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Entry Courses to Majors

Chairs of each department provided the information below to help new students choose appropriate entry-level courses for select majors. Students interested in a major should use this list as a starting point and consider taking these specific courses. Follow the links provided or speak with the Department Chair for more information.

For students who have AP or transfer credits or have questions about Math Placement exams, please click here.

AMST 203 - Conflicts and Cultures in American Society
AMST 210 - Doing Culture 
AMST 285 - Born in Blood​ 
(or any other 200 level AMST course)

ANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

AHIS 101 - Introduction to the History of Art in the West I
AHIS 102 - Introduction to the History of Art in the West II
AHIS 103 - Introduction to Asian Art

BIOL 182 - Evolution of Life
CHEM 111 - Introductory Chemistry I
BIOL 183 - Cellular Basis of Life
CHEM 112 - Introductory Chemistry II

CHEM 111 - Introductory Chemistry I
MATH XXX - the calculus course recommended by the placement exam

CLCV 111 - Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology
CLCV 203 -  Mythology
LATN 101 - Fundamentals for Reading Latin
(or any other 100 or 200 CLCV course)

CPSC 110 - Computing with Mobile Phones
CPSC 115 - Introduction to Computing

Students interested in Economics must enroll in ECON 101, however it is not required that you enroll in the first semester of your first year. To enroll in ECON 101 as a first-semester, first-year student, you must qualify to enroll in MATH 131, Calculus I.

EDUC 200 - Analyzing Schools

PHYS 141 and MATH 131 in the fall and PHYS 231 and MATH 132 in the spring. A 100- level engineering course in the spring, either ENGR 110 or ENGR 120 is also recommended. Students who may not yet be ready to take Calculus their first semester should take MATH 127 and CHEM 111 in the fall, and MATH 131 in the spring (and other courses selected in consultation with the engineering department chair).

The English Major has three tracks: in Literary Studies, in Creative Writing, and in Film and Literature. First-year students may take any 100- or 200-level course that we offer.

BIOL 182 - Evolution of Life
BIOL 141 - Global Perspectives in Biodiversity & Conservation
CHEM 111 - Introductory Chemistry I
ENVS 110 - The Earth's Climate or ENVS 112 - Introduction to Earth Science
ENVS 112L Introduction to Earth Science
ENVS 115L Natural Disasters​

Film History and Analysis:
ENGL 265 - Introduction to Film Studies
Film Theory:
ENGL 470 - Film Theory: An Introduction
PHIL 249 - Philosophy and Film
Film Production:
FILM 201 - Basic Filmmaking
FILM 301 - Advanced Filmmaking


Students interested in declaring the History major are eligible for 100- and 200-level courses. 

HRST 125 - Introduction to Human Rights                                     
PHIL 246 - Human Rights: Philosophical Foundations, Issues, and Debates

All 200-level INTS courses are appropriate entry courses to the major. Students considering majoring in INTS are also urged to enroll in language courses.  

If students are interested in the major, they can and should enroll in the appropriate level language course(s). If they have any questions, especially after taking the second language placement exam, they should inquire with one of the professors.

Students most commonly begin their study of mathematics with courses that are recommended on the basis of their placement exam scores. A student whose placement score indicates calculus-readiness or who reported a 4 or 5 on the calculus AP exam begins with MATH 131 (differential calculus), MATH 132 (integral calculus and series), or MATH 231 (multivariable calculus). For those students who are calculus-ready and who want to explore a second area of mathematics, we suggest MATH 205 - Abstraction and Argument. This is a course for prospective math majors and for anyone else who is particularly interested in, and comfortable with, quantitative reasoning.​

MUSC 101 - Basic Musicianship
MUSC 107 - Lessons
MUSC 108 - Steel Pan Ensemble
MUSC 150 - Before Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
MUSC 201 - Diatonic Harmonic Practice
MUSC 234 - Music as Protest
MUSC-274 – Jazz: 1900-Present
MUSC-311 - Music from Plato through Bach​​​

BIOL 182 - Evolution of Life
CHEM 111 - Introductory Chemistry I
NESC 101 - The Brain
PSYC 261 - Brain and Behavior
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 102 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHIL 103 - Ethics
PHIL 105 - Critical Thinking
PHYS 141 - Physics I: Mechanics
MATH 131 - Calculus I
Exceptionally well-prepared students who are exempt from PHYS 141 and from both MATH 131 and MATH 132/142 may petition the chair of the department to start the introductory sequence with the fall course PHYS 232 - Optics and Modern Physics prior to taking PHYS 231.
Students should take any 100- or 200-level courses in POLS. The exception is that POLS 241 and 242, our research methods courses, would not be suitable 200-level courses.
CHEM 111 - Introductory Chemistry I
BIOL 182 - Evolution of Life
MATH 131 - Calculus I
MATH 207 - Statistical Data Analysis (For students who don’t plan to major in a discipline that requires calculus)
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
A checklist and diagram of the major, for students to use with their adviser, are available at the "Web Resources" link of the Psychology web site.
ECON 101 - Basic Economic Principles
MATH 107 (or 207) - Elements of Statistics (or Statistical Data Analysis)
PBPL 123 - Fundamentals of American Law
PBPL 201 - Introduction to American Public Policy
PBPL 245 - Title IX: Changing Campus Climate (A good choice for first-year students with a strong high school background in American politics and government. Contact Professor Renny Fulco​)
POLS 102 – American National Government

RELG 101 - Introduction to Religion
RELG 109 - Jewish Tradition
RELG 110 - Introduction to Christianity
RELG 151 - Religions of Asia
RELG 181 - Introduction to Islam
RELG 184 - Myth, Rite and Sacrament
RELG 211 - Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
RELG 212 - New Testament
RELG 256 - Buddhist Thought
RELG 281 - Anthropology of Religion

Student should start with SOCL 101 - Principles of Sociology but all of our 200-level courses can be entry points to the major. 

Any Drawing or other 100-level course to begin, but it would also be appropriate to take one of the 200-level "Art Studio" courses provided there is no prerequisite.

THDN 103 - Basic Acting
THDN 120 – Why We Dance: Dance in Ritual​
THDN 121 - Introduction to Media Studies
THDN 130 - Jazz Dance Technique I – (half credit course)
THDN 132 - Introduction to Modern Dance
THDN 140 – Improvisation as Composition​
THDN 209-33 - Hip Hop – (half credit course)
THDN 218 - Principles of Movement
THDN 270 Arts in Action: Community

URST 101 - Introduction to Urban Studies
URST 201 - From Hartford to World Cities

WMGS 201 -  Gender and Sexuality in a Transnational World​