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College Majors with a Minimal Math Requirement

written by: Winston Smith•edited by: Wendy Finn•updated: 3/15/2011

Finding college majors that require minimal math requirements can be a challenge. Fortunately, students have many options to consider depending on their skills and interest including humanities, the performing arts and modern languages.

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    Introduction

    There are many college majors that require minimal math requirements and course work for students who find numbers difficult or simply uninteresting. Whether you are interested in philosophy, learning foreign languages or expressing yourself artistically, there is a college major for you. In some cases, completing one or two math courses is a degree requirement. Learn about the options and support services you can call on to complete these requirements.

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    Major In The Humanities

    Students that major in humanities, also known as the liberal arts, generally study little or no math, statistics or calculus. Examples of liberal arts majors include: English, history, philosophy, art history and classics. All of these majors will help you develop critical reading and writing skills. In addition, you will learn how to conduct through research and write essays that express your thoughts in a clear and compelling fashion. Beyond these practical benefits, studying the humanities introduces you to some of the greatest questions, ideas and books of all time.

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    Study Foreign Languages In College

    Students with expertise in foreign languages such as Arabic, Spanish, French, and Mandarin are in demand in government, business and other sectors. Students that major in foreign languages can often avoid studying mathematics entirely, except for degree requirements imposed by the college or university. Career options for foreign language majors include international business, translation, technical writing, government service, and interpreting.

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    Major In The Performing Arts

    Whether you want study clarinet in college, learn acting, write poetry or other art work, there are many college majors available for students interested in the performing and creative arts. While students in these programs generally do not need to study calculus or other forms of advanced mathematics, some artistic work can benefit from a basic understanding of math. In drawing and painting, for example, it is valuable to understand how perspective and geometry work especially if you are interested in graphic design or realistic art work. Majoring in the performing arts often requires students to participate in bands, exhibitions and other public performances. The ability to practice and deliver a performance is a valuable skill that can be used in many different careers and further academic studies.

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    Working With College Math Requirements

    Calculator (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons) To graduate from college, most institutions require you complete general education requirements and satisfy your major's requirements. Completing one or two math courses is often a general education requirement and there can be no way around that requirement. Here are some tips on how to cope math minimal requirements if math is not your passion or strength:

    • Seek assistance from the math center or math tutors: Ask your college advisor to direct you to your college's math center to seek advice and tutoring sessions if you struggle with math courses.
    • Choose an applied math course: If math does not appeal to you, seek out an applied mathematics course such as statistics or business math. This type of applied math often includes practical examples that show you how math can be useful in your daily life.
    • Form a math study group for non-majors: Studying difficult material with likeminded students can be encouraging way to work through your math requirement. You can either have weekly sessions to work through problem sets and assignments or meet less frequently to prepare for tests and exams.
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    Resources

    There are many rewarding college majors that require minimal math for students to consider. Limited mathematical ability can be a liability in some professions but it should not be thought of as a barrier to a successful college experience. Use the resources provided in this section to further develop your math skills at college.

    • Math Help Resources (San Diego City College), http://citymathcenter.sdccd.edu/resources#math
    • Math Help For Students (includes videos and calculator tips), http://www.pstcc.edu/departments/mathematics/resource/resource.htm
    • Image Credit: Flickr/Martinlu