Steps to Take in Choosing a Major
1. Look through the Dickinson Bulletin.
• Read about the various majors
• Read about the classes offered for each major
2. Take at least one course in the major in which you are interested.
3. Talk with your current Academic Advisor or a Career Counselor.
• Ask: Is this major a good match with my interests?
• Ask: Is this major a good match with my academic strengths?
• Ask: Will I be able to meet the requirements for the major?
4. Talk with faculty members in the department.
• Ask: What is the structure of this major, what do I need to do?
• Ask: What is this major about?
• Ask: Will I be able to go abroad my junior year?
5. Talk with students currently in the major.
• Ask: What is interesting to them about the major?
• Ask: Do they have any suggestions as far as electives in the major?
6. Contact alumni
• Ask: Did studying this major influence their career?
• Ask: If you could do it over again, what would you do differently?
7. Talk to the Chair of the Department
• Ask: Besides course requirements, what are some other requirements
• for the major (ie. an internship, community service, research project)
• Ask: Are there concentrations or thematic focuses within the major?
• Ask: Who would be my advisor?
• Ask: What other courses and/or majors related to this major?
Adapted from the Worksheet for Major Declaration Decision from the Academic Advising and Registrar’s Offices.