*POCSmom’s Insight: Judging a College Course by Its Name

Cliché: Worthy of the name.  
POCS Reality: College is costly so choose courses wisely for their content, not by their catchy or lackluster name.


How do colleges and professors increase enrollment for classes? Make them required classes, call them prerequisites, or give them a catchy name:


POCSmom’s Insight: To get the most from your college dollars, carefully choose all classes. Plan to satisfy both general graduation requirements and specific requirements for designated majors and minors. Look beyond course titles, whether they be catchy or lackluster, and gather more details such as:

  • read the course description.
  • contact the professor for a copy of the syllabus.
  • speak with students who have taken the class.

The more information you have about your college classes, the more prepared you will be to fill the semester with interesting, useful, mandatory, and optional courses. The bonus is you can set yourself up for success by learning about the professor’s expectations and planning for your work load.

Have a great college learning experience and hope you ace all of your classes!

*POCS: Parent Of a College Student

One thought on “*POCSmom’s Insight: Judging a College Course by Its Name

  1. Excellent and realistic advice here! I would echo the tip to contact the prof early and take a look at the syllabus. If you are in your first two years, check with your adviser to ensure that the course is going to transfer into your next degree program. Ellen Bremen, M.A. @chattyprof

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