Selecting Your Courses
As an incoming student, your course schedule will be constructed by our Academic Guides based on information you provide on your Course Interest Form (form #1 in the "Forms" section). Since requirements vary by major and the College curriculum is complex, we don't expect you to know everything necessary to build your course schedule before you arrive in the fall. Our Academic Guides are seasoned faculty members who understand the College curriculum very well and will look at your intended major(s), minor(s), program(s) and the list you provide of courses you are interested in to make you a schedule that keeps you on track for your program.
Below are the steps to course selection:
- Complete the math placement and complete a language placement for each language in which you have had previous high school or college experience. You should have done this prior to getting on W&J Gateway. Please complete them here if you have not yet completed this step.
- Grab a pad and pen! Go to the First Year Courses and First Year Seminar sections and explore the courses that are available to you as an incoming student. Write down the name and section (for example, ENG-101) of any courses that interest you. You don't have to know what courses are required for your intended major or course of study, just indicate what interests you.
- Complete the Course Interest Form (section 1 of the forms page). You will need to refer back to the list you created and to the First Year Courses and First Year Seminar sections in order to complete this. There is an area on the form where you can indicate your intended major(s), minor(s) and program(s), be sure to indicate on your form to help our faculty build you the best schedule. If you are unsure, not a problem! Just be sure to select courses in areas you wish to explore.
- You will then be sent an email on how to access your course schedule to your W&J email account in early July.
- Meet with your academic advisor (your First Year Seminar instructor) during Orientation to review and finalize your schedule; you may want to hold off purchasing textbooks until your schedule is final.
- Please check your W&J email account regularly for further information and updates.
To complete a Bachelor of Arts degree at Washington & Jefferson College, you will need to complete 32 semester courses and 4 credits of Physical Education. PE credits do not fulfill the 32 semester course count. Your advisor can explain the curriculum and transfer credits in further detail. For more information on curriculum and degree requirements, please see the College Catalog. The catalog is available online using the W&J wiki; however, a link to the PDF version is also available for downloading and printing needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I buy my books?
In early July, the Campus Store will open its online store for students to purchase their textbooks. More information will be provided in lead up to the launch.
How do I get credit for AP exams I took in high school, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Certificate or course I’ve taken at other colleges?
If you did not designate W&J on your AP exam answer sheet, you will need to contact the College Board to request that your score be sent to:
Washington & Jefferson College
Office of the Registrar
60 South Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301
AP Score Reports are sent in July to colleges and the reports are cumulative and include scores for all the AP Exams you have ever taken, unless you have requested that one or more scores be withheld. A minimum score of 4 is necessary for any consideration of credit or placement to be given. If approved by the appropriate academic departmental chairperson and vice president for academic affairs, credit and/or advanced placement toward graduation will be awarded.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit
The official International Baccalaureate transcript is required to award credit. Course credit will be granted for each higher level (HL) IB course with an exam score of 5 or higher. A department chair, program director or academic dean will determine whether a course counts as an elective or toward a specific requirement (major, minor or general education). Students who completed the entire IB Diploma Programme can earn credit for up to 8 courses toward graduation at W&J. To request an official IB transcript, contact the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Credit for Courses Taken at Other Colleges
If you’ve taken coursework at another institution and wish to receive credit at W&J, you will need to request an official transcript from the institution and have it sent to the address listed above. If you earned a grade equivalent to a C- or better you may be eligible to receive credit at W&J, subject to existing regulations covering such courses. Please refer to the college catalog for additional information.
If you have any questions, please contact us!