Major Exploration Guide

Identifying Your Options

What are your choices, and how do you find out which is right for you?

Identifying your choices is an essential part of the major exploration process, as is having the tools to compare and contrast your “major” contenders.

Q: How do I find out what majors are even out there?

Sometimes your major interests will be met by the overall major (e.g., Psychology). Other times your major interests are more specifically met by a concentration or emphasis within a major (e.g., Criminal Justice within Public Management and Policy, Global Health and Development within Global Studies). All of these options can be found on Degree Search.

Q: What are the best ways to get information about majors?

There are many ways to get information about majors; here are some of your options:

  • Academic Advisors, available for all majors at the UA, are your best resource for getting questions answered, including how to declare majors of interest.
  • Degree Search offers the opportunity to search by types of majors and includes information on course requirements, career opportunities, and more.
  • Information sessions are available for many majors (e.g., Education, Retailing and Consumer Science, Psychology, Political Science, Global Studies, and Eller business majors). Some are online; some are in-person. Attending an information session does not obligate you to declare the major (though it often gives you the opportunity to do so) and it's a great way to learn more. To find out if a major of interest to you offers information sessions, find the major advisor here and click on the “Declaring a Major” link if available.

Different majors vary not only by academic foci and courses, but also by how to declare, when to declare, levels of math and second language required, course availability, and more. Getting the information you need to make an informed decision is essential.

Q: Can I major in pre-law or pre-med?

The UA does not have pre-law or pre-med majors – and that is absolutely to your advantage! You can choose any major and go to law school. The same is true for medical school (provided you complete essential core science courses). The UA has award-winning pre-law and pre-health advising. Do yourself the favor of utilizing their services - both as you’re exploring majors and once you’ve chosen the right one(s) for you – to make sure you are doing all that you can to prepare for admission to law school or health professional programs.

Q. What should I know about majors of interest to me?

Among the most important things to know are how to declare (e.g., by application, appointment, or information Session), when to declare (e.g., any time, within certain time frames, by a firm deadlines), and course availability (find out if courses are open to non-majors).

A list of Top 10 Questions that CLAS advisors suggest you ask is available here or at the CLAS Academic Advising Center. You’ll no doubt have other questions of your own to add to the list! The best places to get these questions answered are listed above (see "What are the best ways to get information about majors?").

Please note that some majors only accept applicants once a year, some restrict courses to existing majors only, and some have specific course sequences that you’ll need to know about to plan your time as an undergraduate. Understanding the specifics about the majors you’re interested in is essential to making the best choice.


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