The first required course for Jefferson Scholars is a class with one of the program advisors, Dr. Chad Jordan. Right away in the Fall semester, you will take PB 219 (Plants in Folklore, Myth & Religion). We want the whole incoming class of Jeffersons in this classroom experience together. Your schedule at Orientation should show you already signed into the course.
In general, don't worry about your Humanities & Social Science (CHASS) major during your first semester. It's a good
idea to take those math and chemistry courses you need for biology, and to be able to start the sequence of courses. Along with some basic requirements, you can perhaps start with General Education Program (GEP -- start learning the acronyms and jargon!) requirements for courses.
The math and science courses
in your College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) major will take
care of those requirements in your CHASS major.
If you do have room in your Fall schedule, Foreign
Language is a really good class to take while it's fresh from high school.
The CHASS requirement for at least one semester of foreign language at the
201 course-level is one of the big differences in the requirements between
your two degree requirements. If you made good grades in language in
high school, you have been notified that you have met the University
proficiency requirement. This is not the same as satisfying the
If you have not taken the SAT II or the AP test
in Foreign Language, you should take a placement test during Orientation
(it takes about 30 minutes). We offer computerized placement tests in
French, German, Spanish, and Latin. You can find placement information at http://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/academics/placement.php.
If you have space or would
rather take an introductory (200-level) History or English or social
science class in the Fall, make sure that the one you pick meets the
distribution requirements for CHASS. You need to satisfy the CHASS requirements
in the humanities and social sciences, which will be more than adequate
for your CALS curriculum. The best way to check is to use the "What If" function in MyPack to look at the Degree Audit of your prospective major, or consult with Dr. Kimler.
One thing to remember is that CHASS has lists of required "groups"
of courses in History and Literature. For example, the History requirement
is for two 200-level courses (6 hours): one about non-Western societies
and one about European or American societies. Check carefully to see
which courses will be satisfied by any of your AP or IB credit.
If you want to start in the social sciences,
do not take ANT 252 (Cultural Anthropology), because we have
a special, required section of that for you in your second year. Because you'll need courses in 3 different social sciences, you might look for something other than Anthropology (ANT).
Another category of the General Education Program is Interdisciplinary Perspectives (IP). The courses for Jefferson Scholars will completely fulfill that requirement. Dr. Jordan;s course is one of them. The required course for your third year as a Jefferson Scholar will be a special history of biology course (HI 481-Honors) with Dr. Kimler, and it satisfies the rest of your IP requirement. It does not satisfy the CHASS requirement for History I and II.
Many of you know what your second major is going
to be, but you won't declare it during Orientation. Application for the second major will be online in January, after you have a GPA at NC State. Departments differ in their admission standards; see the information on the website for Change of Degree Application (www.ncsu.edu/coda). Be sure when you apply in CODA that you select the option to ADD a degree track, not change from one to another..
If you don't already know what second degree you
want, don't worry! Take some intro courses, explore, talk to
other Jeffersons and the faculty, and think about it. There will be
time to declare it during your first year. The older Jefferson Scholars
are a wonderful source of information and advice, so ask away! We only ask that you declare a major in both CALS and CHASS by the end of your second year. Once you add the second track, you'll get an
adviser in the department of your major. That makes it a good idea to declare the
major as soon as you are sure of your choice.