Academic Life

General Information
Planning Your Courses
  1. Visit
  2. Select the tab "Schedule of Courses."

  3. In the drop-down menu, select your entering term — Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

  4. You can now search course offerings by department.

We do not recommend that you use the printable form of courses, as it is not always up to date. To find course descriptions and prerequisites for most courses, click the College Catalog tab found at the top of the registrar's website. This step will take you to a site where you can find the most current college catalog. Please be aware that actual course registration will occur during Orientation.

Review the list of courses you have selected and write down several possible schedules or combinations of courses you’d like to take in your first semester.

What to Keep in Mind When Planning Your Courses
  • In addition to completing requirements in a major field of study, all students at Sweet Briar must also complete coursework within specifically defined areas of the arts and sciences. These courses, collectively, give you the opportunity to explore your intellectual interests while also providing a strong academic foundation.

  • As you review the website, keep in mind that most courses with numbers below 200, for example ANTH 112 (Anthropology 112, “Cultural Anthropology”), are entry-level courses in the discipline.

  • Courses numbered between 200 and 299 are intermediate-level courses. Check the listing in the catalog to see if a course that interests you has any prerequisites. If you do not have a copy of the catalog, download it here.

Helpful Academic Tips
  • Take the time to review the catalog and the online course listings before your first meeting with your advisor.

  • It’s all right to be undecided! Our liberal arts curriculum is designed to help students explore their academic interests before they declare a major.

  • Do not purchase your books until you have registered.

  • No student can complete all of the degree requirements in the first two years. Select at least one class for your first semester based purely on the fact that you want to take it.

Questions? Contact the dean’s office at (434) 381-6206 or the registrar’s office at (434) 381-6179.