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Question #89310 posted on 04/12/2017 10:54 p.m.
Q:

I haven't picked a major or minor yet and have for the most part finished my GEs. The problem is, I'm interested in so many different things!! How do I find the classes that I can take regardless of whether or not I am currently in a program to check it out and see what it is like? I don't know if there's an easy way to do that, but you never really know...

-GoodToKnow

A:

Dear GoodToKnow,

It sounds like you're asking us to compile a list of every class that has no pre-req's or major/minor requirements. That would qualify as a "count an exceedingly big number of things question," which we don't do after the horrors of "how many stairs/how many doorknobs are there on campus?"

If you're interested in a class, look it up on MyMAP. If it doesn't have pre-req's or other requirements, you should be set. If it does, try emailing the professor that teaches it and explaining your case. Depending on your situation, they may be able to give you an add code that allows you to bypass the other requirements. It never hurts to ask!

(Some classes, though, have those restrictions for a reason, so if you're really serious about taking a certain class, you may want to consider taking the pre-req's or even switching your major. Take me for example: I switched my major to Physics so I could take Physics 123 from a better professor than was teaching the general section. Whether or not it was a smart idea to stay in physics after doing so, I'm still figuring out, but it was definitely worth getting into that class.)

Good luck in your exploring!

-Frère Rubik

A:

Dear don't call me son,

Start by auditing and sitting in on classes if they're lectures. This will allow you to get a feel for classes before you commit tuition money and mental devotion. You can look at registration page during the semester to check for scheduling and class size; if it's a smaller class you probably should email the professor beforehand and ask if it will be all right to join in. 

This will be especially helpful in lecture series, which are put on by the more prestigious/grueling majors. You could even register for these ones, since they're only 1 credit. 

The lecture series also help you narrow down your options: experienced professionals offer an inside look at what careers certain courses of study can lead to, which is kind of like getting to peek early at your presents in the gift-exchange of higher education. 

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Once you've got it down to two or three options, you can do one of two options depending on who you are: 

  1. Pick the most difficult track
  2. Pick the track that makes you want barf the least
It sounds like the first track might fit you better, but that's only going off this short question. 
 
You can also use resources like EdX to audit disciplines BYU might not offer, just be prepared to pay if you want a certificate in any course you take. 
 
Take care,
 
-Auto Surf