When first opening the course book furnished by your new college, you may be a little overwhelmed. There are hundreds of different class offerings to choose from. Although many require prerequisite classes, you can select introductory classes in just about any major field. In order to determine what classes to take you should consider a few different scenarios.

Major

Determine your college major. If you know what you plan to major in, you are given a specific list of the classes required to earn a degree in that field. Pick classes from the given list to assure you are paying for courses you must complete in order to graduate.

Requirements

No matter what type of degree you are working toward, colleges curriculums typically include classes every student must take. Even if you are yet to choose a major, you can at least sign up for these classes. While taking the required classes you may find you enjoy a specific area of study. This will helping you down the path of selecting a major.

Spread Out the Classes

Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up (and even when they do "grow up," many still don't know what they want to do for the rest of the lives). It is a tough decision, unless you have a specific passion for one particular area of study. If you haven't found that passion yet, take courses in different majors that seem appealing. Depending on your college, you can take anything from world history to a film studies.This is a less expensive alternative to declaring a major, then switching to another major half-way through your studies because you have decided it doesn't appeal to you..

Class Time

Once you know the classes you are required to take, you need to decide the times and days that work best for you. The larger the school the more options you'll have. For example, you can take a specific class for one three-hour session a week, or have three one-hour sessions spread through out the week. You may also want to avoid scheduling classes on a specific day due to work or other activities. When reviewing the course book, note the times and days of each class you plan to take.