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 early as their first or second semester. If you want to do off-campus study in your junior year, then the fall of your sophomore year will be planning intensive.