Information About Majors

  • Find out what undergraduate majors and minors are offered at Appalachian. 
  • If you are deciding on a major, you can explore majors and careers through our Career Exploration website.
  • Many Prospective students ask about online and distance programs.  Our Distance Education office offers a few online programs and others that are based away from Boone. 
  • Some majors require admission to their programs.
    • It is ideal for you to apply to Music before you come to Appalachian.  You can find more information by checking the Hayes School of Music website.                           
  • Some majors require admission, but you may apply after you are here.
    • Communication: Electronic Media and Broadcasting - you cannot apply until you have either completed or enrolled in COM 1200 and are ready to declare your major.
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Nursing: Admission to Appalachian's BSN program is competitive. (The GPA range for students admitted to the Nursing program - including the GPA for all transferred coursework -  is between 3.6 and 4.0.) Please read the information on the Dept. of Nursing website very carefully!
    • If you are a transfer student or taking college courses as a high school student, you may want to check on course pre-requisites. For example, if you want to major in Biology, it is ideal to take some Chemistry and basic Biology courses. You may want to check the program of study for your intended major and any pre-requisites that may be needed. You should also check the Office of Transfer Services site for more information.
    • Some programs have special start times for transfer students. This would also apply to freshmen coming in with 30 or more hours. 
    • Four Year Guides: Use these excellent guides to get a feel for the classes you take at different times in your academic career.
    • If you are taking classes at a North Carolina Community College you will want to see some Four Year Guides that have classes that are specific to your program.