Custom Timetable

A custom timetable (build your own timetable) requires you to choose individual courses that you’ll take for the year.

Why choose to create a custom timetable?

You might have chosen to put together your own schedule because you want more flexibility with the kind of courses you want to take, and the times in which you are in class. Or maybe you just prefer moving from one classroom or building to another, learning with different classmates for each course, and learning from different professors.

There are lots of excellent reasons why you might choose to design your own program. However, keep in mind that your professors will not be co-ordinating your assignments or exams like they would be through Arts One or Co-ordinated Arts Program. And if you feel overwhelmed with having to decide which courses to take in your first year, you might be better suited for Arts One or the Co-ordinated Arts Program.

How to Register a Custom Timetable

With a custom timetable you will be building a timetable for yourself and registering in all of the courses you select.
For detailed information on the registration process, visit the UBC Registration Guide.

What should I take in my first year?

Ultimately, you must decide which classes to take in first-year. However, here are some tips for selecting your courses:

1. Degree Requirements

The Faculty of Arts has requirements that you must meet before you can graduate from Arts. You do not have to take all of these in your first year but you should consider them when you are planning your degree. Do register in WRDS 150 to complete the writing component of the Writing and Research Requirement.

2. Learn about the programs in the Faculty of Arts.

Take some time to read the specialization (major) descriptions and course descriptions. What interests you? Choose three or four programs as possible majors.

You do not have to choose your major or minor in first year. However, you can prepare for your future major by following the required first- and second-year level courses.

3. Find out what’s required in your future major

You have to complete certain courses within your major, including courses at the first-year and second-year level.

Example 1: You’re interested in the Canadian Studies major. You want to know which courses you should take in preparation for entering that program.

Visit the Academic Calendar to find the requirements for Canadian Studies.

There you’ll find the following information:

Major in Canadian Studies
First and Second Years
Students are required to complete 12 credits from the following: ENGL 222, FREN 123, HIST 235, GEOG 290, POLI 101, and SOCI 210. In planning the first and second years students should take into account the prerequisites for the 300- and 400-level courses they intend to take in subsequent years.

Next step: find out what ENGL 222, FREN 123, HIST 235, GEOG 290, POLI 101, and SOCI 210 are by visiting the course descriptions chapter in the Academic Calendar.

The course descriptions also include any pre-requisite courses, which you might have to take in order to gain entry into the course. For example, FREN 123 requires that you’ve completed Grade 12 French or the equivalent (FREN 112 or FREN 122).

In the end, you might come up with the following courses for your first year:

Sample Term 1 Sample Term 2
WRDS 150 ENGL 111
POLI 101 GEOG 290
HIST 235( both Term 1 and 2) HIST 235
French 122 (or appropriate level) French 123
SOCI 210

Rationale: You’ve decided to only take four classes in the first term because you know you’ll need the time to get involved on campus, meet new people, keep up your 8-hour shift per week at work, and adjust to the academic workload of first-year university.

The program you put together puts you in the right direction toward your future major in Canadian Studies. It also keeps the doors open for majoring in English, Political Science, History, French, or Geography.

4. Create more than one plan

You need to prepare for the eventuality that you may not get the class you want at the time you want. As such, you should plan several different timetables (or worksheets) within the Student Service Centre.

For detailed information about registration and worklists, visit the Course Registration in the Faculty of Arts webpage.

5. Know the deadlines for adding and dropping a class

You can make changes to your schedule, within the University deadlines.