The College of Arts and Sciences at any given four year university offers no less than 70-80 different majors. By department these majors can touch on science, history, music, mathematics and literature.

Many of the same subjects in which majors are offered can also suffice as minors or even a second, third or fourth major. Central to any undergraduate academic path whether B.S., B.A., B.M., B.F.A., etc., are the distribution requirements, otherwise known as the Humanities Core or Core Curriculum. This is the very backbone of any College of Arts and Sciences and the degrees it offers.

Regardless of your major, you will spend approximately one to two and a half years of your undergrad career fulfilling distribution requirements/core curriculum interspersed with some classes within your major.

SAT subject tests merely endow you academic credentials and give admissions offices a handle on what you have excelled at. These, together with whatever outstanding scores you might achieve on placement tests, almost never exempt you from core curriculum. A high school senior entering college with a great SAT Literature test score is still required to take Freshman Comp and other English related core classes.

Core curriculum may seem like a daunting task, but it’s really a wonderful opportunity to get your feet wet, develop proper study habits, learn time management, and ease into the swing of student life.  And also give you a taste of what other avenues of study are out there.

College is somewhat like having children: You can’t possibly know/prepare fully for how you’ll feel until you’re in the situation and have to adjust realistically. Think of your time banging out core curriculum as your baby’s infant/toddler stage. The attention and care you put in now makes for a healthier, stronger college career down the line.

Some College of Arts and Sciences majors include: Anthropology, Physics, History, Mathematics and Classical Studies. Majors are offered in all the Romance languages, Russian, Hebrew and/or Hebraic/Jewish Studies, Music, Theater Arts and occasionally the Individual Major in which the undergrad works with an adviser to design their own major of study.

Declaring a major only prepares your adviser for recommending the appropriate curriculum. Undeclared majors generally have plenty of time and studies to occupy them while deciding what they would like to major in.

As new specific professions opens up, the range of undergrad degrees offered within most Colleges of Arts and Sciences is increasing and changing. Undergrads can now major in Business with a concentration in Leadership, or in Education with a minor in Spanish, Music or History. Because all majors within any College of Arts and Sciences share a common core curriculum you can easily fulfill credit requirements for multiple majors.