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.
How can I get involved in my major?
- Take advanced courses and go beyond minimum requirements.
- Go to departmental activities and lectures.
- Find a student group affiliated with your major (you must login with your WUSTL Key to view the Directory).
- 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.