It’s the most stressful time of the year!!! It’s time to start planning classes for the Spring semester, which may seem weird since it is only mid-terms. There are so many tricks of the trade when it comes to registration at SMCM. Because I am attempting to graduate in three years, it becomes imperative to plan a schedule to make sure you meet all of the requirements. After meeting with my official adviser (an English professor) and my secondary adviser (a Theater professor), I have been cleared to graduate by the spring of 2016.
One of the amazing things at St. Mary’s is professors will allow you to join a class, even if the class is fully enrolled. All you have to do is email the professor and be placed on the waitlist early, and sometimes they will send you the magical email giving you permission to take the class, even if it is full. Secondly, sometimes you do not have prerequisites for class, and they will give you permission to take the class for extreme reasons—such as the class only being offered every other year. This is true for a Modern Theater course I am required to take for the theater major, where the prerequisite is Theater in History. Theater in History is only offered in the fall, therefore Modern Theater will not be offered again before I graduate.
If none of the above made any sense—I hope it did—the moral is to not be afraid to email professors and ask them to get into their classes if they are full.
There are also classes that you can get approved to count for multiple majors, which is called “Cross Listing.” Some majors, such as English, will give you a list of courses that you can take from other departments to count for credits—so like a Theater class counting as an English class. This can help you take less classes, open the opportunity to add a minor and/or offer you more time to take elective course for other interest areas.
Don’t let advising stress you out too much. Everything works out, and there is an amazing staff to help you succeed.