Step 2: Choose your Courses

REMEMBER: First-year students are only permitted to take 100-level (junior) courses. Exceptions to this include language courses (i.e. students who have completed Grade 12 French should register in AUFRE 201 and 202). If this applies to you, contact your Admissions Advisor for more information. If you are a post-secondary transfer student, you may be permitted to take senior-level (200, 300, or 400-level) courses. This can be determined when you receive a copy of your Transfer Credit Assessment.

We recommend using your ARR to note all the courses required in your first year. This list should include your Foundation Core requirement (AUIDS 101) and major requirements. Also, if you have major supporting course requirements and courses for your minor, add those as well. If you have not reached ★30 yet (★15 each term), you still have room in your schedule to take additional classes.

If you still have space in your schedule, you will want to enrol in courses that fit into the Knowledge component of the Augustana Core. Generally, by choosing a variety of first year courses that satisfy your interests, you will begin to fill up your Core Knowledge credits (★). If you wish to meet a specific requirement in your first year, be sure to use the Augustana Course List Tool to learn what courses meet certain categories of the Core (information on how to use this tool can be found below).

Awards Eligibility Requirements

All Augustana academic awards require students to take a minimum of ★27 of coursework per year. This will typically be met if at least 9 ★3 courses are taken per academic year (5 courses one term and 4 in the other). Note: Augustana students are also eligible for many of the general University of Alberta Academic Scholarships which require a full course load of ★ 30 per academic year (5 ★3 courses per term).

First Year Standing

If you enrol in less than ★24 in the 2020-2021 academic year, you will still have First-Year Standing in your second year. This means that you will be unable to enrol in senior-level courses until you present ★24 or more.

When are the courses I need/want offered?

Now that you know the courses that you need to take, your next step is to determine when each of the courses are offered. Some courses are only offered in the Fall Term, some only in the Winter Term, and others are offered in both terms. The easiest way to find when a class is offered is to use the Augustana Course List Tool. The tool can also be used to help you determine which courses fit in which categories of the Augustana Core.

How to use the Augustana Course List Tool:

The Augustana Course List Tool shows all available Augustana courses. It displays the semester of the course, whether it is a 3 or 11 week course, and how it fits into the Augustana Core. The tool is available online here: (link opens in a new window)

  1. Under the "Course Level" heading, ensure that only the junior (100-level) courses are selected. This will ensure the only courses you see are available 100-level courses. This tool can also be used to find courses offered only in a specific term, or that meet certain Augustana Core criteria.

    A screenshot of the Augustana Course List Tool showing only junior-level courses selected

  2. You will want to look to see when the courses required for your program are offered and write them down.
    A screenshot of the Augustana Course List Tool showing how semester and block information is displayed for each course

  3. Be sure to read the course descriptions for the courses you are interested in. You can view this by clicking on the arrow. Some first-year courses will have pre-requisites or co-requisites at the high school and/or university levels. For example, you will not be permitted to register in AUSOC 103 without first receiving credit for AUSOC 101. Always check the course description in Bear Tracks, the University Calendar, and/or the Augustana Course List Tool.

    A screenshot of the Augustana Course List Tool showing where to click to show a course description

  4. If you are having difficulties using this tool, contact your Admissions Advisor. We are always happy to provide you with guidance.

What Course Should I Take in the 3-Week Block?

Fall Term 3-Week Block

All first year students are required to enrol in AUIDS 101. This course is only offered in the Fall 3-week block so be sure to enrol in this course!

Winter Term 3-week Block

By looking at the Augustana Course List Tool, you will notice that there are quite a few courses offered in the Winter 3-week block. There are certain courses that we recommend that you take depending on your program and/or major. Please follow these Winter 3-week recommendations (PDF, opens in new window) for what is best for your program/major! For descriptions of the courses listed, please refer to the Augustana Course List Tool.

It is important to remember that the style of the 3-week block is an intensive and in-depth course within a shortened time frame. There is little flexibility for missing class times, so ensure you are arriving back on campus in time for the start of the Winter 3-week block.

How to succeed in your 3-week courses

Attend Class!

Due to the intensive and integrative style of the 3-week courses, it is important to set the goal of attending every class. Missing one class is similar to missing a traditional week of school. Be prepared to engage deeply with your course topic!

Expect Homework

Be ready to hit the ground, running! You should expect to have readings, papers, or group work after each class. While you will have more time outside of the classroom, you should anticipate spending time completing classroom assignments throughout the 3-week block.

Try to Fill Your Core

Many students choose to use the 3-week block to take courses that meet the Knowledge core requirements of their degree. If there are no courses required for your major in the 3-week block it is a great opportunity to step outside of your major. Immerse yourself in a new subject!

Add/Drop Deadlines

Be sure to know the Add/Drop Deadlines for the 3-week block. They will often be the day after a class begins. To confirm the Add/Drop Deadline, check the 'Important Dates' section of the Augustana Calendar. If you plan to drop your 3-week course and add a new class ensure you complete this right away! Note: AUIDS 101 is a required course for all Augustana Faculty degree programs. As a result, you cannot drop this course on your own since it is required to graduate.

Step 3: Build a Draft Schedule