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which you can choose to meet this general requirement. You may need to take one or more Englishclasses and possibly math or foreign language requirements. You will need a certain number of creditsor course hours in certain types of core courses, but you can often choose among various specificcourses for how you meet these requirements.2.Required courses in your majorare determined by individual academic departments. Whether youchoose to major in English, math, engineering, history, a health field, chemistry, business, or any otherfield, your individual department sets specific required courses you must take and gives you optionsfor a required additional number of credits in the department. You may not need to declare a major fora while, but this is something you can start thinking about now.3.Electivesare courses you choose freely to complete the total number of college credits needed for yourprogram or degree. How many electives you may take, how they “count” toward your total, and whatkinds of courses are acceptable as electives all vary considerably among different schools andprograms.Most important is that you understand what courses you need and how each counts. Study the college catalogcarefully and be sure to talk things over fully with your advisor. Don’t just sign up for courses that soundinteresting—you might end up taking courses that don’t count toward your degree at all.In addition, each term you may have to choose how many courses or hours to take. Colleges have rules aboutthe maximum number of hours allowed for full-time students, but this maximum may in fact be more than youare prepared to manage—especially if you work or have other responsibilities. Taking a light course load, whileallowing more time for studying and other activities, could add up over time and result in an extra full year ofcollege (or more!)—at significant additional expense. Part-time students often face decisions based more on timeissues. Everyone’s situation is unique, however, and all students should talk this issue over with their advisor eachyear or term.Online CoursesMost colleges now offer some online courses or regular courses with anonlinecomponent. You experience anonline course via a computer rather than a classroom. Many different variations exist, but all online courses sharecertain characteristics, such as working independently and communicating with the instructor (and sometimesother students) primarily through written computer messages. If you have never taken an online course, carefullyconsider what’s involved to ensure you will succeed in the course.You need to own or have frequent access to a recent model of computer with a high-speed Internetconnection.Without the set hours of a class, you need to be self-motivating to schedule your time to participateregularly.

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