The major provides an opportunity to select more focused and advanced work in a particular area of study. You should be prepared to declare a major by the end of your fourth semester (your sophomore year) and should meet with advisors in your sophomore year to do this.
Each major has slightly different requirements for completing it; these are outlined within the college’s program finder. Major advising sheets, detailing the requirements for all majors, minors and dual-degree programs, are available at the Advising Center, at the Office of the Registrar and on department web sites. Alternatives to the standard major programs offered in each department, independent majors, are outlined below. The connection between your choice of major field and your choice of career field is probably less important and more arbitrary than you think. Career Services, located in Kollett Hall, in its series of programs “Major Connections” can help you understand better what the choice of major entail for your career interests. It is most important to pick a field in which you are interested and in which you know you will do comparatively well. And it is important to remember that many liberal arts graduates, by the time they are five years out of college, are working by choice in jobs or fields which have little apparent relation to their undergraduate major.
Interdepartmental majors, such as American Civilization, Neuroscience, or the program in Mathematics and Economics, have been approved by the faculty and are described in the catalog. Students interested in these majors should consult the major advisors or coordinators listed for these programs in the listing of departments and interdepartmental programs.
Information for Undecided Students
Choosing your major can be an exciting process which requires self awareness and personal reflection. While there are many resources on campus to help you with this decision (your advisor, the Advising Center, Career Services, your preceptors and more), we have also included self-reflection questions and interest surveys and career outlook resources.
Once you have begun the process by searching for answers to some of these questions, we strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor to further explore this and determine which classes are a good fit for your goals and interests.