Academic Diversity

With more than 150 majors for undergraduates, students sometimes need a little time - and a lot of help - to select a major.

amanda marie antrimAmanda Marie Antrim had finally decided to transfer into the College of Business in the Fall of 2006, but she was still going through a long list of majors before finalizing her choice - still thinking about math, education, psychology, journalism, philosophy, astronomy and literature.

“I’ve looked into all these majors because I’ve really enjoyed the classes I’d taken in those fields. I could see myself studying any of them for the next four years,” Antrim said.

kathy martensenAntrim is looking at all her options because she knows this is an important decision. She doesn’t want to choose a field of study simply because it would lead to a good job. It has to be something that excites her – that she believes in.

Antrim started her search with her academic advisor, Kathy Martensen, asking her what she knew about the fields.

Martensen gave Antrim information on the majors. They talked about what Antrim should expect from certain jobs and programs of study. When Antrim had questions that Martensen couldn’t answer, she referred Antrim to other advisors who work in those disciplines.

student and professorAdvisors also send first and second year students to the Career Services Center, where they find help investigating jobs, career paths, and the academic career that leads to those positions.

“I would definitely recommend exhausting every resource with your advisor,” said Antrim.

Illinois offers graduate students nearly 100 programs of study, many ranked among the best in the nation. U.S.News & World Report rates Illinois as one of the top 11 public national universities that grants doctoral degrees.

glass blowingDiverse academic offerings are complemented by Illinois’s consistent appearance on lists of “best buys” from publications like Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Money magazine, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

One of the great things about coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is that students can change majors and still be at one of the top universities in the nation for their discipline. The bad thing is, students still have to choose!