If you’re chafing at the idea of sharing all your classes with 119 other students, never fear. Selectives are your opportunity for a small group experience, while exploring personal interests. Each student takes four to six selectives, which are short, special-topic courses for first years. The classes are arranged into categories: basic science (i.e., Journal Club, Cardiovascular Control Mechanisms), humanities (i.e., Art and Medicine, Advanced Reproductive Bioethics), and clinical (i.e., Introduction to Emergency Medicine, International Health). Some courses offer unique experiences not found elsewhere, while others are an extension of volunteer programs. Whatever you choose, these classes are a great way to customize your first year of education at Wash U.

— Jessica H., M1