Arts & Sciences sophomores in the class of 2017 are required to declare a major by February 13, 2015.
In the sophomore year, students continue to discover and explore their academic interests, but also commit themselves to a field of study called the major. Students may change their major at any time before they declare their Intent to Graduate in the senior year.
The major is an academic home where students develop advanced skills of communication, critical thinking, ethical judgment, and constructive citizenship while studying a subject that inspires them with joy and curiosity. The minor is a smaller concentration of courses that allows students to steep themselves in an area.
To help students choose, declare, and celebrate their official entry into the major, the College provides several resources:
- Online Advice and Tools for Choosing and Declaring
- Decision Advice: Some things to keep in mind as your academic career develops
- Decision Tools: Online tools to help you explore majors based on your interests
- Majors & Careers: Information on how majors relate to careers
- Common Roadblocks: Challenges many students face when trying to choose a major
- FAQs: Answers to common questions about the process of declaring a major
- "Pathways to a Major" Video: Interviews with alumni and current students about how they found their majors and where their careers have led them since college
- Major events including
- Major-Minor Decision Workshops in September (sophomores only)
- Major-Minor Fair in October (open to freshmen and sophomores)
- Major-Minor Welcome Week in February (sophomores only)
- Online Major Declaration
- Online Minor Declaration
- Advice for what to do after declaring
Throughout the process, students should work closely with their four-year advisors. Once they’re ready to declare, they can visit How To Declare a Major or Minor and "What to Do After Declaring" for advice for next steps.