In April of your sophomore year, you will select a major, having had four semesters to explore a wide range of subjects and discover which one best suits your interests and abilities. Along this path of discovery, you will probably have become aware of new subjects that captivate you.
While your choice of major is a significant moment in your undergraduate career, it is important to realize that it will not lock you into any career or life path. Far from it. Every major at Princeton opens doors because they all teach you how to analyze the world, solve problems, and communicate your ideas, and those are skills valued in every field of employment and every aspect of life. With a Princeton degree, art and archaeology majors become doctors, chemistry majors become artists, and religion and philosophy majors move on to Wall Street. So, study what you love! You’ll have the rest of your life to dedicate to the career(s) you enjoy.
There are numerous sources of guidance to help you select your major. The residential colleges collaborate with departments to organize a wide range of events throughout the year to introduce you to each major, and the Major Choices website
offers great advice on how to choose a major and information on each department, including entertaining and insightful descriptions of each major by students in the department. As always, your advisers are also there to help you make your decision. In particular you will find it helpful to talk to the departmental representatives, your faculty advisers, Dean Stirk and Dr. Lazen, and current majors, especially peer advisers.