Course Selection

Once you have chosen your programs of study, U1 students should select courses according to the requirements for their programs (Major/Minor concentrations, Honours/Joint Honours programs, Faculty programs).

It is important to refer to the eCalendar as well as individual departmental program information (found on departmental websites or at the front desk of the departmental office) to confirm program requirements.

Departmental Academic Advisors are very familiar with the requirements of their Honours, Major Concentration, and Minor Concentration programs. They give specific information about prerequisites, courses, approval for required courses and program selection. Since they are also generally members of McGill University's academic staff, they can also provide useful insight into potential options for further study in their respective disciplines. 

Course Load

A typical full-time course load is 12-15 credits per semester. Please note that students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time.

If a student is taking 5 courses (15 credits) in one semester, a suggested course selection would include approximately 2-3 courses for a major concentration, 1-2 courses for a minor concentration, and 1-2 courses of electives.

Electives

BA students can take any courses offered in the Faculties of Arts or Science as elective courses, permitted they have completed the appropriate course prerequisites. BA students can take a maximum of 12 credits of elective courses in Faculties outside of Arts or Science throughout their degree.

Course Level

Most courses taken in the first year at McGill will be at the 200 level, with the exception of language courses, where the appropriate level will be determined by a placement test administered by the department offering the course. The first digit of the course number normally denotes the course level.

Prerequisites

When registering for courses, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all course prerequisites have been met. Students should not register for a course if they have not already completed the prerequisite for that course. NOTE: Minerva will not stop a student from registering in a course for which the student has not satisfied the prerequisite.


First Year Seminars

Registration for First Year Seminars is limited to students in their first year of study at McGill, i.e., newly admitted students in U0 or U1. These courses are designed to provide closer interaction with professors and peers than is available in large introductory courses. These seminars focus on the latest scholarly developments in the field and expose students to advanced research methods. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of students in any seminar is 25, although some have lower enrolment caps.

Arts students may take only one First Year Seminar, from either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science listings. Students who register for more than one will be obliged to withdraw from all but one.

Below is a complete listing of First Year Seminars for Arts Students. NOTE: Click on the course link to verify whether it is being offered this academic year.

Arts FYS

HIST 197 FYS: Race in Latin America 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 199 FYS: Narr of the Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ITAL 199 FYS:Italy's Lit in Context 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

LLCU 199 FYS: Literary Animals 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Science FYS

CHEM 199 FYS: Why Chemistry? 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPSC 199 FYS: Earth & Planetary Explor. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PSYC 199 FYS: Mind-Body Medicine 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer