Nov. 11, 2013 by Faisal
Still haven’t finalized a plan for pre-reg? Don’t worry! Your PAs are here to help!
In general, there are two questions to consider when planning your courses: what do I want to take, and how can I get in the class? The following is part one of a two part series of tips that will help you better answer these questions and in doing so enable you to maximize your control over what you learn.
What do I want to take?
Every good quest starts with a map—Wesmaps!
Whether you are looking for any NSM gen-ed course or have no idea what you want to take, begin your journey at Wesmaps. The search tool (located on the top right corner of the home page) is packed with amazing features that enable you to search as broadly or specifically as you want. You can search parameters such as class time, major department, gen-ed category, among several others. Play around with this feature and start collecting a list of courses. Criteria for your own personal list might include the following:
- Wooah cool!
- This is a gateway course for a major I’m considering
- This class seems interesting and uses assessments that match my learning style.
- I should take a humanities class to maintain gen-ed balance
- If I don’t take PHYS 112, I won’t graduate–this one’s actually mine
Once you get started with this you’ll quickly have tons to work with, as picking courses you like is (hopefully) fun! Next, the process is narrowing down the list. Some of this may happen instinctively in just looking at a smaller sample of courses, but in case you find yourself stuck, try assessing the list with further questions:
- How much insight might this course provide into whether I want to major in College of Letters?
- Will this SISP course build off any of the interesting topics from my FYS this semester?
- Does this course conflict with Biology, which I already plan on taking?
- Is this going to be taught again while I’m at Wesleyan?
Keep the narrowing down going with some pros/cons tables, and keep in mind that many of these courses will be available to you in future semesters. Of course contact the peers advisors either as a whole at peeradvisors(at)wesleyan.edu or individually–see our about us page for contact info.
Happy Monday and stay tuned for part II in which I’ll get to the second question: how do I get into the course?