Tips for class schedules

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Scheduling can be overwhelming sometimes, especially with several factors contributing to decision-making. Here are some tips to make the process a little bit easier:

Use ‘Double-Credit’:

Ball State has a University Core Curriculum (UCC), but several classes can count toward a student’s major and minor requirements as well.

For example, if you’re completing a language minor, one of your Tier 3 UCC requirements can also be met by an elective course required to complete your minor. 

Talk to your academic adviser to see what your options are, so you don’t take more classes than you need. Classes can count toward minors too, and even internships can get you credit.

Find your interest:

You can fill in your electives with unique subjects unrelated to your major — like using an astronomy course to satisfy your science elective.

College is a time to explore new subjects or old interests you’ve always been curious about.

Electives are a great way to explore new topics. There are several opportunities to branch out, and it might even turn into a minor or another major.

Don’t overbook:

Don’t take more classes than you can handle the out-of-class time for. Credit hours are based on how many hours outside of class a student is supposed to devote to studying.

Although college classes have less in-class time than in high school, assignments can be more time-consuming.

To be considered a full-time student, it’s necessary to take 12 credit hours (four three-credit classes). While you can reach up to 18 credits without paying an additional fee, most students typically take 15 credit hours (five three-credit classes).

If 15 credit hours seems like too much, it might be smart to schedule it anyway, just in case you need to drop a class. There is a drop period during the beginning of each semester.

Lose 8 a.m.s:

If you never functioned well during the morning in high school, it might not be wise to sign up for all 8 a.m. classes. Missing class might be fine once or twice, depending on the professor, but if you think you’ll constantly miss an early morning class, don’t take it.

Find alternatives:

Time tickets can be tricky at Ball State because they’re based on class standing. Be open to taking a class with a different professor than the one you wanted, in case the section you wanted is full.

Second choices also come in handy when there’s only one section of a class and it overlaps with another class you need or want to take.

It might be frustrating, but second choices can be necessary to stay on track in your program.


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