Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in FYE-100, a one-credit class taught by a variety of faculty and staff across campus. This class infuses StrongPoints™ areas of academic, experiential, financial literacy, and career planning to help students make a successful transition into college.
Topics covered include:
Because the class is small and interactive, it also provides a support group for new students as well as the chance to develop a strong relationship with a faculty or staff member.
First semester students interested in accounting as a major may enroll in:
Three majors are offered: studio art, graphic design and art education.
First semester students interested in any art major may enroll in:
Students interested in art education are encouraged to contact the Art Department to discuss specific requirements. ART 101 and ART 110 are recommended in the first semester.
First semester students interested in biology as a major should enroll in:
Students majoring in business administration may focus on an area by obtaining a minor or a concentration. A concentration is offered in human resources, and minors are available in the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, international business, management, and marketing. Students interested in business as a major may enroll in:
First semester students interested in chemistry as a major should enroll in:
First semester students interested in child development as a major should enroll in:
First semester students interested in communication as a major may enroll in the following courses during their first year:
First semester students interested in computer science as a major may enroll in:
First semester students interested in criminology as a major may enroll in:
Students interested in pursuing a major in dance studies should enroll in the following courses during the first year:
First semester students interested in economics as a major may enroll in:
Students will major in the academic area of their choice and complete the North Carolina Licensure program in one of the following areas:
Students interested in the North Carolina Licensure program may enroll in professional education courses during their sophomore year. Freshmen should alert their advisors to their interest in licensure and enroll in general education courses and/or major courses that complement their licensure program. Specific options could include:
Students enrolled in the Engineering Dual Degree Program simultaneously complete a Bachelor of Arts from Meredith (chemistry or math) and a Bachelor of Science from NCSU in one of the corresponding engineering specialties. Students interested in pursuing the Engineering Dual Degree Program must complete the Engineering Dual Degree Program Declaration of Intent and indicate on the Enroll@MC Advising & Registration Form that they will attend the May 30th Enroll@MC. All students eligible for the program begin taking a prescribed set of courses in fall of their freshmen year. For questions, please contact Dr. Liz Wolfinger.
First semester students interested in English as a major should enroll in:
First semester students interested in environmental sustainability as a major should enroll in:
Students may choose from two areas of concentration in exercise and sports science: Health and Physical Education with K-12 licensure or Health and Wellness.
Course recommendations for first year:
Students interested in Health and Physical Education with K-12 licensure should take at least 16 hours.
Students interested in family and consumer sciences as a major may enroll in the following courses during their first year:
Two concentrations are offered for the fashion merchandising and design major: merchandising or design.
First semester students interested in the merchandising concentration may enroll in:
First semester students interested in the design concentration may enroll in:
First semester students interested in food and nutrition as a major may enroll in:
First semester students interested in Spanish as a major should enroll in the next level of language based on the results of the language placement test. Results will be given to students by their faculty adviser at Enroll@MC.
First semester students interested in a major in history or political science should consider the following introductory courses:
Students with background and interest in International Studies can consider HIS 103, The World in the 20th Century. Students with experience and interest in Model United Nations (POL 370) should contact Dr. Jeffrey Martinson.
First semester students interested in interior design as a major should enroll in:
First semester students interested in mathematics as a major should enroll in:
Two different degrees are offered for music majors:
Both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education have strong performance components. First semester students interested in music as a major should enroll in:*
*Total course load should be limited to no more than 18 hours (16–17 preferred).
First semester students interested in psychology as a major should enroll in:
Students with AP credit for Introduction to Psychology may enroll in:
First semester students interested in public health as a major may enroll in:
First semester students interested in religious and ethical studies as a major may enroll in:
First semester students interested in social work as a major may enroll in:
First semester students interested in sociology as a major may enroll in:
The department offers a major in theatre and a North Carolina teaching licensure, grades K–12, in theatre. Students interested in theatre as a major should enroll in the following courses during their first year:
Additional theatre courses may be taken with the permission of the department head or instructor.
Undecided first semester students will take either ENG 111 or math (based on placement) and continue in foreign language. They are encouraged by advisors to use general education requirements to explore areas of interest and possible majors.
You may plan an academic program that prepares you for further study in a professional or graduate program in one of the following areas. Your faculty advisor and/or Academic & Career Planning can assist you with further planning resources.
Students interested in health-related fields are encouraged to choose a major based on their interests and abilities. Many students interested in the health professions pursue a major in a natural science to complete the science courses generally required by health professions schools. Specific requirements for medical, dental and veterinary schools vary, so students should consult with advisors in these areas in their first year. Students interested in careers in health care should contact Dr. Karthik Aghoram or Dr. Francie Cuffney.
A student interested in becoming a lawyer or paralegal can major in almost any field, but she should choose courses which develop her abilities to write clearly, read critically and reason carefully. Students are encouraged to take POL 301 (Constitution and Rights of Americans) in the fall of their sophomore year, and should meet with Meredith’s pre-law advisor. Students interested in a law career should contact Whitney Manzo.
The Think Strong experience seeks to improve students’ critical thinking skills throughout their four years at Meredith. First-year students participate in a discipline-specific seminar to develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills. Beyond the first year, students apply these skills to courses and experiences that provide multiple opportunities for reflection, intellectual engagement and action.
Instructor: Kelly Roberts
General Education: Fulfills Writing Intensive requirement
The freshman seminar will use the allure of banned books to apply and grow critical thinking skills in a developmentally-appropriate and motivating context. Students in this will explore many novels that have been banned: from Salinger to Steinbeck, students will discuss these challenged AND challenging novels through critical thinking and close reading strategies that will help them understand both fiction and nonfiction better as they continue their education at Meredith.
General Education: TBD
Did you know that the percentage of women in prison has increased over 600% in the last three decades? Did you also know that 65% of women in prison are mothers? In the Think Strong course titled, Is Orange the New Black?: Women and Prisons, we will examine the causes and consequences of these trends. We will use a sociological lens to examine the lives of incarcerated women, focusing on such themes as: the link between women's victimization and incarceration, adapting to prison life, mothering in prison, and women's re-entry after prison. We will read first hand accounts and memoirs written by formerly incarcerated women, including Is Orange the New Black,and we will read cutting-edge research about incarcerated women in the book, A World Apart: Women, Prison and Life Behind Bars.By the end of the course, you will be able to provide a comprehensive analysis of our prison system and how it impacts women, their families, and our communities. You will never look at prison the same way again.
General Education: TBD
Do you know what you like? Do you know why you like what you like? What if it were possible to like what you like more? Or better? Art is an intellectual language that can be learned. Using concepts from philosophy, students will develop their critical thinking skills by deepening their aesthetic values. When a student can understand art, she can relate art to culture and culture to identity. While exploring traditional fine art, film and literature, students will question learn the critical thinking skills they need to question everything while expanding their aesthetic, philosophical, and critical thinking vocabularies with terminologies they will be excited to practice outside of the classroom. Readings, class discussions and group projects will encourage students to develop skills of reason, writing, creative and critical thinking.
Instructor: Margarita Suarez
General Education: Arts and Aesthetics
The story of Jesus is told and retold in every age and culture. From the earliest oral traditions, to the written Gospels, both canonical and apocryphal, from medieval mystery/morality plays, to the contemporary cinematic presentations of Jesus’ life, the world continues to be fascinated with the story of Jesus. This course will focus on an examination of the figure of Jesus in popular films of the last hundred years. Course participants will use critical thinking terms and skills to become familiar with how the story of Jesus has been translated to film, with special attention given to how film technique, audience reception, and historical setting shape the presentation of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Some of the various dimensions of each film that will be explored includes: what the film tells us about Jesus, what the film tells us about the intended audience, what the film tells us about those who produced and directed it, and how narrative and filmic conventions combine to make religious meaning.
Instructor: Steven Benko
General Education: Fulfills Ethical Perspective requirement
What is the relationship between laughter and morality? Is it always good to laugh? If you laugh at something, does that make it good? Or true? Comedy, Ethics and Society explores the evolutionary, psychological, social and philosophical dimensions of comedy and laughter as a way to answer the question, “When is it wrong to laugh?” Students will read from a range of disciplines so that they can apply what they think is true of comedy and laughter to examples of satire, irony and parody. In order to think more critically about the role of laughter in group dynamics and individual personality formation, students will be asked to recreate the thought patterns, cultural assumptions and personal beliefs that make something funny to them. At the end of the semester students will be able to articulate a theory of comedy that includes psychological dimensions of comedy, philosophical understandings of comedy and an ethics of comedy.
Examine current issues and consider possible solutions to complex challenges in today's schools.