When you arrived on campus, you might have heard an adviser talk about treating your intended major as a hypothesis. You might spend your first few quarters confirming your initial thoughts (“yes, I knew history was for me!”) — or discovering new information (“what? there’s a department of Classics?”) that might change your path. You may still be in the hypothesizing stage or maybe you are fully settled into your major. Either way, you have the power to shape your degree, especially when you remember that your major is only one part of your degree.
We know that the question “where do you go to college?” is followed quickly by “what’s your major?” The reality, however, is that the importance of a major is not equal to the attention it gets. Except for some specific cases (we see you, nurses and engineers), your potential profession does not dictate what your major should be. All majors allow you to develop as a critical thinker, problem solver, and communicator. But there are things you do outside your major that also can enhance your skills.
Your major isn’t everything; in fact, there is not one thing that is the most important aspect of your undergraduate degree. Instead, it is the sum of the parts that make the best “whole.” If you want to make the most of your time at UW, what should you see when you envision your final transcript, resume, or LinkedIn profile?
Academic advisers and career coaches are here to talk with you about options and how you can build upon your interests with course work and experiences. Prepare for a productive conversation by thinking ahead.
The Husky Experience Toolkit is designed to help you make the most of your time at UW, wherever you are in your university career. The articles address four interconnected dimensions of the Husky Experience: Know Yourself, Know the World, Make Your Way, and Weave it Together.