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Majors/Minors Fair for Sophomores

Choosing a college is difficult enough, but with more than 60 options, deciding on a major and minor can prove to be an even more challenging task. To offer guidance and support to sophomore students, the Deans’ Offices are holding a Majors/Minors Fair for the Classes of 2016 at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Vandervort Room, coordinating with the time when students begin to meet with their advisers in preparation for fall pre-registration.

“Faculty and staff representatives from academic majors, minors, and programs will gather with the Classes of 2016 to provide students with the opportunity to explore and obtain information about the many options HWS offers,” says Assistant to the Dean Roberta Whitwood.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of which courses are required to complete specific majors, the types of jobs available after graduation, and how to create personalized majors and minors. Undecided students will receive guidance from deans and faculty. And then there is always the excitement for students to create an Individual Major of their own and to learn how to go about it.

At the fair, there also will be representatives from the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development and from the Center for Global Education available to provide additional information on future career options and study abroad opportunities. The sophomore class presidents and representatives from Student Activities also will be involved in making the fair a genuine sophomore experience.

Whitwood says students who already know their major are welcome to attend the fair as well. She says it will be a good opportunity for them to socialize with peers who have similar interests and who may have questions.

HWS requires all sophomores to officially declare their major before registration during the spring semester. Before being admitted into the senior year, students must also declare their minor. Either the major or the minor must be disciplinary and the other interdisciplinary.

“This task may be difficult for some students and the Majors and Minors Fair is designed to assist them in their decision,” Whitwood says. “We really encourage sophomores to attend because faculty and staff can help them tackle this first important step towards their graduation.”

The event is open to all sophomore students, and an informal RSVP buffet dinner will be provided.