Deciding on a Major
Students may declare their majors at any time during their academic careers, but should do so before registering for courses for the junior year or applying to participate in off-campus study programs. Bear in mind that although your major will direct your studies, the vast majority of Arts & Sciences majors will effectively prepare you for any number of career options.
Many students use their first year to explore options: investigate potential majors with professors and advisors in the respective departments; select courses that will both fulfill general education requirements and give a good sampling of the majors in which they are interested. This is a time to focus on courses that seem most interesting to you and to try new things. By the end of your sophomore year you should be able to make your decision. Further delays may result in additional time needed to graduate.
After The First YearMeet with your advisor each semester! Begin to work together to narrow down your choices and decide on a major. Share your thinking about possible majors. Discuss your strategies for exploration and academic planning. Some departments have courses that must be passed, or standards that must be met before a student will be accepted as a major. To help get you started, you should:
Assess your interests….
Examine your abilities....
Perhaps look back to your time in high school to see where your strengths lie….
Other options that may help you to narrow your focus:
Many students change their majors over the course their college careers. But knowing your major can help you focus your academic plan.