You have made it through your first year and learned a good deal about Penn and yourself. Now as you enter your sophomore year, some special tasks lie before you. This is the year in which you will declare your major, and probably the one in which you will decide whether or not to study abroad. You may also be thinking about career exploration and possible internships for next summer.

Declaring a Major

As a Sophomore, you should be close to the point of declaring your major.

After you return from winter break, you should make time to meet with a representative of the major department or program in which you wish to declare. Please look at that department or program's website, as many of them provide instructions on how and whom to contact for major declaration. Please note that some departments and programs require more than one meeting in order to complete the major declaration process, so be sure to follow all their instructions completely.

All Sophomores must be declared in at least one major by Tuesday, February 15. If you feel there are reasons why you cannot declare your major by that date, please get in touch with your College Contact to discuss them (you can find that person's name and email link on Penn InTouch, below the name of your pre-major advisor). All Sophomores will still be expected to meet with their pre-major advisor later in the spring semester, to discuss Advance Registration.

Students should:

  • Meet with their pre-major advisor to discuss progress toward finding and declaring a major and meeting the degree requirements during Advance Registration in October and November. This meeting is also an opportunity to explore options such as minors, research and study abroad. Until meeting with their advisor, Sophomores will be on registration hold which keeps them from being able to participate in Advance Registration.
  • Become completely familiar with the rules and requirements for their potential major. These are available on the department websites.
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.
  • Apply to become a peer advisor and help the next incoming class.

Students should:

Find the major that's right for you.

Investigate the programs and resources available to help you find and declare your major