Tips for taking courses from different faculties

Tips for taking courses from different faculties

Creating a schedule for the new semester is not the same for every study program and is not always easy. Beast bloggers give you tips on how to progress from their courses. I hope there is something useful for you too. We wish you a lot of fun Prove and a successful start to the new semester!


Viktoria Stauffenegger, economics

The study of economics is not as predetermined as in medicine, but it is also not as free as in the Faculty of Philosophy and History. Before the start of each semester, I asked myself the very first question: What are the required subjects that I need to take this semester? How many are there? And how complex are these? When answering, especially the last question, I always found it very helpful to ask students from upper semesters. Once I did that, I started going to lectures about MONA.

I then thought about the areas where I still lacked credit points. I always had in mind to get between 25 and 35 credit points. Then I simply looked up the most interesting titles in the course catalog, read a short description, and noted the title so I could ask students in later semesters how they felt about the lecture. Finally, I made sure that first, I took the required courses, second, that I chose a mix of interesting, challenging and less challenging lectures, and third, that I achieved the number of credits I set as a soccer goal.


Daniel Chughtai, Physicist

In our Department of Physics, the schedule for bachelor’s studies is already predefined. To find out exactly what you need to complete, you can refer to the course guidelines. There you will find a detailed overview of all semesters. Faculty and non-faculty optional subjects are particularly interesting, which are very extensive with a total of 56 credit points. The elective area thus offers a large scope for insight into other fields.

Lectures in mathematics that deepen the basics or have a connection to physics are especially recommended, for example “Introduction to Topology” in the spring semester 2022 or advanced lectures “Real Analysis” or “Algebra I” in the autumn semester. So far, I’ve mostly done non-faculty electives in philosophy, so even outsiders can take basic courses in theoretical or practical philosophy. This semester the seminar “Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit” is being held, maybe you will meet me there.

There are also mandatory modules in the master’s program, but the lectures themselves can be chosen as desired. This semester, the lecture “Advanced Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory” is highly recommended, as most of the other lectures build on it. I remember the lectures “General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics” and “Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics” as particularly good, but both are offered sporadically, so you should keep your eyes open.


Anja Iseli, language and communication

The Faculty of Philosophy and History offers a great deal of freedom in creating a schedule. In my bachelor’s degree, I studied German philology and English. A few required courses were only planned for the first few semesters. It was important to take these proseminars in the correct order. You can find them on the flyers and study regulations for the course. Different variants of each pro-seminar are usually offered at different times and sometimes with different lecturers. In particular, I mostly watched these events, which are the most suitable for me in terms of time. I’ve often been able to spread 30 credit points over three days, which has helped me a lot as a commuter.

As the semesters progressed, and especially in the master’s studies, I knew much better what I was interested in and which subjects could also be suitable for seminar or diploma theses. The deciding factors for my choice were mostly the name and description of the event, as well as the lecturer. However, these were often events that interested many other students. Since the seminars have a limited number of people, who was allowed to stay at the seminar was usually chosen according to the time of occupancy. So take a look at the course catalog in time and proven soon after the start of the acquisition.

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