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So, it's time to register for classes in your bachelor's degree program? Many students dread the ritual of choosing courses every semester, even though many choices are already made by degree requirements. You can reduce confusion and frustration by approaching registration calmly and methodically.
1. Can you tell the difference between a sociology course titled “Sociology of Law” and one titled “Criminal Law in American Society”? Or how about a business school course titled “Training and Development” and one titled “The Individual and Organizational Performance”? You can if you talk to the professors or the department head and ask what each one is all about. So talk to your professors before registering!
2. Keep your overall degree plan at the top of your mind, and refer to it every semester. Access the degree plan from your college's website or better yet, keep a printout in a folder next to the printed course catalog. If you take your degree program in a step-by-step way, you'll enroll in the right classes at the right time.
3. Talk to your academic adviser as soon as registration opens for the next semester. You'll only need fifteen minutes to get all the advice you need. And don't forget about your academic adviser as you get into being a junior or senior, either—missing one class can set you back an entire school year!
4. Read the course catalog carefully each semester. Sometimes professors change over the course of your degree program, or the school adds or takes away elective classes. This might cause the course catalog to change, too. Read the course descriptions every semester.
5. You might find a university professor that you really like and want to take all of his or her classes. That's OK as long as those credits help you earn your bachelor's degree. Developing a professional relationship with one or two professors during your time in college is a good idea because they can write letters of recommendation for you later.
6. On the other hand, there may be a particular university professor you don't like at all. It happens. If this person is teaching some of your core bachelor's degree courses, find out if you can cover the same credits through an independent study with a professor you like better.
7. Above all, read the course catalog and ask questions before enrolling. You can drop a course within a certain period of time at the beginning of the semester—but if you pass that deadline, you're stuck with a class you don't like or that doesn't fit your overall plan.
If you know you'll apply to graduate school after completing your bachelor's degree program, start planning in your junior year. Some grad schools are highly competitive and have strict admissions guidelines. It's best to apply to your top three choices—even if there's really only one that is exactly right. Visit CollegeCorner.com's sister site GraduateSchools.com [http://www.graduateschools.com] to read more about graduate programs to continue your higher education.
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