Registration Tools and Resources

Course registration can be both a very exciting and anxiety-inducing process. You have the freedom and opportunity to create a schedule based on your unique interests from a catalog of courses taught by world-class scholars. But, since there are so many excellent choices, it can be hard to narrow down your wish list. It is good to have some best practices in mind for approaching course selection to make the process smoother and easier.

Have a major in mind? Let it guide you

Prioritize registering for those courses that are required or recommended for your primary major. Explore these requirements and recommendations on the Major Requirements page. Use the Sample First-Year Student Schedules page to view possible courses for your first and second semester at Notre Dame according to your intended program of study.

First-Year, Core Curriculum, and College Requirements

All Notre Dame students, regardless of major, must complete a certain number of course requirements to graduate. In your first year, you must complete the two-semester Moreau First-Year Seminar course, as well as the First-Year Writing Requirement: Writing and Rhetoric and University Seminar. Note that students with AP or IB credit may be exempt from taking Writing and Rhetoric. For more information on AP and IB credit requirements, visit the Advanced Credit and Placement page.

In addition to those First-Year Requirements, all students must satisfy the requirements of the Core Curriculum, as well as those requirements specified by your College of study. You can familiarize yourself with these requirements by reviewing the Core Curriculum and College Requirements pages. You can also utilize a tool called "Graduation Progress System" (GPS) within InsideND to track your fulfillment of requirements and plan ahead. Access GPS by logging into inside.nd.edu via your NetID and password and searching "GPS."

Explore second major, supplementary major, and minors

Once you have considered Major Requirements (major-specific course requirements and recommendations for the first year), the first-year requirements, and Core Curriculum requirements, you may wish to turn your attention to second majors, supplementary majors, or minors. While second majors and minors are not a requirement for graduation, many students pursue them as a complement to their major course of study. Note that some requirements for your second/supplementary major or minor might double-count as a Core or college requirement.

When in doubt, find a balance

Whether you are pursuing a single major or some combination of majors and minors, look at your draft schedule and consider the kinds of work each course will require of you. Does your schedule seem dominated by reading or writing-intensive courses? Is your schedule dominated by quantitative courses or courses that are large and lecture-based? Sometimes this is just the nature of your chosen field of study, but in some cases, especially early on in your career at Notre Dame, when you are still discerning your interests, it can be wise to choose a schedule that contains a variety of different types of learning environments and approaches. For example, think about balancing a large lecture-based class with a small, discussion-based seminar-style class.