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Making Subject Choices

You have 4 days to make up your mind: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ...

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As a new student you are probably one of many who have arrived feeling confused about their choice of subjects, and unclear about where the various courses can lead. While your choice of subjects has to be made according to University regulations, it is even more critical that it should be based on your academic strengths and a sound understanding of the modern world of work and the various career opportunities open to you on graduating. This booklet contains information about each Faculty (pages 18 - 23) and the subjects on offer. Advice and guidance is also available from the Career Centre and from the Deans (and also from your Hall Wardens, Wardens and Lecturers). In planning your curriculum, you need to make full use of the following resources:

1. Orientation Guide: read it carefully. 

2. Website: Check the details of the subjects which interest you www.ru.ac.za/rhodes/academic/departments/. Also check the timetable for your subject choices.

The University website also has a simple system that allows you to check a proposed curriculum

for clashes easily www.scifac.ru.ac.za/timetable. You will not normally be permitted to sign up for subjects if clashes are discovered,as your choice of subjects may be limited by theUniversity timetable. Should you wish to proceed with certain subjects or combinations of subjects in spite of timetable clashes, an extra year of study may be necessary.

3. Your academic Dean and Faculty staff:

  • ALL students MUST attend one of the Faculty talks on Monday morning (8th Feb) between 11 and 1. These will provide a basic outline of how the Faculty functions and the degrees that are offered.
  • You can receive further advice from Faculty staff on Thursday, throughout the day: check the programme for details.

4. Departmental lectures: offered throughout the week, to provide a better understanding of the different subjects. Selecting and attending the introductory talks by representatives of each Academic Department is important, to enable you to put together the best degree “for you”. Even though you may already have a fairly clear idea of the subjects that you think you will be studying, try to keep an open mind, and at least find out about other possible alternatives. The most successful students are always those who are studying what really fascinates and interests them. You will have to plan your programme carefully in order to attend as many of these talks between Monday and Thursday as is feasible.

5. Talks on Career Development. Attend one of these important talks during the week: they are repeated (see programme for times).

6. The Career Centre: make an appointment if needed. The Career Centre is on the first floor of the Bantu Stephen Biko building (Students Union). Career planning is not a “once-off” thing; it is an ongoing PROCESS for which all students must take full responsibility from first year onwards. Effective career development includes the management and development of the following:

  • Degree, choice of subjects and attainment of good grades.
  • Extramural involvement to promote personal and skills development.
  • Obtaining part-time/vacation work, doing well in it, gaining skills and insight into the world of work.
  • Ongoing research into career and job options.

7. If you plan to study a Bachelor of Fine Art or a BA with Studio Practice FIRST go the Fine

Art Department for counselling regarding your subject choices. THEN go and get your chosen Curriculum approved for your degree.

8. If you plan to study Music as a major subject

FIRST go the Music Department for counselling regarding your subject choices. THEN go and get your chosen Curriculum approved for your degree.

By Friday morning all first year students must have a very clear idea of what subjects they will enrol for.

Last Modified: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:21:05 SAST