Academic Scheduling and Advising

When you arrive at your orientation session, we expect you to have a list of potential classes for your first semester. Please realize you may have to change your choices based on availability and prerequisites. During your advising session, a professor or staff member will help you sort through your course choices, highlighting how these choices might meet core curriculum or major requirements and register you for your classes. Before you start looking at individual course choices, however, you should step back and think about your larger educational goals as you embark on your college career.  Click here for a printable version of the form below.

Step 1: Choosing your first semester classes

  1. Go online to the class schedules home page.
  2. Select Fall 2014 (201410) and Traditional 12 Week Term from the drop down fields.
  3. Take 10 minutes to scroll through all of the subject areas and examine course titles.
  4. Select Fall 2014 (201410) and Traditional 3 Week Term from the drop down fields.
  5. Take 10 minutes to scroll through all of the subject areas and examine course titles.

Note: you can click on the title of any course for a course description. As a first year student, you should be aware that only courses at the 100 and 200 level are typically appropriate for first year students. Many courses are marked with an FR code beneath the title if the professor has deemed them particularly appropriate for first year students.

Now begin choosing classes. Think about your PACE plan. Be an intentional learner and make sure your choices are relevant to your interests and goals. Scroll back to the "First Year Colloquium" section and preference three first year colloquium classes that seem of interest to you. If, however, you have previously taken classes for college credit and have received a transcript evaluation which indicates you do not need a first year colloquium, then you should consult with your advisor during orientation. You may enroll in our Writing Seminar instead. Enter the CRNs (course registration numbers, which are unique identifiers used in online registration) and course titles below for future reference:

CRN___________________
CRN___________________
CRN___________________

Now begin the process of choosing other courses of interest from those listed in the 12-week term class schedule. Note that the online schedule tells you immediately whether there is still space open in each class of interest. We suggest you plan on choosing at least one course in your area of interest (intended major or an area you identified in Step 1 above from your PACE worksheet). List several options for other courses that you are interested in below, paying some attention to the days and times of the courses you select.

Repeat the previous step, this time choosing courses of interest for the 3-week term. Please note you will generally only take one class during the 3-week term.

First choice classes for the 12-week session

(Total should be no more than 14 semester hours)

  DEPT & COURSE # CRN (for Banner) COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS TIME
1          
2          
3          

Alternative choices for the 12-week session

  DEPT & COURSE # CRN (for Banner) COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS TIME
1          
2          
3          

Preferences for the 3-week session

(listed in order of preference – if possible)

  DEPT & COURSE # CRN (for Banner) COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS TIME
1          
2          
3          

At this time, I am interested in the following areas of study for a major

("Undecided" is perfectly fine; however, it is good to think about areas that you would like to explore.)

  AREA OF INTEREST STRENGTH OF INTEREST
1   strong    5      4      3      2      1    weak
2   strong    5      4      3      2      1    weak
3   strong    5      4      3      2      1    weak

Step 2: Learning more about programs in your area of interest

Visit the Hiram College catalog.

Look at the Hiram College catalog and explore the majors that we offer. Click through the majors and descriptions of the typical course of study within each of these majors. Please take note of how certain courses are sequenced. Generally, you will want to start with 100-level classes.

Also, before you choose your classes, you should take your math and foreign language placement exams. Most students take a math class at some point to fulfill a major or graduation requirement, and we need to know the appropriate entry point for you. If you've taken French or Spanish, you must take the foreign language exam.

 

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