SOE Course Selection Guidelines
There are a wide variety of courses for SOE students to choose from. In order to be most successful, however, please keep the following in mind when choosing:
- These are actual University of Arizona undergraduate courses.
- Other colleges and universities generally accept these courses for transfer credit.
- You will receive a letter grade, not pass/fail or audit.
- Choose courses for which you have sufficient background and preparation or in which you have a strong interest.
- A 3-unit summer session course may have 2-3 hours of homework per day.
- If you are considering taking Math, Chemistry, Physics, or Philosophy 110, you must first take a math placement exam. This test is only offered on campus; you may take the exam on the first day of classes if you are unable to come to campus prior to the program’s start.
- You may not take Chemistry or Physics without first contacting the department and obtaining consent.
- You may not take any English course other than English 197A – Honors.
- You may not take classes for which you have not satisfied the prerequisite course work.
- If you seek to complete a high school graduation requirement by taking an SOE class, you should consult your high school administration first.
For more course information, please visit our FAQ page.
To review course availability and course descriptions, visit the Universities Class Schedule.
Courses listed under TRAD 101-104, INDV 101-104, and NATS 101-104 have multiple sections under each course number. These courses, which satisfy UA’s “Tier One” requirements in the General Education curriculum, introduce new students to fundamental issues and concepts pertinent to three study areas:
- Traditions and Cultures
- Individuals and Societies
- Natural Sciences
If you choose to enroll at UA for your undergraduate degree after you graduate from high school, you will be required to take two courses in each segment of Tier One, for a total of six courses. SOE gives you a head start!
For instructions on searching for these courses, visit this link.
- When viewing the schedule of classes, be sure to select the correct term (Pre/Sum I 10 = Session 1 and Summer II 10 = Session 2) and document the lecture number. SOE is not offered during pre-session, so be sure to choose courses in Session 1 or 2.
- Make sure the course(s) you’ve selected fit the parameters outlined above.
- SOE does not guarantee that you will be registered for the class you request; at the discretion of the Director, you may be asked to select a different course for a number of reasons: the class is not offered after all, the course is offered at a time that conflicts with another that you plan to take, you do not have the sufficient preparation/background to take the course, or you are requesting courses that exceed the 6 credit hour limit.
Sophomore course list
Sophomores must choose from the list below; these courses have typically been offered over the last 1-4 years and are shown as a guide. However, the list will be updated in February 2012 to reflect the most current courses. It is generally advised for sophomores to take just one class; however, some students may prefer to take two courses and may be able to handle this workload. Indicate on your application if you would prefer to take two courses; the courses you request, high school transcript, and letters of recommendation will be taken into consideration by the Director.
- Art 100A
- English 197A - Honors
- French Language (any course level you place into via UA placement process)
- German Language (any course level you place into via UA placement process)
- Individuals and Societies 101*
- Individuals and Societies 102*
- Individuals and Societies 103*
- Italian Language (any course level you place into via UA placement process)
- Math (any course you place into via the math exam)
- Music 100
- Music 101A
- Natural Sciences 101*
- Natural Sciences 102*
- Natural Sciences 104*
- Philosophy 110
- Russian Language (any course you place into via UA placement process)
- Sociology 101
- Spanish Language (any course you place into via UA placement process)
- Theater Arts 103
- Traditions and Cultures 101*
- Traditions and Cultures 102* (not offered in session II)
- Traditions and Cultures 103*
- Traditions and Cultures 104*
*For instructions on searching for these courses, visit this link.
Junior course list
Juniors may choose from the list above or identify other courses from the schedule of classes (http://garnet.ccit.arizona.edu/schedule.cgi)
You may take up to two classes per session, but not more than 6 units per session. If you choose a course(s) not listed above, be sure to specify on your application to the program the name of the department offering the course, the course number, and the course title.
EX: W S 240 – Gender Transnatl World
Example course description for English 197A – Honors was the most popular course in 2011, and we strongly encourage students to consider taking English 197A – Thinking and Writing. This is an undergraduate Honors course created just for SOE by UA’s renowned English Department. There are separate sections of this course for sophomores and juniors.