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Pick the first course to take


There are ways of looking at this decision:

  • take courses that are part of your general education requirement, since they're the most easily transferable and allow you to explore your interests before deciding on a major or

  • take courses you're interested in at the beginning of your college experience, to build on your initial enthusiasm.

Each of these has its merits.  And, because no two people are alike, not all reasons for either choice apply to everyone.  For example, you may well be interested in one or more courses that make up your general education requirement.  This is likely because the courses in this requirement fall into so many different categories – math, science, humanities (art, music, literature), social sciences (history, sociology, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology, archaeology, geography, climatology, ecology), and English (grammar and composition).  So, if possible, try to take a general education course that you also find interesting.

On the other hand, you may find that taking a course you really want to take makes you so excited about taking more such courses and eventually getting your degree that you find it easier to take the general education courses along with courses you really like.


WARNING: Whatever you do, don't wait until the end of your degree program to take all the courses you don't want to take.  If you do, you may come to dread taking them so much you just give up and don't finish your their degree.


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