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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 adviser 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.

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, which requires no prior experience. Even though CSC 151 requires no prior experience, and the majority of students who take CSC 151 have no prior experience, we also recommend CSC 151 for students with prior background in computer science or experience in computer programming, because the material will be new to most students.

Classics

All entering students who have previously studied Ancient Greek or Latin will receive placement recommendations from the department. Any student wishing to enroll in 300-level Latin must take a Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not administered at any other time). Placements are our best guess, known to be fallible, subject to discussion, explanation, negotiation.

Chemistry


The Biology, Chemistry and Biological Chemistry majors are designed so that a student does not need to choose among them until registration for the fourth semester. Consult the previous sections on Biology and Biological Chemistry for more information. Students with AP/IB credit who plan to take organic chemistry (CHM221) in the second year must take CHM 210 their first year.