I thought I was prepared for registration. I had been through the course book, chosen modules and back-up modules, created my dream schedule. But unbeknownst to me, that fifteen minute meeting would throw me for a loop for the entire semester. Since I have yet to see a modification on the official programme websites, here’s a little clue from a student who faced a great deal of stress, catching up, and administrative difficulties, which might have been avoided had I known one little thing:
YOU MUST TAKE TWO 2000-LEVEL COURSES AS A SECOND YEAR AT ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY.
It is assumed that all second years know this, because a majority of second years were once first years at the same university, and to them it is common knowledge. Unfortunately, this was not mentioned at William and Mary, and a great deal of us were unaware of this restriction going into our registration sessions. In fact, I was informed during pre-registration only that I would not be allowed to take a 3000-level (or honours) course as a second year, with no mention of other stipulations.
YES, THIS WILL RESTRICT THE NUMBER OF CLASSES YOU ARE ABLE TO TAKE.
And no, St. Andrews is not terribly good about assessing past coursework for possible pre-requisites. Start writing to professors if you have a class in mind you think you might qualify for. Students have mentioned this to current administrators in the program, and have been told that they are working on some conversions, but until then, here are some suggested courses (from my experience).
Art History – I was able to switch into AH2002 second semester and I loved it. Doesn’t require much previous knowledge that a few quick Wikipedia searches won’t clear up, and if you alert your tutorial to your lack of AH background, they are likely to be very kind, understanding, and open to questions (no matter how dumb).
Management – A big favorite for first years at St. Andrews, and a fun class to take at the 2000-level. Requires group work, so also a way to meet more second year friends.
Finance – If you took Economics, not really any great strain, plus there’s no final exam.
Philosophy – Philosophy is big as an elective for your 1000-level, but is an option as a 2000-level second semester. Depends how much you like philosophy in the first place as to how you get on.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO TAKE TWO ECONOMICS CLASSES AT THE SAME TIME, DO NOT DO SECOND YEAR ECONOMICS. 2001 has a CO-REQUISITE and that is EC2004.
Upperclassmen, please feel free to comment any other suggested classes.
Underclassmen, read the course book carefully!