Find the Community for You
When you think about your choice of major, you probably consider your talents and interests and each major's subject matter, but finding the right intellectual community for you will also help you get the most enjoyment and rewards from your major. You might ask yourself:
- In what sort of learning environment or community do you work best?
- In what departments have you found accessible, supportive faculty who will foster your intellectual growth? In particular, at Princeton, junior and senior independent work is a central part of your experience of a major, and you will find it much more rewarding when you work with the right adviser for you.
- Where have you found faculty and peers who will motivate you to perform at your highest level?
- Where have you found a community of peers who will provide you with intellectual stimulation, companionship, and guidance as you engage in coursework and independent work.
Certainly, you can find professors and peers with whom you'd enjoy working closely in any department. In the smaller departments, however, where "everybody knows your name," you may find it easier to connect with faculty members, even those outside your area of specialty, and form a mutually supportive community with your peers.
When you choose a major, you choose a course of study but you also join a department, a community of faculty and peers. The choice of the best community for you will enhance your pursuit of the studies you love.