Declaring a major is part of the overall Sophomore Planning Process.
Before preregistration ends in the spring of
your sophomore year, you will be expected to
choose a major subject. You will create a Major Work Plan (in your
BIONIC Student Center) and review with your departmental major adviser.
Many resources are available to
assist you in choosing a major. For more information, please consult the Sophomore Planning Process.
Each department's pages within the catalog present its academic focus and summarize the requirements for the
major. Department websites will also include this information,
along with supplemental materials that will give you a more in-depth
view of the field. You should read these materials for all the
departments you are considering.
Departments will also hold Major Teas each semester. These information sessions are opportunities to meet faculty and student majors in a department and learn more about the field of study.
First day of classes at Penn
Dorms open at noon
Martin Luther King Day (No Classes, Haverford and Swarthmore reschedule some classes)
BIONIC reopens and PE registration begins (8am)
PE classes begin
Confirmation of Registration meetings for first-year students
BIONIC closes (5pm)
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for first-quarter classes (5pm)
Last day to drop a fifth class (5pm)
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for semester classes (5pm)
First-quarter (including PE) classes end
Spring break begins after last class
Spring break ends (8am)
Second-quarter classes (including PE) begin
Last day to add a second quarter class
Last day to drop a second quarter class
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for second-quarter classes (5pm)
Preregistration for Fall 2017
Last day of classes at Penn
Last day of classes at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore
Final examinations begin
Final examinations end for seniors (5pm)
Final examinations end for other students at noon
Dorms close at noon