Your first year isn't really about a major; it's about opening doors and taking advantage of the breadth of courses offered by your college. Now is the time to try studying something new. Taking a diverse group of courses in your first year gives you a huge advantage: you open yourself up to interests you didn't know you had.
Here are a few tips for choosing your first-year courses.
You may be certain of what your major will be on day one and stick with it until graduation. If so, you're in the minority. That's why exploring is important. Your major may wind up being something you first took because general education requirements dictated you had to.
In your first year, consider taking a beginning a course in your possible major to get acquainted with study of that subject at the college level. This will help you decide whether the major you think you will choose is right for you.
Now really isn't the time to double up on courses in the subject you're thinking about majoring in. However, if you are already seriously considering a major in a department, you should discuss your plans with a member of that department.
Don't worry about choosing a major now. It's a big decision. Don't rush it. You don't have to declare a major until the second semester of your sophomore year. Visit our Majors and Programs page for more information on majors offered at Davidson.
The Humanities department offers two programs that bring together professors from many of Davidson's academic departments, including Art, Classics, English, German, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion.
Both programs begin in the fall semester and are available to first-year students.