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University of St Andrews - Easiest Majors/Classes

TomMorrisTomMorris 22 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
(this post was initially posted in a "Study Abroad" category, which probably doesn't work for this question)

What are the easier majors/classes ... ideally, a class (or two) to take "off" major during the first two years (sub-Honours) that is less time consuming and less challenging intellectually?

thanks!
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  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal 3364 replies33 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    What is the intended major?
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6483 replies51 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Please tell me that you are asking this question b/c your intended primary course is super-rigourous and you want something fun/lighter to balance the load while you adjust to a new system and/or fill in academic holes in your prep for your primary course.

    (even so, I wouldn't be particularly proud if any of my collegekids had 'less time consuming and less challenging intellectually' as their only criterion for choosing a college course).
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  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal 3364 replies33 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    It is usually recommended that you follow at least module paths through first year that would lead to at least two different degrees in case your intended major doesn't work out for some reason. Some programs don't allow for the study of 3, but 2 should be possible.
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1107 replies25 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    It depends what you personally find easy.
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  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal 3364 replies33 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I notice in your other post you think Prince William took Art History because it is easy. He actually started with Art History, Geography and some other module, intending to major in AH. He switched to Geography. I have no idea if that was based on perceived ease or on interest.
    As I stated above, it is generally suggest that you choose the first year modules in three different that you are interested in so that you have a choice at the end of first year. (Note that some degree programs require 2 modules in fall or spring and so you will not be able to do three separate subjects, but you should be able to do at least 2. (This is often the case in the sciences)
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  • TomMorrisTomMorris 22 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you!
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  • TomMorrisTomMorris 22 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    to collegemom3717 ... yes, the other modules are quite rigorous. I'm curious if you are American or UK? I am American and have two degrees from very highly ranked US schools, but the mindset in the USA is different. I took 5 classes a semester, both undergrad and law school, some of which were "required" because we were obligated to take, for example, at least 6 credits of math/science ... so in your non-major but required courses you typically took either classes that really interested you or ones that were going to enable you to grade well regardless. I do understand that the UK system is different and that there are a lot less of the "fluff" courses like in the USA.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6483 replies51 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @TomMorris, I am a hybrid, with degrees from both sides of the Atlantic :-) As you noted, the UK doesn't really do 'fluff' classes, and StA's is exceptional even by Scottish (never mind English) standards in the range of classes on offer to first year students.

    I gather that you have a student headed over in the autumn? If so, @VickiSoCal is a great resource (pretty much the resident expert on StAs here on CC).
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  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal 3364 replies33 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    There's also the consideration that unlike US schools many modules are only offered in one section and some spaces on campus are quite far apart form one another. My daughter wanted to take a philosophy course but it was 5 minutes after Chemistry labs end and there is no way she could get from the Sciences over to the philosophy lecture hall in that time period.
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  • TomMorrisTomMorris 22 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thanks to you both! My son is actually a rising second year. His "off-major" classes last year were in Social Anthropology, which he enjoyed, but next year they conflict with required classes in his major. He'd be content taking all 6 classes in his major, but I'm encouraging him to branch out a little.
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  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal 3364 replies33 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Mine is also a second year and this coming semester is her last chance and only to take any off major classes. First year was one math and two chemistry, both semesters.
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  • TomMorrisTomMorris 22 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    My son's friends all tend to be math/science majors, so they are of little to no help in finding a social science/humanities type class that he might enjoy.
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  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal 3364 replies33 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    With two afternoon labs, mine can't find any humanities classes she can actually go to.
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  • TomMorrisTomMorris 22 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Mine is now talking about a Classics class, which might work. Hey, if he's interested in it, all the better!!
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  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal 3364 replies33 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Mine is looking at ID2005 Scientific Thinking

    "We explore the different definitions of science, the distinction between science and non-science, the design of experiments, errors in reasoning, critical thinking, personal experience & science, the grammar of graphics, the process of science, peer review, research reproducibility, data cataloguing, the treatment of anomalies & outliers, and ethics. "
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  • TomMorrisTomMorris 22 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Ugh. "Rocks for Jocks" (the "easy" Geology) 35 years ago seems SO much easier!! LOL
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  • college curiouscollege curious 104 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    My son just finished his first year at USA and he LOVED a class called Science, Religion and the Mind. Also I have heard the film studies classes are good. My son is a management major.
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  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal 3364 replies33 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yeah, mine is a chem student and afternoon labs prevent classes like that Science, Religion and the Mind class which is at 3 pm.
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