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Your First Semester Schedule

You have attended orientation and received your first-semester schedule. Read on for a detailed description of your schedule, how to read it and why the classes were chosen.

Reading your schedule

There is a lot of information on your first-semester schedule and can be quite confusing. It can be broken down into several components:

Course subject/number/title

Example: ENG 110-Composition. The ENG stands for “English,” the subject the course is in, and the 110 is the level of the course. The title of the course is “Composition,” which may also appear on the schedule.

Course Reference Number(CRN)

A unique five-digit number assigned to each course that is used for purposes of registration and found on each student’s schedule.

Credit hours

The number of credits a course is worth, ranging from 0-4, depending on course level and content.


Class meeting days are abbreviated by the first letter of the day of the week (note: “R” equals Thursday). Class meeting time is also indicated on the schedule. Please note that times may vary for the same course on different days. Ex: PSY 110 – M: 10:10-11:05, W: 9:05-11:00.


If available, professors’ names are included on the schedule.

What are these courses and why am I taking them?

Typically, first-semester students in the CAP Program take between 12-15 credits. As a first-semester student, you will take courses that fulfill general university requirements and help you get used to university life. Here are the courses you will likely find on your first-semester schedule:

UNV 101

University 101 (UNV 101) is a one-credit, pass/fall course that provides a comprehensive guide to university life. The course is taught by your CAP Academic Adviser with the assistance of a Peer Leader, an upper-level student who has successfully completed the CAP Program. All first-semester students take UNV 101.

A Learning Community

A Learning Community is actually two courses in one. Two professors from two different fields of study come together to teach a course, using each field’s methods and theories to shed light on the course’s theme. Because the Learning Community is such an essential part of your schedule, it is extremely important that you indicate your top five choices for CAP Learning Communities on the Course Selection Questionnaire (whether submitted by mail or online).

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses are the courses almost all students at Pace University take, usually during their first year of school. In your first semester, you will likely take:

  • Either ENG 110 or ENG 120, along with ENG 105, a two-credit supplement course unique to the CAP Program designed to strengthen your writing and grammar skills.
  • A Math class appropriate for your major and placement level.
  • CIS 101, an Introduction to Computer Information Systems, required of all majors.

Major Courses

If appropriate, students may take a major course in their first semester.

Areas of Knowledge

The Core Curriculum’s Areas of Knowledge give students a broad and comprehensive look at the Humanities. Students must take at least eight courses in the Areas of Knowledge in order to graduate; typically, a student may take one or two Area of Knowledge courses in the first semester. Examples of these subjects: Psychology, Political Science, History and Theater.