Helpful Tips from Madelaine on Declaring a Major

Feb 3

Helpful Tips from Madelaine on Declaring a Major

by: ctowery

posted in: Freshmen Advice

Majors and Minors

As a Freshman well into my second semester it's around the time where I have to seriously consider what my major and minor will be. Of course, I have until the end of my Sophomore year until I have to declare. But, it is still important to consider which classes I should be taking in order to work towards my potential major. I go to a liberal arts school, as a result, there is a lot more freedom for me to explore different majors. I recently went through a process to determine which major I should pick and will now share with you all some helpful tips for doing the process yourself.


When looking through your College's registrar look for classes that interest you and then make a list of them.

Think about the things that have interested you in your life.

What are your hobbies?

What clubs are you in?

What do you think you are really good at?

Then take some of the classes that you are interested in and see if you like them and feel passionate about the subject.

Although it's important to think about what your major can do for you, it is also important to study topics that are actually interesting to you. If you're like me, and you don't know what you want to major in, then make sure to do plenty of exploring while at the same time fulfilling your general education requirements. I've started to lean towards a Philosophy major and English minor. Some people might argue that both of those majors won't make me any money, but that's not true. If I truly am passionate about both of those subjects I will be far more successful in life than if I only pursued money. College is about exploring and figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life. Do your best to not get bogged down by concerns about future earning power.