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Program Planning: What Courses Should I Take?

If you have just enrolled in a program and have not taken or completed any courses, the following suggestions may help get you started:

  • Consider all of the requirements within your specific degree or certificate program.
  • Review the program plans
  • Contact an Advisor for help with your program planning, choosing the next course(s) for your program of studies and for information about university regulations and procedures.
  • Every program contains a number of core courses and required electives. Select courses that are designated as core or required electives first.
  • Begin by taking a 200-level (junior-level) course that fits the requirements and includes topics you are interested in. These junior-level courses will provide you with the information base you may need to successfully complete the senior-level courses. Junior-level courses often serve as prerequisites for senior-level courses.
  • If ADMN 233 - Writing in Organizations, ENGL 255 - Introductory Composition and/or PHIL 252 - Critical Thinking are core course requirements for your program, we recommend that you take these courses early in your program. These courses will strengthen your essay-writing and critical-thinking skills and will contribute to your success in other courses.
  • If you think your academic writing and critical-thinking skills may not be strong enough for these university-level courses, consult with the course coordinators. The coordinators may suggest that you take the preparatory ENGL 155 - Developing Writing Skills and PHIL 152 - Basic Critical Thinking first.
  • Many courses will require you to complete written assignments and essays. An AU tutor will assess your essay-writing skills at your request. If your writing skills need improving, you may want to start with a "prep" course in essay writing.
  • When selecting courses for a particular program, keep in mind the general program requirements as well as the requirements for your program major.
  • If you are unsure of where to begin, and can't pinpoint a specific area of interest, discuss your course selection choices with an AU advisor before registering.


If you are a nonprogram student taking AU courses for transfer to another institution, we strongly suggest that you confirm your course selections with the institution that will be granting your academic degree or credential.




Student & Academic Services - Last Updated October 11, 2012

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