FAQ

 

  • When do I need to choose a major?

It depends on the college and the major. Most schools prefer that you start looking at a major at least by your sophomore year. Some schools, actually, require you to list a major choice on your college application. If you are interested in a major that requires a lot of classes, or classes that are limited to students in that major, you might have to declare earlier than usual (i.e. Fall semester of your sophomore year).

  • What if I declare early but I change my mind?

For some majors, you must take specific courses (prerequisites) during your first and second year before you can even be considered eligible for upper level courses. So, changing your major from, say, English Literature to Accounting can result in a substantial time penalty, especially if you've never taken Fundamentals of Financial Accounting.

  • How do I find out what these prerequisites are?

The best way is to get a copy of the courses and degrees bulletin published by the University. These guidelines provide a list of required classes, class descriptions, and any other requirements you might need to fulfill in order to graduate. Course guidelines are revised yearly, so make sure to get an updated version. You can also check with the University's Website for this information.

  • What is a double major (minor)?

Many schools offer the chance to major in not only one but two subjects (a major and a minor). Pursuing a double major is an effective way to get more out of college and improve your chances of future success, but it can take a lot of effort and dedication. It helps to know ahead of time what type of workload you'll be expected to handle. For more information, students are advised to consult their academic advisors and/or the Center of Career Services and Alumni.