Spring Course Selection

As a J-Start student, you will have personalized spring course advising. You will be contacted by an academic adviser in early November to schedule an advising appointment which will occur November 9-12. The sessions will be casual, but informative, offering general advice and will help you with the important task of choosing courses for the spring. ​​With your adviser's assistance, you will also register for your courses during your session. ​

Prior to your advising session, you will need to complete the academic tasks (available through your Trinity portal) which are due no later than November 7, 2017:

  • ​​​Math Placement Exam
  • Guided Writing Assessment
  • Second Language Questionnaire
  • Second Language Placement Exam (if you plan on continuing a second language you have previously studied)
  • STEM Questionnaire

In preparation for selecting your spring courses, you should read through the information found on the links below: 

The Trinity College Curriculum
Majors and Minors
Entry Courses to Majors
Helpful tips for course selection
Information for Pre-Health Professional Students
​Potential Science Majors

​One of your four spring semester classes will be your  first-year seminar, in which all first-year students are required to enroll. The J-Start first-year seminar will be FYSM 145 "Memoirs and Memories" taught by Professor Sara Kippur. In addition to being your first-year seminar instructor, Professor Kippur will also serve as your academic adviser until you declare your major. 

FYSM 145 was created especially for our J-Start students and should be an intersting course as indicated by the FYSM 145 course description:

How do we construct personal narratives for a wider public? Long before our current age of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, writers, visual artists, and filmmakers were acutely aware of the challenges of self-representation and consistently sought new modes for exploring and expressing their life stories. This course proposes to take a historically and theoretically grounded look at the stakes of self-representation, examining a wide range of texts and media, including confessional writing, literary correspondences, personal diaries, modern memoirs, self-portraits, documentaries, and photographs We will integrate course material with visits to several Hartford sites, including the Connecticut Historical Society, Mark Twain House, and Wadsworth Atheneum. Students will draw on our readings and discussions to develop their digital portfolios, a distinctly new form of personal narrative.​  ​​​​