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.
  • Do not choose an elective just because someone told you it is 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 is a good idea to check the course out for yourself.
  • Check out the course outline.
    • If you are 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 is not available.
    • If the outline is not available online, contact the department and ask if they can send you a copy.
  • Consider electives in different disciplines.
    • Add diversity to your degree.
  • Consider electives in subjects you enjoy or find interesting.
    • If you are interested in the topic, you will be more motivated to do well.
  • Use electives to earn a minor.
    • If you are interested in getting a minor in a different subject area, research the requirements in the Academic Calendar.
  • 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 are interested in a particular business career, consider non-commerce electives which are related, such as economics, psychology, sociology, or communication studies.
    • Of course, there are other possibilities as well. If you are interested in a career in law or education, the Student Success Centre can provide you with more information.

Make sure that you meet all the requirements for a course before you register (check for any pre-requisites, anti-requisites, or co-requisites.) You can find information about course requirements in the Academic Calendar.

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