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.

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