Components of a Degree Program
The core is the how the university ensures that you've been exposed to a
broad array of subjects and approaches to understanding the world. Such
exposure is one of the hallmarks of a college-educated person. The core
should not be something "to get through" en route to your major, and for
some majors, faculty advise that you spread the core classes throughout your
undergraduate career. While undeclared students should take courses in the
core while investigating a major, they should not focus on the core to the
exclusion of major and career exploration, which may include taking courses
outside the core in areas that could be possibilities for a major.
The core constitutes roughly half of the undergraduate major, and is
composed of 1000- and 2000-level courses in six areas. Five of these
areas, accounting for 42 hours, are common across all degree majors,
although as noted above, the approach to how you take courses in the
core will differ based on your major.
While some courses may be available for use in more than one area of the
core, credit hours earned will only be applied to one core area and will
not count in multiple categories.
An academic course of study, with specific requirements within an academic
department. Comprises roughly one-half (60 hours) of a degree program. To
graduate, students must have a major.
View academic degrees and majors
A secondary area of academic emphasis, usually requiring 15 credit hours
beyond introductory course work. Bachelor of Arts degrees require minors.
Most other degree programs do not require minors, although students in these
fields may elect to earn one. In these cases, students may be required to
earn more hours than the minimum number of hours necessary for the degree