Using Summer to Explore Majors or Tracks

Whether you’ve declared or are still debating majors, summer is a great time to get a better sense of what a field is all about, or choose a track within a major.


  1. Browse faculty profiles on department websites to see the range of questions and methods used.
  2. Read research published by faculty you hope to work with.
  3. Conduct informational interviews with alumni in the major, or people working in related fields.
  4. Read nonfiction bestsellers published in that field, plus reviews of such books by professors.
  5. Browse the entire Subject prefix in Explore Courses to see the range of topics and themes encompassed by the department. (Tip: introductory classes will generally be closer to the beginning of the list.)

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