Mapping Your Major

Well, you did it. You graduated from high school and got into college. Now you’ve got this giant course catalog and a student handbook to navigate — and some big decisions to make.

What classes should you register for? How many classes do you need? How should you spread out your schedule? What do you need to take first? What is a prereq? Why are some classes worth more credits?

The good news is that you’ll have an academic advisor whose entire job it is to answer all of these questions (and more!) and guide you through the next four years. But if you’re still pondering possible majors, you should think about what the shape of your next four years will be.

The First Two Years
Whether you’re starting at a 4-year school or planning to complete an AA at a community college before transferring, your first two years are largely scripted for you. The state requires a number of general education courses for all students. Assuming a full-time schedule of 15 credits, your first two semesters might look like this:

Year 1 Year 2
Fall Spring Fall Spring

English Composition I

Intro to Philosophy

College Algebra

American Government

Human Geography

English Composition II

Intro to Literature

Earth Science

Intro to Sociology

Computers in Business


Law and Business

Professional Writing

Calculus I

Art Appreciation


Product Development

Public Speaking

Statistics I


At this point, it should be pretty clear whether or not you’re enjoying your business classes enough to declare a major.

The Next Two Years
Once you officially become a business major, you’ll start taking more advanced business classes and finding the exact area that most appeals to you. Since health care is a massive industry, especially in Florida, you could decide to take some management — or business-related classes in that field. Here’s how you might finish up.

Year 3 Year 4
Fall Spring Fall Spring

General Chemistry + Lab

Financial Accounting

Principles of Finance

Workplace Skills


Cellular Processes

Managerial Accounting

Principles of Management

Information Systems

Organizational Behavior

Anatomy and Physiology

Contract Management

Advanced Macroeconomics


Finance Honors Thesis

Global Leadership

Business Administration

Selected Topics in Business



And that’s it! You made it! Next stop, graduation.

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