Majors and Minors

Choosing a major or minor is a big decision, one that can feel a little daunting at times. Try these three steps to help see things more clearly.

1) Talk About It

Within in the Tufts community, you have a wide network of people to talk to about your interests and plans. It doesn’t matter where you start, but strike up a conversation!

Talk to:

  • Talk to faculty members in various department about the real-world applications of a particular major.
  • Meet with your Pre-Major AdvisorSenior Academic Advisor, or Advising Dean to discuss majors, minors, or special programs and how they fit with overall University requirements.
  • Ask upper-class students about a particular major and the research, internships, and study abroad options available.
  • Attend events such as Major Exploration Expo and Majors Week.
  • Explore majors through the Career Center, or see one of their Advisors.
  • If you’re an Engineering student, attend the weekly seminars and colloquia offered by departments within the School of Engineering (and announced in the weekly email newsletters), and ask speakers about their interests, research, and work. Also be sure not to miss E-Week events in February. If you missed the Engineering Student Panel during Orientation, be sure to watch it to see upper-class engineers discuss how they determined their majors:

2019 Engineering Student Panel

2) Consider the Curriculum

Liberal Arts students have a lot of freedom to explore different academic disciplines in their first and second year. Take some time to reflect on the classes you take, and consider which ones got you really excited. Try to identify what you enjoyed about a particular course. Are there more courses like it that you could take? Do they fit into a particular major or program?

Engineering students take a number of pre-requisite and introductory courses in their first year, declaring their major in the spring semester. While you’re fulfilling early requirements in the first and second year, ask yourself what you enjoy about a particular course. Try to identify your strengths, and look ahead to courses you might take if you pursue a certain major. Be aware that because most Engineering majors share common coursework during the first two years, it is often possible to change your major after you’ve declared it, especially before your junior year. It is also often the case that a specialized course can map usefully to different degree sheets. Your Pre-Major or Major Advisor, Senior Academic Advisor, or Advising Dean can help you think about mapping courses to different degree sheets if you consider switching your major.

3) Investigate Your Post-College Options

It's also important to consider what your choice of major will mean beyond your time at Tufts. A single major can lead graduates to hundreds of different careers and work environments. Taking the time to do a little research about your post-college options will help you map your Tufts experience.

Pre-Professional Advising

Both Liberal Arts and Engineering students work with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising at Tufts to prepare for careers in health and legal professions. Through one-on-one appointments, workshops and programs of interest, get help planning your curriculum, find internships, and work through the application process.

Health Professions Advising

Find information and receive advice and support if you are pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet, or interested in any other future health profession. 

Pre-Law Advising

Access the resources necessary to become informed consumers and active decision makers when applying to law school.

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