Tips for Choosing Non-Commerce Electives
Here are some tips for choosing non-commerce electives. They are included as helpful suggestions, but remember that everyone’s situation is different. You get to choose which electives you take.
- First year students are strongly recommended to only take first year electives.
- Don’t choose an elective just because someone told you it’s a “bird” (easy) course.
- What comes easy to one person might be difficult for someone else.
- The course may have changed since the person took it, or it may be taught by another professor this semester.
- It’s a good idea to check the course out for yourself.
- Check out the course outline.
- If you’re interested in a course, see if its course outline is posted on the department’s website.
- Outlines from past semesters might give you a rough idea about the course if the current one isn’t available.
- If the outline isn’t available online, contact the department and ask if they can send you a copy.
- Use electives to earn a minor.
- If you’re interested in getting a minor in a different subject area, research the requirements in the course calendar.
- Consider electives in different disciplines.
- Add diversity to your degree.
- Consider electives in subjects you enjoy or find interesting.
- If you’re interested in the topic you’ll be more motivated to do well.
- Consider courses listed in the “International / Cross-cultural / Language Menu” in the undergraduate calendar.
- Commerce students are required to complete two of these courses before they graduate.
- Choose electives which will help you along your planned career path.
- Interested in law school? Consider taking complementary subjects like philosophy, history or political science.
- Interested in teacher’s college? Consider courses in “teachable subjects.”
- If you’re interested in a particular business career, consider non-commerce electives which are related like economics, psychology, sociology or communication studies.
- Of course, there are other possibilities as well. If you’re interested in a career in law or education the Student Success Centre can provide you with more information.
- Be aware when choosing language courses as electives.
- Language courses are sometimes more intense and may require more class time or assignment work.
- Unfortunately, some first year students will not qualify to continue into Commerce II. If you’re interested in another discipline you can use your electives to make a transfer easier in case you don’t qualify or choose not to continue in the business program.
Make sure that you meet all the requirements for a course before you register. (For instance, check for any pre-requisites, anti-requisites or co-requisites.) You can find information about course requirements in the undergraduate calendar.