As you begin your studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, we encourage you to take time to sample courses from our 40 majors, then discover what you love and dive in. It's one of the benefits of a liberal arts education. If you need help as you consider your major, schedule an appointment with an advising dean or a career counselor in Career Development to talk about your interests and how they can translate into a major and a future career.
Most students declare a major during or at the end of the second semester of their sophomore year. Students entering their junior year without a major is considered not making progress towards their degree.
Applying for a Major
Apply for a major as soon as you have completed the prerequisites for the major, which may be as early as the end of your first year. Consult the appropriate department website for information regarding prerequisites and application guidelines. Some majors allow you to submit an online application but others may not. You may be required to meet the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) to discuss your interest in the major and complete the application with them.
If you cannot enter a major by the end of your sophomore year, meet with your advising dean to review your options. You will be required to complete the Late Declaration of Major form. For summer & fall 2020: Please complete the form, email the DUS/designee of the intended major for approval. Once approved, forward the form along with the approval email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy your advising dean.
Adding Second or Third Major
Some students have diverse intellectual or career interests that span academic disciplines and therefore consider pursuing a second major. If you are interested in a second major, consult with your faculty advisor and advising dean. Sometimes you can pursue your interests with a minor or by designing a unique course of study with elective courses rather than completing a second major.
If you decide to add another major, it must be within the College of Arts & Sciences unless you apply to the Concurrent Degree Program. Follow the same steps outlined above to apply to a second major.
Second or sometimes third majors can be added in your junior or even senior year, but you should apply as soon as you can to give yourself time to complete the additional major/s.
You can pursue majors in other colleges by applying to the five-year Concurrent Degree Program. Arts & Sciences offers concurrent degrees with the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture, Art & Planning.
To begin the application process, schedule an appointment with Richard Keller.
Adding a Minor
A minor is a secondary area of interest in which you complete 15-18 credits. It is not necessary to have a minor, but minors can allow you to group some related electives together in a meaningful way. Many minors in other undergraduate colleges are open to Arts & Sciences students. Consult the list of available minors. To add a minor, contact the office for your desired minor to find out the process for adding the minor.
Dropping a Major/Minor
There are no specific required or recommended majors for students interested in pursing a career in the health profession. Therefore, students are encouraged to choose a major based on their interests. The Pre-health website provides information and resources to help students navigate.
There is no preferred or required undergraduate major or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Therefore, you should choose a major that you are interested in. The Pre-law studies website provides information on how to get started.