Your Inquiry Seminar is a unique (4 credit) course that you will register for May 1-8 (on your own online via CobberNet). Click here for complete registration instructions. You will take this course during your first semester in college. Inquiry Seminars are designed to help you develop valuable critical thinking skills and are offered on a wide variety of topics like current world events, life experiences, literature, history, creative processes, ethics, technology, leadership, and more! Choose an Inquiry Seminar that appeals to your interests, but not necessarily your intended major. These courses are truly designed for you to explore ideas through new perspectives.

 Every Inquiry Seminar is paired with a communication course – either written or oral – and you’ll take both classes your first semester, and it will be with the same group of students. If you have already taken a college writing or communications class, look for those Inquiry Seminars paired with the course (WC/OC) that you have not taken or are not bringing in transfer credit for. These same students will make up your Orientation Club, and your Inquiry Seminar professor may also be your Orientation Club faculty mentor.

Inquiry Seminar topics are intentionally diverse and meant to appeal to incoming student interests, not necessarily a particular academic major. A topic that connects to your major may perhaps be the one you might find most interesting, but this is not always the case! Be open to new departments and courses you might have never heard of before! Inquiry Seminars are designed to appeal to a variety of students and within different majors.

Each first-year student will take an Inquiry Seminar course (4 credits), either a Written OR Oral Communication course (4 credits), and typically two more 4-credit courses. A common schedule is 15-17 total credits. The First-Year Registration Guide contains sample first-year schedules for all majors. Don’t worry about declaring a major right away if you are not sure. Many students may switch their majors within the first year of college. The liberal arts and the Core Curriculum are designed to help you find the best major for you! Maybe even your Inquiry Seminar will lead to a potential major.

The Core Curriculum includes a group of courses all students take within the liberal arts, as part of the Concordia College degree requirements. You may have heard of them as “Gen Ed” or general education courses at other colleges or universities. First semester is a great opportunity to take a Core course or two, especially if you are exploring different majors.

The foundation of a Concordia education is a strong curriculum in the global liberal arts. Across all disciplines, you learn to think critically, develop a broad global perspective and consider creative responses to the world’s most important concerns.

Professors draw on the principles of the liberal arts by challenging you to think deeply about what you are learning and to write and speak persuasively. No matter what their major, Concordia students become lifelong learners with the intellectual depth and agility they need to thrive in any circumstance.

After you register for your Inquiry Seminar in May, the Registrar’s Office will begin registration of fall 2018 classes for all incoming students, based on their responses to the Student Registration Inventory. The inventory along with any official college transcripts or AP coursework you intend on transferring to Concordia College, will help us determine the two additional classes to be added to your fall 2018 schedule. The Registrar’s Office will contact you sometime during the summer, via phone or your Cord e-mail account, if more information or clarification is needed to finish your schedule.

You will receive an e-mail (to your Cord e-mail account) from the Registrar’s Office in July, letting you know your schedule is ready to view, and how you can access it online!

**Be sure to get into the habit of checking your Cord e-mail regularly. This is how the college keeps in contact with you and where will learn more about your first semester schedule. 

If you change your mind about your major or anything you answered previously, please call the Registrar’s Office directly (218-299-3250) or send an e-mail (registrar@cord.edu) as soon as you can. That way we can update your academic record and assist with any changes to your class schedule, if needed.

If you want to make changes to your fall schedule, please call the Registrar’s Office directly (218-299-3250) or send an e-mail (registrar@cord.edu).

You could also choose to schedule an appointment to meet with the Registrar or Assistant Registrar one-on-one during the 2018 Summer Open House events to be held on campus:

  • Monday, July 16
  • Friday, July 20
  • Monday, July 23

And, finally, a Chat box will be available on the Registrar’s Office page IN COBBERNET all summer between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.! Feel free to send us your questions.

“Full-time” status is 12 credits.  Students pay the same tuition for 12-17 academic credits. A common schedule will have a total of 15-17 credits, usually four full-semester courses. “Overloading”, or taking over 17 academic credits, is not advised or recommended, especially within the first year. Any credits over 17 are billed as an overload fee of $670 per credit. Music ensembles are worth 0 credits and are billed separately. Music lessons are 1-2 credits each, and those fees are noted here.

If you have specific concerns about your schedule, it is very important to tell someone – we want to help! If it is during the summer months, please contact the Registrar’s Office directly (218-299-3250) or send an e-mail (registrar@cord.edu). If it is during fall orientation, let your Orientation Leader or Mentor know, or visit the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible so we can visit with you about other course options or possibilities.

As a first-year student, it is an exciting time to explore different academic paths that match your interests and passions – and it is “A-OK” to be undecided! The Concordia 4-Year Graduation Guarantee states that you must declare a major by the end of your second semester on campus. For full details on the 4-Year Guarantee, click here.

There are several things that could impact your fall schedule, after receiving it from the Registrar’s Office in July:

  • Transfer credit: If you haven’t already done so, you will need to request that your final official college level transcripts and/or AP exam results are sent directly to the Office of Admissions, as soon as possible. This will ensure that you are not taking courses for which you have already taken equivalencies.
  • Music lessons & ensembles: If you wish to take lessons and/or participate in ensemble(s) and they aren’t included in your schedule when you receive it in July, you can add them to your schedule the first week of the semester. Ensemble and private studio placements also happen at the start of the semester so don’t worry if they’re not on your schedule yet.
  • World language courses: Students are encouraged to complete the core language requirement during their first year at Concordia. If a language course is not included in your fall semester schedule, please contact the Registrar’s Office about possibly adding a language course. If you chose to take French, German, or Spanish, please be sure to take the language placement inventory online here. If you place into a level that is not being offered in the fall but you wish to take the language, please contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance.

A second semester proficiency (considered “112” level course, i.e. SPAN 112) or any language level above “112” within a World Language is one of the Core Curriculum requirements.

You are required to take the language placement inventory if you studied Spanish, French or German during high school and will be studying the same language at Concordia. The language placement inventory will ensure you test into and register for the appropriate level language course. The language placement inventory is not available online for Chinese, Greek or Latin. Students studying those languages should contact the departments for placement information.

Students can also transfer in equivalent credit for a language course. If the equivalent is at a second semester proficiency or above (see Transfer Notebook), your World Language core requirement will be fulfilled. If you wish to take a language not previously mentioned, please contact the Registrar’s Office to discuss your options.

To transfer credits to Concordia, courses must be taken from a regionally accredited college or university and a standard letter grade of C- is required (grades of “P” or “S” are not accepted). A final official transcript from the previous institution must be sent directly to Concordia. An official transcript is defined as one in a sealed envelope or a secure link by electronic PDF.

Once your official transcript is received, transfer credit (with C- or above) will be entered to show all “S” grades (Satisfactory), and you’ll receive a transfer report (via your Cord e-mail) from the Registrar’s Office. When you receive your transfer report, be sure to check this report against the classes that you are registered for to make sure there is not an equivalent course that you transferred in on your fall schedule. This is student responsibility!

All transfer courses in which you receive(d) a standard letter grade of C- or above will be transferred to Concordia as “S” grades (Satisfactory), not the grade you received at the other institution. You cannot pick and choose which courses transfer in and which do not. Grades cannot be removed or deleted off an academic transcript.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses work a bit differently.  If you took AP courses while in high school and took the exam(s), you can elect to NOT send or transfer those credits to Concordia. AP credit must be recorded during your first year and a small fee is charged per course.

College Algebra does not fulfill the Math core, but it will transfer as a Math elective (with a grade of C- or above). Students should refer to the Core Curriculum for approved Math core classes.

All students must take IOC 100, unless they enter Concordia with college credit for the equivalent course (IOC 100). If you’re unsure, contact the Registrar’s Office.

  • If you are bringing in transfer credit for a college level Public Speaking course listed as IOC 1-- in your transfer report, it is not the equivalent and you must take IOC 100 at Concordia.
  • If you are bringing in transfer credit for a college level Public Speaking course listed as IOC 101 in your transfer report, you have two options to fulfill the Oral Communication requirement: IOC 100 OR COM 308 (Communication for Citizenship and Career). Ask the Registrar’s Office for more information.
  • If you are bringing in transfer credit for college level Public Speaking course listed as IOC 100 in your transfer report, you do not need to take Oral Communication (IOC 100) at Concordia. Your Oral Communication requirement is fulfilled.

All students must take IWC 100, unless they enter Concordia with college credit for the equivalent course (IWC 100). If you’re unsure, contact the Registrar’s Office.

  • If you are bringing in transfer credit for a college level Composition course listed as IWC 1-- in your transfer report, that is not the equivalent and you must take IWC 100 at Concordia.
  • If you are bringing in transfer credit for a college level Composition course listed as IWC 101 in your transfer report, you have two options to fulfill the Written Communication requirement: IWC 100 or an advanced writing class from the options listed in the Course Catalog.
  • If you are bringing in transfer credit for a college level Composition course listed as IWC 100 in your transfer report, you do not need to take Written Communication (IWC 100) at Concordia. Your Writing requirement is fulfilled.

Your academic (or faculty) advisor is a professor in your major interest area or field of study. You will meet with your faculty advisor when you get to campus as part of fall orientation. Your faculty advisor will check in with you each semester and can help with future course planning, assist with degree completion plans, identify opportunities in your major interest area, or explore new ideas. If/when students wish to change their major, they are also matched with a new advisor in that academic department. You should reach out to your advisor, too, with any questions. Don’t wait – you can go to them!

Students who have a second major are encouraged, but not required, to request a secondary advisor for that major. This secondary advisor will assist with course planning and help track requirements for that second major.