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Choosing a Major

Choosing a Major

Any degree seeking student at WKU must complete a major of study. This is an area of concentration which your studies will focus in depth. Each major has different requirements. For example, there could be a major that requires a minor. On the other hand, other majors may require large numbers for completion of major requirements that no minor is required. To view information about major requirements, please do consult with the Undergraduate Catalog, your academic advisor, and/or iCAP.

When Should I Declare a Major?

Many students enter college knowing exactly the field they would like to major in while attending WKU. Other students, however, do not know what they want to major in so they may spend time at WKU as an Exploratory student. With the 44 credit hours of general education requirements, students really do need to have a major chosen by the time they enter the second semester of the sophomore year.

Regardless of field, many students do change their major while in college. That is part of the learning and exploratation process. Although there is potential for outside pressure from family and friends regarding what you are majoring in, you shouldn't feel pressured to make that decision quickly. Take time to explore your options, and then make a well educated decision of your field of study.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14