Want to explore your interests but don’t know where to start? Here’s some advice.

As you may know, Illinois has over 150 different majors for you to pick from. We list them alphabetically, by the college that they’re housed within, and also by interest. Personally, I think that the last one, by interest, is the most helpful, especially for students who aren’t sure what they want to major in yet but have an idea of what they enjoy doing.

For example, if you know you’re interested in Global Studies but aren’t sure if that’s exactly what you want to major in, check out the other majors in that interest category. You might want to take a look at Policy, International Trade and Development program in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES), or you might be interested in the International Business program in the College of Business.

Once you’ve narrowed down your interests to one or two categories (or even majors within those categories), tell us! This way, you’ll receive specific information related to those interests. All you have to do is log in to myIllini (or create an account if you haven’t already) and click on your profile. Then, under the academic information section, select however many academic interests you’d like.

Even if you already 100% know what you want to major in, I encourage you to read through the entire list of majors. It may be a bit long, but you could discover a major that you didn’t even know existed or a program that you didn’t know we had.

I believe that being open minded about your future major is very important. Illinois has a lot of academic diversity, and it’s something that you should take advantage of! Something that a lot of our students take advantage of is double majoring or minoring in a topic unrelated to their original major.

You could major in Computer Science and also declare another major in Journalism. Or you could major in Italian and get a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The possibilities are endless!

Just remember that your interests don’t always have to make sense (kind of like this cat and dolphin).

Cat and Dolphin


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July 24, 2016, 3:25 pm

do you know any information about students who are on the on the pre-med track and marketing major?



July 26, 2016, 4:38 pm

Hi Sam,
I would recommend looking on The Career Center’s website. They have a lot of information for students who are interested in a pre-med track and would like to take a non-traditional route such as marketing.

You would also be able to work with a Career Center advisor once on campus in order to ensure that you are taking the correct classes and being adequately prepared for the pre-med track.


Marcus Stallworth

August 10, 2016, 8:32 pm

Hi I am a high school student, who has been thinking everyday what I want to major in and I am currently undecided. At first I was interested in majoring in business management, but I guess I lost my interest. Then I was interested in majoring in hospitality management and go to a culinary arts school to learn how to cook and hopefully become a chef, but that would be really hard because I don’t know to cook anything, I am on and off with that interest.



August 11, 2016, 8:41 am

Hi Marcus,
If you’re undecided about what you want to major in I would recommend checking out the Division of General Studies (DGS). DGS is where our undeclared major is housed. It’s designed for students who either are unsure of what they want to study or have too many interests at this time and don’t want to enroll into just one of them. Their website is http://dgs.illinois.edu/


Ann Peters

August 24, 2016, 9:01 am

I want to major in Finance and have an interest in Healthcare. How can I pursue this at the U of I Business college.



August 24, 2016, 9:52 am

Hi Ann,
Since you’re only admitted into one program when you apply at UIUC, you would work with an academic advisor in order to add on either your business or your healthcare interests after you enroll.



August 26, 2016, 8:02 pm

I hope to join in the engineer design major, and I am good at art, so that will fix me. or the robortic, I have joined the FLL lego competition once, really cool~



August 29, 2016, 8:56 am

Hi Yimeng,
That sounds great! If you have any questions about majors in the College of Engineering I would highly recommend checking out their website. It has a ton of information on it. The URL is http://engineering.illinois.edu/