First things first, do you want to study full-time or part-time? Many programs offer students the opportunity to take things a little slower and take only a few credits per semester. This will leave you with some extra time to work, but it also means that it will take you longer to finish your degree. Full-time studies will take less time, but require more dedication. In some cases – such as with Business Administration or many Fine Arts programs – this is also your only option for study.
Regardless of whether you’d like to study full or part-time, you should consider when you would like to study. In many cases, courses are offered during the day, during the evening or on the weekends. With this flexibility, you can plan your schedule so that you have time to work if you like, or so that you simply have more free time on certain days. For instance, I like to keep a full day free so that I have more time to finish school work or attend to other commitments, such as working on the newspaper. Similarly, attending classes in the evening might allow me to work during the day. Not all classes offer this much flexibility, but it’s good to put some thought into when you schedule your classes when you can.
You could also think about taking a double major or a minor. Double majors allow you to study two areas at once, either related or unrelated. Each major typically requires seven full courses (equivalent to 42 credits) for each major. Minors are optional, secondary areas of study that allow you to learn about a subject outside of your major. They generally consist of five courses (30 credits) in the secondary area and are typically done at the same time as your major. Keep in mind that not all programs allow students to declare minors or double majors, and other programs restrict which double majors or minors students can declare. For a complete list of what options are available to you, check out the Future Students website.
This might be a lot to think about, but it’s best to plan everything ahead of time if you can. Remember, you can always get in touch with us if you have any questions. Also keep in mind that these things aren’t set in stone, and that if you’re unhappy after first year you can always change majors.