There have been times where I’ve looked at my degree tracker or my flowsheet and felt completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of classes I have to take to finish my degree. I’m sure many of you have been in the same place! Taking 15 credits a semester is recommended to graduate on time, but 5 classes is a pretty heavy workload, especially for commuting and working students. There is an alternative to taking 5, 6 or even 7 classes a semester to get through your requirements – summer courses!
Many departments offer classes over the summer over varying time lengths – some meet once a week for a few hours for the whole summer; some only last one week, but the class is from 8 am to 4 pm each day. Many general education requirements are offered over the summer, and even some higher level courses within your department might be offered too.
Taking even one class over the summer will allow you to lighten your course load during the regular fall and spring semesters. Only taking one class allows you to put all of your focus into the one subject you are learning, pushing you towards a successful experience!
To search for courses being offered this summer, log in to your navigator, and click the “Registration” tab. A box like this should pop up
Click the little circle next to “Summer 2016” and then click “Continue.”
On the left hand side of the screen, there should be a blue box like this:
Click “Search,” which will direct you to a new screen – don’t worry, we’re almost there!
At this screen, it’s time to type in your search criteria – I usually just search the three letter code for the department I need (History is used in this example), and then change the “Academic Group” to the “Undergrad Continuing Education” option – and then click “Search.”
All the courses being offered by that department should pop up! Here’s what the screen for summer History looks like:
If you see a course that peaks your interest, click the “Select” button for the course on the right hand side of the screen. This will give you all of the information on the course, including what requirements the class fills:
To add the class to your shopping cart, click “Next”
Now you are ready to register for Summer 2016! Registration opens for Salem State students on February 29th at 8:30 am.