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Academics

There are many factors to consider when choosing a college, but none is more important than academics. If you haven't decided upon a major, be sure to explore the variety of majors we offer. If you have decided upon a major, check out the types of courses we teach, and the opportunities for study abroad and undergraduate research.

Choosing a Major at Florida State University

Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions you will make, and, as such, should be given the time and attention it deserves. Once you decide, whether it is at the onset of your college career or after spending a semester or two exploring your options, FSU provides you with an academic map to earn your degree in four years.

We believe that opportunities for success are found within every degree program offered at Florida State University. The educational and extracurricular opportunities are endless and, as a student here, you will be able to choose and pursue experiences that reflect and define your unique focus. Thorough exploration involves reflection in three distinct areas: self, major, and career.

Students wishing to complete studies in more than one field while at Florida State University have multiple degree program options to choose from.

  • Double Major: Students complete the standard 120 degree hours while studying two majors, for which they receive one bachelor's degree. If the student's primary major requires a minor, their second major instead fulfills this requirement.
  • Dual Degree: Students complete 150 degree hours while studying two majors, for which they receive two bachelor's degrees. Minor requirements are not waived.
  • Combined Degree: Students take some graduate-level courses during their undergraduate career. Their graduate courses are double-counted towards both degrees, thus allowing students to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in less time than it would normally take to complete both programs back-to-back. For more details, refer to The Graduate School.

Self-Exploration

This phase involves an understanding of your values, interests, abilities, and personality characteristics. When selecting a major, it is important that you are genuinely interested in the subject matter within your major and that the coursework aligns with your strengths and talents. To clarify your values, interests, and skills, please review the following:

  • The Choosing a Major or Occupation Guide is a workbook, co-created with advisors from the FSU Career Center and Advising First. Contained within the book are reflective activities, lists of majors and careers, and decision-making exercises that assist you with sorting and prioritizing your options.
  • My Majors is an online assessment that matches interests and strengths, and suggests majors that may be a good fit for you.
  • The FSU Career Center offers assistance with exploring majors and careers to help find the right fit for your goals

Major Exploration

Before committing to a major, it is important that you understand all of the coursework required to complete the major and ways the degree is structured. Some majors at the University are limited access or limited enrollment which means that you must fulfill necessary prerequisite courses, earn specific grades, and/or complete a specialized application prior to gaining admission into the major. Each major at Florida State has a corresponding academic map listing sample courses and required milestones for every term. To gain a better understanding of the academic majors offered:

  • View the Academic Program Guide to review program descriptions, academic maps, and departmental links for all majors.
  • Access the General Bulletin to read course descriptions within every major.

Career Exploration

When you finish your four-year degree, you will either be going on to employment, or graduate or professional school and then employment. It naturally follows that you should connect your academic studies at Florida State with career opportunities beyond college. Career exploration involves the exciting process of researching and testing the countless possibilities associated with your field of study and selecting the area that corresponds with your respective goals. Career exploration is an ongoing process and should begin when you enroll at FSU. It involves conducting occupational research, as well as seeking out part-time jobs, internships, volunteer work, and any other experiential learning that will help define your focus. To learn more about career exploration:

  • Visit the Career Center website and investigate the many resources and services available to better understand career options.
  • Review the Occupational Outlook Handbook for the latest career information, including training and educational requirements, earnings, working conditions, and projected job openings for literally hundreds of occupations.
  • View O*NET Online, the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Majors

For more academic information, we invite you to visit the following websites.