You will receive your fall schedule at the Virtual Summer Orientation events held in late June/early July.
**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 you will learn more about any changes to your first semester schedule.
There are several things that could impact your fall schedule:
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.
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/IB 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
If you change your mind about your major or anything you answered previously, please complete this brief Summer Registration Follow-Up Questions form. 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 complete this brief Summer Registration Follow-Up Questions form.
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 complete this brief Summer Registration Follow-Up Questions form. If it is during Fall Orientation, either meet with your faculty advisor or visit the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible so we can visit with you about other course options or possibilities.
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.
For complete FAQ's on the college's world language requirement, please click here.
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.
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.
The Registrar’s Office works closely with the Athletics and Music Departments to be aware of athletic practice and music rehearsal times. Whenever possible, the Registrar’s Office accommodates athletic practice times. However, sometimes a required course for your major or the only open section of a class conflicts with the start time of practice.
Typically, music ensemble rehearsals start at 4:00 on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and 4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays which coincides with the end of the last class period. Music ensemble auditions and music lesson registrations will happen in the fall when you arrive on campus.
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.