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. 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: Warner Hyde
General Education: Fulfills Arts & Aesthetics requirement
This course is designed to enlighten students' awareness of the natural world around us and to strengthen their understanding of and relationship with the natural world. Students will engage in exploration—studying and creating environmental artwork whose concept deals with ethical and spiritual relationships with nature. This course will feature many exciting field trips and guest experts.
Students will look at how nature has been perceived by mankind throughout history and across cultures. As art is a visual reflection of a society, students will learn about how different cultures throughout time have reflected their relationship to nature through art. Tracing the evolution of Environmental Art, students will learn and analyze the need/search to connect spiritually with nature and to establish guiding ethics towards mankind’s relationship with the natural world. Students will then learn “studio” practices associated with creating environmental artworks and will create works of their own and a final class collaborative installation.
Instructor: Brent Pitts
General Education: Fulfills Cultural Perspective requirement
This seminar is based on reading and on oral and written analysis of a series of narratives about the discovery or exploration of lands unknown to Europeans. Students share the excitement of discovery by following intrepid explorers who were, in many cases, on the leading edge of knowledge in their day, and whose journals remain essential reading about the new lands they found.
Instructors: Julie Schrock & Monica McKinney
Examine current issues and consider possible solutions to complex challenges in today's schools.
Instructor: Nina Bostic
This course will focus on ways in which FCS professionals in the US and in other countries are addressing environmental sustainability. Students will develop their critical thinking skills as they learn about how FCS contributes to environmental sustainability and how college students can exhibit eco-friendly knowledge, behaviors and attitudes. Class conversations will focus on the current state of students' environmental knowledge and consumer practices. FCS professionals include professions in child development, fashion merchandising and design, and interior design.
Instructor: Kelly Roberts
General Education: Fulfills Cultural Perspective 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.