How To Declare
Students must declare a major by February of their sophomore year and may continue to declare and/or change a major until they declare their Intent to Graduate. To declare a major, students should:
- Log on to WebSTAC. Navigate to the "Major Programs" menu item (under "Academic Records") and click the appropriate button ("Change First Major", "Add a Minor", etc.) to request a declaration.
- Select the major/minor you would like to declare. Review the confirmation box that pops up and click "Yes" to initiate your request to declare. Clicking "No" will return you to the selection page.
- Review the "Current Requests" section of your "Major Programs" page. Make note of the Action Required section, which explains what you should do to finalize your declaration. Typically you are required to set up a meeting with a representative in the department. The department will receive an email notification of your request and should be expecting to hear from you.
- Your request to declare will be approved only after you have completed the action required by the department. Your new major/minor should now appear in the "Current Programs" section of your "Major Programs" page.
For more information see the Major Programs section of the WebSTAC Help Wiki.
Once you declare a major, go in depth in the major and supplement it with related interdisciplinary coursework and experience.
Know the major requirements, and plan to go beyond the minimum required.
- See your major at the Bulletin for the requirements information.
Supplement your major with related interdisciplinary coursework.
- Real life is interdisciplinary; so should your education be. Use some (not all!) of your other coursework (whether electives, clusters, minors or second majors) to supplement your major in an interdisciplinary fashion.
Supplement your major with experience.
Explore post-graduate options.
Get Involved In Your Major
- Take advanced courses and go beyond minimum requirements.
- Go to departmental activities and lectures.
- Find a student group affiliated with your major.
- Use office hours wisely. If you have questions about the course material, this is the time to ask your professors. You can also discuss how they became interested in the field, how they became interested in the subjects they currently research, how you might be able to pursue a topic of interest more in depth, and what activities or lectures are coming up in the department.
- Pursue undergraduate research for any field (from science to social science to humanities) and participate in the fall or spring Undergraduate Research Symposium. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research or contact your academic departments about research opportunities.
- Do honors work in your major. Consult the departmental website, the director of undergraduate studies your major, or your major advisor for details.
- Keep in Mind that the chief goal of an Arts & Sciences major is to prepare you for life, not a particular career. It teaches clear communication, critical thinking, ethical judgment, and constructive citizenship in the context of a particular topic that you're passionate about. Also, while thinking about your major and distribution requirements, you should have 60 units of credit by the start of your junior year, and must have 57 units completed to register as a junior that fall.