Get a closer look at a major or subject

Want to see what certain classes and subjects are like but not ready to commit to an entire course? Visiting a class is a great way to get a better sense of the options you have and can help you plan your curriculum.

Get Inspired

Here's some examples of how you can take advantage of class visits:

Branch out

Try something completely new. Curious about computer science? Go to a course on Java or computer networks and see what it's like.

Preview a major

Go to an upper-level course to get a better look at what you would be studying as an upperclassman in that program. Media Studies majors, for example, might want to try visiting Critical Approaches to Media to get a closer look at the field.

Strategize a minor or cluster

Know your major but want to add a minor or propose your own minor? Visiting one of the courses you're unsettled about may help you decide. For instance, would Roman Literature in the Western World or Classics in the Digital Age be more interesting for a Classical Civilization minor?

Explore career choices

Pair class visits with conversations to think through career decisions. For instance, if you're thinking about law school, you might try visiting the Philosophy of Natural Right and Natural Law course or the Introduction to Law and Politics course and talk to the professor and the pre-law advisor about law careers.

How to Request a Class Visit

Tell your undergraduate advisor what class or classes you'd like to visit. You'll need to find a section and date that works both for your schedule and the course instructor's.

Your advisor can help you coordinate the visit with the instructor by email.

You are encouraged to follow up after the class with the instructor or your advisor. This will help you process your observations and determine your next move.