This past week, Wash U held its annual ArtSci Major-Minor fair. The fair is a great opportunity for undecided students in the College of Arts and Sciences to learn more about all the different majors and minors the College of Arts and Sciences has to offer. Representatives from all departments in the ArtSci College were there to answer students’ questions and provide information about their departments (and candy!). Students could also learn more about getting a 2nd major in another school at Wash U, like the Olin Business School. In addition, Campus Partners like the Office of Overseas Programs and the Office of Undergraduate Research were at the fair. With all the different programs present, the fair can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips from someone who’s been to the fair twice to try to help you navigate it:
- Think of questions to ask the representatives beforehand. I say this from experience, you don’t want to be standing there awkwardly, listening on while another student asks questions, only to come up blank when a representative asks if you have any questions. Some useful questions might be: What kinds of jobs do majors go on to have? How many credits are required for the major? Are there study abroad opportunities for majors? You’ll get much more out of the fair if you come prepared with questions.
- Narrow down your list of majors to visit. Your experience will also be more meaningful, and less time consuming, if you look at this list of majors represented at the fair and decide on a few to visit instead of trying to visit all of them. This will also make your questions more meaningful, since you’ll only visit departments you’re genuinely interested in.
- Be open-minded. Yes, I know I just said to narrow down the list, but not so much that you don’t take time to visit majors that catch your interest, even if you hadn’t previously given any thought to them. The fair is an excellent opportunity to explore all the options available to you, and who knows, maybe you’ll be surprised at what you find.
The fair is only one of many amazing opportunities Wash U provides students to explore their interests and plan for the future. I definitely recommend checking it out if you come here, even if you think you know what you want to major in. As someone who came in undecided, it definitely helped me narrow down my choice of major.