Elon College of Arts & Sciences

The Elon College of Arts & Sciences offers the greatest number of majors at Elon. About 50% of Elon graduates major in the Elon College of Arts & Sciences. The classes you will find in this area fit into the Elon Core Curriculum. If you have a major or minor in mind from the Elon College of Arts & Sciences, you can test that out as part of the Elon Core Curriculum.

We list out the majors here by groupings versus individual majors due to the variety of majors. Some options will only include 1 major and others will include multiple.

Some of the majors do require students to have auditioned or submit a portfolio in order to be admitted to the major. As a result, some of those majors offer classes that are restricted just to those students.

Astrophysics, Astronomy, and Physics

Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Physics offer some similar classes. Your foundation for all three majors are:

  • Math (MTH) 1510: Calculus I (First-Year Foundations Math)
  • Physics (PHY) 2210: University Physics I (Science/Analysis Lab); same section letter as PHYL 2210

For Astronomy, you can also take:

  • PHY 1020: Intro to Astronomy with PHYL 1020: Intro to Astronomy lab
  • PHY 2040: Planetary Astronomy

For both Astrophysics and Physics, you can also take:

  • Computer Science (CSC) 1300: Computer Science I

Art History, History, Philosophy, and Religion

If you are curious or interest in Art History, consider enrolling in one of the following classes:

  • Art History (ARH) 2100: Art History of the Ancient World (Civilization)
  • ARH 2110: Art History of the Medieval and Premodern World (Civilization)
  • ARH 2120: Art History of the Modern World (Civilization).

If you are interested in History, you have a great deal of flexibility. Here are some areas of focus:

  • Complete any 1000 or 2000 level HST class (Civilization)
  • If you have credit for an American History class, opt for something that is not American History based
  • If you have a World History class, consider taking an American History course

For Philosophy, your starting points all fall under Expression:

  • Philosophy (PHL) 1100: What Can We Know
  • PHL 1120: How Should We Live
  • PHL 2100: Critical Thinking
  • PHL 2120: Ethical Practice
  • PHL 2150: Ethics for Decision Making

For Religion, you also have a lot of options to start. All of these fall under Civilization:

  • Religion (REL) 1000: Religion in a Global Context
  • REL 1120: Religion & Power
  • REL 1280: Religion, Race, & Resistance
  • REL 1710: God and Politics
  • REL 1820: Hindu Traditions
  • REL 1830: Islamic Traditions
  • REL 1850: Jewish Traditions

Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Exercise Science

These majors are common pathways to Health Professions careers. For these majors, the common course requirement is:

Chemistry (CHM) 1110: General Chemistry I lecture with CHML 1110: General Chemistry I lab (Science/Analysis Lab)

For Biochemistry and Chemistry, you can consider Math (MTH) 1510: Calculus I (First-Year Foundations)

For Biology and Biochemistry, you can consider:

  • Biology (BIO) 1112: Cellular Biology with BIO 1113: Cell Bio Lab (Science/Analysis)

For Biology only, you can also consider:

  • BIO 1514: Biodiversity (Science/Analysis Lab)
  • STS 1100: Intro to Statistical Reasoning or STS 2120: Statistics in Application depending on Math Placement (First-Year Foundations Math)

For Exercise Science only, look into:

  • Exercise Science (ESS) 1110: Intro to Exercise Science (Science/Non-Lab)

Classical Studies, French, International & Global Studies, and Spanish

Classical Studies emerged as a major in recent years. Students can pick from concentrations in either Ancient Civilizations or Ancient Languages. The World Language Assessment is important for this major but students can start the major by enrolling in:

  • Classical Studies (CLA) 1100: Classical Mythology (Civilization)

International & Global Studies is another major focused on World Languages. However, you can start taking major classes in your initial semester:

  • World Language course (based on assessment results)
  • Political Science (POL) 1410: International Relations (Society)
  • History (HST) 2210: The World in the 20th Century (Civilization)

French and Spanish are the only two World Language areas you can major in. You can minor in other areas. All of these majors and minors start by taking the World Language assessment. Without a World Language placement result, you can’t register for one of these courses. We don’t include a specific starting point because you dictate that based on your placement.

The first class you complete in a World Language can also count under Civilization.

If you think you placed too high or too low, email languages@elon.edu and discuss your options.

Computer Science, Data Analytics, Math, and Statistics

You have three majors to pick from in Math: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, or Mathematics Secondary Education. The Common courses for these majors is also the starting point for Computer Science:

  • Math (MTH) 1510: Calculus I
  • Computer Science (CSC) 1300: Computer Science I (Science/Non-Lab)

For Data Analytics, the initial pathway is more focused on Statistics and, of course, data. You can pick from:

  • Computer Science (CSC) 1100: CSC 1100: Data Science and Visualization (Science/Non-Lab)
  • Statistics (STS) 2120: Statistics in Application

For Statistics, students can pick from multiple concentrations. We recommend the course below as a starting point but you also should review the Academic Catalog to learn about the concentrations and additional courses you may take for this major:

  • Statistics (STS) 2120: Statistics in Application

Environmentally-based majors

Elon University offers three unique majors centered on the environment through the Department of Environmental Studies:

  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies (AB)
  • Environmental Studies (BS)
  • Environmental & Ecological Science (BS)

Not all Environmental Studies (ENS) courses count for all three options. The following courses are recommended as they can fit in any of the major options:

  • Environmental Science (ENS) 1110: Intro to Environmental Science lecture with ENS 1130: Introduction to Environmental Science lab (Science/Analysis Lab)
  • ENS 1100: Humans and Nature (Society)
  • ENS 1600: The Art of Sustainable Architecture (Expression)


For Engineering, you really do need to jump right into Calculus and Physics to be on track for your four years at Elon. You will be automatically enrolled in:

  • ELN 1010: First-Year Advising Seminar
  • First-Year Foundations COR 1100 or ENG 1100

You should also enroll in:

  • Math (MTH) 1510: Calculus I (First-Year Foundations Math)
  • Physics (PHY) 2210: University Physics I (Science/Analysis Lab)
  • Engineering (EGR) 1210: Grand Challenges in Engineering I

You can also enroll in EGR 1220: Engineering Computing with MATLAB if space is available. Otherwise, take this in the spring semester.

Performing Arts

Many of our Performing Arts Majors are audition-based. Please consult the information you received from your program coordinator and/or Admissions about first-semester courses. Those who have successfully applied will often be pre-enrolled in many of the major requirements for first-semester students. Students will then finish building their schedules with ELN 1010 and other Core Curriculum courses.

The initial courses for these majors satisfy the Expression requirement of the Elon Core Curriculum. Such majors will need to complete a Literature class prior to graduating in order to complete the Expression category.

Performing Arts majors that do not require an audition are Drama and Theatre Studies and Music in the Liberal Arts. Students can enroll in Music Production & Recording Arts classes if they have not yet been admitted to the program.

The BA in Art does not require an audition or portfolio. Students interested in the BFA in Art first major in the BA and then may opt to submit a portfolio of their work for the BFA later on.

Dance Science also does not require an audition.
Students interested in this program and coursework should seek enrollment in DAN 1020: Somatic Theories I within their first two years at Elon.

Arts Administration majors should seek to enroll in AAD 1100: Intro to Arts Administration. This major does not require an audition but students are required to complete a concentration in the arts via a double-major or minor.

Social Science Majors

Social Science majors provide students a great avenue to develop analytics, critical thinking, and writing skills. The following course options allow students to complete a Core Curriculum requirement. By Exploring through the Core, students can test an option and regardless of the decision, that course will count towards graduation requirements. All of the majors listed here are also minors at Elon.


  • ANT 1120: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Society)
  • ANT 1140: Introduction to Archaeology (Society)

Human Service Studies

  • HSS 1110: The Art & Science of Human Service Studies (Society)

Policy Studies

  • ECO 1000: Principles of Economics (Society)
  • POL 1110: American Government (Society)

Political Science

  • POL 1110: American Government (Society)
  • POL 1200: Introduction to Political Thought (Society)
  • POL 1610: Comparative Politics (Society)


  • PSY 1000: Introduction to Psychology (Society)

Public Health Studies

  • PHS 2010: Intro to Public Health Studies (Society)


  • SOC 1110: Introductory Sociology (Society)

Writing-Based Majors

The Elon College of Arts & Sciences offers two majors focused in the area of Writing: English and Professional Writing & Rhetoric. For English, students can concentrate in Creative Writing, Literature, or Teacher Licensure.

Here are some fall options for English Majors:

  • English (ENG) 1710: Surveillance & Secrets (Literature within Expression)
  • ENG 2130: Intro to Creative Writing (but only if you have ENG 1100 credit already earned)
  • Any 2000 level literature

We also always like to note that ENG 2130 is NOT part of the Elon Core Curriculum.

For Professional Writing & Rhetoric, you can consider:

  • Professional Writing & Rhetoric (PWR) 2100: Professional Writing & Technology Studio (Society)
  • PWR 2110: Professional Writing & Rhetoric (Society)