CREATING A FALL SCHEDULE
This summer you will register for four 1.0 credit classes for your fall schedule. You may also register for an additional 0.5 credit class if you wish. FOCUS students will automatically have 4.5 credits, 2.5 for FOCUS plus two more one credit classes.
You must complete WRITING 101 and a seminar in your first year, so at least one of these classes should be in your fall schedule. Half of all incoming students are assigned to take WRITING 101 in the fall, the other half in spring. You will see a message in DukeHub, under Message Center, if you are scheduled to take WRITING 101 this fall. If you see this message, you MUST register for WRITING 101. If you are not selected to enroll in Writing 101 in the Fall, you will need to enroll in a seminar class.
WRITING 101: prepares you for university-level writing. These classes are limited to 15 students, which allows engaging class discussions and thoughtful consideration of your writing. The course helps you develop strategies for generating, supporting and sharing your ideas. There are many sections of Writing 101 to choose from. Although they have different topics, they all achieve the same end. You may not get your first or second choice, but that’s okay. Visit https://twp.duke.edu/writing101 for a listing of all sections and their descriptions.
SEMINAR: small, discussion-based course, with an “S” after the course number. You can choose an 89S seminar, which are specifically for first-year students, or any other seminar for which you have the background. A listing of all first-year seminars can be found at https://trinity.duke.edu/fall-2022-first-year-seminars, and you can use Advanced Search in DukeHub to look for all seminar courses offered.
FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR PROGRAM
Taught by leading faculty, these first-year seminars are designed to excite your intellectual curiosity. They are offered in a wide variety of disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. You can find a list of all first-year seminars at https://trinity.duke.edu/fall-2022-first-year-seminars.
WHAT NOW? NETWORK FOR FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS
Each semester, several first-year seminars are part the What Now? Network, which creates a community organized around (really!) big questions, where you can build skills to begin answering them and live better in the process. Learn more at kenan.ethics.duke.edu/what-now-network/
You may take WRITING 101 and a seminar in the same semester, but be careful about taking a writing-intensive seminar, i.e., one with a W-code, along with WRITING 101.
Some considerations to help you choose your Fall courses