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How are college courses prioritized?

I was initially under the impression you can just go to college and focus on your major + a few other classes. I plan on majoring in fine arts. Is it mandatory that I complete other core class subjects prior to actually getting to take an art class? Can I even expect to touch a paint brush within my first 2 years of college?
[Edit: I've been reading through everyone's responses and it's been very helpful and informative !! Thank you so much this helps a lot !! :) ]

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Elena’s Answer

You don't know how much you don't know, until you learn it. College classes are prioritized to be adjusted to your interests, but also to show you more than what you are already thinking about. Take all the classes.

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Skarlett’s Answer

Hi Alice! Fantastic question! 🌟 Remember, your college journey is a thrilling adventure, and you get to be in control of the path you take. Yes, there are core subject classes to take, but the good news is that you can spread them across your entire college career. Your friendly advisor will happily support you in crafting a personalized schedule, considering your interests and preferences. This means that you even get to choose which core classes spark your enthusiasm, like picking the type of science that excites you the most. Remember, each student's journey is unique, so embrace your individuality and don't worry about comparing your class choices with others. Keep shining and make the most of this fantastic experience! 😊
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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Alice!

Honestly. I thought the exact same thing too. 😂 I assumed that I would only focus on my major.

In college, you'll need to complete your General Education credits. Most bachelors are 120 credits. Gen Ed can range between 40 to 60 credits of your degree. So, you'll spend two years completing gen eds in the following subjects:

- Math (usually 1, depending on the major).
- Communication (usually 2 courses in public speaking and writing).
- Natural Science (usually 2 courses).
- Social Science / Studies (usually 2 courses).
- World or Culture Topics (usually 2 courses).
- Humanities (usually 2 courses).
- Arts (usually 2 courses).

You can finish your gen eds whenever you want! In fact, if you've declared your major in Fine Arts, you can do your Major classes with your Gen Eds at the same time. So, you'll still have the opportunity to do art while getting your degree.

Sending you good luck with college :)
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Brianna’s Answer

Hi, Alice,

Most universities have "core distribution requirements" regardless of your chosen major. These requirements typically include at least one writing-centric class, statistics, biological science, physical science, social science, and a humanities course. However, you can fulfill these requirements whenever you want as long as you complete them by your slated graduation date. A fine arts class would also count towards the humanities distribution requirement, so there's no reason you shouldn't be able to take fine arts early on.
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