Students who are undecided about their choice of major and who are exploring their academic options should try a variety of courses that facilitate the investigation of interests and fulfill general education requirements. The structure of the schedule listed below is meant to serve as a starting point to develop a first-year course schedule. The sample schedule provides significant flexibility for the exploration of various interests while also meeting specific degree requirements.
Students should refer to the relevant general education requirements for each of the schools listed in this guide to determine which courses will meet requirements for the academic areas of greatest interest. For example, if a student knows he or she plans to major in the College of Arts and Sciences, but has not selected an academic field, the student should create a schedule of courses with the general education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences in mind. Specific course options available to first-year students can be found in the First Year Course Offerings listed in this guide. For more information on the exploration process, students may review the Determining an Academic Focus for Your First Year and the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Majors and Minors sections of this guide.
During the fall semester, students should also plan to consult with their first-year advisors and academic representatives and visit the Career Center for assistance in exploring academic interests and opportunities.
*Students with credit for a course have the option of using that credit as a prerequisite and registering for a higher-level course or forfeiting their credit and repeating the course for a grade at CWRU. Students who choose either option may make changes to their enrollment during the first two weeks of the semester (drop/add period) should they discover that the course in which they originally enrolled is not at the appropriate level. Students may find it more manageable to change to lower-level course after beginning at the higher level.