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).