This summer, from July 5 through 19, students in our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs will register for two fall term classes. Students majoring in music (B.M., Double Degree, or B.A.-Music) do not register during the summer. Instead, you will register for your core music courses during Welcome Week in the fall, after music theory placement information is available.

To prepare for registration, from Monday, June 19, through Sunday, July 2, we will offer 20-minute time slots for all new Lawrentians to have a personalized one-on-one video conference with one of our academic advisors. See your e-mail for details and to register.

You may also want to spend some time reviewing the registration resources on our website, including:

  • Planning Your Academic ProgramA list of important things to consider and do as you prepare for your academic life at Lawrence.
  • Course Catalog: All of the official academic policies of Lawrence, along with degree requirements and descriptions of each of the classes Lawrence offers. (The 2017-2018 edition will be available in the fall.)
  • Class Schedule: Showing what courses will be offered at what times this fall.

This page is designed to help direct some of your thinking about what courses to take based on your interests so that you can approach your registration with confidence and panache.

Choosing your fall term courses in a few easy steps

For students in the Bachelor of Arts program, choosing the courses you'll take this fall is pretty straightforward. 

You'll take three classes, one of which is already determined for you:

  • Freshman Studies, which meets MWF from 11:10 to 12:20. (You'll get more details about this—your instructor and the classroom—later this summer.)
  • You get to choose the other two courses!

How do you choose your other two courses?

Start by putting yourself into one of the following categories:

I am not sure what I want to study

Know that you're in good company.

For your first course, choose a 100-level course from an academic division that interests you at this time. (See sidebar)

For your second course, choose a 100-level course from a different academic division than your first course.

 

I know—or at least think I know—that I'm interested in...

Anthropology

Course 1: You might consider taking ANTH 110-Cultural Anthropology.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

Another introductory anthropology course, ANTH 140-Biological Anthropology, will be offered in the spring.

See anthropology major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 27-42. 

Studio Art

Course 1: Depending on your interest, you might consider taking ART 100-Introduction to Studio Art or ART 110-Introduction to Drawing.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the humanities, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

See art major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 43-55.

Art History

Course 1: You might consider taking ARHI 100-Survey I: Ancient to Medieval.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

The follow-up to this introductory course, ARHI 102-Survey II-Renaissance to Modern, will be offered duringSpring Term.

See art history major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 56-66.

Biology or Biochemistry

Course 1: You might consider taking BIOL 130-Cells to Organisms.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

All other introductory biology courses will be offered during Winter and Spring Terms, including BIOL 150-Organisms to Ecosystems and BIOL 170-Experimental Design & Stats.

See biology major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 77-90. For biochemistry, see 67-76. For biomedical ethics, see 91-94.

Chemistry

Course 1: You might consider taking CHEM 116-Principles of Chemistry: Energetics & Dynamics. This class requires approval by the instructor, since previous knowledge of chemistry is needed.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

If you wait until Winter Term, you can take CHEM 115-Principles of Chemistry: Structure & Reactivity. In the spring, you will be able to enroll in CHEM 116-Principles of Chemistry: Energetics & Dynamics. Students without advanced experience in the area are encouraged to take this as their first chemistry course.

See chemistry major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 95-105.

Chinese

Course 1: You might consider taking CHJA 101-Beginning Chinese 1. If you believe your experience with Chinese has prepared you for a higher level, you can discuss your placement options with the department chair when you arrive for Welcome Week.

Course 2:Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

Introductory language courses progress as a sequence throughout an entire year. After taking Beginning Chinese 1, you can enroll in CHJA 102-Beginning Chinese 2 during Winter Term and CHJA 201-Beginning Intermediate Chinese during Spring Term.

See Chinese major and minor requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 106-114.

Classics

Course 1: You might consider taking CLAS 120-Intensive Beginning Latin. If your experience with Latin has prepared you for a higher level, you can discuss your placement options with the department chair when you arrive for Welcome Week.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

Other introductory courses will be offered in Winter and Spring Terms, including CLAS 125-Intensive Beginning Greek in the winter and, after successfully completing this course, CLAS 225-Intensive Intermediate Greek in the spring.

See Classics major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 115-131.

Computer Science or Mathematics-Computer Science

Course 1: You might consider, based on your experience with calculus (AP or IB), taking MATH 140-Calculus 1 or MATH 150-Calculus 2. Register based on how you think you'll place; you can always change it during Welcome Week.

Course 2: You can take beginning computer science courses throughout the year, including CMSC 150-Introduction to Computer Science in Fall and Spring Terms and CMSC 106-Web Client Programming in Fall Term.

See computer science requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 145-151.

Economics

Course 1: You might consider taking ECON 100-Introductory Microeconomics.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

Other introductory courses are offered during later trms, such as ECON 151-Introduction to Environmental Policy in the winter.

See economics major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 162-176.

Education

Course 1: You might consider taking EDST 180-Psychology of Learning.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

Most other education studies courses require sophomore standing.

See education requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 177-188.

English

Course 1: You might consider taking ENG 150-Literary Analysis, which is available during every term at Lawrence.

Course 2: If you are interested in exploring poetry, look into ENG 370-Creative Writing: Poetry. Otherwise, choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

See English major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 195-210

Environmental Studies

Course 1: Environmental studies is intended to pair well with a major in economics, government or geology. You may want to to explore 100-level courses in either of those disciplines during your first term.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or social sciences (see sidebar).

Introductory courses in environmental studies will be available during Winter and Spring Term, including ENST 151-Introduction to Environmental Policy or ENST 127-Environmental Justice & Citizenship in the winter and ENST 150-Environmental Science in the spring.

See environmental studies major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 211-226.

Film Studies

Course 1: You might consider taking FIST 100-Introduction to Film Studies.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the humanities, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

You can enroll in most film studies and video production courses after completing FIST 100.

See film studies requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 243-257.

French

Course 1: If you've taken French before, we encourage you keep going with it in your first term. You'll need to take the French placement exam before registering for a French class, because it will help determine which of the many options you should take. You'll get a placement recommendation right away.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

Introductory language courses progress as a sequence throughout an entire year. After taking FREN 101-Beginning French I, you can enroll in FREN 102-Beginning French II during Winter Term. Depending on your level of interest, you can then conclude the French sequence with FREN 200-Intermediate French I, or continue pursuing fluency with FREN 201-Intermediate French II during Spring Term.

See French & Francophone Studies requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 258-269.

Gender Studies

Course 1: You might consider taking GEST 100-Introduction to Gender Studies.

Course 2: A 100-level course from a different academic division (see sidebar).

GEST 100-Introduction to Gender Studies will be offered in Winter and Spring Terms as well. Other gender studies courses will be available to freshmen once this prerequisite course is completed, including GEST 280-Masculinities in Winter Term and GEST 270-Psychology of Gender in Spring Term.

See gender studies requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 188-196.

Geology

Course 1: You might consider taking GEOL 110-Introductory Geology.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or social sciences (see sidebar).

Geology is intended to pair well with environment studies. If interested, you might consider also enrolling in ENST 150-Environmental Science during Spring Term.

See geology requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 285-295.

German

Course 1: If you've taken German before, we encourage you keep going with it in your first term. You'll need to take the German placement exam before registering for a German class, because it will help determine which of the many options you should take. (You should get a placement recommendation right away.) Your results will help you determine which German class to take.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

Introductory language courses progress as a sequence throughout an entire year. After taking GERM 101-German 1, you can enroll in GERM 102-German 2 during Winter Term and GERM 201-Intermediate German I during Spring Term.

See German requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 296-307.

Government

Course 1: You might consider taking GOVT 110-Introduction to Political Science.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

Other 100-level government classes will be available in later terms, including ENST 151-Introduction to Environmental Policy during Winter Term and GOVT 140-Introduction to International Relations during Winter and Spring Terms.

See government requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 314-328

History

Course 1: You might consider taking HIST 101-Introduction to Historical Methods.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

For more specific historical study, you may be interested in HIST 105-Cross-Cultural Interactions Along the Silk Road, HIST 110-The Emergence of the Modern World, or HIST 160-Traditional East Asian Civilization during Winter Term, or HIST 165-Modern East Asian Civilization during Spring Term.

See history requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 329-355.

Japanese

Course 1: You might consider taking CHJA 111-Beginning Japanese 1. If you believe your experience with Japanese has prepared you for a higher level, you can discuss your placement options with the department chair when you arrive for Welcome Week.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

Introductory language courses progress as a sequence throughout an entire year. After taking Beginning Japanese I, you can enroll in CHJA 112-Beginning Japanese II during Winter Term and CHJA 211- Beginning Intermediate Japanese during Spring Term.

See Japanese minor requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 106-114.

Linguistics

Course 1: You might consider taking LING 150-Introduction to Linguistics.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

You can enroll in most advanced linguistics courses after completing LING 150.

See linguistics requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 370-380.

Mathematics

Course 1: You might consider, based on your experience with calculus (AP or IB), taking MATH 107-Elementary StatisticsMATH 140-Calculus 1, or MATH 150-Calculus 2. Register based on how you think you'll place; you can always change it during Welcome Week.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or social sciences (see sidebar)

See mathematics requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 381-392.

Neuroscience

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates biology, chemistry and psychology. Thus, Advanced neuroscience course begin after you have completed introductory biology and/or chemistry courses.

Course 1: You might consider taking BIOL 130-Biology: Cells to Organisms or CHEM 116-Principles of Chemistry: Energetics & Dynamics (instructor's approval is required for enrollment in this course).

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or social sciences (see sidebar).

See neuroscience requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 409-416.

Philosophy

Course 1: You might consider taking PHIL 100-Introduction to Philosophy: ProblemsPHIL 105-Introduction to Cognitive Science, or PHIL 150-Symbolic Logic.

Course 2: You may also be interested in PHIL 120-Introduction to Biomedical Ethics either in the Winter or Spring Terms. PHIL 100-Introduction to Philosophy: Problems will be offered again in Winter and Spring Terms, and PHIL 150-Symbolic Logic will be offered again in Spring Term.

See philosophy requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 417-428.

Physics

Course 1: We strongly recommend you take MATH 140-Calculus 1 or MATH 150-Calculus 2 before enrolling in physics courses.

Course 2: If you have advanced experience with calculus and receive instructor approval, PHYS 141-Principles of Classical, Relativistic, and Quantum Mechanics will also be available in the fall.

See physics requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 429-439.

Psychology

Course 1: You might consider taking PSYC 100-Principles of Psychology or PSYC 180-Psychology of Learning.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, humanities or natural sciences (see sidebar).

See psychology requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 440-453.

Religious Studies

Course 1: You might consider taking RLST 100-Intro to Religious Studies, RLST 140-Interfaith DialogueRLST 22-Introduction to Judaism, or RLST 260-Christianity through the 15th Century.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences.

RLST 100-Introduction to Religious Studies will be offered again in Winter and Spring Terms.

See religious studies requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 454-463.

Russian

Course 1: You might consider taking RUSS 101-Beginning Russian 1. If you have studied Russian in the past and believe that a more advanced course may be a better fit for you, please arrange to take a placement exam by contacting Peter Thomas by email or 920-832-7250.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or natural sciences (see sidebar).

Introductory language courses progress as a sequence throughout an entire year. After taking Beginning Russian I, you can enroll in RUSS 102-Beginning Russian II during Winter Term and RUSS 201-Intermediate Russian I during Spring Term.

See Russian requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 464-475.

Spanish

Course 1: If you've taken Spanish before, we encourage you keep going with it in your first term. You'll need to take the Spanish placement exam before registering for a Spanish class, because it will help determine which of the many options you should take. (You'll get a placement recommendation right away.) Depending on the results, you may be able to take SPAN 101, SPAN 201 or SPAN 202.

Course 2: Choose a 100-level course from the fine arts, natural sciences or social sciences (see sidebar).

Introductory language courses progress as a sequence throughout an entire year. After taking Beginning Spanish I, you can enroll in SPAN 102-Beginning Spanish II during Winter Term and SPAN 201-Intermediate Spanish I during Spring Term.

See Spanish requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 476-490.

Theatre Arts

Course 1: You might consider taking THAR 231-Introduction to Design for Theatre

Course 2: For more specific theatre arts courses, you may be interested in THAR 110-Dance Appreciation, THAR 132-Ensemble ThinkingTHAR 135-StagecraftTHAR 137-Costume Crafts & Technology, THAR 149-Movement for the Theatre: Social Dance, or THAR 185-Movement & Text.

Other introductory courses will be offered in later terms, including THAR 134-Contact Improvisation, THAR 136-Embodied Creative PracticeTHAR 143-Fundamentals of Movement, or THAR 187-Acting I during Winter Term.

See theatre arts requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 491-506.

Something else not listed here

For your first course, choose a 100-level course from an academic division that interests you at this time (see sidebar).

For your second course, choose a 100-level course from a different academic division than your first course.

If you're thinking you might be a pre-medpre-law or pre-business student, check out our Pre-Professional Study options for more information.

If you are interested in engineering, forestry or occupational therapy, please check out our Cooperative Degree Programs.

 

Academic Divisions

Beyond having a college and a conservatory, Lawrence University is also organized into four major academic divisions. As you're perusing this page, you'll see suggestions to choose from one of these divisions to complement your area of academic interest. Use the 2016-17 Course Catalog and the Class Schedule to learn more course descriptions and course availability, respectively.

Fine Arts

  • Art History
  • Film Studies
  • Music
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Arts

Humanities

  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • English
  • French & Francophone Studies
  • German
  • History
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Natural Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Government
  • Psychology

We also offer interdisciplinary programs that tie together strengths from different departments to create areas such as: East Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Museum Studies, and Natural Sciences.

What are the graduation requirements?

We won't replicate all the requirements here; there is a nice (and thorough) explanation of them on pages 17-23 of the Course Catalog.

However, here are a few things for Bachelor of Arts candidates to keep in mind.

You need to complete 216 units—approximately 36 courses—to graduate. (A "unit" is a component of one Lawrence University course; most courses are 6 units.) 

This means you'll generally take 9 courses each year, neatly divided into 3 courses for each trimester (Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms).

Your academic work during your time at Lawrence breaks roughly into three parts:

  • General Education requirements, which include:
    • Freshman Studies (two terms)
    • Distribution Requirements (one course from each of Lawrence's four major divisions)
    • Diversity Courses (two courses)
    • Competency Requirements (one each from writing or speaking; quantitative analysis; foreign language)
  • Academic major requirements, a concentration of courses in an academic area of your choice
  • Elective courses, flexible space in your curriculum which you can use to:
    • complete another major
    • complete a minor or two
    • complete a whole bunch of courses that you find interesting, but don't add up to a major or minor

To register for classes now, you do not need to worry about how all these fit together. Anything you take in your first term at Lawrence will fit into one of the three parts above.

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