How do you make informed course choices?
Here are a few pieces of information to assist you:
- Harvard has many online and print resources (including course syllabi) to enrich your understanding of courses you may be considering.
- Unlike most schools, Harvard does not have pre-registration. Instead, you are encouraged to attend as many courses as you’re interested in and able to during course selection period (colloquially known as “Shopping Week”) before deciding on your final schedule.
- Course instructors, departmental advisers, and your own academic advisers are helpful sounding boards and key sources of information. They can assist you in thinking about, for instance,
- whether a particular course choice is appropriate to your current level of learning (especially important in the case of science or math courses, though sometimes relevant in other fields as well)
- how a specific course might fit into your overall academic plan
- how much time commitment a particular course might represent and how to balance your class and homework time with your extracurriculars