#1
So, here's the deal. I don't enjoy, nor excel at mathematics generally. I plan to attempt to major in either history or psychology. Really weird and probably not useful majors, huh? Anyways, here's the questions:

I'm entering senior year next year, should I take a math class?
The reason I want to know is because if it IS required that I take more math courses in college even if I don't major in something math-related(ie history,psychology), I will want to take a math class senior-year so I'm not completely "out of the groove" if I have to take math courses in college.

I was also considering accounting as a major, for this, I should take a 4th math course in high school, correct?

Yes, I already asked my counselor. Her answer: "umm, I'm not sure... it's probably a good bet to... um... nevermind."

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#3
Take Calculus. You should be good if you do.
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#4
If you can take a math class in senior year without screwing up all your other choices do it - it'll make it a lot easier at college. Even if you don't feel like you understand half of it as a senior, if you go over any similar stuff in college it will be a lot easier if you've already covered it to some extent. And yes, if you want to do accounting you need to have a decent grounding in maths.
#5
Do it. The worst that can happen is that you retake a math class you have already taken, therefore earning college credit for an already easy class.
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#6
I took stats my senior year. Waste of time, and it didn't really help me get anywhere or anything, but whatever. I'm a philosophy major, so I really won't ever have to take a math class if I don't want to, though.

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Yes, I already asked my counselor. Her answer: "umm, I'm not sure... it's probably a good bet to... um... nevermind."



sounds like you've got a great counselor there....

if you can get through the material, i would advise you to take maths, but if it will hamper your performance in your other subjects then it's best to leave it out.
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sounds like you've got a great counselor there....

if you can get through the material, i would advise you to take maths, but if it will hamper your performance in your other subjects then it's best to leave it out.


First of all, thank you all for the answers. I appreciate it.

Yeah, I'm not really sure... That's my reasoning for considering not taking math senior year in the first place. I would take it without thinking twice if I didn't have that doubt.

Nobody here has said if I am actually required to take college math course(s) even for a liberal arts major(such as the ones I named[excluding accounting]), I guess that's also partially why my counselor didn't have a very... insightful answer to this question.

If someone could answer that, I'd be very grateful.

Once again, thanks all.
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I took stats my senior year. Waste of time, and it didn't really help me get anywhere or anything, but whatever. I'm a philosophy major, so I really won't ever have to take a math class if I don't want to, though.


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#10
You probably should...I didn't take a math course this semester, only to find out that calc is a requirement for like all majors at my college. If you have an idea of what college you're going to you can probably check their website or something.
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#11
If you're going for accounting then it would be a good idea to take math (probably a requirement), have to take both a calculus and a linear algebra class in my program this year (first year). Take the course and leave your options open.
#12
If you want to be taken seriously in the business and financial world today, then yes.

Otherwise do some other stupid shit.
#13
DO IT! Even if you don't like math, your prerequisites for the first 2 years are every base subject no matter what your declared major is. Engineers and Music Theory people both have to take the same math, history, english, and science. If you can do something we have called Cornerstone, even better. Cornerstone lets you get college credits cheap while taking an advanced class in high school.
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DO IT! Even if you don't like math, your prerequisites for the first 2 years are every base subject no matter what your declared major is. Engineers and Music Theory people both have to take the same math, history, english, and science. If you can do something we have called Cornerstone, even better. Cornerstone lets you get college credits cheap while taking an advanced class in high school.


Thanks a ton for this response,

and thanks to everybody else too. Really appreciated.
#15
well, psychology and its associated research centres around statistics rather heavily- so you want to be fluent in that moreso than calc, which i wouldn't think is neccessary if you're doing almost any BA.
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I'm entering senior year next year, should I take a math class?



No, I think you should take a kindergarten English class.
#17
At my university only people getting a BS and a people taking a small handful of specific BAs had to take math classes.

If your major doesn't require specific math classes then you can usually get away with taking stats and no, you wouldn't have to take a class to stay in the groove for that. You could take stats straight out of 9th grade and be fine.

Of course other universities may have very different gen ed requirements. Just do the research for each of the schools you want to go to and base your decision on that.
#18
If you're going for accounting I would advise you to do it.
You're going to HAVE to take college algebra, business calculus, and statistics during your first 2 years of college. I didn't take any math classes in my senior year of HS and I've been having alot of trouble in my calculus class because of it.
#19
Jeez, The Pit is so much more helpful than the "professionals" at my school and in general.

Thanks so much for all your responses, and more are always welcome. =)
#20
Yes, go ahead and take the next available class in high school, that's what I'd do.

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#21
yes, it looks better for admission. Even if your planning of going into social science or english, it simply strengthens your chances of getting in. Western education focuses on a "well rounded" education for undergraduate studies which includes quantitative classes and sciences and you don't want to do high school level courses in college that don't count towards your degree because they are prerequisites for the classes you need.
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I'm entering senior year next year, should I take a math class?
The reason I want to know is because if it IS required that I take more math courses in college even if I don't major in something math-related(ie history,psychology), I will want to take a math class senior-year so I'm not completely "out of the groove" if I have to take math courses in college.

I was also considering accounting as a major, for this, I should take a 4th math course in high school, correct?

If you aren't a maths fan, do NOT major in accounting.

Concurrent enrollment FTW, if you live in a town with even an accredited community college. You can get college credits while fulfilling your high school requirements. Also, you'll want to check with the college(s) you have in mind about their requirements and such.

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#23
It kind of depends on the college you are planning on attending; but to be safe, take a math class your senior year. I didn't and I sort of regret it. Also, what you're majoring in plays a huge role. For psychology, I know at UCF you have to take Statistics. And definitely for Accounting you need math.
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No, I think you should take a kindergarten English class.

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#25
I am currently a senior in high school and i am really glad that i took a math class. After i am done with high school on mondays and wednesdays, i go to the local community college and take classes there. The math class i took in high school helped me ALOT with the math class and i would not have had such an easy time without it.

tl;dr: Take a math class.