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Thinking About a Specialization

Posted on December, 2019

By the Commerce Office

In the first two years of the Commerce Program, students take mostly required Commerce courses. They typically take a couple of electives from the Faculty of Arts and Science in second year, but all the first and second year Commerce courses are required. This gives students the opportunity to build the foundation of their business education, and to determine their own strengths and interests.

During the second year of the program, Commerce students often start thinking about specializing in a particular area of business.

Commerce students do not officially choose a major or a minor. However, in third and fourth year students can unofficially stream in an area of interest. Students may also choose to combine courses in more than one area, or continue to be generalists and take courses across a number of different areas.

Except for accounting, none of the areas of specialization have a list of courses that must be taken. However, students can look for suggestions by exploring the Fields of Study pages.

For those students interested in becoming a CPA, there is a specific list of Commerce courses that should be taken in third and fourth year. Students who are interested in accounting are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor, particularly if they are also planning an International Exchange in third year.

When considering what courses to pursue in third and fourth year, students should think about what first and second year courses they enjoyed the most, and their future goals. Students may want to consult Academic Advisors, Career Coaches, and Professors. Students often consult peers and upper-year students as well. However, it is important to remember that students should choose their courses with their own interests in mind.

If your student has questions, encourage them to book an appointment with an Academic Advisor on the Commerce Portal.

 

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