What is a major?
A major is simply a specific subject and main area of study that a student can specialize in. By completing a major, you demonstrate sustained, high-level work in one field and in some majors, you prepare for a specific career.
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What is a pre-major?
Some academic departments have requirements for official acceptance into a major that are in addition to the University’s general admission requirements. Until you meet these additional requirements (which vary depending on the major), you should declare the appropriate “pre-major.” This pre-major designation shows that you are intending to pursue that desired area or field but are in process of fulfilling any pre-major requirements. Once you have completed the pre-major requirements, please consult with an advisor in the academic department to officially declare and be accepted into the major.
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*Students are not pre-music unless they have already been accepted into the Music Department by audition. Please see a Music advisor*.
What is a minor?
A minor is a secondary area of study that is typically about half of a major credit wise. Minors are a great way to enhance your degree, complement your major and earn additional credits. Minors can be chosen based on interest. It does not have to be “related” to your major, but it most certainly can if you would like it to.
What is a certificate?
A certificate is basically an interdisciplinary minor. This means that a student takes courses within different departments to complete the certificate emphasis. For example, to earn a certificate in Peace Studies, students must choose from courses in several different departments including Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy and others. A certificate requires approximately the same number of credits as a minor.