Choosing a Major

Students declare their majors in the spring of the sophomore year and may choose one of six options to satisfy the major requirement:

  • a departmental major,
  • two departmental majors (a double major),
  • a coordinate major,
  • an interdisciplinary major,
  • a student-designed major, or
  • any of the preceding with a departmental minor.

Departmental Majors, Double Majors, and Minors

Visit the Departments and Programs tab for a listing of majors and minors, with links to department web pages.

Coordinate Major

Students may undertake a coordinate major in Environmental Studies, which requires completion of a departmental major in addition to fulfillment of Environmental Studies courses.

Interdisciplinary Majors

Students may develop an interdisciplinary major by consulting with the chairs of the two major departments. The following interdisciplinary majors already have specified requirements.

  • Art History and Archaeology
  • Art History and Visual Arts
  • Chemical Physics
  • Computer Science and Mathematics

Student-Designed Majors

Students may design their own major work with two faculty members to connect the disciplinary strengths and opportunities offered in at least two departments. A culminating project is required.

Students are required to declare their majors before registering for courses for junior year or applying for off-campus programs. They may not change their major after the first semester of their senior year. Students declare a major after they have consulted a faculty member in their major department.