Course Selection and Registration

For the latest information on course registration please visit the Registration Hub.



See below for answers to the following questions:

If you have a question that is not answered below, please submit it here.

Where can students find the course list for fall 2020?

The master fall 2020 course schedule is available at this link

Will all courses (both those that are 100% online and those with in-person components) be available to ALL students regardless of whether they are learning on-campus or remotely? 

Yes. All courses will be available to all students, regardless of whether they are returning to campus or pursuing remote learning status. Students are not prohibited from taking any course based on where they are or how they choose to study at F&M (online vs. in-person).

  • 100% online courses can be taken by students returning to campus. 

  • Blended courses with in-person components can be taken by students with remote learning status (note: courses that are 100% online may be simpler for remote students to manage).

  • and vice versa.

What percentage of courses will be offered 100% online? 

Some courses (about 30% of our total offerings) will be taught 100% online; students who choose not to or are unable to return to campus may wish to concentrate on those offerings. All our other courses will have substantial material available online, while also employing in-person elements. 

Are 100% online courses still true F&M courses? 

Yes. Faculty will adhere to the principles listed above, even if the course has no in-person activities; they will be thinking creatively about how to sustain “high-touch” faculty presence and mentoring for their students, how to design effective, interactive activities, and how to facilitate student-student interactions. Synchronous contact between faculty and students will be frequent, regular, substantive, and required.

Will students know when they register if a course is being taught with in-person components or 100% online?

Yes. When you register, you will see an “ON” or “ONx”  (x = section A, B, C, D) in the section designation of the course list to indicate courses that will be offered entirely online. Courses not indicated as online-only will be taught in a blended format with both online and in-person components. These labels are for informational purposes only and do not prohibit any student from taking that course based on whether or not they will be on campus. All our classes will be delivered in a way that accommodates different individuals’ constraints so that all students enrolled at the college can participate in any class regardless of whether it is offered in a 100% online or blended format.

Will students be able to petition to take more than 2.5 courses per module?

Yes, the Committee on Academic Status (CAS) will have a petition process for students to register for more than 2.5 courses per module. However, we ask students to consider the accelerated timeline of the module system when deciding whether to petition for additional courses.

What is the minimum number of classes per semester that must be taken to maintain full-time status? Is the "full-time" status given based on credits taken over the whole semester or given based on credits taken in each module?

Students must take at least 3 credits in a semester to maintain “full-time” status. Full-time status will be determined by the combined credits for Module 1 and Module 2 courses.

Will returning students need to re-register for their fall semester courses?

Yes. All students will need to re-register for the fall semester courses that will now be distributed over Modules 1 and 2. Most course offerings will be the same, and we are working hard to spread courses out in such a way that you should be able to register for many (if not all) of the same courses for which you previously registered. 

Here are some important facts to keep in mind about re-registration:

  1. Nearly all of the courses that were already planned for the fall will still be offered, just in different modules at different times.
  2. Those courses will now be divided between Modules 1 & 2.
  3. The Registration Hub will open at least one week prior to registration and your faculty advisor will be available for questions during the advising period.
  4. Once the Registration Hub goes live, you will be able to see the offerings in all departments for the entire year, including the courses planned for J-term and spring, so that you can plan more effectively.
  5. As with any regular semester, some conflicts will be unavoidable, but in order to mitigate conflicts, departments are reviewing their respective schedules and discussing ways to reduce problems for students that may result from these changes.
  6. Students who have declared a major can expect an email from their department chairs providing additional information about specific plans for course completion. Expect your advisors to reach out as we get closer to re-registration.

For more information on registration visit the Registration Hub.

When and how will first-years register for their courses?

First-year (or freshman) students will not need to register themselves for courses and can expect to receive their fall semester schedules in August. First-year schedules will be created from the course choices and academic surveys submitted by each student, and all courses on a student's schedule will fulfill a general education requirement. Each student will be enrolled in four courses in the fall semester, with two courses in each module. First-year students will all be enrolled in Connections courses in the 2020-2021 academic year; the Connections 1 course will be taken in either module 1 or module 2 in fall 2020, and students will be expected to take Connections 2 during Module 3 or 4 in spring 2021. For more information on first-year registration.

When registering for classes, do students select their classes for the entire semester, year, or only the first module?

Students will register for the entire fall semester, meaning they will choose their courses for Module 1 and Module 2 in one registration period.

How will the College ensure equity during the registration process as students deal with varying internet connectivity and technology access?

Fortunately, course registration requires only a minimum amount of bandwidth since it is a simple web-based application with very few graphics or other resource-intensive components on the user-facing end. For most students the process takes somewhere between 1-5 minutes to complete. For recommendations on best practices for class registration.

Prior to registration, ITS is available to provide individualized advice to any student requesting it when it comes to bandwidth considerations or Internet connectivity questions or concerns.  There is a form for students who would like to request technological assistance.

When it comes to the more specific question of providing additional internet capacity to potentially high-need students or any with a financial concern more generally, we have and will continue to refer students to F&M’s Student Emergency and Hardship Fund that has been made possible thanks to many generous donors.

Where can I find information about fall 2020 off-campus study?

After taking many factors into account, F&M has made the decision to cancel all Fall 2020 off-campus study. Learn more about this decision.


Last updated July 20