World Cultures versus Modern Language

All students are required to meet the World Cultures requirement. The requirement may be met in one of two ways:

WORLD CULTURES: Take UN1002 (4 credits). This is typically taken spring semester of the freshman year. If it is not transferred before a student gets to Michigan Tech, it cannot be transferred.

MODERN LANGUAGE: Take two semesters of a single modern language (French, German, Chinese, or Spanish) along with UN1003 World Cultures Activities. UN1003 and a modern language class are typically taken spring semester of the freshman year. One semester of the modern language (3 credits) plus UN1003 (1 credit) count for World Cultures, the second semester of the modern language (3 credits) counts for HASS distribution requirements.

If you took French, German, or Spanish in high school and are going to take the same modern language at Michigan Tech, you should take the on-line placement test. To do this fill out the form found at the following website (, then go to the Student Service Center in the Administration Building and pay the $5.00 fee. Once a week, the Humanities Department, will e-mail students a code so they can take the test on-line. If you want to get the code sooner, take your receipt to 319 Walker Arts Building. After completing the test, you will receive your language placement on-line.


Spring and Summer 2012 registration will open October 27th, 10:00 pm through November 13th, midnight. If you have questions regarding what classes to take, you should make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor.

Registration typically opens each night at 10:00 pm. Due to the large number of students, some days will have two start times, 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. To find out what day and time you register go to:

  • Priority is based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. This does not include the number of credits the student is currently taking.
  • Students may register anytime on or after their scheduled day.
  • The web will be unavailable for registration from 2:00–2:30 am each day.
  • Registration closes at midnight Sunday, November 13 and reopens at 10:00 pm Sunday, November 20.
  • Students with questions or problems should contact the Student Service Center at 487-2319 or e-mail

Mid-Term Grades

All first-year students will receive mid-term grades for their classes; mid-term grades are viewable on Banweb at 5pm, October 10, 2011. The purpose of mid-term grades is to help first-year students see how they are performing in their classes. If a student has questions regarding a mid-term grade for a class, they should meet with the instructor. Mid-term grades are defined as satisfactory (SA), unsatisfactory (UN), not applicable (NA), and missing (M). NA is used for courses where credit is not earned. M is used when an instructor does not submit a grade. Mid-term grades are temporary grades and will be replaced when the student has earned the final grade for the class. Therefore, no permanent record of the mid-term grade is kept.

Career professionalism

So, you are planning to go to Career Day. What do you need to prepare? What should you expect?

  • Dress nicely. You do not need a suit; a nice shirt/blouse and slacks will do.
  • Go prepared to tell them what you can do for them and why you are interested in working with their company.
  • Have your resume on the Career Center web page ( and click on the NACElink) and bring paper copies with you.

Present yourself well. Everyone knows that companies will look at resumes and transcripts. Other things to consider:

  • If you are not using your Michigan Tech e-mail address, be sure your personal e-mail address is professional.
  • Listen to your phone message to be sure that it is professional.
  • Google yourself and be aware of what information is on your Facebook or Myspace accounts.

For Career Center events that can help you get ready for Career Day, see the August blog “Looking Ahead“.

Career Day: September 27, noon-6pm, SDC

Career Day 2011 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment as well as to get help making career decisions (see the September blog “Choosing a major, choosing a career“). A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.

Need help in a class?

As you are getting into your classes, you may find that you need extra help on a topic. If you have questions, go see your professor during office hours, or e-mail your professor to set up an appointment. Learning Centers are another resource on campus:

  • Chemistry: 208 Chem Sciences and Eng Building
  • Engineering Fundamentals: 209 Dillman, Sunday- Thursday, 7pm-9pm
  • Mathematics: 128 Fisher Hall
  • Physics: 228 Fisher Hall
  • Multiliteracies Center (formerly the Writing Center): 107 Walker Arts and Humanities Center

First-year advising meetings

During fall semester, all academic advisors meet with first-year students to go over the requirements for the department, scheduling, and degree options. Students who are undecided (General Engineering) about which engineering discipline they want to pursue should attend the meeting with Engineering Fundamentals. These students are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).

  • Biomedical: 10/12/2011, 6pm, 641 DOW
  • Chemical: 10/10/2011, 6pm, 102 Chem Sci
  • Civil: during CE1000, 10/10/2011, 2pm, U115 M&M
  • Environmental: during ENVE1501, 10/11/2011, 2pm, 101 Chem Sci, other students by appointment, e-mail Ms. Ross (
  • General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/11/2010, 6pm, 641 DOW
  • Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify you via e-mail, 131 EERC
  • Geological: during GE1100, 10/12/2011, 4pm, 320 Dillman, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (
  • Materials: please schedule an appointment with Ms. Kramer (
  • Mechanical: 10/10/2011, 5:00pm, 112 MEEM

Last day to drop without a “W” is September 16, 2011 (Friday, Week 3)

When a student drops a class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 8th weeks, a withdraw grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do. All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class after orientation. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes through the Friday of 8th Week.