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Suggested First Semester Courses
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Suggested First Semester Courses

New to Columbia or just changed your major? Below is a list of suggested first semester courses:

Your Major:

Columbia College is unique in that students can start exploring their major (or two) from the get-go. Review this list for suggested courses. On the fence about your major? No problem! College Advisors can help you set up your schedule so you can explore both. Contact us.


Your LAS Core:     

Students should work on their major and Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Core simultaneously. First Year Seminar, English/Writing, and Mathematics are courses you should complete your first year.

Refer to your New Student Placement scores to select your English/Writing and Mathematics courses.

First Year Seminar (required for all students who have transferred in less than 24 credit hours)
48-1100 First Year Seminar

English/Writing  
52- 1101 Introduction to College Writing and Reading (college wide elective credit)
52- 1111 Writing and Rhetoric I: Enhanced
52- 1151 Writing and Rhetoric I
52- 1152 Writing and Rhetoric II

Mathematics
Use this grid (along with your Placement or ACT scores) to determine what Math class is best for you.

56- 1710 Basic Math Skills (college wide elective credit)
56- 1720 College Mathematics
56-1723 Liberal Arts Mathematics
56- 1728 Quantitative Reasoning
An advanced mathematics course

Balance is the key!

If you ask any Columbia College student about how having a successful semester, they will always bring up balance. Students should always take into consideration when they will study, commute, work, be in the lab, see family and friends, eat, and even sleep. Yes we said it...sleep.