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Physical Education

A maximum of 4 credits in Physical Education 100 or 101 can count towards graduation.

There is no major in physical education (P.E.) at Grinnell, but the department offers many ways for students to be involved: in activity classes, content (theory) courses, and on varsity athletic teams.

Philosophy

It is possible to complete a major in Philosophy without taking a course in Philosophy during the first year.

Philosophy 101, 102, 106, 111, and 135 are open to any first-year student. Philosophy 111 (Introduction to Philosophy) is a historically-oriented course which is an excellent general education choice for students in all fields, as well as the prerequisite for most advanced courses in philosophy.

Music

Please note: Students enrolling in MUS 112/111 should be able to read and write music notation fluently in both treble and bass clefs. If unsure whether to begin with MUS 109 or MUS 112, please consult the MUS 112 instructor. The Music Department does not accept AP credit as a substitute for MUS 112.
 

Mathematics And Statistics

The department of Mathematics and Statistics recommends an appropriate starting level for each student. These recommendations (found in the letter "Tentative Placement in Mathematics and Computer Science") are provided during New Student Orientation. They are based on a review of the complete high school transcript, as well as on SAT/ACT results and AP scores.

History

First-semester students interested in taking a history class may choose from different sections of History 100. First-semester students are not eligible for any 200-level course. Second-semester students are eligible for a 200-level course in the spring ONLY if they took History 100 in the fall.
 

German

Entering students who have previously studied German for three or more years should take the German Department's Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not given at any other time). The department uses the results of the Placement Test to recommend the appropriate starting point for each student. Students with prior German usually place into GRM 221, 310, or 302/303.

Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies

Incoming students interested in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies should register for GWS 111. We encourage students interested in majoring in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies to complete GWS 111 within their first three semesters at Grinnell, ideally during their first year, and to meet with a potential faculty advisor to discuss their plan of study.

French and Arabic

French

All entering students who have previously studied French are required to take the French Department's Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not administered at any other time). The department uses the results of the Placement Test to recommend the appropriate starting point for each student.

English

Neither English literature or language AP nor IB work is equivalent to ENG 120 or 121. Students interested in majoring in English must take one of these intro courses in order to take advanced coursework in this department.

Education

Students should not assume that a major in a discipline will automatically earn a teaching license in that area or discipline. A student interested in earning a license should begin coursework and consult with a member of the education department by no later than second semester of the sophomore year.

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