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Recommended first courses in major/minor(s)

This page is intended to provide information for new students who are interested in the major/minor(s) listed below. Students do not necessarily need to take these courses their first semester or even their first year in order to major/minor in these disciplines. For additional information, and for major/minors not listed below, please contact the program department chair.

American Studies
First course to take
AMST 201
Is this a field of study course?
FSHT
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
AP/IB credit not accepted for major
Notes
AMST 201 is the recommended first course, but other AMST courses count towards major
Anthropology
First course to take
ANTH 101
Is this a field of study course?
FSSA
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
Any other ANTH course
Archaeology minor
First course to take
CLSC 220 or 302
Is this a field of study course?
220: FFSA; 302: FSVP
Art History
First course to take
ART 121 or 122
Is this a field of study course?
No
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
Contact Art History coordinator.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)
First course to take

Some combination of BIOL 199, CHEM 141, and MATH 211

(or BIOL 190 and CHEM 191 if enrolled in IQS; BIOL 192 and CHEM 192 if enrolled in SMART)

Application required for IQS and SMART.

Is this a field of study course?
BIOL 199 - FSNB
CHEM 141 - FSNC
MATH 211 - FSSR
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
See individual departments for policies.
Biology
First course to take

Some combination of BIOL 199, CHEM 141, and MATH 211

(or BIOL 190 and CHEM 191 if enrolled in IQS; BIOL 192 and CHEM 192 if enrolled in SMART)

Application required for IQS and SMART.

Is this a field of study course?
BIOL 199 - FSNB
CHEM 141 - FSNC
MATH 211 - FSSR
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
AP/IB Biology credit is not accepted for major or minor in Biology.
See other departments for policies.
Business
First course to take
ECON 101
Is this a field of study course?
FSSA
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit

ECON 102 or *ACCT 201

*Note: New first-year students are not eligible to register for Acct 201.

Notes

ECON 101, ACCT 201, and MATH 211 are required coursework prior to declaring a major/minor in the Robins School of Business.

Chemistry
First course to take

CHEM 141 (or CHEM 191 if enrolled in IQS OR CHEM 192 if enrolled in SMART)

Application required for IQS and SMART.

Is this a field of study course?
FSNS
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
CHEM 205
Chinese Studies
First course to take
CHIN 101-102
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
CHIN 301 or higher
Classical Civilization
First course to take
CLSC 220 or 302
Is this a field of study course?
220: FFSA; 302: FSVP
Computer Science
First course to take
CMSC 150 or IQS*

*application required (http://iqscience.richmond.edu/), fall entrance only into the series, first-year students only
Is this a field of study course?
FSSR
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
CMSC 221/CMSC 222
Notes

CMSC 221 can be taken either before or concurrently with CMSC 222

Creative Writing minor
First course to take
ENGL 200
Is this a field of study course?
No
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
The department of English does not accept AP/IB courses for major/minor credit
Notes
Students should not worry if the cannot get English 200 in the fall, as it will be offered in future semesters. Starting this registration for the fall semester, students interested in registering for ENGL 200 Introduction to Creative Writing will have to get department approval by submitting a writing sample. The application form (which includes the writing sample) is available on the Creative Writing Program website.
Dance
First course to take
DANC 248 or 230
Is this a field of study course?
Dance 230 meets FSVP
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
AP/IB credit not accepted for major
Notes
There are also 200 and 300 level course that first year students can take. Contact the department chair for more information.
Economics
First course to take
ECON 101
Is this a field of study course?
FSSA
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
ECON 102
Notes
ECON 101 is a prerequisite for ECON 102
Education and Society minor
First course to take
EDUC 220
Is this a field of study course?
No
Notes

EDUC 220 is waived for students who take the FYS course Education for Citizenship.

English
First course to take
Any 200-level course taught in the English Department (ENGL) that fulfills the Field of Study Requirement in Literary Studies (FSLT).
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
The department of English does not accept AP/IB courses for major/minor credit.
Notes
All 200-level FSLT courses taught in English count toward the English major or minor. All majors and minors must take two of these courses, the first of which must be completed before a student enrolls in any advanced courses in the major or minor program. The second may be taken concurrently with a student’s first advanced courses.
Environmental Studies
First course to take
ENVR 201 or 269
Is this a field of study course?
No
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
Students cannot place out of ENVR 201 or 269 with AP or IB credit
Film Studies
First course to take

FMST 201 or FMST 202

Is this a field of study course?

201:FLST; 202: NA

Geography
First course to take
GEOG 210 or GEOG 250
Is this a field of study course?
GEOG 210: FSSA; GEOG 250: FSNS
Notes
GEOG 210 is also cross-listed as IS 210. GEOG 250 is also cross-listed as ENVR 250 or BIOL 250.
Greek
First course to take
Greek 101
Notes
For placement above GREK 101, please contact Dr. Dean Simpson.
Healthcare Studies
First course to take
HCS 100
Is this a field of study course?
No
History
First course to take
HIST 199
Is this a field of study course?
FSHT
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
HIST 199
International Studies
First course to take
IS 290
Is this a field of study course?
No
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
IS 290 is not available for credit through AP or IB
Notes
Students should also take either PLSC 250 (FSSA) or IS/GEOG 210 (FSSA)
Journalism
First course to take
JOUR 200
Is this a field of study course?
FSSA
Notes
Students may also take JOUR 201, 202, 205, 307, or 311
Latin
First course to take
Latin 307 (if COM 2 satisfied)
Is this a field of study course?
FSLT
Notes
If you have not met your COM 2 requirement with Latin: LATN 101 (1-2 years high school Latin); LATN 201 (>3 years of high school Latin), to be followed by LATN 202 in the spring.
Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS)
First course to take
LAIS 301-307 (if COM 2 satisfied)
Is this a field of study course?
No
Notes
For students with advanced or superior proficiency, please review the department website.
Leadership Studies
First course to take
LDST 101 or 102
Is this a field of study course?
LDST 102: FSSA
Notes

To apply to Jepson, students must have taken, or be enrolled in, LDST 101 or 102 by the fall semester of their sophomore year. Students may take LDST 102 before taking LDST 101. Once either course has been completed, LDST 205 may be taken next.

Luso Brazilian Studies minor
First course to take
LAIS 313
Is this a field of study course?
No
Notes

LAIS 313, Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, is an accelerated language course aimed at students already fluent in Spanish (either heritage speakers or students who have completed at least one 400-level LAIS course). LAIS 323, Mapping Luso-Brazilian Cultures, is a follow-up course to develop reading skills. Both Portuguese courses may be taken for elective credit toward the LAIS major. Contact Professor Dixon Abreu if interested.

Mathematical Economics
First course to take
MATH 211 or IQS*, ECON 101

*application required, fall entrance only into the series, first-year students only
Is this a field of study course?

Math 211: FSSR; ECON 101: FSSA

Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
Math 212, Econ 102
Notes
Students with any questions about what courses to take should always feel free to contact the course coordinators: Saif Mehkari or Kathy Hoke.
Mathematics
First course to take

MATH 211 or IQS*

*application required, fall entrance only into the series, first-year students only

Is this a field of study course?
FSSR
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
If 3, 4, or 5 on Calculus AB, or 6-7 on higher level IB Math, take Math 212. If 4 or 5 on Calculus BC, take MATH 235 or MATH 245.
Notes
Students with a 3 on the Calculus AB test do not receive credit for Math 211, but are encouraged to begin their mathematics studies in Math 212.
Music
First course to take
MUS 095, MUS 109, MSAP private lessons on your instrument, and MSEN ensemble appropriate to your instrument.
Is this a field of study course?
No
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
MUS 110: Tonal Harmony I
Is this a field of study course?
MUS 110: FSVP
Notes
MUS 095 should be taken every semester; students can test out of MUS 109 (see Dr. Riehl); MUS 110 is offered in the spring; students are encouraged to sign-up for private lessons for credit and enroll in an ensemble or chamber music class their first semester on campus.
Philosophy
First course to take
PHIL 101, PHIL 271, or a FYS taught by a member of the Philosophy department.
Is this a field of study course?
PHIL 101: FSLT; PHIL 271: FSHT
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)
First course to take
ECON 101, PHIL 120, any PLSC 200 level introductory courses, or LDST 205
Is this a field of study course?
course dependent
Notes
PPEL 261 and 262 would ideally be taken in the second year. Both 261 and 262 have pre-requisites (one course from any 2 of the following disciplines: Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, or Leadership Studies). Students are encouraged to review sample paths to the PPEL major, keeping in mind that there are many other combinations of classes students may choose in order to complete it.
Physics
First course to take
PHYS 131
Is this a field of study course?
FSNP
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
PHYS 132
Notes
Students with excellent preparation should contact the department chair.

We strongly encourage potential physics majors and engineers to complete both PHYS 131 and 132 by the end of their first year, because the first courses (PHYS 131, 132, 301) must be taken in sequence, and are prerequisites for all advanced courses. Also,  PHYS 301 is usually only offered in the fall.

Political Science
First course to take
PLSC 220
Is this a field of study course?
No
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit

PLSC 220 (US government), PLSC 240 (Comparative government)

Notes
After completing PLSC 220, students take 2 courses from PLSC 240, 250, or 260.
Psychology
First course to take
PSYC 100
Is this a field of study course?
FSSA
Next course to take if have AP/IB credit
PSYC 200 or 299
Religious Studies
First course to take
A FYS taught by a dept faculty member or any of the 200 level courses.
Is this a field of study course?
course dependent
Notes
FYS courses taught by department faculty (only 1 counts towards major) or 200 level courses count as electives in the major and minor.
Rhetoric and Communication Studies (RHCS)
First course to take

Starting Fall 2016, to begin the major students must take RHCS 103 OR RHCS 104, and as long as they have one of those they can also register for RHCS 100 (public speaking) RHCS 105 (Media, Culture, and Identity) or RHCS 102 (Interpersonal Communication) at the same time. Additional information is available on the department website.

Is this a field of study course?
RHCS 102, 105: FSSA
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
Contact department chair for more information.
Notes
There are also 200, 300, and 400 level courses that first-year students can take- contact the department chair for more information.
Russian Studies
First course to take
RUSN 101-102.
Is this a field of study course?
No.
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
Contact department chair for more information
Notes
Some introductory courses on Russian history and culture are taught in English
Sociology
First course to take
SOC 101
Is this a field of study course?
FSSA
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
SOC 211, 221, or another 200 level course
Notes
SOC 211 and 221 are pre-reqsuisites for all 300 level SOC courses
Teacher Education (Elementary, Secondary, or Comprehensive) minor
First course to take

EDUC 217 or 218

Is this a field of study course?
No
Theatre
First course to take
THTR 205
Is this a field of study course?
No
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
AP/IB credit not accepted for major
Notes
There are also 200 and 300 level courses that first-year students can take, contact the department chair for more information.
Visual and Media Arts Practice
First course to take
VMAP 211 or 212
Is this a field of study course?
No.
Next course to take if you have AP/IB credit
Contact Studio Art department chair.
Notes
Students can also take a required art history survey (ARTH 121 or ARTH 122)
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)
First course to take
WGSS 200
Is this a field of study course?
FSSA

Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Review the full list of Majors, Minors, and Concentrations for information about programs not listed on this page. Department chair information is under the "Contact Us" section of each department website.