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The Art of the Journey 

Student sitting in dormJohn Steinbeck, a Nobel Prize-winning author and expert on the American experience, wrote that “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.” For the college student, nothing could ring truer: It’s not the major you declare, but the path you take to get there. 

Sure, the transition to college can be stressful; but choosing a major doesn’t have to be. After all, you have until the spring of your sophomore year to declare a major. This is a time of exploration and discovery, a time to sample courses across all disciplines and hone in on your interests. You’ll get structure and a broad understanding of the world from Fordham’s unique Jesuit core curriculum, guidance from advisers who want to help you succeed and thrive, and inspiration from the many opportunities New York City has to offer. All you need to bring is your overwhelming amount of curiosity.

Being undecided is nothing to worry about; it’s the opening of countless doors. Whether it’s the economics of healthcare, the physics of the human body, how that body is represented in art, or how that art is depicted in literature, entering college as an undecided student allows you to investigate all of these topics and more, helping you identify and pursue your own unique passions.

We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.

Steinbeck’s quote continues, “We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” Here at Fordham, you’ll learn the art of the journey. That, and so much more.

Support and Advising

First-Year Advising
From the moment you arrive on campus, you’ll work with your first-year adviser, who will help you navigate the core curriculum, encourage you to select challenging courses, and assess your personal strengths and career goals. Through one-on-one meetings, seminars, and group workshops, they’ll guide you toward research and internship opportunities, allow you to explore your passions, and help you transition smoothly into life as a college student and, eventually, into your chosen major.

First-Year Advising at Rose Hill

First-Year Advising at Lincoln Center

First-Year Advising at Gabelli

Declaring Your Major and Major Advisers
By the end of your sophomore year, you’ll have completed a significant part of the core curriculum, and—with the help of your adviser—you will declare one of more than 60 majors. Once you’ve settled on a major, you’ll work with a new adviser in your chosen department who will guide you in choosing courses, getting involved on campus, and pursuing the various opportunities within that major. From researching clubs to researching careers, they’re there for you.

Specialty Advisers
Fordham also offers specialty advising in the pre-law, pre-health, and education; advising for transfer students; special resources for student-athletes; and tutoring services for most academic departments. Once you’re at Fordham, your support network only grows.

The Core Curriculum

The core is a collection of carefully selected courses that serve as the foundation of our liberal arts curriculum and the cornerstone of a Jesuit education. Through the core, you’ll see how different disciplines are interconnected in surprising ways.

Students begin their educational journey with introductory courses in English, philosophy, theology, mathematics, history, natural and social sciences, the fine arts, and foreign languages. After your first year, interdisciplinary classes are woven in, and Eloquentia Perfecta seminars help students hone their communication and critical analysis skills. The core culminates in a capstone course and a Senior Values seminar within your chosen major. These courses encourage students to think both deeply and fairly about complex modern, historical, and ethical issues within their discipline.

Core classes give you time to explore what major works for you. Core classes are not large lectures; we keep them small to encourage active discussion. Through the core, you’ll gain a broad range of knowledge, grapple directly with the great ethical issues of our time, and prepare to make an impact on the world. In the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola, we encourage our students to “Go forth and set the world on fire.” The core curriculum will help you do exactly that.

The Core Curriculum at Rose Hill

The Core Curriculum at Lincoln Center

The Core Curriculum at Gabelli

Sample Courses

  • Ethics in Business
  • Films of Moral Struggle
  • Forensic Science
  • Greek Art
  • Health and Disease
  • Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • Introduction to International Studies
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Physical Science: Today’s World
  • Texts and Contexts: Writing New York