St Andrews, Scotland

Course Information

St Andrews, Scotland | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study at University of St Andrews

Through our agreement with the University of St Andrews, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Areas of study are included below. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites by the host university.

  • Courses, called “modules” at St Andrews, are taught by lecture with course handbooks, tutorial sessions, and support.
  • You will be admitted to a particular Faculty—equivalent to School or College within a US university—and then select courses from under this Faculty. You can take courses from other Faculties if scheduling allows.
  • You may enroll in up to 60 Scottish credits each semester, which is equal to approximately 15 US credits. Students typically enroll in either two or three modules per semester.
  • Modules at the first- and second-year level (lower division, 1000 and 2000) are known as “sub-honours,” while modules at the third- and fourth-year level (upper division, 3000 and 4000) are known as “honours.” Entry into honours-level modules is dependent on requisite background knowledge; for most subjects this means you will need to have taken prior coursework at the university level in that field. While many of the 1000-level modules are suitable for beginners, please note that some modules, especially in the sciences, require several years of background study at school. Therefore, there are limited course offerings for US sophomores.
  • The undergraduate course catalogue has information about each module, including credit value, semester availability, method of assessment, and a summary of content.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Ancient History

Recent courses have included:

  • Greek History to Alexander the Great
  • Mediterranean Communities
  • Principles and Techniques in Archaeology
  • The Roman Empire

Art History

Recent courses have included:

  • Aspects of Surrealism
  • Histories of Photography, 1835-1905
  • The Art of the Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe
  • Western Art from Renaissance to Baroque


Recent courses have included:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Galaxies
  • The Physical Universe


Recent courses have included:

  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Zoology


Recent courses have included:

  • Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry, People, and the Environment
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • The Origins of Life on Earth and in the Cosmos

Classical Studies

Recent courses have included:

  • Ancient Greek
  • Ancient Latin
  • Genres and Traditions in Greek Poetry
  • Images of Augustan Rome
  • Myth and Community in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

Computer Science

Recent courses have included:

  • Data Encoding
  • Internet Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Logic, Specification, and Verification


Recent courses have included:

  • Christian Ethics: God, Sex, and Money
  • Hebrew
  • Contemporary Theology and its Challenges
  • The Anthropology of Religion
  • The Church, Ritual, and Politics
  • World Religions


Recent courses have included:

  • Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods—Statistics
  • Topics in Finance


Recent courses have included:

  • Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
  • Culture and Society in Modern Scotland
  • Scottish Verse
  • Shakespeare and the Beginnings of English Citizen Comedy
  • Twentieth-Century British and Irish Drama

Film Studies

Recent courses have included:

  • Contemporary Film Theory
  • Film and Media
  • Film Culture, Theory, Entertainment
  • Modern World Cinemas
  • Time, National Identity, and Cinema


Recent courses have included:

  • Global Environmental Problems
  • Cartographic Methods in Geography
  • Data Analysis in Geography
  • Qualitative Methods in Geography


Recent courses have included:

  • Glaciers and Glacial Processes
  • Oceans and Climate
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Paleontology, Paleoecology, and Paleoclimatology

Information Technology

Recent courses have included:

  • Component Technology
  • Graphs and Algorithms
  • Machines and Computation
  • Software Engineering

International Relations

Recent courses have included:

  • Globalization and the War on Terrorism
  • Power, Violence, and International Relations
  • Religion, Politics, and Democracy
  • The Logic of Irregular Warfare
  • The Political Theory of War and Peace


Options include:

  • Arabic
  • Comparative Literature
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages
  • Russian

Logic and Metaphysics

Recent courses have included:

  • Mind and Reality
  • Society, Authority, and Freedom
  • Rationality and Action
  • Value and Normativity


Recent courses have included:

  • Corporate Finance and Control
  • Management and Analysis
  • Management and Society

Mathematics and Statistics

Recent courses have included:

  • Algebra and Analysis
  • Differential Equations
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Statistical Methods

Medieval History

Recent courses have included:

  • Europe in the Late Middle Ages
  • Ireland in the Later Middle Ages: Nations and Conflicts
  • The Black Death and the Peasants' Revolt in England
  • The Crusades
  • The Mediaeval Castle

Modern History

Recent courses have included:

  • Art and Piety in Western Europe, 1400-1750
  • The Early Reformation in Europe, 1517-1555
  • The Life of the Mind: Key Texts in European Thought, 1512-1697
  • The English Nobility, 1450-1700


Recent courses have included:

  • Music Techniques
  • Scottish Music
  • Understanding Music


Recent courses have included:

  • Aesthetics
  • Ethical Controversies
  • Morality and Human Nature
  • Rationality and Action


Recent courses have included:

  • Applied Vector Calculus
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electronics
  • Quantum Mechanics


Recent courses have included:

  • Brain and Behavior
  • Neuropsychology
  • Perception, Cognition and Action

Scottish History

Recent courses have included:

  • Kingdom, Nation, People: Scotland, 1200-1603
  • Scotland, Britain and Empire, 1603-2000
  • The Weaker Sex? Women and Scottish Society, 1800-1970

Social Anthropology

Recent courses have included:

  • Contemporary Issues in Social Anthropology
  • Interpreting Social and Cultural Phenomena
  • Sex and Gender
  • The Foundation of Human Social Life

Sustainable Development

Recent courses have included:

  • Sustainable Development: Social and Economic Aspects
  • Sustainability: Ensuring Our Common Future

Course Descriptions

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