a view of the Tower Bridge of London from the water.

Fun Ways to Land Extra Credit Hours Outside of the Classroom

By Daniel Richter
Web Content Contributor

A lot of unseen predicaments can arise during a semester that can cause you to drop a class. You could have family drama come up, you could realize that you actually don’t need a class you are taking for your major or you might realize a class/professor is just not the right match for you. Regardless of the reason, if you are trying to follow a degree plan and graduate by a certain semester, then you are going to need to make up for those missed credit hours. Summer classes are always an option but there are other ways to make up for those missed hours while having fun or advancing your future career.

Take a Physical Fitness and Wellness elective class

If you are in need of a few random electives for your major,  Texas State offers loads of fun physical fitness classes that are small time commitments and are worth one hour of credit. I personally blew through all of the required classes for my major and now that I am a senior I have a lot of hours I need to fill with electives. Some of the Physical Fitness and Wellness elective classes I have taken are PFW 1150B Beginning Bowling, PFW 1150D Beginning Golf and PFW 1154C Backpacking. They allow you to learn a new skill and often lead to new personal hobbies if you choose a class you think you could be passionate about.

Land an internship

A great way to catch up on course credits that apply to your major is by getting course credit during an internship. All colleges/majors at Texas State have different requirements and options when it comes to receiving internship credit. I am a member of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and this summer I received 6 credit hours for the two internships I had. I would much rather gain real life experience and connections in my field of business and receive credit than gain those credit hours while attending more classes. For helpful tips on how to land an internship check out this article I wrote last year.

Practicum

Practicum has a lot of similarities to internship but there are differences. Not all majors offer practicums and some majors require a practicum. A practicum course allows you to receive a small amount of course credit for work you are doing outside of class for certain organizations. In the case of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, they offer a media practicum. If you are doing over 60 hours of work for the University Star, Bobcat Promotions or KTSW (which is what I am doing right now as a type this) you can receive one credit hour for the semester. You are limited to the number of hours you can receive but if you are already doing the work you might as well get a credit hour out of it.

Studying abroad

Studying abroad is a luxury that you should definitely take advantage of if you are able to. It is a great way to see a new part of the world while gaining credit hours/a perspective that most graduates entering your field will not have. I received six credit hours when I studied in London and Geneva for a little less than two weeks in the summer of 2018. The classes I took were focused around field trips and seeing the area we were visiting as opposed to learning things in a classroom. Check out if you are interested in any upcoming trips related to your major!

As college students, we are required to take a lot of classes we don’t want to. If you have the opportunity to receive useful credits that are not held in a classroom, do it! Talk to your counseling advisor and see if you can make it happen!

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