Choose Your Major
- Initial decision is not binding.
- Complete prerequisites early.
- Points to keep in mind:
- What is the GPA for honors in your major?
- What do you want to do for a culminating experience?
- Senior seminars? Departmental thesis?
- Senior fellowships?
Synchronize Your D-Plan With Your Major
- Consider non-major courses.
- Interests (possibly NRO)
- Minor courses: accumulation of "interest courses"
- Devise what terms would be required to take these courses.
- Which terms programs are offered?
- Make sure there are no conflicts with major prerequisites.
- Consider Fall term to avoid the housing crunch.
- Can major courses/distributives be fulfilled? Include this in your plan.
- Terms: 12 total
- First Year: 3 terms (F, W, S)
- Second and Third Years: Sophomore Summer (X) + 5 other
- Fourth Year: 3 terms (F, W, S)
- Credits: 35 total, including pre-matriculation/transfer, exchange
- Course load:
- Typical course load = 3 courses per term
- Maximum of three 2-course terms
- Maximum of three 4-course terms; more means additional tuition cost
- Spend time with the Organization, Regulations, and Courses (ORC); write courses of interest down and when they are offered
- Look for courses that fulfill multiple needs (e.g. major and distributives)
- Keep in touch with department about changes in requirements, offerings
- Map out your classes and distributives on a curriculum planning worksheet or make an Excel working spreadsheet
- Meet with advisers, professors, undergraduate deans, and DOSCs for insight
- Keep your major updated with department and registrar
- Monitor Degree Audit
- Do not wait until the registration deadline approaches to choose courses
- Plan ahead!