Choosing a Major

A major is a series of courses (consisting of 24 to 39 credit hours) required for a concentration in a specific department. A minor is a combination of courses (usually 15 to 18 credit hours) taken to support the major or broaden your perspective.

If you have not already chosen a major — don’t panic! Nearly half of entering freshmen and many sophomores and juniors are not sure of their major, even if they say they are. Choosing a major takes time, persistence, and critical thinking about your future.

If you are not sure of your major:

  • Discuss your concerns with your advisor, faculty members, and/or counselors at the UniversityCounseling Service or Career Services offices.
  • Learn about yourself — your interests, skills, and abilities; consider exploring a new area by auditing a course (participating without credit or grade). Think about what you want to be doing 10 years from now. Find out about the job market and opportunities for particular majors after graduation.
  • Consider how you feel about attending graduate or professional school, which is a requirement for certain professions.
  • Determine which courses and programs will take you where you want to go.
  • Choose a major that best expresses who you are and who you would like to become.