Your Second Year at St Andrews

As a William and Mary home student, you will spend your second year at St Andrews. The links to the left take you to important information about preparing for Year 2 and your trip to Scotland.

In Year 2 at St Andrews, you will typically take three “modules” (courses) per semester. Some of these are required for your major program and build on courses you have taken in your first year; the others may be used to fulfill knowledge objectives (for breadth). The required courses for the specific programs are as follows:


AH&A pathway,

  • 40 credits from AN
  • CL at the 2000 level

G&L pathway,

  • Main language (40 credits): EITHELT2001 and LT2002 or LT2003 and LT2004* OR GK2001 and GK2002 or GK2003 and GK2004*

* As appropriate to student’s first-year language modules.

ECONOMICS: EC 2001, 2002, and 1003

ENGLISH: EN 2003 and 2004

FILM STUDIES: FM 2001 and 2002

HISTORY: Two modules fulfilling distribution requirements for the History major; typically, those courses will be taken at the 2000 level at St. Andrews (e.g., MO 2008, ME 2003, HI 2001, MH 2002). In addition, two modules at the 1000 or 2000 level continuing the language begun in Year 1

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: IR 2005 and IR 2006 (you may continue with Economics as well)

Continuance Standards

By the end of your fourth semester, you must have accumulated 60 (240) credits, must have passed with a D (7) or better, on your first attempt, all courses in your major subject or required for the major, and earned an average of a C+ (an 11 at St Andrews) on your first attempt in the following 2nd year courses:

Classical Studies: for both the AH&A and G&L pathways, coursework from AN and/or CL at the 2000 level 

Economics: EC2001 and 2002

English: EN2003 and 2004

Film Studies: FM 2001 and 2002

History:  two 2000-level modules with HI-, ME- or MO-prefixes.

International Relations: IR 2005 and 2006.

Each School at St Andrews publishes its own Handbook and course descriptions with lists of required, recommended, and in some cases summer reading. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the requirements for Classical Studies,  Economics, English, Film StudiesHistory, International Relations, and learn to get around on the St Andrews site.

Breadth requirements and electives: Your other modules will be electives, though you should make sure that you’ve satisfied most of your breadth courses by the end of your second year. Breadth requirements are listed in the Programme Guide and Catalog Supplement.

REGISTRATION:  Preadvising (registration) for subhonours (1st and 2nd year) at St Andrews typically begins in late August.  During that period, you will log on to iSaint  (much as you log on to Banner here) to make your course requests.  Please note that preadvising establishes only the courses you wish to take and allows you to see potential scheduling conflicts.  You are of course guaranteed seats in courses required for your major, but you do not officially register until you arrive in St Andrews in September.

Most of your courses will be at the 2000 level at St Andrews, though you may be able to “drop down” and take 1000 level courses if you have not yet satisfied the prerequisite for a 2000-level course. Please note: you will NOT be allowed to take courses at the 3000- or 4000-level. Entry to these courses depends on your meeting the requirements for advancement to “Honours” at St Andrews (which you cannot do by your second year), and these courses have prerequisites at the 2000-level.

 If you have questions about whether you have satisfied the entry requirements for a 2000-level elective course, please contact Dr David Evans  with your specific questions, or review the 2017-18 St Andrews course catalog. (Please note that course catalogs change yearly--by going to the site, you should be able to access the most recent version of a catalog as soon as it is available).