Choosing a Major

When Do I Declare my Major?

Students in Arts declare a major at different points in the degree. Students in some programs declare a degree after 27 credits, while some programs require a major declaration after 54 credits.

The best place to find information about declaring a major is on the website of the department you want to enter. On the website, you can find more about:

1) At what point you can declare a major in that department.

2) How to declare a major. In addition to declaring your major on the Student Service Centre, some programs require an additional application.

Specializations that require applications and/or department approval

So Many Choices

Choosing a major isn’t always the easiest thing to do – especially when there are so many to choose from.

Below is an excerpt from the chapters of If-I-Knew-Then-What-I-Know-Now Book of Wisdom that may help you through the decision process.

Take time to explore each program and the courses offered within them.
Which specialization and course descriptions pique your interest?

Go with your strengths
What are you doing well in? Do you get good grades in certain subjects? Grades aren’t everything, but they can help guide you toward future success.

Go with your passion
You will be more successful now and in the future if you follow your passion. What topics grab you when you browse a newspaper, website, poster board, or overhear a conversation you’d love to jump into?

What do you really like to do?
Watch TV? Find out what future you might have in the TV industry. Would you like to write about it? Write for it? Comment about it? Research its effects on society? Calculate the correlation of an idol’s turn on stage and chance of winning?

Hobbies are not really the best predictor of what you should choose as your major, but it can be a place to start identifying your passions.

What can I do with a major in ?
Lots. Most majors prepare you for a variety of jobs. If you have an interest in working in the financial sector, you might naturally think of economics or math. However, if you were to investigate the backgrounds of bankers or financial planners, you’d probably find a variety of majors: from Art History to Women’s Studies. A great way to investigate this is to browse LinkedIn for evidence that Arts grads succeed in the workforce. To get started attend a LinkedIn Session  and visit the What Can I do with My Major? website both presented by the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.

The Arts Co-op Program and Arts Internship Program are perhaps the best ways to explore what you can do with an Arts degree. Find out if you really want a career in banking/marketing/public relations/other before you graduate.

It’s your decision to make
In the end, you might not feel like you’ve gathered enough information. Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed into not making a decision, or allowing someone else to make it for you (even Dad). Make the best decision you can on the information you have and set yourself up for success.