The courses you take in your first year at Notre Dame will help you clearly define your interests and goals while building a sound foundation of skills and knowledge for advanced study. Your first-year advisor is your primary resource for understanding what courses and schedules will work best for your needs.

Your course selections will be a combination of Core Curriculum requirements, courses required by your intended college and/or major if there are any, and elective courses, which can be drawn from the offerings of any department or college that are open to non-majors who have met the necessary prerequisites. All Notre Dame colleges, as well as the School of Architecture, require elective courses be taken to receive the degrees they award.