“What’s your major?”
You will be asked this question countless times over the next couple of years. Many students are undecided about their major; in fact, undeclared majors are one of the largest groups of incoming first-year students. Even the majority of declared students will change their major more than once before graduation. Regardless of major, however, every undergraduate student at the University of Denver takes Common Curriculum courses. These courses introduce you to a variety of disciplines across the arts, humanities, and sciences as part of a liberal arts education. Taking Common Curriculum classes during your first year will give you the opportunity to take introductory courses in subjects you may find you want to explore further through a dedicated major or minor.
During your first few quarters at DU, it is okay to explore, to not know what your major will be. This is the time to take the steps to decide on your interests and future career path. Choosing a major is an active process that involves your complete participation and looks different for everyone. No matter what your process will look like, you have numerous resources to help you from the moment you step on campus.
**Students can confirm their major with their FSEM instructor/advisor during Discoveries Orientation and are able to make any necessary changes at that time.**
Check out the sessions below to begin your major exploration! Keep your options open…you’re in good company as an Undeclared student.
Monday, September 7th, 2015
- 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Pre-Professional/Pre-Allied Health Info Session - Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center
The director of the Pre-Professional/Allied Health Advising Program will speak with students interested in applying to medical school or dental school, or pursuing graduate work in physical therapy, nursing, or physician assistant/other health-related programs.
- 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Pre-Law Info Session - Byron Theatre, Newman Center
Talk with DU’s pre-law advisor about what you need to do to prepare for law school. We will discuss topics such as classes to take as an undergraduate, knowing your GPA, conduct records, learning what it means to go to law school, and more.
Wednesday, September 9th
- 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: First-Year Major Advising and Common Curriculum Advising
Students will meet with faculty to learn about major and minor requirements. You don’t have to be a declared major to attend a specific major session. If you are even remotely interested in a major, attend that major advising session!
- Undeclared - Sturm #451, Sturm Hall
- Biological Sciences - Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall
- Chemistry, Biochemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics - Events Space, Anderson Academic Commons
- Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science - Byron Theatre, Newman Center
- Daniels College of Business - Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center
- International Studies - Olin #105, Olin Hall
- Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences - Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall
Thursday, September 10th
- 9-9:45 a.m. or 3-3:45 p.m.: College Success = Career Success: Career Services Can Help! - Sturm #134, Sturm Hall
Attend an interactive workshop and gain insight on deciding a major, finding internships, and discovering how to find a meaningful path in your life. Learn about the many ways Career Services can help you be successful from your first year on.
- 4-4:45 p.m.: Time Management and Organization - Sturm #134, Sturm Hall
Keep the momentum going… remember, major selection is an active process!
- First-Year Seminar Instructor - meet with them regularly to discuss your interests. Lucky for you, your first-year seminar instructor is also your academic advisor and can help guide you throughout your decision-making process.
- Career Services - schedule an appointment (303-871-2455) to have an exploratory meeting with a career counselor to learn how majors translate into future careers, or take a personality/interest inventory to learn about your strengths.
- CNP 1200 Career Decision Making - a course offered both winter and spring quarters for undergraduates unsure of their academic and/or career direction. It will give you an opportunity to explore your interests and skills.
Still unsure of your major? Need help figuring out how to fit all of your majors/minors into a graduation plan?
- Be Advised! – Schedule a meeting with a professional academic advisor (303-871-2455) to review your options and develop a graduation plan.
In the meantime... don't stress! There are programs, resources, and advisors willing and happy to help you throughout your time at DU. All you need to do is seek them out!