Choosing Courses [Part II]

Later this summer, you will find  links to more detailed information from the Registrar and academic departments about:

  • First Year Seminars (FYS)
  • Writing Courses (W)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Practicums (NSEP)
  • AP and IB Credit Guide 
  • Political Science 22  American Elections
    (This course is only offered every 4 years - Election Years)
    All first year students are required to meet with Professor Carol Nackenoff for an interview for admission to this course.  Professor Nackenoff will be available during advising hours on Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26.
  • ENVS 2: Human Nature, Technology, and the Environment

    This course examines the relationships among the environment, human cultures, and the technologies they produce. The continually accelerating pace of technological change has had effects on both the local and global environment. Although technology may be responsible for environmental degradation, it may also serve as an important societal mechanism that can help us evolve toward a sustainable society.  This course investigates how humans evolved, what tools they employed, and what the consequences of new technologies were for human kind and the surrounding environment.  Special attention is given to how the problems of the 21st century relate to circumstances of the past. 

  • College Jazz Ensemble: Interested in playing jazz on campus this fall? The Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble has projected openings in all sections. Please be sure to bring your instrument with you to campus. Any questions about the ensemble and the Swat jazz scene can be directed to Andrew Neu at aneu1@swarthmore.edu.
  • College Orchestra: Calling all instrumentalists! The Swarthmore College Orchestra is welcoming new members in the fall. Be sure to bring your instrument and some music for your audition when you come to campus. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30 (the first two days of classes). Please prepare any 2-3 minute piece (or part of a piece) that you enjoy playing and that you feel shows your strengths as a performer. You may also be asked to sight-read a short excerpt from our repertoire. If you're interested in joining Orchestra, sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board across from the Music Department Office when you arrive on campus. In the meantime, feel free to email Andrew Hauze (the Orchestra director) at ahauze1@swarthmore.edu with any questions. We hope to make music with you in the fall!
  • Wind Ensemble (Band): The Wind Ensemble welcomes anyone who plays a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. We are a Tri-College group, welcoming students from Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges who are interested in exploring the Concert Band repertoire in a collegiate setting.  The Wind Ensemble takes field trips to hear world-renowned bands (such as the President's Own Marine Band), and sometimes rehearses outdoors in the Scott Amphitheater.  Any member of the Tri-Co community who plays a band instrument is welcome to join. Auditions (for seating purposes only - everyone is welcome to play!) will be held on Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30 (the first two days of classes). Auditions are informal and laid back: please just prepare any 2-3 minute piece (or part of a piece) that you enjoy playing and that you feel shows your strengths as a performer. If you're interested in joining Wind Ensemble, sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board across from the Music Department Office when you arrive on campus.
  • Want to relieve stress while making beautiful music? Come sing with the Swarthmore College Chorus and Garnet Singers - and get academic credit for it!  The Chorus, a mixed group of about seventy singers. It comprises mostly students but is also open to faculty, staff, and community members. Auditions take place at the beginning of each semester.  Rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Lang Concert Hall during the academic year. The Garnet Singers, a select mixed group comprising approximately twenty-four members, tackles more intimate repertoire. Auditions take place at the beginning of each semester and rehearses every Wednesday from 8:30-10:00 p.m. Membership in Chorus is necessary to audition for and sing in the Garnet Singers. Academic credit available for both ensembles. Contact Joseph Gregorio for audition information.

  • Gamelan Semara Santi is a classical percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia, consisting of tuned gongs, bronze-keyed xylophones, drums, and bamboo flutes. Approximately 20 to 25 musicians participate, mostly Swarthmore students, plus a few additional community members. We perform classical and modern compositions from Bali - some instrumental, some with dance. We rehearse Indonesian style, without the use of notation. Musicians may receive 0.5 credit per semester if desired. We welcome any student musician to play, with or without prior training in music. No audition is necessary. Students who wish to dance should have a background in some form of dance (not necessarily Indonesian dance). Weekly rehearsals are on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Lang Music 410, plus an additional 30 minutes per week in smaller groups ("sectionals"), day and time TBA. There are also three Sunday afternoon rehearsals per semester. For more information e-mail Tom Whitman at twhitma1@swarthmore.edu.
  • If you have any questions about placement or preparation for Music 011 and Music 40A (the first semester of the music theory sequence), please contact Jon Kochavi at jkochav1@swarthmore.edu.
  • Dance Orientation Meeting: Dance classes are open to all students with or without previous dance experience. Beginners will learn what the Dance Program has to offer and why dance should be a part of their college experience. Dancers with previous experience will have a chance to learn about registration for upper level dance classes. Studio dance courses may be taken for academic or P.E. credit.

Registration for courses will happen on the Friday of Orientation Week, after you've met with your academic adviser.  For now, make a list of courses that not only are in the discipline you think will be your major, but also those courses that interest you outside that discipline.  This will be a good start for that first conversation with your adviser.

Some courses will need to be lotteried. If you are concerned about a particular course and whether there is need for a lottery, please refer to that academic department's webpage under "Courses."

Check back here later.