Northwestern University
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
WCAS NU
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Majors, Minors, Certificates, and Concentrations

List of majors and minors
Major worksheets

Minor worksheets

Your Major

Every student in Weinberg College is required to complete a major. Along with the Distribution Requirements, which provide breadth of exposure to a range of disciplines, your major provides an opportunity for in-depth study within one field.

You can consult the list of majors and minors to see the many majors available within Weinberg College and to access contact information for departments and programs. Major worksheets show the requirements for each major. Each department has advisers available to help you sort through decisions about their major or minor. Your Freshman or College Adviser can also be a valuable resource for you. You should also familiarize yourself with the rules and policies for majors.

Second majors are optional for most students. However, if you choose to do an adjunct major, then you need to complete another major too. Beginning in Fall 2009, a student’s total number of majors plus minors may not typically exceed three. (This is called the Rule of Three). Exceptions require permission from the Weinberg College Advising Office and cannot be granted during the freshman year. A sophomore, junior, or senior considering exceeding this limit should meet with his or her College Adviser to discuss options and procedures. 

The majority of majors do not have any admission requirements, but there are a handful of special admission majors.  Ad hoc majors are a possibility for students with well-defined interests that don't fit into an existing major but still comprise a cohesive field of knowledge.

Choosing a major can be a big decision, and it's a first step toward creating an academic plan that fits your own individual interests. Other ways to individualize your work in WCAS include taking advantage of research opportunities or special courses within your major, completing a second major or a minor, concentration, or certificate, and pursuing departmental honors.

Minors, Certificates, and Concentrations

Most Weinberg College students have room in their schedule for elective courses, and some students choose to focus some of these electives within a particular area of study. Minors, concentrations, and certificates  offer one path for doing this. Completing a minor, concentration, or certificate is optional. You may do at most one concentration. If you elect to do a minor, then be sure to look at the important rules and policies for minorsMinor worksheets show the requirements for each minor.

As noted above, beginning in Fall 2009, a student’s total number of majors plus minors may not typically exceed three. Exceptions require permission from the Weinberg College Advising Office and cannot be granted during the freshman year. A sophomore, junior, or senior considering exceeding this limit should meet with his or her College Adviser to discuss options and procedures. (This supersedes a previous rule limiting students to at most one minor.)

Degree Requirements
Majors and Minors

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