As you embark on your college degree journey, you will enter into a program or major of your choosing. When choosing your major, it’s important that you take some time with an academic advisor and go over class requirements for graduation.
Each area of study has different requirements, so you must understand what those are to avoid taking classes that will not take towards your degree.
General Education Classes
Almost all students enrolled in college have to take General Education Classes. You’re required to take and complete a certain amount of credit hours, usually between 40-60 total hours, with a passing grade. Classes range from:
- Arts and Humanities
- English and Literature
- Foreign Language
- Social Sciences
Depending on your area of study, these courses might satisfy dual requirements of both General Education and major-specific credits. Work with your academic advisor to find out more about how that could apply to you.
Pre-Requisites and Electives
You need these classes to move onto advanced courses within your major. They account for the other 60 or so credit hours you have remaining after completing your general education requirements.
For example, if you get a business degree, you might have to take BUS100, BUS200, BUS300, and BUS400 to graduate. The letters represent the area of study, and the numbers reflect the level and sequence you must complete before advancing to the next class. Other pre-requisites or electives might include taking other courses such as a biology class before enrolling in an anatomy class.
Regardless, you should have a curriculum and class schedule for your major to keep you on track. If not, contact your academic advisor as they will be able to answer your questions and make sure you are meeting all of your pre-requisite needs.