Choosing a Major
What is a major?
A major is an area of specialized study that requires you to take courses specifically concentrated in one academic subject area. All degree programs in the College of Arts and Science centre on a major, so students must choose one in order to graduate. Depending on the major and type of degree program you choose, you will complete between thirty to sixty credit units in that major plus additional courses in other related subject areas.
In your first year of study, you might not be ready to choose a major but you can choose a ‘potential’ major based on your interests. This will help you focus your course selection and work towards your goal. You will find that with each course you complete you will gain a deeper understanding of the major you wish to graduate with and the career you would like to pursue.
It is recommended that students choose a major by the mid-point of their degree. If you wait too long, you may be required to take additional courses to satisfy your degree requirements.
Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Student Office if they are having difficulty choosing a major and/or if they require clarification on the requirements of their selected major.
The Student Employment and Career Centre at the University of Saskatchewan also offers resources to help students link their major with their career goals. Their interactive resource Plan My Career is designed to help students engage in a process of self-discovery to determine their aptitudes and interests in relation to their career goals.