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Educational Advisory Center (EAC) - Freshmen Registration Manual

Self-Advising Information for Freshmen

This manual acquaints you with the General Education Curriculum of the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences and explains how to choose and register for courses for your fall semester schedule.

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Advising

Undecided Majors

If you are an undecided major, the College will assign you to a counselor in the Educational Advisory Center based on your last name according to the following alphabetical breakdown:

A-Dj Ms. Courtney Thrower
Dk-J Dr. Terracita A. Powell
K-Ra Ms. Hakisha LaShea Thomas
Rb-Z  Ms. Heather Jones

These counselors are available daily from 9 AM to 4:00 PM EST in the Educational Advisory Center, Room 110 Locke Hall, (202-806-6985). Your success as a student depends in part on how well you listen to your counselor's advice.

Decided Majors

Those of you who have decided on a major should contact your major department for a faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor will help you to plan your academic program, register for courses, and answer questions about academic procedures. It is your responsibility to check with your faculty advisor whenever you have concerns pertaining to academic affairs. 

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Degree and Major Plans

If to date you have not chosen a major, now is the time to begin thinking about possible choices. One goal of the college is to guide you as you explore several academic disciplines before you chose a major and to help you make a wiser choice because of this experience.

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ALL students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to take general education courses to meet competencies in verbal, analytical and applied life skills. Please see the General Education Curriculum.

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Placement

Mathematics

All students are required to take the Math Placement Examination (MPE) prior to coming to campus in the fall. The results of this examination will be used to facilitate placement in the appropriate math course. Students cannot register for Math courses until the MPE is taken.

Please see http://www.howard.edu/academics/placement.htm#math for information on taking the exam.

English

To enroll in Freshman English, students must exceed the cut-off score for the ACT or the SAT.

Please see the placement page for more information

World Languages and Cultures

The following chart is for students who studied the same foreign language in high school grades 9-12.

Year(s) of High School Study Placement Level
0 - 1 Year Language Level 001
1 - 2 Years Language Level 002
2 - 3 Years Language Level 003
3 - 4 Years Language Level 004

Any student may petition to take an exit examination to gain exemption from the foreign/second language requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences or in any other College or School that has a foreign/second language requirement. The dates of the exit examination will be set by the department and will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

International students should contact the departmental Language Section Coordinators and/or the Department Chairperson when they arrive on campus if they have questions about appropriate placement.

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Advanced Standing

Students who receive a score of 3 or higher (except Biology which requires a score of 4 and English which requires a score of 5) in any of the ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board may be eligible, in the area of each examination, for advanced placement and credits toward graduation as determined by the appropriate department.

If you receive a score of 5 in AP English Language, provide an official copy of your scores (in hard copy or electronically) to the Department of English (Locke 248), and you will be placed in English 076 (offered in the Spring only to COAS Honors students) or in English 003 (for non-COAS Honors students).

If you receive a score of 5 in AP English Literature, you will receive credit for English 014 (Intro to Humanities I), and you may enroll immediately in English 015 (Intro to Humanities II). In both instances, a copy of your AP scores should have been sent to the Educational Advisory Center.

The College of Arts and Sciences also awards advanced placement and credits to entering students for a score of 4 or higher on the INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) higher level (HL) Examination. Advanced Standing is also awarded for the GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (GCE) advanced level and the COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP). These examinations must be taken prior to matriculation at Howard University or another college. Please consult your counselor/advisor regarding specific courses and credits that you may be eligible to receive.

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  • Students must take the Math Placement Examination before they can register for Math courses.
  • Students must fulfil all Medical record obligations before they can register.
  • Select courses based on the suggested program for undecided majors or the courses recommended by your major department for decided majors using the placement information provided in this manual.
  • Access the web to identify specific course numbers and course meeting times.
  • Enter your program on BISON WEB. (See checklist below for registration requirements.)
  • Print out your program to confirm your course selection.
  • Pay your bill by the due date.
  • Phone your counselor at (202) 806-6985/86, if you need assistance.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    Be sure to have a state or school issued picture identification, your Howard University ID number, and important documents with you when you call your counselor or come to campus.

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Unless you are exempted from these requirements, you should register for the following program designed for students who have not decided on a major. If you have chosen a major, you should register for the courses suggested by your major department. Use the Schedule of Classes to choose courses and times.

English 002 3 credits
Foreign Language 4 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
2 Divisional courses
Choose from Natural Sciences Division D, Social Science Division B, or Humanities Division A
6 credits
Health/Activity
Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies
1 credit
Freshman Seminar 1 credit
TOTAL 18 credits

A full course load is 12 to 18 credits. Feel free to reduce your program to as few as 12 credits if you are uncomfortable with 18 credits.

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Choosing Courses for the First Semester (Decided Majors)

The following are the suggested Programs for first-semester Freshmen.

Division of Fine Arts students should contact their Department for Advising.

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Contact Person - DR. T. ADAMS-FULLER
tadams-fuller@howard.edu
(202) 806-6815

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
Division B 3
Mathematics 3
Total 17

AFRICAN STUDIES
Contact Person - DR. M. CHAM
mcham@howard.edu
(202) 238-2328

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
Mathematics (D) 3
African World 101 3
Physical Education 1
Total 18
   

AFRO-AMERICAN STUDIES
Contact Person - DR. G. CARR
gcarr@howard.edu
(202) 806-7242

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
Afro-American Studies 005 3
Mathematics 3
Physical Education 1
Total 18

ANTHROPOLOGY
Contact Person -
DR. A. PAYNE-JACKSON
apj07@comcast.net
(202) 806-6854

See Presidential Commission on
Academic Renewal (PCAR)
Changes to COAS Programs
   

BIOLOGY
Contact Person - DR. C. LEE
cmlee@howard.edu
(202) 806-6933

Freshman Seminar 1
Biology 101 4
Mathematics 007 4
Chemistry 003 4
Chemistry 005 1
English 002 3
Total 17

CHEMISTRY
Contact Person - DR. O. BAKARE
obakare@howard.edu
(202) 806-6900

Freshman Seminar 1
Chemistry 003 4
Chemistry 005 1
English 002 3
Mathematics 007 OR 156 4
Division A 3
Total 16
   

CLASSICS
Contact Person - DR. M. LEVINE
mlevine@howard.edu
(202) 806-6725

See Presidential Commission on
Academic Renewal (PCAR)
Changes to COAS Programs

ECONOMICS
Contact Person - DR. R. GREEN
rgreen@howard.edu
(202) 806-6717

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
Division B or Economics I 3
Mathematics 3
Total 17
   

ENGLISH
Contact Person - DR. D. WILLIAMS
d_williams@howard.edu
(202) 806-6730

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 3 or 4
Division A 3
Division B 3
Mathematics 3
Total 16 or 17

HEALTH, HUMAN PERFORMANCE AND LEISURE STUDIES
Contact Person - DR. R. HOLLANDER
rhollander@howard.edu
(202) 806-7142

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
Physical Activity 1
Mathematics 3
Total 15
   

HISTORY
Contact Person - DR. E. MEDFORD
emedford@howard.edu
(202) 806-9326

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
History 101 3
Mathematics 3
Physical Education 1
Total 18

MATHEMATICS
Contact Person - DR. A. YAKUBU
ayakubu@howard.edu
(202) 806-6830

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Division A or Division B 3
Philosophy 051 3
Mathematics 156  (Calculus I) 4
Physical Education 1
Total 15
   

SOCIOLOGY
Contact Person - DR. V. YOUNG
vyoung@howard.edu
(202) 806-6853

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
Division D (Mathematics) 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Physical Education 1
Total 18

PHILOSOPHY
Contact Person - DR. J. ASIKE
jasike@howard.edu
(202) 806-6811

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
Afro-American Studies 005 3
Physical Education 1
Total 15
   

PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Contact Person - DR. P. MISRA
pmisra@howard.edu
(202) 806-5830

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Physics 013 3
Physics 023 1
Mathematics 156 4
Total 16

POLITICAL SCIENCE
Contact Person - DR. D. HARRIS
dharris@howard.edu
(202) 806-6720

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 4
Division A 3
Political Science 001 3
Mathematics 3
Total 17
   

PSYCHOLOGY
Contact Person - DR. A. CAMPBELL
acampbell@howard.edu
(202) 806-6805

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Introduction to Black Diaspora I 3
Division A 3
Division B (Sociology 001) 3
Mathematics 3
Physical Education 1
Total 17

WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
Contact Person - DR. J. DAVIS
jdavis@howard.edu
(202) 806-6758

Freshman Seminar 1
English 002 3
Foreign Language 3 or 4
Division A 3
Division B 3
Mathematics 3
Physical Education 1
Total 17 or 18

Division of Fine Arts students should contact their Department for Advising.

View all divisional requirements.

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Have you...

  • Paid your $300 Enrollment Fee?
  • Submitted your final high school transcript, showing proof of graduation?
  • Taken the math placement exam on the web?
  • Submitted your medical records or health history forms?
  • Carefully reviewed and followed the registration procedures?
  • Printed a copy of the classes that you selected?
  • Memorized your Howard University ID number?
  • Had all of your questions answered?

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FULL REGISTRATION MANUAL

 
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