Before registering, you will need to figure out what courses you want to take. Following the guidelines below, create a schedule of your first-choice courses and identify several alternatives. Plan to register for 12-16 credits. Your first-semester course schedule should include some of the following courses:
The Inquiry Seminar is a course required of all Linfield students and must be taken in the first year. Most students take an Inquiry Seminar in their first semester. Inquiry Seminars (INQS 125) are a part of the Linfield Curriculum and focus on oral and written communication skills. Inquiry Seminars are topic-based, meaning they are taught by faculty from many different fields and offer a wide range of topics that vary from semester to semester. Include an Inquiry Seminar in your course schedule unless all Inquiry Seminars are full and/or the one(s) you want conflict with another course that you really want to take.
The Linfield Curriculum is the name for our general education requirements. Every student must complete these requirements to graduate. Courses that satisfy Linfield Curriculum (or LC) courses are designated on the list of course offerings and in the course description with an acronym. Courses that satisfy LC requirements may also count toward your intended major.
Below are the acronyms to look for when seeking out LC courses:
CS (Creative Studies)
IS (Individuals, Systems, and Societies)
NW (Natural World)
QR (Quantitative Reasoning)
UQ (Ultimate Questions)
VP (Vital Past)
GP (Global Pluralisms)
US (U.S. Pluralisms)
Refer to the section below on Reading the List of Course Offerings for instructions about how to get information about a course.
Refer to the Academic Programs Grid either online or in the New Student Orientation and Academic Advising Guide for information about the courses you should take in your first semester to prepare for your intended major. Want more information? Check out the information in the College Catalog.
Over one third of the credits you will complete at Linfield may be elective credits – credits that do not fulfill major, minor, or Linfield Curriculum requirements. These are classes that help you to discover new academic interests and pursue areas of inquiry. Electives may also include paracurricular courses (identified as an activity course numbered below 100). If you are an intercollegiate athlete, you may be required to enroll in an activity course in your sport. Check with your coach and refer to the FAQs for more information for Fall athletes.
Consider selecting a language course if you are planning to major or minor in a language, to pursue a major only offered as a BA degree, to study abroad, or are just interested in different languages.
Courses in biology, chemistry, math and foreign language require special consideration for appropriate placement. Refer to the Course Placement information for help with selecting the appropriate course for your level.
Here's an example of what the offering list looks like this:
Reading across the page from left to right, the corresponding columns indicate the following:
Reviewing the current list of course offerings, make a list of classes that interest you. Refer to the Example Course Schedules to give you an idea of what your schedule may look like. Next, create your first choice and several alternative schedules using the blank Course Schedule Worksheet. Use the Weekly Course Schedule to make sure none of your classes conflict. All of the example schedules and the Weekly Schedule include a 1 credit course called Colloquium. You have been pre-registered in a Colloquium section, which will be taught by the faculty and peer advisors from whom you received letters with your Orientation packet. You cannot drop or change Colloquium sections.
Refer to your faculty or peer advisor, or Academic Advising, at any step along the way to receive help. Once you have written down your first-choice and alternative schedules, you are ready to register!