A couple years ago when I decided to return to school to finish up my degree, I discovered that about half of my previous college credits transferred. My advisor told me that there were a couple of classes I could "petition" for credit. That meant I would have to write to the school to obtain a course description and syllabus - for a class I took over 25 years ago! I opted to repeat the class. Did I waste my time? Should I have petitioned? I don't think so. I have enjoyed the opportunity to "update" my knowledge.
Yesterday, I signed up to take Spanish during the summer at the community college. UT has a policy that my last 30 hours prior to graduation must be from UT. That means that in order to take Spanish at PSCC and have it count, I need to take at least 15 hours my last two semesters at UT. Are you with me so far? I want to take Spanish at PSCC during the summer because a) it will be cheaper and b) it will be easier. I was only signed up for 13 hours in the fall. Now I have to find another class to take - one that will be relatively easy since I am taking things like Paleogeology and Hydrogeology to satisfy my Geology minor. At this point in time, many of the classes are full since registration has been going on for at least a month.
What class do I take? And will it be a "wasted" class - like fill-in fluff? An advisor in the Arts and Sciences Advising Department told me the class will not be "wasted" since I need it to make up the 30 hours I will need for graduation. In all, I only need 120 hours to graduate. By the time I am done, I will have 167 hours. I think I need to petition for a "General Studies" minor. Stay tuned . . .