Terms searched: 'educational majors' 'declaring a major' 'boring classes' 'gen ed' and various permutations. 'California colleges'.
The third-level system where I live is entirely different to the system in the USA, so I need to find out if this situation is possible.
I have three characters who are all freshmen, all in the same class, which needs to be a really, really boring one. Two of them are taking it because they have to, but the third is taking it because they have a crush on the TA.
I know people don't usually declare a major right away, but is it unusual for freshmen to have done so? Or if they haven't officially declared, but do know what they want to major in, can they start taking specific major requirements right away? (It's a moderately sized, liberal-artsy, fictional university, so it doesn't have to be 100% realistic, so long as it's not hugely unlikely)
Is it possible for a class to be a requirement for certain majors, but a gen ed class for others? (The two characters who need to take the class are studying Communications/Journalism, and the other is studying Psychology.) It doesn't have to be a requirement itself if that's impossible, it could be a gen ed they have to take because their other options clash with things they have to take.
And what could be a hidiously boring class that no one in their right mind would take unless they had to?
(Is that confusing? I fear it might be.)
Secondly, I have a character from New York who's only requirement for college is that it be in California. Preferably LA, but San Francisco or San Diego would probably be alright as well. He has money, but not massive amounts, and he's smart, with good SATs, but his grades are only a little about average. He's got loads of extra-curriculars though, and he interviews well, if that's relevant. He's not going to major in something sciencey or technological.
Where would he be likely to attend?