The Major Advising Program (MAP)

MAP advisors are students who have already declared their major (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and are enthusiastic and eager to share their experience and knowledge with students considering a similar major.

Contact a MAP advisor or apply to become a MAP advisor.

What is MAP?

The Major Advising Program (MAP) is a peer advising system that helps students with their search for a major. Any College student can access the online database of peer advisors, representing nearly every major within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Who are MAP advisees?

MAP advisees are generally College freshmen and sophomores. However, any student who has yet to choose a major or would like to explore additional major options is welcome to use the system. You don’t have to be “lost” to take advantage of MAP, just curious.

How to become a MAP advisee

It’s as simple as visiting the database (PennKey required) and following the instructions to search the database. Contact information for all advisors is easily accessible and advisees email advisors directly, without any intermediaries.

Why use MAP?

You don’t know what to major in. You have a major but are considering a second one. You'd like to talk to someone double majoring in the same two subjects you’re interested in. You would like to visit classes in your potential major. You have a quick email question about a major. You want a student point of view.

How to become a MAP advisor

Simply visit the MAP database (Pennkey required) and fill out an application. You will be asked to obtain an endorsement from the undergraduate chair or program director in your department (in the form of a short email). Once the endorsement is received, you will be made an active MAP advisor and students will begin contacting you directly.

Why be a MAP advisor?

To build leadership and interpersonal skills. To help your fellow student by sharing your experience and knowledge. To meet people interested in your major.

What questions might be asked of a MAP advisor?

Why did you choose your major? What do you like most/least about your major? Are there any classes/professors you would recommend? What kind of skills and content knowledge do you acquire through this major? How demanding is this major? Is the work mainly reading, papers, exams, lab work, problem solving...? Department specific information (contacts, resources, faculty) When is the best time to start thinking about a major? Today! It’s never too early to start.