October 2011

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Thursday, October 27 is the last day to drop a class in the fall semester. Payment for the course won’t be refunded, and a “W” will appear on your transcript for the class. Drop through MyNEVADA.

The “W” isn’t too consequential in my opinion. It just indicates that you withdrew from the class. The only issue that I’ve encountered related to the “W” is when a student has a long history of dropping classes, graduate programs might wonder why.

There are several things to consider when dropping a class. Most importantly—will being enrolled in fewer credits impact your financial aid status and award for the fall or spring semesters? Will you need to enroll in additional credits in the spring semester? Please check with the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine the answers to these questions.

Also, consider that full-time student status is usually required for on-campus residents and some insurance policies. Full time status is 12 credits at Nevada. Through advising, we usually recommend that students enroll in 15 credits each semester—one reason is that then there is flexibility to drop a class if needed.

Finally, think about how the class is sequenced into your major requirements. For instance—dropping a math class will cause challenges for business students, because classes such as ECON 102, 103, 261, 262 and MATH 176 have lower math prerequisites.

The academic advisors in the College of Business Advising Center are pretty busy with 30 minute student appointments this week, but we would be happy to answer any questions that you have about dropping a class via phone or email. Please get in touch with us!

Yesterday I wrote about how many elective credits each business major allows. Here are a few ways to put those elective credits to use:

  • Explore your major and career options. Enrolling in an introductory class is a wonderful way to determine your interest in an area. Some colleges (like the College of Business!) also offer survey classes which help to introduce students to the many major and career options available there. Taking certain classes, like Psychology 101, will allow you to both explore the area and meet a core curriculum requirement.
  • Pursue a business minor or second major. In the College of Business, there is a lot of overlap in course requirements between our majors and minors. Many of our students obtain a minor or second major and only take a few more classes to do so. A minor or second major is a great addition to your skill set and expertise, as well as your transcript and resume.
  • Take classes in an area outside of business, or pursue a minor or second major in that area. Whether you just take a few classes or complete a minor or second major, there are myriad areas on campus that will enhance your business degree.
  • Study abroad. The College of Business and University Studies Abroad Consortium offer programs all over the world. Work with an advisor to identify degree-relevant (required) classes—but also consider taking electives to learn more about the culture, language or history of the area you visit!

Recently, all of the business majors were adjusted to require a minimum of 120 credits rather than 124 or 128. The international business major still requires more credits for most students; the total on that major is 120-138. Here are the number of elective credits allowed for each major:

  • Information Systems: 2-9
  • International Business: 12 (regional track dependent)
  • General Business: 5-12
  • Finance: 0-6
  • Economics (BS): 8-15
  • Economics (BA): 21-42
  • Accounting/Information Systems: 0-6
  • Accounting: 2-9
  • Marketing: 5-12
  • Management: 8-15

General elective credits are designed to bridge any gap between credits earned in required courses and the minimum number of credits required to graduate. There are also major electives in some business majors, where students will choose one or more courses in the major from a list of options. 

Tomorrow I’ll write more about electives and how to choose which electives to take!