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The Big Picture

The basic idea to know what classes to take is to work backwards:

  1. Figure out what your final goal is: i.e. get __ job in ___ career
  2. Identify a major: Look at job postings to see if particular degrees are requested. Research what majors best support that career.
  3. Find a school that supports that major and look at their degree requirements for that major
        Even if you start at LSC, you have to keep your eyes on the 4-year school you want as you make your plans!
  4. Build your degree plan of when you'll take which classes
  5. Meet with an advisor to confirm your plan or resolve any questions you have.

How many classes? Balancing Workload

The standard rule of thumb is that for each 1 credit hour, you should expect to spend 2-3 hours outside of class engaging with the material. Being a full-time student is a full-time job! Between attending class and doing homework, you're looking at 40 hours each week dedicated to school alone.

Outside work includes:

  • reading
  • reviewing notes
  • doing assigned homework
  • studying or researching

While it can be done, it won't be fun or easy for most people. The more hours you need to commit to your job(s), the fewer classes you can commit to.

Status Credit Hours Enrolled Weekly Study Time
Outside Class
Suggested Weekly
Job Commitment
Full-Time 12 - 18 hrs
(max: 18 hours; requires approval)

x2: 24 - 36 hrs

x3: 36 - 54 hrs

20 job hours for 12 credit hours
3/4 Time 9 - 11 hrs

x2: 18 - 22 hrs

x3: 27 - 33 hrs

30 job hours for 9 credit hours
Half-Time 6 - 8 hrs

x2: 12 - 16 hrs

x3: 18 - 24 hrs

40 job hours for 6 credit hours
Student Loan Minimum 6 hrs    

Choosing Class Mode (Online, Hybrid, In-Person)

Choosing Instructors

Some Casual Citations about the Fallibility of Reviews and Ratings

But -- I haven't finished this semester yet.

Yep -- you have to pick your next semester classes before you 100% know if you've passed the current semester. (You'll experience the same conundrum when it's time to apply to graduate in your last semester, too!)


Hope Plan for the Best...

Unless you're certain there's no way to pass, go ahead and register for the next level of the course sequence.


...But Have a Plan B

 If you don't pass ENGL 1301, you'll just need to drop your anticipated ENGL 1302 and re-enroll for 1301. Take some time now to plan for that, just in case.

  • Would you want to take the same prof, or a different one? (Who're your top 3?)
  • Do you want in-person or online?
  • What time of day?

Many sections will already be full by the time you get your grades, but knowing what you want can help you move quickly later on.