Reminder: we recommend that you enroll in an average of 15 credits each semester
- To be on track for on-time graduation having completed 122 credits in 8 semesters (15.25 x 8 = 122).
- To keep some flexibility in case something goes badly awry during the semester. All students must complete a minimum of 12 credits every semester, so if you're in 15 credits, you can drop something if you have to without falling below the minimum.
If you're having trouble getting up to 15 and are looking for a 1-2-credit course to add during the next add/drop window or later, here are some options and tips. Know of something that's not on here? Email email@example.com, and we'll add it!
1-2 credit course options:
1. Fulfill your PE requirement if you haven't yet -- register (or waitlist if need be) online and be sure to attend the first class meeting. You may earn one additional PE credit beyond the requirement if there is room in a PE class and you want to take a second one*. PE courses will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final registration deadline.
*NOTE: Only students who won't have fulfilled the PE requirement by the end of this semester may register in advance for PE next semester. If you want to take a second PE class, you should go to the class you want to join on its first day, and see if there is space available.
2. Take a dance class
Dance classes will will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final program filing deadline.
3. Depending on your background and interests, below are some popular ways to enrich your academic experience while also adding a credit or two. Some may be full when you attempt to register, but you may be able to join a waiting list. Be sure to check course descriptions for prerequisites or special registration procedures!
- Columbia/Barnard Chorus
- Voice Lessons or Music Lessons -- see Music Department website for info about auditions and fees
- The English Conference. See departmental website for full description.
- Colloquium on STEM and Education
- Programming Languages -- COMS-W3101. None are currently listed, but check Spring 2018 Computer Science course listings later on
- Emerging Scholars Programming Seminar (Computer Science)
- Science and Scientists (Psychology)
- One of the "short courses" offered by the School for International & Public Affairs (SIPA). Search here or here for 1-1.5-credit courses, and contact Dean Youngblood-Giles for more info if you think one appropriately fits into both your schedule and a liberal arts curriculum.
4. Search the Columbia Directory of Classes for current-semester courses that contain the keyword "Points: 1" or "Points: 2" (single space between the colon and the number). You'll have to scroll through a lot of things that may not help you, like labs for courses you're not taking, or supervised senior research if you're a first-year, but this will give you the most comprehensive listing -- make sure anything you're interested in is offered in the current semester, is appropriate for undergrads, and allows Barnard students: