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Course Search & Enroll - Searching for Classes
This document explains the various search options available using Course Search & Enroll.
Overview:Anyone with a UW-Madison netID can explore classes using the Course Search & Enroll app.
Students: Log in at my.wisc.edu, then select the Course Search & Enroll widget
Faculty and staff: start at enroll.wisc.edu
- Choose a term
- Searching with keywords
- Subject filter
- Seats filter
- General Education filter
- Breadth filter
- Level filter
- Foreign Language filter
- Honors filter
- Reserved Sections filter
- Mode of Instruction filter
- Other Options filter
- Credits filter
- Session filter
You can also choose a term in the My Courses tab.
Course Search & Enroll finds both exact and approximate matches: When you search for “cultural,” the results list classes matching “cultural,” “culture,” 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).
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.
Course Search & Enroll looks at seat availability in real time. Your search results may change as sections fill.
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 school GE symbol to find those that meet a General Education Requirement.
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.
Honors designation can be assigned to the entire course or to individual sections. When viewing individual sections, look for the book Honors symbol.
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
- Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement
- Workplace Experience
- Community-Based Learning
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.
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.