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Choosing your major

Deciding on your major at DU can be a challenge. Here are a few words of advice to help you choose.

  1. Selecting a major is not the same as choosing a career! Sure, there are a few careers, such as accounting, computer science or nursing, that do require a specialized degree, but your major is just one aspect of your qualifications that you can offer an employer. No matter what your major is, it is important to complement your educational experience with internships, volunteer work and other extracurricular activities. Employers are interested in your skills and abilities, not just your major. Majoring in a certain area also does not require you to choose a certain career. Music majors can become physicians, history majors can become journalists and political science majors can become actors.
  2. Pursue a major that interests you and one in which you excel academically. Students usually make the best grades in the classes they enjoy the most, so why not choose a major that you actually enjoy? An excellent GPA will also afford you greater career opportunities.
  3. Research and explore various majors. Consider all possibilities. Don't rule out a major just because you're not sure it will lead to a good job. Within Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) at DU, the purpose of your major is not to prepare you for a specific job, but rather to prepare you for life by developing skills such as reading, writing, researching and critical thinking that are important in any profession. A few ways to explore various majors can be found below:
    • Review the list of degree programs, which lists all of DU's majors and academic requirements  
    • Talk to professors
    • Talk to upperclassmen
    • Talk to alumni (using LinkedIn)
    • Take an introductory class in the major
    • See the Office of the Registrar for complete program information.

If you need advice about hours, credits, classes or the requirements for your major or minor, contact your faculty adviser or the Office of Academic Advising (Driscoll Student Center, Suite 30). To learn more about pre-health and pre-law advising, contact the Office of Academic Advising and make an appointment with the pre-professional adviser for these specialty areas and check out our graduate school resources.

Advising appointments can be made by calling 303.871.2455. Got a quick question? You can either drop in or contact the Office of Academic advising at [email protected]