Major and Minor Exploration for Undecided Students
Resources for Choosing a Major
At Illinois Wesleyan, we understand that you may arrive on campus without being certain
of your major. We also know that you may have interests that span several subject
areas and talents in more than one field. While we celebrate the gifts and interests
you have, we’d also like to be part of the journey as you explore the majors, minors
and concentrations offered here and the many paths you can take as you pursue your
Research the majors offered at IWU and start to gain more information about them. Eliminate programs you know you are not interested in.
Visit department homepages of majors that are of interest to you.
Talk to friends and classmates about their majors, minors, and career paths. Talk
to professors and advisors about programs and majors related to courses and subjects
that interest you.
Keep in mind, you don’t always have to make a choice, many of our students (almost
15%) graduate with a double major.
There are close to 200 clubs and student organizations on campus. Many are associated with a particular field of study. Find the student organizations that appeal to you and attend a few meetings. Speak
up and ask questions!
Contact the Hart Career Center and make an appointment for career counseling. You’ll meet with a career counselor, take some strengths and personality inventories and dig deeper into where your strengths
line up with your interests.
Search for an internship or a volunteer or research opportunity that lines up with
your interests. Sometimes a practical, hands-on partnership with a community agency
or organization can help bring insight as you explore your options. Visit our Action Research Center (ARC). It is an indispensable resource.
In and Out of the Classroom
Work with your assigned academic advisor. Pursue classes that expand your knowledge about fields of study and help you develop
additional skills. This will aid you in self-assessment in the major and career decision-making
process. Computer, foreign language, leadership, and communication skills are valuable
in any profession. Visit a professor during office hours or stop by the departmental
office to research opportunities.
The Hart Career Center’s online system Handshake lists available internships and full-time jobs. Start early (a semester before you
want to intern) and see what internships are available and if on-campus interviews
Once you make a decision on a major, be sure to inform the university! Visit the Registrar’s
Office and complete a Change of Major form.