Declaring a major—how and when? Not sure? Department teas may help you decide which major you'd like!
Sophomores must declare their major during the second semester of their sophomore year. The actual date varies by year, but it is chosen to be in the first half of the second semester, so that students will have time to be assigned an advisor in their major before advising period for the fall.
To declare a major, students complete the “Declaration of Major”, meet with the chair of the major department, and submit the form signed by the chair to the Registrar’s Office located in the basement of Mary Lyon Hall. Students can request a specific advisor in their major, or the chair will assign an advisor based on the conversation at the major selection meeting.
Students who do not declare a major by the deadline will be subject to a registration hold during the upcoming registration period.
What if I don’t know what my major should be?
It can sometimes feel as though everyone else has it all figured out…but rest assured, uncertainty is very common among sophomores, especially at liberal arts colleges. Explore major ideas by:
- Meeting with your current academic advisor to review your academic history, interests, and career goals
- Visiting the Sophomore Focus Moodle Site and completing the suggested missions—there are prizes available!
- Meeting with a career counselor in the Career Development Center
- Talking with peers about your interests
- Completing the major selection worksheet
- Talking with juniors and seniors in potential major departments. Every department has an assigned student liaison who will be more than happy to talk with you about her experiences. To connect with liaison, contact the department assistant at the number or email address found on the webpage for that major (full list of majors and minors).
- Discussing your ideas with your Class Dean, Alison Hopkins. You can make an appointment to meet with her by calling 413-538-2855, or stop by her office on the 3rd floor of Mary Lyon Hall during her drop in hours.