Choosing a Major - Step-by-Step Guide

Step One: Gather Information

This can be the most time-consuming and important of the steps to help you make the best decision for yourself. Wooster has several valuable resources to help you make this important decision. Take advantage of the following:


  • Read the Wooster catalogue for detailed course descriptions.
  • Take a fun/interesting class to gain exposure to a variety of disciplines.


  • Students – Attend a departmental or student organization meeting. Ask upper-class students how they selected their major, what they like/dislike about their choice.
  • Professors – Discuss the types of courses, assignments, and possible I.S. topics for each discipline.
  • Alumni – Contact Wooster Alumni mentors by joining Scots Career Network.

Step Two: Evaluate the Possibilities

Once you have gathered what you believe to be enough information to help you choose a major, review the options and compare them. Be sure to take into consideration the following:

  • Do you have the ability to attain good grades in the subject?
  • Do you enjoy the material and coursework?
  • Will you be motivated to engage in an Independent Study in the discipline?
  • What have others done with this particular major once completing their degree?
  • Is a double major feasible?
  • Would you be able to complete the coursework within four years?

Step Three: Declaring Your Major

Early in the second semester of your sophomore year you will be able to declare your major. Pay attention to the deadline!!

  • Read through the materials sent to you by the Registrar’s Office as soon as you receive it in the e-mail.
  • Ask any last minute questions you may have well before the given deadline.
  • Obtain the necessary faculty signatures.
  • Relax, enjoy, and get busy!

Beyond Your Major

What else should you do during your college years? Taking the initiative to acquire skills and experiences beyond the classroom will give you the competitive edge needed in today’s world. Here are a few ideas:

  • Gain hands-on experience using the knowledge you have from the classroom by completing a summer research project and at least one internship, preferably two.
  • Become computer literate by learning about spreadsheets, databases and web design.
  • Educate yourself globally. Learn another language and consider studying in another country.
  • Volunteer to take a leadership role in a student organization.
  • Donate your time in a community service organization.