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Core Course changes for First-Year students

Making changes to Literature Humanities sections and Frontiers of Science sections

You can try to switch your assigned section of Literature Humanities or Frontiers of Science on SSOL when your registration window opens on September 3rd, using the "Change Section" tab in registration.   If that fails, the Core office petition period will take place from Thursday, September 9, 2021 through Monday, September 13, 2021.  During this time, you may complete an online petition to add or change sections of Frontiers of Science or Literature Humanities. The Core office will make every attempt to place you in a section on the day and time you’ve requested. However, petitions are processed based on section availability. The online petition forms will be found here, starting on September 9th. Please reach out to your Advising Dean with any questions. 

Making changes to your University Writing and swapping University Writing and Frontiers of Science

Instructions on how to swap a University Writing section with another student, change your section of University Writing, or exchange University Writing for Frontiers of Science (or vice versa) are available here.  Questions? Email John Stobo at

More information on the Core Curriculum, including a Frequently Asked Questions flyer, is found here

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