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What Resources Do I Use to Choose Courses?

Your faculty adviser is your primary resource as you make decisions about your comprehensive academic plan. Prior to meeting with your adviser, consult these five essential online resources:

  • Departmental Advising & Registration Suggestions describes specifics and tips for each academic subject in alphabetical order by department. Suggestions include courses to take, in which order, with an eye towards leaving open the possibility of majoring in that discipline.
  • The Online Schedule of Courses displays the courses (including descriptions and prerequisites) offered each semester and is searchable by subject, level, time of day, and instructor’s name. This and many other registration resources are available via the Registrar's GrinnellShare page (login required).
  • The Grinnell College Academic Catalog is the official listing of all courses offered at Grinnell. Within it, Academic Areas of Study lists courses by department. The Catalog does not indicate which courses are offered in which semesters; for that information you need to check the online Schedule of Courses (see above).
  • The Student Handbook lists all of the academic policies you should be aware of, and is a helpful guide for future planning - including information about internships, off-campus study, and independent majors.
  • The Academic Evaluation in WebAdvisor Self-Service Portal helps you check your progress toward your Grinnell degree. You can access this feature after July 1.

Courses Available to First-Year Students

To identify which classes are open to first-year students, do the following:

  1. Go to the online, searchable Schedule of Courses.
  2. Enter parameters for your search:
    1.  Term:  select a semester, e.g., Fall Semester 2017-18
    2. Course Type:  select “Open to First Years”
    3. Location:  “Main Campus”
  3. Click “Submit.”

This will display a very long list of classes to choose from.

To narrow the parameters of your search, use the drop-down menu under “Subjects.”  Here you will find each of the majors and programs offered at Grinnell.  It is important to plan for the possibility of several different majors in your first year as you explore coursework.

Under “Subjects” you will also find interdisciplinary areas of study. Many of these classes are open to first-year students. Interdisciplinary studies offer a way to investigate intersections across fields of knowledge and are sometimes the gateway course to one of the Concentrations. A few examples are American Studies; East Asian Studies; Environmental Studies; European Studies; Global Development Studies; General Literary Studies; Humanities; Latin American Studies; Linguistics; Neuroscience; Policy Studies; Russian, Central, and Eastern European Studies; and Technology Studies.

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