• Academic Advising

    Basic Schedule Building Information

  • Your big assignment before coming to campus is to create a draft schedule of 3-4 courses for each semester before you meet with your advisor in August.  While your academic advisor will discuss your choices with you, you need to bring your ideas to the meeting.

    Remember this is a draft schedule – a chance to figure out what is offered and what you might like. You and your Academic Advisor (a Hendrix faculty member) will talk through your choices before anything is finalized.

  • How to think about choosing courses

  • How to think about choosing courses

    What do you want? What do you need?

    Start by thinking about YOU.

    • What are your primary academic interests or potential majors?
    • What you want to learn more about?
    • What you like/dislike?
    • What are you good at? What academic skills need work?

    Check the Course Planning Pages to find a few initial courses. The Course Planning Pages tells you where to start in each discipline or major.  It is full of good advice. In your first year, plan on taking 100- and 200- level courses unless the Course Planning Pages suggest otherwise.

    The Course Planning Pages contain general advice. The Course Planning Pages cannot cover the wide variety of student preparation and experiences. Please consult your Academic Advisor or individual Departments for unique situations.

    Note: Official college rules are in the Catalog

  • How to Think About Your Degree Requirements


    What do you need to graduate?

    Your degree has 32 credits and you are expected to take 4 courses (credits) per semester. Click here for an overview of the curriculum.  As a quick start, you can think of your degree as having four parts: 
    • Learning Domains and Capacities (General Education Requirements)
    • Your Major
    • Odyssey experience (generally not for course credit)
    • Electives
    While there are more requirements to a Hendrix degree, this is a good way to start. Another overview tool is the Generic Audit Form- NEW, available at the Registrar's Forms for Students.  Finally, the official rules for a Hendrix degree are listed in the Catalog

  • Step 1: Basic Schedule Building Information

  • Step 1 Basic Schedule Building Information

    Where to find / build your schedule?

    Find and build your schedule from your CampusWeb site. (You're already there!)
    On the left sidebar menu, look under Academics and choose Course Search.

    The add/drop page looks like this:
    Make sure you are in the correct year and term (near top of page).

    For first-year students, you should be able to see your TEC and Explorations sections for the fall. These were loaded based on your submitted TEC preferences. These are required for all incoming first-year students. Typically, these courses cannot be moved unless these courses interfere with your ability to graduate in four years (extremely rare). If you are missing a TEC section or Explorations, contact us.

  • Step 2: Find and Add a Course


    How to add courses to your schedule.

    Decide on a course to add to your schedule based on your reading of the Course Planning Pages along with the Online Course Schedule (open this in a new window so you can easily reference both documents).  The Online Course Schedule tells you what is offered on-campus this year. If you click a course title on the schedule, you can get a description of the course that includes prerequisites.   

    To start your education, choose courses that interest you or fill an intellectual need. Do not build your schedule to get requirements “out of the way”. This rarely leads to a satisfying set of courses. Most introductory courses carry learning domain or capacity codes so you automatically are working on the general education requirements. 

    To add a course within the Course Search system, search the departmental listings, rather than a single course. This allows you to see multiple course options rather than exactly one . Using the “Course Search” tab –

    1. Type in the Department only and choose search. All the courses offered in that department and in that semester will pop-up.
    2. Find a course you like and click the “Add” button on the left side.
    3. Finish by scrolling to the bottom of the page to click the “add course” button on the left. (In large departments, you might have a scroll a long way down.)
    It worked – great! Repeat until you have four courses both semesters.

    It didn’t work – bah.
    • Did you click both buttons (the “add” box next to the course and the “Add course” button at the bottom of the page)?
    • Are you trying to add a laboratory class? This can be tricky.  Try adding the class only and let the program prompt you to add the associated laboratory.
    • Are you choosing courses with prerequisites? These can be troublesome if the program does not recognize your past work (typically AP credit or courses from a previous institution).  DO NOT PANIC. Your advisor will help you work around this once you get to campus. [Prerequisites are listed in the course descriptions.  On the course schedule, click on the course name.  The Catalog also includes this information.]
    • Still not working? Check out full directions here
  • Step 3: Tools You Can Use

  • tools you can use

    Other tools you can use

    Building a schedule is a logic puzzle and definitely confusing at first. Now that you have a little practice, let’s look to other tools you can use.
    • Placement Records - found on your CampusWeb and under Advising. Initially, these include course suggestions for English and mathematics.  Placements for Languages come after you arrive on campus.  Most first-year students need an English course, many students start a Language sequence, and some need a math course.  Heed these recommendations! Remember: where you start does not decide how far you can go.
    • Course Schedule - This shows the courses offered this year on campus. Very handy tool found on the Hendrix web site and carries a host of information. Open this in a new window to better research your course choices.  This schedule lists learning domain, capacity and Odyssey codes.  You can search by department, Collegiate Code, professor or time of day.  Remember - as you build your schedule, watch for time conflicts. 
    • Academic Resources - a master list of useful advising tools also available on the Hendrix website.  Find this list on your CampusWeb, under Academics.
  • Step 4: Advanced Considerations

  • Advanced Considerations

    Deeper thinking about your schedule.

    Once you have a set of basic courses related to your prospective major, you might not know what else to add.  Expand your horizons with some courses related to your interests or courses that will give you useful skills. Spread out across the curriculum. Use your interests to drive the General Academic Requirements: Learning Domains and Capacities. 

    Finally, consider adding a physical activity credit. This is NOT a full academic course, but a co-curricular requirement. You need two for graduation and it is smart to get one done in your first two years.  Find these under: PACT in the schedule. They are worth 0.25 academic credits (not a full course credit) so you take this in addition to the four academic courses you need.