Choosing a Major and/or Minor

As part of the Colleges’ graduation requirements, students are required to complete the requirements for an academic major, including a capstone course or experience, and a minor (or a second major). Students are expected to declare their primary major before they register for classes during the second semester of their sophomore year, though they can do so at any time after their first semester at the Colleges. Early in their junior year, students should declare a minor or a second major.

To declare a major or minor, students should first identify academic areas that they are interested in and review the requirements of that degree program for fit with the student’s interests and academic trajectory. The chart below provides links to curricular descriptions, requirements, and declaration forms for all majors and minors. Once students have identified a major or minor that they wish to declare, they should print out the appropriate Major/Minor Declaration Form and approach a faculty member within that program to serve as their major/minor advisor. The potential advisor and student should discuss which requirements have already been met by the student’s courses and which ones still need to be addressed. Once the student and major/minor advisor have agreed to declare the major/minor, they should complete and sign the Declaration Form. After getting the signature of the department/program chair, the student should submit the signed document to the Registrar’s Office to formalize the declaration.

Majors and Minors

Major Declaration forms (PDFs)

Minor Declaration forms (PDFs)

Disciplinary

Interdisciplinary

Disciplinary

Interdisciplinary

Aesthetics

Africana Studies

-African Studies

-African-American Studies

American Studies

Anthropology

Anthropology and Sociology

Architectural Studies

Art (History)

Art (Studio)

Arts and Education

Asian Studies

Biochemistry (B.S.)

Biology (B.A.)

Biology (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.A.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Chemistry ACS (B.S.)

Child Advocacy

Civic Engagement and Social Justice

Chinese

Classics

-Classical Studies

-Greek

-Latin

Cognition, Logic, and Language

Comparative Literature

Computer Science (B.A.)

Computer Science (B.S.)

Critical Social Studies

Dance

-Dance Education

-Dance Movement Studies

-Dance Theory and Performance Studies

Development Studies

Economics

Education

Educational Studies

English

Entrepreneurial Studies

Environmental Studies

European Studies

-European Studies: Early Modern

-European Studies: Europe in Antiquity

-European Studies: France

-European Studies: Gender Systems

-European Studies: Medieval Europe

-European Studies: Modern to Postmodern

-European Studies: Renaissance

-European Studies: Russia

French and Francophone Studies

-Parcours Multiculturels Track

-Traditions Francaises Track

-Concentration in French

Geoscience (B.A.)

Geoscience (B.S.)

German Area Studies

Health Professions

History

Holocaust Studies

International Relations

Japanese

Latin American Studies

Law and Society

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.S.)

Media and Society

Men's Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

Music

Peace Studies

Philosophy

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Political Science

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Policy Studies

Religious Studies

Russian Area Studies, History and Society

Russian Area Studies, Language and Culture

-Russian Area Studies, Russian Language

-Russian Area Studies

The Sacred in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Social Justice Studies

Sociology

Spanish and Hispanic Studies

-Hispanic Studies

-Latino Culture

Sustainable Community Development

Theatre

Urban Studies

Women's Studies

Writing and Rhetoric

Writing Colleagues Program

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