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Major Pathways

When you applied to WVU, you might have selected a major on your application. However, if you didn't meet direct admission requirements for that particular major, you'll begin your academic career at Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS).

Once you fulfill the requirements for your major of choice, you'll move into your program's school or college.  

Major Pathways

Depending on your admitted major, you will be placed into one of eight academic pathways. The pathways are designed to group similar majors that share common career interests. CLASS advisers specialize in particular pathways and have in-depth knowledge of those majors within the pathway. Each pathway has many majors, but some common ones are listed below each pathway.

Agriculture and Natural Sciences
  • Energy Land Management
  • Fashion, Dress & Merchandising
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Resource Management

Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Child Development & Family Studies
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Sport Management

Business and Communications

  • Accounting
  • Communication Studies
  • Finance
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Strategic Communications

  • Undecided first-time freshmen and transfer students up to 29 earned credit hours

Health Professions

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Immunology & Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Speech Pathology & Audiology

Liberal Arts
  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • World Languages

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Forensic & Investigative Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering

Visual and Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy
  • Theatre
Once an Exploratory student has decided a major, they will be moved into the appropriate pathway and re-assigned to an adviser within that pathway.

On your transcript, your degree will be listed as Pre-Major or Undecided.

Questions? Contact your assigned adviser or email us at

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