Academic Pathways

Academic Pathways for Students Who are Still Deciding

Some students have known what they wanted to study since they were five years old. Other Fairmont State University students (about a third of them, in fact) enter college without knowing exactly what major they want to pursue. That’s why Fairmont State created “academic pathways”.

Academic Pathways are groups of academic programs that share overlapping research or creative interests, related coursework, or similar career paths. Students who are still deciding on a major choose an academic pathway in an academic area that interests them – this allows students to explore an area of interest, while also helping them stay on track to graduate on time and save tuition dollars.

How do Academic Pathways work?

Many students may still be deciding on a specific major but know they want to work in a certain area, like science, business, or art. Pursuing academic pathways helps them explore potential majors related to that area of interest. Fairmont State encourages students to choose one of the six academic pathways. If you are interested in several pathways, select one of the pathways to assure that our advisors will help you customize your pathway as needed.

Below are the academic pathways at Fairmont State University, including which academic discipline belongs to each academic pathway. Our specialized advisors will help still deciding students choose the most appropriate academic pathways for their academic and career interests. If you don’t know what you want to major in yet, explore the following areas. Look at the kind of classes you’d take as well as the career opportunities. You can contact the Exploratory Advising Center for more major exploration help at (304) 367-4709.

Academic Pathways

Arts, Entertainment, and Design
Engineering and Technology
Health Professions
Humanities and Social Services
Science, Aviation, and Architecture

Arts, Entertainment, and Design

Studio and Applied Arts
Graphic Design
Government communication
Health communication
Multimedia communication
Performance communication
Public communication
Sport communication
Visual communication


Business Administration
Healthcare Management
Information Systems Management

Engineering and Technology

Automation & Robotics
Game Design
Civil Engineering Technology (AS)
Civil Engineering Technology
Electronics Engineering Technology (AS)
Electronics Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology (AS)
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Occupational Safety
Safety Engineering Technology (AS)

Health Professions

Exercise Science
Pre-Professional Track: Dentistry
Pre-Professional Track: Medicine
Pre-Professional Track: Medical Technology
Pre-Professional Track: Pharmacy
Pre-Professional Track:  Physical Therapy

Humanities and Social Services

Community Health Education
Language & Literature Programs
Folklore & Museum Studies
Psychology: Behavioral Analytics
Sociology: Behavioral Analytics
Criminal Justice History
National Security & Intelligence
Political Science
English: Creative Writing
English: Literature
English: Writing for the Workplace
Professional Writing
TESOL: Teaching English Speakers Other Languages
International Studies
Outdoor Recreation Leadership
Women’s Studies

Science, Aviation and Architecture

Aviation Technology: Aviation Administration (Flight)
Aviation Technology Administration (No Flight)
Aviation Technology: Aviation Maintenance Management
Biology: Biotechnology
Chemistry: Biotechnology
Computer Science
Computer Science: Cyber Security
Forensics: Biotechnology