How to Choose a Major at WOU

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Freshmen may feel pressure to choose a major before the beginning of fall term, but being undecided is perfectly fine! One of the best parts about college is being able to choose your own classes. Going to class is much more exciting when you are learning about something that interests you!

However, this can become stressful if you don’t know how to choose a major to declare. You might not know what you would like to pursue as a career.

If this describes you, Western is here to help! WOU offers exploratory advising for those who are unsure of what they would like to major in.

Getting a Feel For Your Major

Intro classes are offered for all majors such as Intro to Education and Intro to Criminal Justice. These can be helpful if you have an idea of what you would like to do, but would like to take an intro course before committing to that major.

While deciding on a major, classes for the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum or LACCs can also be taken care of. These are required for every major, but they may slightly for majors such as Education and Pre-nursing so check with an advisor before registering.

A few helpful links for exploring who you are and what you want to do are available on the advising page:

Other Resources You Can Try

Another helpful resource is the Service Learning and Career Development Center. They provide resources such as assessments to help you learn about yourself as well as a list of what majors will get you what careers. They also have career counselors available by appointment for additional resources.

After you have chosen a major, you must officially declare it with a Change of Major Form, available at the Registrar’s Office. Don’t worry, these aren’t permanent! If you change your mind later, a new form can be submitted.

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