Elective Advice for BA Psychology Majors
In addition to your required courses (Intro Psyc and Stats), you will also need to register for six other 3-hr courses, three in the fall term and three in the winter term. These can be any courses you are interested in, and for which you have the appropriate high school pre-requisites. For BA students, we recommend, if possible, that you get a start on filling your Arts Core requirements, and also get a start on the subject you might want to pursue as a minor (or as a second major, if applicable). Additional electives can also be chosen to round out your schedule. Click on the links below for further advice in each area.
Note that popular courses do tend to fill up early; therefore, if you are registering late, it may not be possible to take all the courses you would most prefer in your first year. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time. Consult the troubleshooting section for suggestions as to what to do if the courses you want are full. If you still can’t get in, don’t panic. You just have to fulfill the Arts Core and minor requirements sometime before you graduate; if you don’t get those courses this year, take them next year, or the year after. Simply consult the advice in the “additional electives” section, below, for suggestions on how to find some courses that seem interesting and will fit into your schedule. As long as you have Intro Psyc and (ideally) Stats, you are on track with your major requirements; other requirements can still be fulfilled later on, if need be.
In this step, you are developing some general ideas as to what subjects you might want to take courses in. The next step, Build your schedule, will give you concrete advice regarding how to find out which specific courses are offered this year, are still open for registration, and fit into your timetable well. That’s why this step is called “Choose your electives, with back-ups” – if your first choice of courses is not available or causes conflicts, you may have to back up and select some alternate courses, especially if you’re registering late. Flexibility, and a willingness to play around with different options, will help you to develop the best possible schedule.