Scheduling Tips
1. Focus on core classes.
a.    Get your Associates degree.  Technically, all you need to graduate is the core and a small amount of major-specific elective hours.  The Associates degree is very flexible and focuses mainly on getting classes that are standard for every Bachelors degree at a senior college.  (This goes back to numbers 1 and 2.)
b.    Focusing on your core AA classes while at Northeast will not only help you get out of Northeast quickly and efficiently, but it will help you monumentally in future scheduling.
2.    Tech or Stage.
a.    Know whether you want to do Tech or Stage work.  Knowing this will help you decide which electives are best for you.  Tell Schager what you are interested in and he will guide you in selecting the electives you need.  
b.    This may also influence your decision of which senior college to attend, not to mention an emphasis for your Bachelor’s degree.  Most Universities have a BFA for performance and a technical programs and a BA for everything in between.  It’s good to know what you want to do before you get there, but stay flexible.
3.    Know your senior college.
a.    This is very important for planning out your schedule.  Find out what classes you need to take at your senior college and get those out of the way here.
b.    Visit the college!  Find out how if you are sure about attending their institution/department.  While you are there, find out which Northeast classes transfer.
4.    You do NOT need all the theatre electives.
a.    Refer back to 1, 2, and 3.  If Northeast offers electives that will transfer to your senior college and will help you there, without taking away from your core classes, TAKE THEM.  
b.    If you have registered for all the classes you need in that semester, but need more hours, fill in your schedule with things that you will need at the university level.  If you have done that and still need classes, THEN pick an elective of choice.  
5.    Make your schedule early.
a.    It is counterproductive to show up to registration without having thought about your schedule beforehand.
b.    The more classes you have picked out before you register, the faster you’ll finish with the scheduling process.  The faster you get registered, the more likely the classes you select will be available.
6.    Plan every semester in advance.
a.    This goes hand in hand with number five.  Not only is it a good idea to plan out the next semester, but it is also a good idea to plan out as many semesters as possible in advance.
b.    If you know what you are doing next semester, the semester after that, and so on, it makes it much easier to decide what to do this semester.
7.    Create a portfolio.
a.    When you visit your senior college, it is a good idea to have a portfolio with pictures of productions you have been involved with and a resume.
b.    Having a portfolio with a resume will help you get jobs, scholarships, etc…
8.    Enroll in drama production every semester.
a.    Drama production is the credit you will receive for rehearsal.  If you don’t need drama production for whatever reason, it is easier to drop it after you sign up than it is to sign up after the semester starts.
b.    You will need at least 2 hours of drama production to graduate with an Associates degree in theatre from Northeast.
9.    Plan Classes around rehearsal.
a.    All classes have priority over theatre rehearsals, you’re at a Liberal Arts college.
b. Too many hours or conflicts means you’re probably over loaded anyway.
10. Plan to take summer classes when necessary.
a.    If you feel like you are taking too many classes, find out what you can take during the summer to offset the load.
b. Unfortunately, while Pell Grants are seldom available, Theatre Scholarships are never available for Summer or Intersession classes.  
Required Classes for Theatre Majors
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