Not quite sure about your major yet? No need to worry. We’re here to help! Carthage has more than 50 areas of study, majors, and special programs. We’ll make sure you find the combination that works best for you. Just be sure to take time to explore your interests and allow yourself to be curious. Find out how other Carthage students chose their majors.
What resources does Carthage provide for undecided students?
Carthage provides many resources for students who haven’t yet chosen a major. Here are two:
- The Center for Student Success pairs all first-year Carthage students with a Student Success Advisor. Students meet weekly with their advisors for a seminar-style course in the fall, and several times on a one-on-one basis. These conversations will center on your interests, values, skills, and abilities, and your advisor will help guide you toward courses that match.
- The Aspire Program, run through The Aspire Center, is Carthage’s new career preparation program. Unlike career services programs at most colleges, Aspire is a comprehensive four-year program. Students connect with The Aspire Center during their first days on campus — even if they haven’t yet selected a major — and work with a Career Specialist to develop an individualized career development plan. There’s no extra cost, and all program elements are sprinkled throughout your Carthage experience. The Aspire Center has many tools available to help students discover and pursue their passions.
Still unsure? That’s okay! Finding the right major isn’t always easy. Find out how other Carthage students chose their majors.
If I don’t have a major, what classes will I take my first semester?
The Carthage curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary study as part of a strong liberal arts education. The Carthage Plan was created to ensure that students would gain experience in a wide variety of disciplines. As you’re exploring your major options, you’ll get a great start on the general education requirements in subject areas that match your interests, values, skills, and abilities.
When should I declare my major?
While there is no specific timeline for declaring a major, it’s ideal to be at least fairly certain by the end of your first year at Carthage. This will allow you to delve into your major coursework as you progress as a Carthage student.
Once I’ve decided, how do I declare my major?
You can always work with your Student Success Advisor to officially declare your major, or you can do so through our Registrar’s Office. And don’t worry — we understand that even after you declare your major, you may change your mind (it happens more frequently than you may think), and that’s OK! We’ll help you through your decision process and get you on track!