Choosing a MajorSteffany Chou '18 | Chemistry Major"Trust your gut. Be comfortable with the idea that the best path for you may not be what you came here intending it to be."
The sophomore year is an exciting one for students—it is a time for making decisions! For most students, the biggest one will be deciding what to major in.
By engaging with the Sophomore Plan, students are able to reflect on their experiences, explore new disciplines, and plan for future years. One of the key components of the process is the Major Declaration. While some students may have already decided their major, others may need guidance. The Dean’s Office offers students helpful resources and suggestions to determine one's major.
Six Tips to Help You Select a Major
- Review all the information and advice on the Sophomore Plan website.
- Meet with your dean during your advising appointment to discuss your options and listen to their advice and perspective. (If you didn't fill out the online advising questionnaire in August—or if things have changed since then—come a little early to fill out a reflection worksheet before your meeting. You can get it from the Dean's Office staff.)
- Go to the departmental website for all of the disciplines you are considering to read more about the classes, requirements, and field in general.
- Visit major information sessions to learn more about the major’s opportunities and upcoming classes while meeting faculty and passionate students.
- Talk to professors and students to gain their insight about the major.
- Reference the LILAC Career Tools to discover your skills and strengths as well as career paths in fields that interest you. Knowing yourself will help you pick a path that brings you personal success.
"Your major department can be compared to your academic extended family," says Dean Michelle Mancini. "By getting to know the different professors and your fellow majors, you'll learn a lot, grow as a person, and make good memories."