Course registration opens for new students on June 9, 2018. Do you know what you’re planning to take? Have you downloaded your Course Planning Worksheet yet? There are required courses you will have to take for your program, but you will also likely have one or two spots for electives. Electives are the courses outside of your main area of study you take because you want to, not because you have to.
Many first-year programs give you the opportunity to choose one or more electives, which is an awesome chance to explore your interests, develop skills, and make your studies even more interesting and exciting. Fear not: there are no wrong choices. There isn’t a first-year elective that will make you the ideal candidate for medical school, or the best possible law school applicant. There is no “one size fits all” perfect elective but—like finding a new pair of jeans that fit just right—you can find the ones that are perfect for you.
Here’s how to do it in three easy steps:
1. Follow your dreams! (and goals and interests)
Have you always wanted to travel? Consider taking a language course. Are you passionate about the environment? Maybe Sustainability has what you’re looking for. Are you new to the province and want to explore Nova Scotia? Take a look at Canadian Studies 1102. Love the ocean? Try out The Blue Planet, a popular Oceanography course here at Dal! If you find your elective choices seem to fall under similar categories, you can even them into a minor or certificate later.
2. Develop your skills
Learn a language, design a website, boost your Greek mythology trivia ability or finally start playing guitar. An elective in first year may develop into an unexpected interest and could even be the building blocks for a future minor or major. Explore the possibilities!
3. Try something completely new
Are you a History student? Try taking Astronomy. Are you a Commerce student? Sign up for introductory Italian. Are you studying Horticulture? Try Introductory Psychology. Cultivating a wide variety of interests and a breadth of knowledge will not only help you learn more about the world, it will help you learn about yourself. You may discover a new passion!
There are dozens of options for your electives. Explore the course offerings using the Acadmiec Timetable (click on the little arrows beside the course name to get a description) or talk to one of the Peer Advisors at the Bissett Student Success Centre in Halifax and the Student Success Centre in Truro. They can help you explore your options so you can choose all of your courses with confidence!