Selecting Courses

1. GC101
This summer you will be enrolled in an online course called GC101, which will walk you through a number of tasks you need to complete before you arrive on campus in August. One of those tasks will be filling out your course preferences form. On this form you will indicate your choice of major and some of your course preferences.

2. Choosing a major
As part of the course selection process, you’ll be asked to identify your major area of study and you’ll be able to indicate if you have any interest in pursuing a second major. You may review all the majors online here. If you are one of the 11% of incoming students who is still deciding about a major, that’s okay too. You have time to explore your options in your first year of study.  Take a look at the Deciding major for some helpful suggestions as you prepare to make course selections. When you arrive at Gordon, you’ll also be assigned an academic advisor who will help you clarify your academic interests and vocational goals.

3. Course options 
Once you’ve chosen your major, you will also tell us what courses you are interested in taking, as well as any other factor affecting your school life in the fall (ie. musical or athletic activities). Then you’ll take some steps to identify your course interests:

  1. Decide whether you are taking La Vida or Discovery as your Outdoor Education experience 
  2. Decide if you are taking a service or non-service section of The Great Conversation (COR107).
  3. Choose from a set of common core courses (ie. BCM101, 103, HIS).
  4. Decide what language you want to study and whether you need a placement test.
  5. Add a course of interest, either in your major or an elective of interest. You’ll be given some choices based on the major you have selected.

The Registrar will take all this information and build you a schedule. We’ll try our best to match your preferences with available courses, and we’ll do this on a first-come, first-served basis. We’ll also receive your AP scores over the summer and we’ll apply that to your college record.

4. Communicate with your Summer Academic Advisor
Over the summer, you will receive contact from your summer academic advisor who will review your course options and make adjustments if necessary. Summer academic advisors are members of the faculty or staff who are available to answer questions and to help you fine-tune your academic plan for the fall.  Check your email for communications from your summer advisor!