1) Snag a copy of your school’s course catalog.

Depending on your school, course catalogs may be a) purchased at the campus bookstore, b) ordered online and shipped, and/or c) viewed online.

Since you’ll be making all sorts of circles, highlights, X’s, and other enthusiastic demarcations, I recommend using your roommate’s hard copy rather than your laptop screen.

2) Mark all of the classes that you want to take, ranging from “definitely!” to “maybe.”

If you have a general idea of which areas you like, start with those departments first.

A second option: If you have absolutely no idea as to which topics would interest you, then I highly encourage taking the time to read through the courses of every single academic department.

“Every single one!?” you say? By now you would have suddenly “remembered” your long-lost interest in Philosophy, Anthropology, or Geology, in hopes of avoiding the tedious process of taking the second option.

But, I was only half-joking. However much time it takes, a working familiarity with the classes-a-plenty available at your school will help during a mid-college crisis. It WILL happen. More about that here___.

3) Choose your potential majors.

There is a purpose for taking this step after, and not before, picking out the classes that interest you. Having already marked your potential classes in the catalog, it will now be easier to narrow down your school’s 500 majors to just a handful. So impressive that you’ll want to tell your friends.

You always want your major to fit the *specific* courses of your choice, not the other way around.

This is not, not not, the same thing as having your major fit your *general area* interests. A major that sounds appealing at first may require taking several undesirable classes. We don’t want to fall into the trap of conforming to a major program that doesn’t fit in the first place. More on choosing your major here___.

4) List the required courses for each potential major.

*Details to come…