester the local chapter selects high achieving third-year and senior students and invites them to become members. These students not only have a very high GPA, but they have had a broad program of study from each of the three divisions of the College that specifically includes foreign language, mathematics, and lab science. To be eligible for consideration, students should carefully follow the Phi Beta Kappa requirements found in the academic catalog
Academic Skills And Support
Academic Resource Centers
One of the little known facts of being a successful adult is knowing how to use your resources. This stands in contrast to the idea that going off to college means being "independent" and doing everything by yourself. Part of independence actually involves being resourceful and asking questions when you are stuck.
Grinnell's academics are demanding. That means that everyone has questions from time to time. Even your faculty ask each other questions. Seeking out answers is part of being successful.
At Grinnell, besides your faculty and the staff that support your in-and out-of-classroom experiences, there are other amazing resources to turn to. In particular, Academic Resource Centers (ARC) are a network of learning centers where students can hone a variety of academic skills. Check out resources for students in writing, reading, all academic subjects, and time management/study skills.