Deciding on a Major
Majors & Minors Offered
All academic majors and minors are listed here with links to each department's website.
Student-Initiated Majors (SIM)
Students who complete the first year and whose major interests span two or more recognized academic fields may propose a specialized major which combines these fields. Please note that students must have a cumulative B average (3.00) or above to be considered. The self-initiated major must be approved by both the appropriate departments and the Dean’s Office. The student is advised to meet with the appropriate department chairs to discuss and obtain approval for the proposed major. After obtaining support from the departments, the student must submit to the Dean’s Office a written proposal which outlines all courses and major requirements. Upon successful completion of the major requirements so specified, the student will graduate in the subject field indicated on the program proposal.
DECIDING ON A MAJOR
First-year students do not declare a major when they enter Ursinus College. They may declare an area of interest, but they are not assigned to a major adviser until they declare a major, usually in the spring of their first year (this is the earliest that they can declare; they must declare by spring of their sophomore year). Below outlines resources available to help students in their exploration.
1. The Career Services Office (Bomberger Hall 110)
Career Services is an invaluable resource for students who are exploring major options. Their website offers a number of resources including:
FOCUS, online career guidance tool, can assist you in self-assessment and career exploration. Users of FOCUS learn to make more realistic decisions about their goals and plans and how to self-manage their careers.
The Guide to Choosing a Major provides you with a system for getting started with choosing your major.
Major Analysis Worksheet is a useful tool to help you summarize your research on an academic major.
“What Can I do with a major in…”. Although major in College often is unrelated to a person’s chosen career, these pages will help you to connect majors with careers. Each major includes related career titles, and links for Career Planning, Job & Internship Search, Federal and State, and Professional Associations.
In addition to web resources, students are encouraged to participate in Career Services Workshops and/or meet one-on-one with a career counselor to discuss interests and options.
2. Major & Minor Expo
Held each year in late January, this event offers students the opportunity to talk with faculty and upper class students in the majors in which they are interested. Visit the UC Major & Minor Expo website for additional information.
3. First-Year Adviser and the First-Year Advising Handbook
Students should meet with their adviser during their first-year to discuss options for majors and minors. The adviser encourages them to meet with faculty in their intended major department to find out more about the program. Students should be aware that in some departments it is easy o complete the requirements for graduation if they postpone the declaration of the major until the sophomore year. In other departments, the sequential nature of the program may make this more difficult. A careful reading of the First-Year Advising Handbook should help students and advisers as they discuss the various options.