This summer, from June 29 to July 13, students in our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs will register for three fall term classes.

If you are in our Bachelor of Music or Double-Degree program, you do not register during the summer. You will register for your core music courses during Welcome Week in the fall, after music theory placement information is available—which depends, of course, on your taking the music theory placement exam (so don't forget to complete it by August 1).

We presume that you have already activated your Voyager account (go here if you haven't) and spent some time reading through some of the registration resources you have received from our registrar (the person in charge of student records, registration, etc.). These documents contain specific instructions about how to register for your classes. (On that page we have also included a handy guide to understanding graduation requirements.)

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.

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 meet with your advisor during Welcome Week to talk more about your interests and see if the two of you need to make any changes to the courses you've selected this summer.

(In other words, you can breathe easy; none of the decisions you're making this summer are forever etched in stone.)

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 140-Biological Anthropology.

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

All other introductory anthropology course will be offered during Winter and Spring Terms, including ANTH 110-Cultural Anthropology and ANTH 120-World Prehistory in the winter.

See anthropology major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 36-50. 

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 51-61.

Art History

Course 1: You might consider taking ARHI 101-Survey of Western Art I: Ancient to Medieval.

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

All other introductory art history courses will be offered during Winter and Spring Terms, including ART 210-Early Mideival Art and Architecture and Survey II-Renaissance to Modern.

See art history major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 62-69.

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 and Statistics.

See biology major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 76-88. For biochemistry, see 70-75. For biomedical ethics, see 89-92.

Chemistry

Course 1: You might consider taking CHEM 116-Principles of Chemistry: Energy & 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. 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 93-104.

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 105-113.

Classics

Course 1: You might consider taking CLAS 100-Beginning Latin or CLAS 125-Intensive Elementary Greek. If your experience with Latin or Greek 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: For a slightly more advanced course, consider enrolling in CLAS 250-Classical Mythology.

See Classics major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 114-123.

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 during Winter Term, including CMSC 106-Web Client Programming and CMSC 150-Introduction to Computer Science.

See computer science requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 131-139.

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).

See economics major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 146-159.

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).

See education requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 160-174.

English

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

Course 2: 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 175-187.

Environmental Studies

Course 1: You might consider taking ENST 150-Environmental Science.

Course 2: A 100-level course from a different academic division from your first course.

Environmental studies is intended to pair well with a major in government or geology. Cross-listed introductory courses in each of those area become available during Winter Term.

See environmental studies major requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 188-201.

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 216-226.

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.) Depending on the results, you may be able to take a course like FREN 101 or FREN 201.

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 French I, you can enroll in FREN 102-Beginning French II during Winter Term and FREN 201-Intermediate French I during Spring Term.

See French & Francophone Studies requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 227-236.

Gender Studies

The first Gender Studies course you could take will be available in the winter term, so for the fall term we encourage you to choose from:

Course 1: A 100-level course from an academic division that interests you at this time (see sidebar).

Course 2: A 100-level course from a different academic division from your first course.

During Winter Term, you can enroll in GEST 100-Introduction to Gender Studies.

See gender studies requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 239-251.

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.

See geology requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 252-261.

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 Beginning German I, you can enroll in GERM 102-Beginning German II during Winter Term and GERM 201-Intermediate German I during Spring Term.

See German requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 262-272.

Government

There aren't any Government courses available in the Fall semester, but you can still look at early courses for future terms.

Course 1: You might consider taking GOVT 110-Introduction to Political Science or GOVT 140-Introduction to International Relations.

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

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

See government requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 273-288.

History

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

Course 2: For more specific historical study, you may be interested in 120-Africa to 1800, HIST 130-Colonies-Republic 1607-1789 or HIST 131-Republic to Nation: The United States, 1789-1896.

See history requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 289-312.

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 93-104.

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 linguistics courses after completing FIST 100.

See linguistics requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 323-332.

Mathematics

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: 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 333-343.

Neuroscience

Course 1: You might consider taking BIOL 130-Biology: Cells to Organisms or CHEM 116-Principles of Chemistry: Energy & Dynamics.

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

Advanced neuroscience course begin after you have completed introductory biology and/or chemistry courses.

See neuroscience requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 348-353.

Philosophy

Course 1: You might consider taking PHIL 100-Introduction to Philosophy: Problems, PHIL 120-Introduction to Biomedical Ethics, or PHIL 130-Meditation & Virtue.

Course 2: You may also be interested in PHIL 130-Meditation & Virtue in the fall, or PHIL 120-Introduction to Biomedical Ethics and PHIL 105-Introduction to Cognitive Science during Winter Term.

See philosophy requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 354-363.

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 recieve 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 364-374.

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 375-388.

Religious Studies

Course 1: You might consider taking RLST 100-Introduction to Religious Studies.

Course 2: For more specific religious studies courses, you may be interested in RLST 215-Buddhism in India and Tibet, RLST 240-Islam or RLST 260-Christianity Through the 15th Century.

See religious studies requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 389-397.

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 398-408.

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 102, 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 409-422.

Theatre Arts

Course 1: You might consider taking THAR 111-Introduction to the Theatre

Course 2: For a more specific theatre arts course, you may be interested in THAR 137-Costume Crafts & Technology or THAR 149-Movement for the Theatre: Social Dance.

See theatre arts requirements and course descriptions in the Course Catalog, pages 423-437.

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, choose this option. Check out our Pre-Professional Study options for more information.

 

 

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 2014-15 Course Catalog and the Class Schedule to learn more course descriptions and course availability, respectively.

Fine Arts

  • Art History
  • 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, 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 27-35 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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