Fall Semester Course Guidelines for CLA Courses

The American Studies Program (ASP), in cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at Willamette University, has established the following guidelines for students who will be taking CLA classes in fall semester.  Please read them carefully as you prepare to register.  

A.   General Information     alt

1. In fall semester, the ASP recommends that a student complete at least one CLA course.  Please note that the minimum TOEFL standard for admission of international students to Willamette University is 560.  So, if your TOEIC score is lower than 750, please be advised that a CLA course will be very challenging.  Please refer to the Open CLA Courses and Restricted CLA Courses guidelines below.  Consult with your Academic Advisor if you are planning on taking a CLA academic course.

2. Taking a CLA course in the fall semester will depend on your English language ability (measured by the TOEIC) and your overall grade point average (GPA) in spring and summer semesters. 

B.   Open CLA Courses

The following courses are open to all ASP students:

  • Fitness Exercise Activity courses (FITS 031X-085X) (2-3 spaces per class)
  • Practicum: Japanese Language Facilitation (up to 20 spaces)
  • Theatre Practicum courses
  • Music Performance courses (e.g. choirs, bands, etc.) and Applied Music lessons. Auditions may be required for acceptance into these classes.
  • First year foreign language courses (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, etc.)

Important Note: Although these courses are open to all ASP students regardless of TOEIC score, it is important that you work hard to develop your English language   skills and your academic study skills. These courses may be challenging and will    require that you be able to communicate effectively. Class sizes are limited.

C.   Restricted CLA Courses

1. If you want to take a CLA 100 or 200-level course not listed in the section above, you must have a cumulative ASP GPA of 3.0 and a TOEIC score of 600 or above at the time of registration.

2. If your TOEIC score is between 550-600 AND your ASP GPA is 3.0 or higher at the time of registration, you may petition to take a CLA 100 or 200-level academic course.  Complete the ASP Petition to Take A CLA Course form and submit it to your Academic Advisor.  You must schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor and be prepared to discuss the information you have provided on the form. Please read the form carefully and make sure you follow the directions carefully.

Important Note:  Registration for fall semester takes place in June, before the summer semester is over (students may also register for fall courses in late August). If your GPA falls below a 3.0 by the end of summer semester, you will no longer be able to take a CLA academic course in fall semester.  This means that in August, you will have to drop the CLA course for which you have registered.  You may choose to register for an "open" CLA course or an ASP course to replace the course you have dropped.

3. Full-time student requirement:  Each ASP student is required to be a full-time student.

     a.  The full-time study requirement does not include Applied Music (private lessons), Practicum: Japanese Language Facilitation, or College Life Orientation.

     b.  In general, students do not take more than 2 ASP electives and 2 Applied English courses during one semester.  Please see your advisor if you have a question about this.

4. The limit of CLA credits a student may register for is 1.25 (1.25 CLA credits is the equivalent of 5 TIU credits).  The 1.25 credits do not include Applied Music (private lessons) or Practicum: Japanese Language Facilitation.  If you wish to take more than 1.25 credits, there is an additional tuition fee. 


Some SAMPLE combinations of credits follow:

 Dept./Number  Course Title  Credits
 SPAN 131-01  Elementary Spanish I  1.00
 FITS 065X-01  Pilates  .25
 Dept./Number  Course Title  Credits
 IDS 061X-01  Model United Nations  .25
 THTR 182-01  Fundamentals of Modern Dance  .50
 FITS 069X-01  Core Body Conditioning  .25









Private Music Lessons have an additional fee, so you may register for more than 1.25 credits if you wish to take private lessons.

 Dept./Number  Course Title  Credits
 SPAN 131-01  Elementary Spanish I  1.00
 FITS 065X-01  Pilates  .25
 MUSC 170G-08  Guitar (Private Lessons)  .25, .50
   TOTAL CREDITS  1.50, 1.75, 2.25





5.   ASP students who qualify to take CLA restricted courses can register for pre-100, 100 and 200-level courses only (some Exercise Science and Music courses are pre-100).  ASP students cannot register for 300 and 400 level courses.

6.   If a course has a Prerequisite, please consult with your Academic Advisor.  A prerequisite is a course that is required before you can take a certain course. 

7.   Note that a few courses (example: Tennis I) are HALF-SEMESTER courses.

8.   It is required that you attend the first class session of a class.  Otherwise, you may be considered to have dropped that course and may be deleted from the class roster.

D.   Specific Course Information

1. SCIENCE (Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Physics, Psychology, etc.):  Check to see if the class has a lab hour.

2. FOREIGN LANGUAGES:  Students should register for 100-level courses.  If there is an interest in a more advanced course, the student must first go to the elementary course and check with the professor of that course about moving to a more advanced course.  The elementary course professor will decide if the student is prepared for a more advanced course.

3. MODEL UNITED NATIONS (IDS 061X):  No more than 4 ASP students can take this course. It is a student-run organization rather than a regular "course," but it does carry .25 credits.

4. ENGLISH:  ASP students must have a TOEIC score over 600 and permission from the instructor to enroll in writing or literature courses.  For more information and advising, see your Academic Advisor.

5. MUSIC:  Some courses require an audition.  Applied Music lessons require making arrangements with the professor.  The fee for individual lessons is $325 for a 30-minute weekly lesson and $650 for a 60-minute weekly lesson.  (These fees may increase in the fall of 2015.)  You will receive more information about music classes before registration.  See Karen Chittick if you have questions. 

6. FITNESS (Exercise Activities Courses):

     a.  All students may register for ONLY 1 ACTIVITY COURSE.

     b.  Because this is an activity course, it is important to attend each class session.  If you miss more than 3 classes, you may be dropped from the course.

     c.  Some Fitness courses have special fees.

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