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Music

Please note: Students wishing to enroll in MUS 112/111 Harmony should take the brief Music Theory Placement Test offered during New Student Orientation. The placement exam will help the student discern whether s/he should enroll in Harmony or the more preparative Musicianship course (MUS 109). The Music Department does not accept AP credit as a substitute for MUS 112.

Music lessons & ensembles

Mathematics And Statistics

At the beginning of New Student Orientation, the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics send each first-year student a letter containing tentative CS/math/stats placements. Placements are based on transcripts and standardized test scores, but the College may not have received a full transcript before making a tentative placement. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics highly recommends meeting with a faculty member during NSO to determine the best possible starting mathematics and statistics courses for you.

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. Ideally, a student interested in earning a license should begin coursework and consult with a member of the education department in the first year.

Economics

The general sequence of courses in Economics is as follows: theory, then application; theory, then application. Students first take ECN 111 followed by an applied course from ECN 205-250; then students take the intermediate theory and econometrics courses ECN 280, 282. and 286 followed by at least one advanced analysis class (ECN 300-349) and then two applied senior seminars (ECN 350-399). Students need to be sure to take the required prerequisites, including math courses, as needed (see below).

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science collaborates with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to send each incoming student a letter, "Tentative Placement in Mathematics and Computer Science". Students will typically start in CSC 151 because the material will be new to most students, even those with prior background in computer science or experience in computer programming.  Students are encouraged to consult computer science faculty to discuss placements and courses.

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