Choosing a Major

Many students begin as freshmen at UW-Whitewater without chosen majors. Not declaring a major allows them time to explore different courses, learn about each college, and discover what future careers most interest them.

If I’m not sure I should major in business, what should I do?

Think about the types of courses that interest you. What courses did you enjoy in elementary, middle, and high school? Think about careers you would enjoy, and talk to people in those fields.  Ask them how they found their careers, and what they believe would be the most useful major to prepare for their positions.

Many students get involved with student organizations on campus to learn about fields of study from their peers and to network with professionals and speakers. Visit connectUWW to find student organizations that would interest you.

It is also a good idea to talk to personnel in the department(s) with majors you are considering. Make an appointment to talk with the faculty about opportunities and expectations for majors that interest you.

I know I’m interested in business, but how do I choose a specific major?

The Sophomore Advising office in Hyland Hall 1200 has information on each major available to students.  You may also make an appointment with a College adviser to discuss what option would be best for you by calling 262-472-4900.  If you still have additional questions, visit the individual departments for more in-depth information on the major of your choice.

As a junior, after admission to your major, you’ll be required to take foundation courses in all areas of business. Many students decide on a major after “sampling” these courses. The Four-Year Planning Sheets will give you an idea of the courses you would take for each major.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Career Services. The staff can help you decide how to chart your career direction.

Get involved in one or more student business organizations. It's a great place to meet other students, build leadership experience, network, and meet alumni, guest speakers and faculty. The students who are most informed and best prepared for the future take advantage of the business organization opportunities.