Course syllabi lay out the expectations that course instructors have for students and that students can have for them. Most courses post their syllabus on a dedicated course website. Course staff may also distribute paper copies of the syllabus at course meetings during Course Selection Week.
It’s a very good idea to review the syllabi of every class you’re considering taking, and to discuss them with the members of your advising network, especially (if you’re a freshman) your freshman adviser. Experienced readers can help you decipher elements of a syllabus that might not seem clear to you, or raise important questions for you to consider.
If anything on a syllabus is unclear, or any questions of yours are not addressed, talk to your instructors, other members of course staff, or the members of your advising network!
Here are some of the typical features of course syllabi: