Prepare your Course Schedule and Alternatives
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 alternative courses in case one or more of your first-choice courses are full. You should register for 12-16 credits. Your first-semester course schedule should include some of the following courses:
- An Inquiry Seminar (4 credits)
- A course or two recommended for your intended major/minor (if major is known)
- A course or two that will satisfy Linfield Curriculum requirements
- A language course (particularly if you plan to pursue a BA degree and/or want to study abroad)
- Elective and paracurricular courses
- First year students are pre-registered for a 1 credit Colloquium section.
Course Schedule FAQs
What is an Inquiry Seminar?
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.
How do I find out the recommended courses for my intended major?
Refer to the Academic Programs Grid either online or in the Orientation and 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 Course 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 athletes.
Should I take a Language Course?
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.
- Refer to the Global Languages Advising and Placement information for assistance in selecting an appropriate course.
- Refer to the page on International Programs and Language Study for more information about the advantages of taking a language course in your first semester.
Are there placement exams for any courses?
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.
Reading across the page from left to right, the corresponding columns indicate the following:
- Syn: Four digit number used for registration
- Subj: Four letter acronym representing academic departments (e.g.: ARTS = Art)
- Cat: Course number – most courses appropriate for first-year students are 100 or 200 level courses
- Sec: Section number representing how many sections of one class will be offered
- Title: Title of the course (circled in red). Click on the course title to read the course description and see if the course has prerequisites.
- Comments: Information about course fees, restrictions, etc. (if applicable)
- LC: The acronym signifying the Linfield Curriculum requirement satisfied by this course (circled in red)
- CR: The number of credits each course is worth; most Linfield courses are worth 1-5 credits each
- Day: The days of the week a class meets
- Time: The times a class meets each week
- Bldg/RM: The building and room in which the class meets
- Avail: Indicates if a class is closed or open; if a number is listed, it indicates approximately how many spaces are available
Write down your course schedule
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 this to make sure none of your classes conflict. All of the example schedules and the Weekly Schedule include a 1 credit course called Colloquium. First-year students are pre-registered in a Colloquium section which will be taught by our Faculty and Peer Advisors. Information about your Faculty and Peer Advisor can be found in the letters you receive with your Orientation and Advising Guide. 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.