Finding the courses you need or want to take

The program orientation is used by campus-based and online majors.  The first part of this section will be general information that will help any LIS major.  The final section is for online majors – it will REALLY help you find the courses you need.

Finding the course schedule

Go the main UIS webpage or to any UIS webpage with the blue menu bar.  You’ll find the blue menu bar on this page.  Click on Academics and then Course Schedules.

Options for Academics link

There are two schedule options

For this section of the orientation, we will focus on the Dynamic Course Schedule.  We will return to the UIS Schedule Planner and Textbook Informationin another section of this start up guide.

Link to Dynamic Course Schedule

Searching for classes

On the Dynamic Course Schedule webpage, first select the term from the drop-down menu and click Submit.

The Dynamic Course Schedule allows you to search the UIS schedule using a variety of search criteria. This allows you to fine-tune your search so that you narrow in on exactly what you want.  You must select a Subject before you click Class Search and you may use the other options to further narrow the results of your search, but in all honestly, it may be best to limit your search criteria to Subject – for most programs, the full list of courses is very manageable without narrowing the list with additional search criteria.

Dynamic Course Schedule search options

Reading the course schedule

There is a LOT of detail on the course schedule.

  1. Click on the course title to view additional details. We’ll show these details next.
  2. Some classes are cross-listed (offered by more than one academic program.) In this example, the course is offered as both CRJ 343 and WGS 343.  Even though there are two cross-listed versions of the course, it still operates as a single course.  The students in the CRJ and the WGS section will meet as one unified class.
  3. Attributes help you confirm that a class meets a specific requirement, like General Education or ECCE. In this case, CRJ 343 is a U.S. Communities ECCE.
  4. Click on View Catalog Entry to read the course description
  5. Here you see the scheduling details: time and day*, building, date range**, schedule type, and instructor.
  6. The envelope icon links you to the instructor’s email address.
  7. This is an example of an online course. The time and place are “to be announced” and the schedule type in “online”.

*Day abbreviations are MTWRF with R=Thursday.

**Date Range is almost always the full term but there are a few half-semester courses each semester. Half-semester courses squeeze 16 weeks of work into an 8 week course so they will cover twice as much work time each week. For example, a full-semester, 3 hour course should take about 9 hours of weekly work. If the same course was offered as a half-semester course, it should take about 18 hours of weekly work.

Course detail from Dynamic Course Schedule

This is what you see if you click on a course title

Again, there is a lot of information here.

For each course, there is a 5-digit Course Reference Number (CRN.)  As you look for course options, you should note the CRN since you will use this number when you register.

The information under Registration Availability will help you know if the course is still available or full. Let’s start with the headers of of the chart.

  • Capacity is the number of students who are allowed to enroll in the course.
  • Actual is the number of students who are currently enrolled.
  • Remaining is the number of spaces still available.

You see three sets of data for these columns:  Seats, Waitlist Seats, and Cross List Seats.

  • Seats includes the numbers you will use most often.  The information is probably obvious. Here, there are 22 seats, 9 students enrolled, and space for 13 more students.
  • Waitlist Seats is listed for every course but courses rarely have waitlists at UIS.  Here, you can see zeroes for the data set meaning there is no waitlist.  If there is a waitlist, you will likely see a small number under Capacity, maybe 5.  If there is a waitlist AND the there are no remaining seats, the registration system will allow you to enroll onto the waitlist.  Once a student is on the waitlist, then no one can register for the class without program approval. This is so that we can give priority to waitlist students if an enrolled student were to drop.
  • In this example, COM 236 is cross-listed as ART 236, so we see data for Cross List Seats.  This data set displays how many total students have enrolled in the two sections.  (This can be a little confusing.)  Under Seats, we see that 9 COM majors have enrolled and under Cross List Seats, we see that 11 total students have enrolled.

    The means 2 Visual Arts Majors have enrolled in ART 236, so there are 11 total seats available between COM 236 and ART 236.

Course availability from Dynamic Course Schedule

How to easily find General Education or ECCE courses

In the top right-hand corner of nearly every UIS webpage, you will find a link to the A-Z Index.  Go to the index and look under G for General Education Semester Course Lists.

The GenEd Semester Course Lists are fairly self-explanatory.  The lists start with General Education courses divided into the requirement sets followed by ECCE courses also divided into the requirement sets.

Links from upper right hand corner of UIS pages

Online Majors

If you are a campus-based student, the Dynamic Course schedule may be your best tool since it will allow you to search for any course.

If you are an online student, the Dynamic Course Schedule can feel like a wild goose chase as you try to find only the online course options.  To make finding courses easier, we create a webpage of online courses each semester.  To find this webpage, go to the main Liberal Studies webpage and click on the “online student resources” graphic/link.  You will find the online course webpage there, as well as a link to this Start-up Guide, which may want to reference in the future.

The list of online courses represents the most likely options for Liberal Studies.  We do not include courses with prereqs that the typical LIS major lacks or courses that we know are reserved other students.  The list of courses is divided into categories:  Boyer category courses, ECCE, and General Education so that you can find these requirements efficiently.