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The SSA can provide you with academic advising and assistance while you are exploring majors and your educational opportunities at WOU. Discover what your interests are and how knowing more about yourself will guide you to having a successful decision on choosing the right major for you. So do your research, discover key personality characteristics about you in relation to selecting a major that meets your interests and answer some questions before declaring your major.

Questions To Ask Faculty About Majors

As you begin to discover new facts about your intended major, it is always best to meet with faculty advisors from the department of the major you plan to pursue.  Below are questions you should ask in your advising session:

  • Does the major have a formal admission process?
  • If so, when do I apply and what is acceptance based on?
  • What are the course requirements for the major?
  • What type of work does this major prepare me for?
  • Does the major have introductory courses such as Business 101 or Psychology 201?
  • What minor would be recommended to go with this major?

These questions and many more may be answered by exploring the Academic Catalog, review the requirements of majors and minors that WOU has to offer from both: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Education; also review course descriptions they are extremely helpful in knowing what the course will be about.


When choosing a minor, pick something that you enjoy doing or learning, or consider a minor that compliments your major giving you added knowledge for future career opportunities.

Discuss your minor with your faculty advisor.  Advisors can give you concrete examples based on previous graduates.  For example, a chemistry minor might be a good choice for a business marketing major with a desire to work for a pharmaceutical company.




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