Undecided? How to pick a major

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Explore introductory classes

Take classes in the fields that excite you to figure out what you want to pursue. These 1001 courses are often designed to weed out people who aren’t 100 percent committed and should help you gauge whether you have the passion for more advanced classes.

Get to know the department

Talk to the professors and teaching assistants. They are usually eager to tell you more about what they teach, what you can expect from a major in their field and whether the department is a good fit for you.

Chat with students

Get a feel for classes, course loads and professors from the people who have sat through the long lectures and discussion sections. They can also give you tips about which professors to take and who to avoid – think of them as living, breathing substitutes for Ratemyprofessor.com.

Sit in on a class

Sit with a friend during the lecture that you thought sounded interesting. Go during the first couple weeks of classes so you can switch around your schedule without worrying about playing catch up if you want to join it. Check with the professor first if you plan to visit a small class.

Consult your adviser

They are there for a reason – and no, not just for the mandatory meeting to plan your class schedule. Talk about your interests and brainstorm the different majors you could consider.

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