What would happen if you mixed sand or eggshells into your paint? Would the new texture lead to a breakthrough in your work? What if you didn't stretch your canvas before you start a new painting? How does the result differ when, instead of painting a subject while you look at her, you paint her from memory?
As a painting major, you'll have a chance to explore the process of painting from every angle. Of course you'll also get a solid grounding in the basics, mastering such skills as color mixing and composition.