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St Andrews Courses – 2022 Spring

If you have questions about the academics or courses available on this program, locate the Program Advisor to schedule an advising appointment or email them your questions directly.

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.


USAC’s partnership with University of St. Andrews provides you with the rich opportunity to study at one of the top 10 universities in Britain. You will take regular university classes alongside students from Scotland, elsewhere in the United Kingdom and from abroad. Students generally select their courses from a single Faculty – equivalent to a School or College within a US university. You may take courses from other Faculties if scheduling allows. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by St. Andrews.

Recent courses have included:

Faculty of Arts

Ancient History

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

Art History

  • Dada and Surrealism Histories of Photography, 1835-1905
  • The Art of the Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe
  • European Art and Architecture in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Classical Studies

  • Ancient Greek
  • Ancient Latin
  • Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy
  • Images of Augustan Rome
  • Myth and Community in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

Economics and Management (also offered in Faculty of Science)

  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics for Economists
  • Topics in Finance
  • Corporate Finance and Control
  • Management and Analysis
  • Management and Society


  • Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
  • The Country and the City in Scottish Literature
  • Scottish Verse
  • Early English Romance Comedy: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
  • Twentieth-Century British and Irish Drama

Film Studies

  • Images and Impact: The uses of Film
  • Film Culture, Theory, Entertainment
  • Modern World Cinemas

International Relations

  • Refugees and International Relations
  • State, Power, Crime International Political Theory
  • The Logic of Irregular Warfare
  • Gender and Generation


  • Arabic
  • Comparative Literature
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Translation Methodology
  • Modern Languages
  • Russian

Logic and Metaphysics

  • Mind and World
  • Rousseau on Human Nature, Society and Freedom
  • Reasons for Action and Belief Philosophy of Logic

Medieval History

  • Europe in the High Middle Ages
  • The Fall of Rome and the Origins of Europe, 400-1000
  • Scotland and the English Empire, 1070-1500
  • The Crusades
  • The Mediaeval Castle

Modern History

  • The Tudors : Power and Piety in 16th Century England
  • The Early Reformation in Europe, 1517-1555
  • The Life of the Mind: Key Texts in European Thought, 1512-1697
  • Elizabethan England: Politics, Religion and Personalities (1558-1603)


  • Making Music
  • Scottish Music
  • Understanding Music


  • Moral and Aesthetic Value
  • Moral and Political Controversies
  • Virtue and Vice
  • Reasons for Actions and Belief

Scottish History

  • The Renaissance in Scotland 1450 – 1550
  • Scotland, Britain and Empire, 1603-2000
  • Scotland and the English Empire 1070 – 1500

Social Anthropology

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

Faculty of Science


  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Extragalactic Astronomy
  • The Physical Universe


  • Cell Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Invertebrate Zoology


  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • The Impact of Chemistry

Computer Science

  • Data Encoding
  • The Internet and the Web: Concepts and Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Logic and Software Verification

Geography (also offered in Faculty of Arts)

  • Global Climate Change
  • Political and Cultural Geographies of the Border
  • Geographies of Identity and Power


  • Glaciers and Glaciation
  • Oceans and Climate
  • Field Methods in Geosciences
  • Reconstructing Past Environments

Information Technology

  • Component Technology
  • Distributed Systems Foundations of Computation
  • Software Engineering

Mathematics (also offered in Faculty of Arts)

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Statistical Inference


  • Mathematics for Physicists
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electronics
  • Quantum Mechanics

Psychology (also offered in Faculty of Arts)

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Perception

Sustainable Development (also offered in Faculty of Arts)

  • Introduction to Environmental Economics
  • Governance for Sustainability
  • Frontiers in Sustainability Research: Do Good Lives Cost the Earth?

Faculty of Divinity


  • Christian Thought and Practice
  • Hebrew
  • Theology: Issues and History Analytic Theology
  • New Testament Special topic: Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature World Religions

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact the USAC Advising department if you have difficulty finding the information.

Quick Details

2022-23 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 3.2

Minimum class standing: Junior (strong Sophomore applications may be considered)

Open to degree-seeking students attending a 4-year institution at the time of application

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Program Capacity

20 students



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