Step 2: Gather Information and Explore Options

Taking a closer look at the curriculum for majors you're interested in is one of the best ways to narrow your choices. You will want to take a look at the classes you will be taking for a specific major, including prerequisite courses, before you select a major. If you find that the required courses for a particular major are not interesting to you or don't complement your strengths, that might be an indication that you should consider another major.

The next step in the decision-making process is to compare what you found out about your own interests, skills, and values with the majors offered in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

First, make a short list of 5-6 possible majors, then use the University Bulletin to explore these majors. Remember to think broadly about majors, as many majors relate to numerous career fields and prepare students for similar work environments and graduate programs. To help you explore your options:

  • Go to the department office and pick up their materials.
  • Browse the departmental website.
  • Know which majors are selective or require a breadth of courses to be met in a specific manner.
  • Discuss course selections with your Columbian Academic Advisor that will keep your options open while exploring. 
  • Attend informational and pre-professional workshops.

Remember to ask yourself the following questions for each of the majors you are considering:

  • Does this major’s required course work complement my interests and abilities?
  • Is this the best major to address my multiple interests?
  • Are there any prerequisite courses that may be particularly difficult for me?
  • Do the courses in this major match my learning style? 
  • How much freedom will I have to take elective courses?
  • Does this major require a lot of writing, quantitative skills, foreign language courses, etc.?
  • What areas of research in which the faculty are engaged?  
  • Are there other important considerations for me?