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 may suggest that 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. If you want to be sure that your course load will require very little to no math classes, then your best option is to pursue a liberal arts degree.
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 don't require students to take math courses.
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.
If arts and humanities don’t appeal to you, consider earning a social sciences bachelor’s degree. Social sciences also puts an emphasis on studying the humanities but may take a more scientific approach to it, which means that sometimes there are some math courses involved, but not many. Foreign studies often classified 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.
Sometimes, math classes can't be entirely avoided, even if your degree has nothing to do with math. This may just be the requirement of the university that you attend. If you're really concerned about taking those one or two math classes, you can speak to your academic advisor and they can help you find a math class that would fit your needs best. They can also recommend resources around school if you need extra attention. Another tip is to take the class pass/fail (if your university allows it). This way, if your grades aren't up to par with grades in your other courses, you can simply get a "pass" which won't affect your overall GPA.
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