3 Elective Courses You Must Take In College

If you’ve already picked a major, you probably have a number of required courses to take every semester.

Luckily, most students get to pick a few elective classes to take along with their required coursework.

Electives are an opportunity for you to round out your education and explore areas of interest outside of your major.

Here are a few practical elective courses to consider taking:

  • Foreign Language

Markets are becoming increasingly global, and knowing a foreign language can really set you apart from other job applicants. Spanish is a practical language to know since it is so widely spoken in the US and has many day-to-day uses.

Asian languages that have an increasing role in international business and technology are also good picks, especially for students interested in these fields. If you have a basic knowledge of another language, you’ll open up a lot of doors for yourself, professionally as well as personally.

  • Public Speaking

A lot of people hate talking in front of large groups. Unfortunately, public speaking is a big part of many professions. Though it might be out of your comfort zone, taking a course on public speaking can push you to confront your fear and will make you more comfortable talking in front of others.

You’ll also have the chance to get feedback from your classmates and professor so you know how to improve. Giving speeches in a classroom setting where you can learn and ask questions is a great way to get practice for the professional world.

  • Writing

Good writers stand out on job applications as well as in the professional world. Even if you don’t plan to go into a field that requires a lot of writing, being able to do so clearly and concisely will pay off.

Most jobs will require some sort of writing: reports, proposal, letters, or even something as simple as emails. Every student should understand grammar and be able to communicate effectively through writing.

If your major doesn’t require these courses, you can hone these skills now and set yourself apart from other students in your major who haven’t taken a writing course since high school.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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