Your Inquiry Seminar is a unique (4-credit) course that you will take 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. These students in your Inquiry Seminar will make up your Orientation Club. Your Inquiry Seminar professor may also be your Orientation Club faculty mentor.
In your first semester, you will also take a communication course – either written or oral. If you have already taken a college level writing or communication course, please make sure you submit your official college transcript to the Registrar's Office or Admissions Office as soon as possible. Your transfer credit will be evaluated for possible equivalencies and then added to your academic record at Concordia.
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! Your Inquiry Seminar may even 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.
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.
In the spring, the Registrar’s Office will begin registration of fall 2020 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 2020 schedule. The Registrar’s Office will contact you sometime during the summer, via phone or your Concordia email, if more information or clarification is needed to finish your schedule.
You will be contacted by the Registrar's Office this summer, 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 email regularly. This is how the college keeps in contact with you and where will learn more about your
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 email (email@example.com) 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 email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 more than 17 academic credits, is not advised or recommended, especially within the first year. Any credits over 17 are billed as an overload fee per credit. Music ensembles are worth 0 credits and are billed separately. Music lessons are 1-2 credits each.
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 email (email@example.com). 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 OK to be undecided! The Concordia Four-Year Graduation Guarantee states that you must declare a major by the end of your second semester on campus. Read full details on the Four-Year Guarantee.
There are several things that could impact your fall schedule, after receiving it from the Registrar’s Office in July:
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
For complete FAQ's on the college's world language requirement, please click here.
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 Concordia email) 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 the student’s 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
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.
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.
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.