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.
Joining a department is a significant moment in your undergraduate career but 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. These are skills valued in every field of employment and every aspect of life. So we encourage you to choose to study what you love while you have this great opportunity that Princeton provides. You’ll have the rest of your life to dedicate to your career(s).
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 AB 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 the majors by students in the department. You may also want to take a look at the information about certificates
; while not a required component of the AB degree, sometimes looking at the ways you might complement your curriculum can help you make decisions about your focus. 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 Avens and Dr. Levine, and current majors, especially peer advisers.