1. What is the significance of my "catalog year?"
You will be held to the specific requirements of the catalog to which you are assigned—freshmen are under the catalog for the year in which they enter Chapman. Transfer students are under the catalog for the year before you enter Chapman, working on the assumption that before you transferred you were planning your courses at your first school to work with what was being offered at Chapman. If you change catalogs because the requirements in the major may have changed while you were at Chapman or you wish to choose another major, you will also be held to any changes that may have been put in place in regards to GE. It is best to run a “what if” scenario with your program evaluation before you decide to change catalogs for any reason.
2. Which courses (usually of the core) should I take first? And similarly--which courses should I take together or avoid taking at the same time? For example, take TV Studio, Visual Storytelling and Intro to location or Broadcast News 1 all at the same time, or is that too many production courses?
See the suggested four-year plan for your program and talk to your faculty advisor.
3. How can I get a course substitution or a course at another school approved?
You need to send the name, course number and catalog description of the course at the other institution to the Division Chair, Janell Shearer at firstname.lastname@example.org along with the name of the school where you plan to take the course, a copy of your program evaluation, and the name and number of the course you suggest that the outside course be substituted for. She will review the request and let you know whether the substitution is approved.
4. Can I take a course in the major or minor pass/no pass?
5. How do I get into a class that's full? How does the waitlist work?
Show up on the first day of class to see if there is room available. However, be advised that which students are admitted to a class is entirely up to the instructor. Typically, students are admitted on the basis of class standing, thus seniors have preference over juniors, juniors over sophomores etc. In addition, majors have preference over minors or non-majors. Your position on the waitlist does not guarantee you a place in the class once the first day of the semester begins. The waitlist only places students in a class when a previously enrolled student drops the course before the semester begins. Once the semester begins, the instructor can choose whom to admit, regardless or any student’s previous standing on the waitlist. Basically, the waitlist means nothing once the term begins.