Major Declaration

The start of something great

The major is your academic home, where you develop critical thinking, communication, ethical judgment, and citizenship while studying a subject that inspires you with joy and curiosity. It provides a depth of study that complements the breadth you achieve through the IQ Curriculum.

During your first three semesters, explore your interests through courses. Attend College events like the Major-Minor Fair and Major Decision Workshops. Also work closely with your academic advisor to choose a major by the deadline, the second Friday in February of the sophomore year.

Your pathway to a major might be unexpected, even surprising, but if you keep an open mind and explore your interests, you will find a great fit.


Pathways to a Major

<p>We interviewed alumni and current students to find out how they chose their major and, later, their career. Learn about the many paths WashU students take.</p>

Many Paths: On Choosing and Celebrating New Majors

Performing Arts

Major Decision Advice

Know Yourself

Identify your strengths and interests. Not sure what those are? Talk to your four-year advisor, a favorite professor, friends, and family. Or visit the Career Center to take professional self-assessment tools, like the Myers Briggs.

Know the Majors

Use the Explore Academics tool, visit the Bulletin, or peruse department or program websites to find out more about the additional opportunities beyond coursework. You can also talk to faculty to get a better sense of the major.

Find the Fit

Fit is elusive, but you know it when you find it. It happens when your strengths and interests meet the demands of the major, when the personality and culture of a major suits your own.

Declare your Major

Students are asked to declare a major by the spring of sophomore year. When you're ready, go to WebSTAC and see Academics/Major Programs to declare your major.

Declare Today
Lydia Zoells, English major and German minor at Washington University in St. Louis

Being a student in ArtSci means you’re encouraged to take classes in different areas and to have that well-roundedness, and I think it’s so valuable. Coming into college, I loved science, I loved math, and I started out really broadly. I'm not sure if I would have found my place if I didn’t have the chance to explore a wide range of classes.

―Lydia ZoellsEnglish major and German minor