What to Know Before Registration

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Here are some terms and information that are important to understand as you prepare to register for first-year courses at St. Thomas.

Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA): To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, you must successfully complete 40 semester-long courses. This is normally done by taking five classes each semester for four years.

There are a number of requirements you need to meet in order to earn your Bachelor of Arts, but you don’t need to worry about fulfilling them all in the first year.


Semesters: The academic year runs from September to April. Courses will be offered either Semester 1 (September to December), Semester 2 (January to April), or Full-year (September to April).

Days: Courses are typically offered three times a week (Monday, Wendesday, and Friday), twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday OR Wednesday and Friday) or once a week.

Courses that are offered three times a week are 50 minutes long.
Courses that are offered twice a week are 80 minutes long.
Courses that are offered once a week are three hours long.

Credit Hours: Credit hours (ch) are the credit value assigned to a course. A 6-credit hour course is normally a full-year course. A 3-credit hour course is normally offered within one semester of an academic year.

Introductory Courses: As a first-year student, you will register for introductory courses (course numbers will begin with 1). These courses are typically full—capped at 60 students—and provide a broad and firm foundation for more in-depth study in upper years.

Course Load: The normal course load for full-time students is 30 credit hours per year—five courses each semester. It does not matter what combination of 3-credit hour or 6-six credit hour courses you take, as long as you have five courses in each semester and a total of 30 credit hours for the full year.

Taking less than five courses in a semester will extend the time it takes to complete your BA degree beyond four years.

Course Numbers: The four digits of the course number provide some information concerning the course. The most important digit to note is the fourth—if the course number ends in 6 that means the course is worth 6 credit hours and is normally offered in over two semesters; if it ends in 3 that means the course is worth 3 credit hours and is normally offered within one semester of an academic year.

Course Sections: A letter designates a section of a course. Different letters typically indicate a single course that’s offered in a different timeslots, by a different professor, or in a different location (eg. JOUR- 1113 B).

If you enroll in a full-year course, you will be required to take both sections (eg. HIST 1006 A1 and HIST 1006 A2)

Course Descriptions: Course descriptions inform you about the subject matter of the course. You can find a course description for each course you are interested in by visiting the First-Year Course Description page.