Registration Questions to Consider
- Things to think about when considering courses to fill your schedule for Fall term and beyond.
- Certain subjects (such as languages) require you to start taking them sooner than others, so plan ahead.
Carleton's liberal arts approach offers many different paths to satisfy the College's graduation requirements. That means countless opportunities and a sometimes dizzying array of choices.
To help you plan your schedule, here are some questions and suggestions to consider.
Which Argument and Inquiry Seminar were you placed into?
Go to the "My Class Schedule" link in the Academic Profile section of the Students menu on The Hub in August. You'll want to make a note of the course time so you choose additional courses that don't conflict.
You may drop your A&I seminar during online registration, but only if you are able to add yourself to another open A&I. If you drop your A&I seminar without registering for another A&I, your original A&I seminar will be reinstated by the Registrar’s Office the next day (or you will be added to another seminar of our choice if your original seminar has since closed).
Do you have any prior credits?
Up to 36 credits may apply to your Carleton degree. These may be College Board Advanced Placement (AP) or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) credits, or approved pre-matriculation credits. Prior credits do not fulfill distribution requirements, but they can allow you to begin at a higher level in a certain department. For example, a score of 4 or 5 on an AP test may exempt you from taking an introductory-level course. See the Academic Catalog's prior credits policy for a detailed list of AP and IB credits that can be applied at Carleton.
Are you planning to start work on your language requirement?
Most students do. Be aware that most language courses start their sequence in the fall. So if you don't begin a language course then, you'll have to wait a whole year to get started. The exceptions are Greek and Hebrew, which offer the entry-level (101) course in winter term.
If you studied a language in high school but don't feel excited about continuing it, you could consider starting a new language. In addition to French, German, Latin, and Spanish, Carleton offers many languages not commonly taught in high schools, including Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Russian. Learn more about choosing a language.
See our Language FAQ for more information about studying languages at Carleton.
Are you considering a math course?
Many first-year students will want to start in the calculus sequence. See the Math Department's website for placement information.
Are your courses distributed?
As you look at your potential courses for Fall term, do all of them fall in one group (Social Sciences, Humanities, etc.)? Your first year is the ideal time to explore different areas of study. Consider registering for classes in three different departments to lend balance to your schedule and to lay a foundation for your graduation requirements.
Have a major in mind?
Although you can't declare a major until spring of your sophomore year, it never hurts to think ahead. Visit the academic departments' web sites to see if the department you are considering has suggested particular courses appropriate for your first year.
Considering music lessons?
Have you considered music lessons? You can register for a music lesson in addition to your three regular courses any term. See the music department's guide for new students for more information.
Want a workout?
You're engaging your mind, but what about your body? You can register for a physical education class in addition to your three regular courses. Four terms of PE are required during your time at Carleton.