Summer Academic Guidelines for the Academic Year

  • Explore Majors. Familiarize yourself with various majors and their requirements. Also explore minors.
  • Understand distribution, writing, and university requirements.
    • H= Humanities (classics, English, film and media studies, foreign languages- intermediate level and beyond, history, history of science, history of art, philosophy, theatre arts, and writing seminars,)
    • E= Engineering
    • N= Natural sciences (biology, biophysics, chemistry, cognitive science, earth and planetary sciences, neuroscience, and physics)
    • Q=Quantitative (applied math and statistics, mathematics)
    • S= Social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology)
    • W= Writing intensive (denoted by an asterisk * on your transcript)
  • Be flexible. When it comes to registration, you must be OPEN and flexible about your class selections. You should ALWAYS have alternative options!
  • Exercise your freedom. Make a habit of taking one unique class each semester.
  • Learn how AP credits work for pre-meds. If you are pre-med, read the Office of Pre-Professional AP guidelines: http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/prospective.html