Course Search and Enroll - Searching for Classes
This document explains how to search for classes using the Course Search and Enroll app.
Anyone with a UW–Madison netID can explore classes using the Course Search & Enroll app.
- Students: Log in at my.wisc.edu. Select the Academic Navigator widget, then select the Course Search & Enroll widget.
- Faculty and staff: start at enroll.wisc.edu. Clear all the filters with the “Reset search” button.
Before searching, choose a term (semester).
Choosing “All” for the term filter shows all the courses that can be taught at UW–Madison, regardless of term. This filter won’t display individual sections for a course, since these vary from term to term.
You can search the Schedule of Classes for the current term, plus any future Schedule of Classes that has been published.
You can also choose a term in the My Courses tab.
Searching with keywords
Type a keyword, to find matches in class information (keywords include: subject area, class title, descriptions, instructor-provided content, etc.).
Course Search & Enroll finds both exact and approximate matches: When you search for “culture,” the results list classes matching “culture,” “cultural,” and “cultures,” among other results. “Game” shows more results than “games,” because it is an approximate match to more keywords.
Search for classes taught by a specific instructor by using their last name as a keyword. Search results may include classes that match the search term in other fields. The results when searching for “Nelson” may include Prof. Adam Nelson and Asst. Prof. Nicole Nelson, but also classes that include “Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies” in the description or details.
Searching for last names that have more than one word (e.g., Prof. Lyn Van Swol) or are hyphenated (e.g., Prof. Mario Ortiz-Robles) may produce many results because of the approximate word matches. Try searching for just one part of their name instead (e.g., “swol” or “ortiz”).
Number searches can include a course number (e.g., 277 or “POLI SCI 277”) or a date (1865).
Use this drop-down box to select an academic subject area, such as “Sociology” or “Risk Management and Insurance.”
UW–Madison academic departments and programs offer courses grouped by subject areas. Sometimes these have the same name (the Department of Philosophy offers courses in the Philosophy subject area) and sometimes they are different (the Department of History offers courses in History and also in History of Science).
Subject areas are abbreviated in course titles, such as PHILOS, HISTORY, and HIST SCI.
Your search can be limited to class sections that are “Open,” “Wait listed,” “Closed,” or combinations of these.
Course Search & Enroll looks at seat availability in real time. Your search results may change as sections fill.
General Education filter
Find classes that meet UW–Madison’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate degrees.
When a class will satisfy the Communication Part A requirement, all of its sections will satisfy that requirement. These classes usually display this requirement at the course level.
Communications Part B can be assigned to the entire course or to individual sections. When viewing individual sections, look for the Graduation Cap symbol to find those that meet a General Education Requirement.
The Breadth General Education Requirements checkboxes can be selected individually (Humanities) or in combination (Humanities and Social Sciences). Combinations will show all classes that meet these requirements.
This filter finds classes that match the Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced depth designations that some degrees require.
Foreign Language filter
Search for foreign language classes at the first through fourth level. For higher levels, search by keyword or subject area instead. Selecting “All” in the drop-down box just shows all UW–Madison courses, not all foreign-language courses.
Find sections that can help you earn Honors credit.
When viewing individual sections, look for the Honors symbol.
Reserved Sections filter
Search for classes or sections offered exclusively to specific groups (like students who transfer to UW–Madison from another school).
A term must be selected for this filter to work. The groups displayed may vary from term to term, depending on what classes are offered:
- transfer sections
- First-Year Interest Groups
- residence halls and learning communities
- Wisconsin Emerging Scholars
- community-based learning
Choosing “Res Halls/Learning Communities” in the top list will show names of residence halls and learning communities in the lower list. Choose one, like “Adams Hall,” to find classes reserved for students in this group.
When viewing individual sections, look for the Star symbol to find those that have a reserved section.
Mode of instruction filter
Find UW–Madison classes taught fully or partially taught online.
Other Options filter
Use the Credits filter to search for courses offering a specific number of credits. Searching for “1” to “1” credit shows all one-credit courses.
Leaving a credits field empty or unselected means “anything to this point.” Selecting “5” in the first field and leaving the second field empty will match all courses with 5 or more credits. Leaving the first field empty and selecting “3” in the second field will match courses with 1, 2, or 3 credits.
Each term (Fall, Spring, Summer) has sessions with different class start and end dates. The majority of UW–Madison courses in the Fall and Spring are scheduled over a “Regular” session.
This filter lets you choose from specific sessions offered during the term that you have selected.
If a course is scheduled for a session other than “Regular,” the session dates and three-character code will display in the Sections Panel.