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Bachelor's Degrees That Don't Require Much Math

by Ticara Gailliard, Demand Media

    Math is not for everyone. You may study as hard as you can and never get above a C. Not being math-minded, though, won’t prevent you from succeeding in college. While general education requirements force students to take at least one or two math courses, several majors stop there when it comes to math. The minimal math requirements can often be fulfilled with a simple math course. When it comes to a bachelor’s degree requiring little math, look to majors in the liberal arts subjects.

    Arts

    If you have an artistic leaning and aren’t too good at math, look into majoring in the arts. Almost a complete antithesis of math-oriented majors, arts courses tend to not require many math courses. You can look into majoring in various artistic mediums, such as painting, sculpting or photography. If you have the acting bug, check out becoming a theater or acting major. Filmmaking, music and art history all offer degrees that lessen the importance of math courses.

    Humanities

    Often classified jointly with arts courses, humanities degrees represent the study of the human experience worldwide throughout time. In some schools, students can pursue a general humanities degree. More specifically, humanities subjects include history, linguistics and religious studies. Philosophy courses also count as humanities studies. One degree area people flock to while avoiding math is English. English degrees, as well as literature or writing degrees, focus more on reading and writing than on calculus and trigonometry.

    Social Sciences

    If arts and humanities don’t appeal, consider earning a social sciences bachelor’s degree. Social sciences also focus on studying humanity but may take a more scientific approach. These degree programs may require an extra math course, commonly a statistics course. Foreign studies often classify as a social science, including areas such as African studies, European studies or Middle Eastern Studies. Social work and sociology lack a heavy math influence, while journalism, business and anthropology tend to shy away from a heavy math influence as well.

    What Not to Study

    Most obviously, if math isn’t your forte, avoid becoming a mathematics major. Because majoring in a subject means you need to take a proportionally larger amount of classes in that subject, a mathematics degree would mean you would need to take multiple and increasingly more complex math courses. Engineering degrees also require a substantial amount of math, as formulas are needed for complex structures. Majors awarding a bachelor’s of science degree, aside from social science majors, tend to require math courses more often than liberal arts and social sciences.

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    About the Author

    Ticara Gailliard is a college graduate with a degree in communications/film and video production from the University of Memphis. She has been a writer for over 15 years and has been published in local writing magazines such as "Grandmother Earth." She also edited two books for her high school.

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