Understanding Your Class Schedule
Now that you have your schedule for your first semester at Hope, you can learn how to read it, answer any questions you might have and find out how to request a change.
On the first day of class, professors of each of your classes will provide you with a syllabus that will explain course/attendance requirements and what will be expected of you during the semester.
If you want to beat the book-buying rush, you can find out more information on the Hope-Geneva Bookstore website. The booklist for fall will available there in early August. Otherwise, it’s fine to wait until you arrive on campus to buy your books.
- READING YOUR SCHEDULE
Your class schedule can be found in your plus.hope.edu account:
- Log in to plus.hope.edu
- Go to Registrar and Student Accounts
- Click Registration
- Click Printable Term Schedule
The printable term schedule lists your schedule for the first-half of the semester at the top and the last-half at the bottom. For more information about first-half and last-half classes, see below.
To check the number of credits you’re registered for, look in the upper left corner of your printable schedule. It is also listed on your bill.
Each class has a subject, course number and section number (e.g., IDS 100-01). The “-01” indicates the section number.
Some classes don’t have specific meeting times, like private music lessons and ensembles. They appear at the bottom of your printable term schedule. If you’re registered for a lesson or ensemble that requires an audition, don’t forget to sign up for the audition when you arrive on campus.
The interactive campus map will help you view your classroom buildings.
Credits and time in class
You will notice that some courses are a different number of credits than other courses. Usually, 2-credit classes meet less often than 4-credit classes. Most half-semester classes are 2 credits.
Some classes meet three times a week for 50 minutes; others meet twice a week for 80 minutes or 100 minutes. Typically, professors decide which pattern works best for their teaching style and class content. Some classes, such as studio art, dance and labs, meet for longer since a substantial part of the class work is done during that time. Classes that meet less often typically expect more work outside of class time.
First-half and last-half semester classes
Some classes are offered only during half of the semester, and are distinguished with an “A” or a “B” at the end of the section number. “A” means the course is held during the first half of the semester, and “B” means it is held during the last half of the semester. For example, Rel 100-01A is a first-half course, and Rel 100-01B is a last-half course.
First-half classes end on October 17. Last-half classes start on October 18.
If you have a last-half class, it will show in two places on your printable term schedule: first, under the first section (first-half of semester) of your printable term schedule as “courses not within date range or without assigned times.” This just means that it does not fall within the first-half of semester dates. The second place you can see your last-half class is in the last-half of semester portion of the schedule.
If you have no half-semester classes, you will have only one section of the printable term schedule for the entire semester.
Drills, labs, discussions and non-graded sections
Some classes have additional sections such as a discussion, drill or lab to go along with the lecture. Sometimes these are 0.0 credit, non-graded sections, and sometimes they are an additional 1 or 2 credits. Any of these sections that appear on your schedule are required. They often meet on different days and times from the lecture.
Some science labs have a different course number from the lecture, such as Chem 125 (lecture) and Chem 127 (lab).
Health Dynamics (Kin 140) has two components: activity and lecture. The activity portion meets two times a week for 90 minutes or three times a week for 50 minutes. The lecture portion meets once a week for 50 minutes.
You may see a pending placement music course (MUS 0X0) on your schedule if you requested an ensemble or voice or piano lessons. This is put on your schedule until you audition with the Music Department during Orientation weekend or the first week of classes. Your schedule will be adjusted once the department has placed you.
If you are registered for lessons (or the piano or voice pending placement), be sure to fill out the Applied Lesson Request Form to help the department with your placement.
The pending placement courses are:
- MUS 010, piano lessons
- MUS 020, voice lessons
- MUS 030, choral ensemble
- MUS 040, string instrument or orchestra
- MUS 050, string instrument in a chamber ensemble
- MUS 060, woodwinds, brass or percussion ensemble
- MUS 070, jazz ensemble
- CLASSES YOU DID (OR DID NOT) REQUEST
CLASSES YOU ASKED FOR BUT DID NOT GET
Rest assured that you will have opportunities to take these classes in future semesters. There are a variety of reasons you may not have received one of the courses you requested, including:
- Time conflicts. Some classes have limited time options for which they are offered, and you may have requested multiple classes that happen to meet at the same time.
- Closed sections. You may have asked for a course where we had limited available seats.
CLASSES YOU GOT BUT DID NOT ASK FOR
Occasionally students are registered for a class that was not on their registration worksheet requests. We only would have added a course that counts toward an academic major interest or general education requirement. More specifically, these reasons include:
- Academic major interest. If you indicated a particular major that you were interested in but neglected to request a key course associated with that major, we may have added a course to your schedule. If you listed multiple majors, we did our best to make sure you are only taking classes that will count for all of them, so that you have some flexibility when you later decide what major(s) to declare.
- General education requirements. We may have added a course that fulfills a general education requirement (e.g. Fine Arts, Cultural Heritage, Religion) that all students complete at Hope; this was typically done if you did not list very many course options on your registration worksheet or there were time conflicts or closed sections for some of your other requests.
More information about courses that may be listed on your schedule and what general education requirements they count for is listed at the bottom of this page.
You may have listed both general biology (Biol 105/107) and general chemistry (Chem 125/127) on your worksheet because you are interested in the health professions. Occasionally based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores, we registered some students for either general biology or general chemistry, but not both. We have found that many students do better on the pre-health track when they take just one of the general science courses at a time. We want to help you make sure your first semester is successful. You will be able to take the other science class in your second year at Hope, though you can also contact us if you strongly prefer to be placed in both but were placed in one.
- TIME CONCERNS
Hope’s campus is very walkable, so you will have enough time to get from class to class. We have made sure to include at least 10 minutes between your classes, which is plenty of time to walk across campus.
We tried our best to make sure you have some open time during the lunch hour. However, some classes are only offered during this time. Phelps Dining Hall has extended its lunch hours so you can go any time between 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
If you are an athlete and your primary sport’s season is in the fall, we did our best to make sure your classes end by 3:30 p.m., especially on the days your sport has games or matches. Sometimes, this was not possible due to the availability of your courses of interest. For example, there are more athletes who are pre-health or biology majors than there are available spaces in chemistry and biology labs that end before 3:30 p.m. Therefore, you may have a lab or discussion during this time — this is okay! Coaches and the Athletic Department are aware that this may happen and will work with you. Your course work is their top priority.
- LEVEL AND PLACEMENT CONCERNS
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is usually accurate in their language placements. Most students in language classes this fall will be coming from high school programs that had different teachers, approaches and books. Language professors at Hope will review content at the beginning of the semester. Some give a short placement test just to see where you’re at and verify the placement.
If you have concerns about your placement after the semester begins, let your professor know. The professor will work with you to decide whether you should stay in your current level or move to a different level.
Space in Spanish and some French classes is limited, so if you decide to change to another level, you may need to wait until the spring to take the class.
Math and science
We tried to place you in the most appropriate math or science level based on many factors: AP/IB/transfer credit earned, ACT/SAT scores, classes taken in high school and major interest. In the first week of the semester, if you feel you are not placed in the right level course, speak with the professor. They will work with you as much as possible to make sure you have the right placement.
The dance department sometimes makes placement suggestions about your dance classes, and we incorporated those as we were able. If you have questions about it, feel free to talk to Professor Farmer.
- SCHEDULE CHANGES
If you have decided you would like to pursue a different major, or you are registered for a class you absolutely do not want to take, we can try to make schedule changes. We advise making these changes now, before you get to campus. Once you get to campus, you will have another opportunity to make changes on the day before classes begin; however it is better to make changes now so you’re more settled prior to your arrival.
If you want to pursue a different major than what you listed on your worksheet, check the first-year major recommendations page to see what is recommended for your new major interest. A change of direction may not mean that you need to change your class schedule; many classes will meet requirements for gen eds and majors. However, if the major recommendations page indicates there are classes that are required in the first semester for your new major interest, we need to try to change your schedule so that you stay on track.
We can’t guarantee that a schedule change you want to make will be available, but we are happy to discuss options with you. Any schedule change request must come directly from you, the student, through your Hope email account or by calling the Registrar's Office at 616.395.7760. Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number and what changes you want to make. We will get back to you in 1–2 business days via email, or we’ll call you if we need to discuss options in detail.
We only registered you for classes that fulfill major or general education requirements for you. If a class you didn't request is listed on your schedule, see below for information about which general education requirement it fulfills or helps fulfill.
Specific details about each gen ed requirement can be found here.
A full list of your intended major's requirements can be found in the Hope College Catalog (choose the appropriate department/major to see requirements).
|COURSE||GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IT FULFILLS OR HELPS FULFILL|
|IDS 100||First Year Seminar (FYS)|
|Kin 140||Health Dynamics (HD)|
|Engl 113||Expository Writing (EW)|
|Arts I (FA1)|
|Art – studio
Dance – any
English – creative writing (Engl 154 or 253)
Music – ensembles or lessons, guitar, piano or voice class
|Arts II (FA2)|
|Cultural Heritage I (CH1)|
|Cultural Heritage II (CH2)|
Math – any
|Mathematics (MA1 or MA2)|
|Natural Science with Lab (NSL)|
|Natural Science (NS2)|
|Rel 100||Religious Studies (RL1 or RL2)|
|Social Science I (SS1)|
|Social Science II (SS2)|
|Global Learning (GLD or GLI)|
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