Whether you have chosen a major or not, it is important to take courses that interest you and courses that keep options open for the future. Selecting and registering for your courses will/can/should take some time. Be patient and consider your options.
- Degree requirements, course descriptions, and program options are located in the Academic Calendar.
- Academic Advising has compiled a list of first-year course suggestions (1000 level courses) for each major.
- If you have electives to plan remember that they can open opportunities for experience outside of your major.
- Remember that all students must take at least 0.5 credit from the Approved Indigenous Course List (see p. 17 in Academic Calendar).
- When choosing how many courses to take you may want to consider your course load.
- Have you received transfer credits? If so, you may want to consult with an advisor to discuss how they may be used to meet your degree requirements
Elective courses are classes that students take in addition to the required courses they need for their specific program, or in addition to the courses that they are taking for the major - courses they are interested in.
Here at Trent we believe that interest is the most important factor to consider when choosing electives. Each University course requires a lot of time and effort, so you would likely get a better grade in a course that you actually enjoy.
When choosing an elective it is important to choose a course that would interest you, that could complement your major and/or open new options for your future. In the Academic Calendar you can find the course descriptions and you can review upper year courses in various majors that you may find interesting. Upper year courses will have prerequisites. Can you take a course now that leads to a course you would love to take later? Students should look at the Academic Calendar in order to read course descriptions, as well as to see the requirements for a major within the specific department.