Areas of study

Major
The main area of undergraduate study that you may want to pursue with further education or in future employment.

Minor
Another area of study that requires fewer courses than a major that allows you to narrow your focus to a specific topic.

Concentration
An area of emphasis within a major.

Athletics

Varsity sports
Sports in which students are recruited to compete against other colleges in sports divisions such as the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).

Club sports
Sports that are more informal than varsity sports that are played against other colleges and often founded and run by the students themselves.

Intermural sports
Sports that are mainly recreational and are comprised of men’s, women’s or co-ed teams.

Types of programs

Undergraduate
Two- or four-year degrees awarded after you receive a high school diploma or GED.

Associate degree
A two-year degree; you earn an associate of arts or associate of science.

Bachelor’s degree
A four-year degree; you study a variety of academic subjects and select an area of study for your major.

Pre-professional programs
Programs at the bachelor’s level that prepare you to purse a professional degree after you receive a bachelor’s degree.

Dual-degree programs
Programs that allow you to earn two degrees simultaneously (such as two bachelor's degrees or a bachelor's and a master's degree), often in a shorter period of time than it would take to earn them separately. Sometimes referred to as 3+2 or 4+1 programs.

Certificates programs
Short-term programs that advance a career or provide professional certification to work in certain careers. Certificates may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Licensure prep programs
Programs to prepare you for state licensure for certain careers (such as teaching). They are usually at the graduate level for those who already have a bachelor's degree.

Graduate programs
Programs that offer advanced degrees (such as master's and doctorate degrees) after additional years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Learning formats

On campus
Classes are held on a college campus.

Hybrid/blended
Some classes for a course are held on campus while others are held online.

Online only
Classes are only held online.