All first-year students enter Linfield without declared majors and are considered “undecided.” Through Colloquium, a required course for first-year students, faculty advisors will help students explore academic opportunities at Linfield. Upon completion of this 10-week course, first-year students may declare their major (and change their faculty advisor, if necessary) by submitting paperwork at the Office of Academic Advising.
Transfer students typically declare a major upon enrolling at Linfield and are assigned a faculty advisor in the department of their major. Transfer students who are undecided are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist them in course selection and exploring their interests.
Checklist for choosing a major
Assess your Interests, Personality, Skills/Abilities, and Values
- Make lists. Sometimes it is helpful to start by putting ideas on paper. List:
- Activities that you enjoy and interests you choose to pursue
- Classes you enjoyed - and why you enjoyed them
- Things that are important to you – that you value and/or motivate you
- Things that you are good at
- Majors that you think you may enjoy
- Majors that you know you don’t want to pursue
Research majors of interest
- Consider your lists. Based on the information that you’ve written about yourself, begin researching majors by:
- Consulting your faculty advisor
- Meeting with faculty advisors in departments of interest
- Taking exploratory classes
- Reading the catalog sections on majors/departments of interest
Explore career opportunities in your majors of interest
- Visit the Office of Career Development in Melrose 010
- Initiate informational interviews with professionals in your field(s) of interest
- Complete an internship. The Office of Career Development has information about all types of internships
- As you consider careers opportunities, ask yourself questions including:
- What are the tasks performed by this occupation?
- Will I be happy doing this kind of work?
- What education does this career require?
- How much money will this career pay? Is this important?
- What is the future of this career?
- What are the normal work hours?
- Does this job require travel?
- What is the path of advancement?
Declare your major
Selecting a major does not necessarily lead directly to a career in that field. A liberal arts education will prepare you as a skilled professional and life-long learner. Follow your passion. Consider majors that you will enjoy, in addition to considering career paths to which those majors will lead you. The most important goal is to enjoy your field of study and learn transferable skills, like writing, speaking, problem solving, etc.
Resources that can help
- Colloquium Faculty and Peer Advisors
- Faculty members/other mentors
- Linfield College course catalog
- Office of Academic Advising
- Career Development
- Counseling Center
When must I choose a major?
All Linfield students must declare a major upon completing 45 semester credits. Students who have reached this credit limit without declaring a major will be blocked from the next semester’s registration until a major is declared.
I want to declare a major now!
Complete the Declaration of Academic Program form with appropriate signatures and submit to the Office of Academic Advising in Melrose 010.