CLAS Major Requirements & Guides

This information below is provided for preliminary guidance in choosing a major. Minors can be found here. The plans by themselves are not sufficient for effectively planning your undergraduate program. Please make an appointment with the professional advisor in your major at the CLAS Academic Advising Center or with your faculty advisor in order to more fully understand the nature and requirements of any of these majors.

The requirements for a major are tied to your catalog year (the academic year you started at GVSU). Please make sure that when you are viewing requirements they are those for your particular catalog year.

Bachelor of Arts vs. Bachelor of Science?

Within some majors you have the option of selecting a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. For some majors the degree will already be designated. Click here to read more about the differences to help you better understand which one you should select if you have the option.

Declaring a Major

To declare a major, click a major below. The curriculum guide/major worksheet has instructions that will help you properly declare your major in Banner. Be sure that you are following the major worksheet for your catalog year.

Majors

     

Advertising & Public Relations 

Chemistry

Geology-Chemistry

Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching (PCKET) with Special Education

Anthropology

Classics

German

Philosophy

Art- Art Education

Communication Studies

Health Communication

Photography

Art- Art History

Comprehensive Sciences and Arts for Teaching-Early Childhood

(Ended Spring/Summer 2020)

History

Physical Education

Art- Studio Art B.A./B.S.

Comprehensive Sciences and Arts for Teaching-English as a Second Language

(Ended Spring/Summer 2020)

Integrated Science

Physics

Art- Studio Art B.F.A.

 Comprehensive Science and Arts
for Teaching with Spanish

(Ended Spring/Summer 2020)

International Relations

Political Science

Athletic Training

Comprehensive Science and Arts
for Teaching with Special Education

(Ended Spring/Summer 2020)

Journalism

(Ended Spring/Summer 2015 - see Multimedia Journalism)

Psychology

Behavioral Neuroscience 

Dance

Mathematics

Social Studies

Behavioral Science (Ended Spring/Summer 2011)

Earth Science

Microbiology

Sociology

Biochemistry

English

Multimedia Journalism 

Spanish

Biology

Exercise Science

Music B.A.

Sport Management

Biomedical Sciences

Film & Video Production

Music B.M.

Statistics

Biopsychology (Ended Spring/Summer 2015 - see Behavioral Neuroscience)

French

Music B.M.E.

Theatre

Broadcasting (Ended Spring/Summer 2015 - see Multimedia Journalism)

Geography and Sustainable Planning

Natural Resources Management

Writing

Cell & Molecular Biology 

 Geology

Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching (PCKET)

 

Prelaw Resources

Prelaw is not a major offered at GVSU but many students major in a variety of fields with this emphasis in mind. Visit the prelaw information page to get a better idea of what majors and classes you can pursue.