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Majors fair helps students find their niche

More than 30 different departments and programs gathered in the SAC on Feb. 11 for the 2014 Majors Fair, attempting to attract undecided or on-the-fence students to their offered majors.

Each booth had a variety of faculty and staff including professors, department chairs, and the departmental advisor. Information was laid about the courses offered, the program itself, internship opportunities, and possible careers for after graduating college.

“They can make contacts with faculty, ask about minors, schedule advising appointments and even declare their majors,” said Meagan West, A&S academic advisor.

With advising appointments coming up for many students, the Majors Fair was very helpful in preparing students to set up their schedules. Whether they already declared a major or where undecided, students were able to gain a lot of new information to get them ready for the upcoming semester and help them make it a successful one.

“We have a small department, which is to our advantage, the classes are relatively small,” said a representative of the French department. “We have a good feeling of community, a sense of belonging, and we have our work exchange program were students who major in French can go work in a business in Montpellier for a month and it’s just an incredible experience.”

While the fair was beneficial to departments, students also gained from the experience.

“I learned a lot about the differences between a Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Arts in my already solidified major, so I can further know what classes to take,” said psychology and biology double major, James Wood.

A&S Advising, Career Development Center and the Disability Center also had booths for questions regarding anything outside the majors. Students could make appointments, find out information about the resources available, and more importantly how to access those resources.

Students who attended the fair received free lunch and a t-shirt after going around to the booths they were interested in.

The College of A&S is having an event on March 6 in the Red Barn where interested students can enjoy lunch and receive a free t-shirt while connecting with faculty and alumni from their respected majors. More information about other departments is provided in online, in department offices or from an advisor.

Photo by Sasha Perez/The Louisville Cardinal.

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