Classroom Experience

You’ve got class

Wondering what to expect in a College of Arts and Sciences classroom? While the complete answer depends on your instructor’s style, you’ll find a few common themes.

Make your voice heard

Classroom participation is not only expected, it’s encouraged—after all, two of the College’s goals are to teach you to think logically and question critically. And if you don’t understand something, chances are you aren’t alone. It’s okay to ask your instructor to clarify a point. The more you actively engage with your instructors and classmates, the easier it will be to learn the material (and also earn the grades you want).

Size up your classroom

You might attend a twice-weekly lecture with dozens of other students, but only 20 of them are in your discussion section. Or you might have a class with only 10 people in it. Generally, class sizes in the College are relatively small—and become smaller as you get further into your studies.

Not all the College’s classes are held in classrooms. You might take a geology class field trip to examine the strata of a cliff face. Or you might head to the IU Research and Teaching Preserve to learn about ecology. No matter what your field of study is, on a nice day, your instructor might choose to hold class in the Arboretum.