Step 2: Choosing Your Major

If you are choosing your first year units of study you are laying the foundation for your entire course. One of the decisions we ask you to consider today is what major or majors you will take as part of your course. The choice of majors open to you in your following years is dependent on the choices you make in your first year.

What is a major?

A major is an area of specialisation within your course. Upon completion of your selected major you will have a broad understanding of that subject area and the ability to focus on, and carry out further research in that field. The number of majors that you will be able to complete will depend on the undergraduate course that you are enrolled in. The subject area that you choose to major in is indicated on your testamur.

Please note: If you are a student commencing your degree in 2014 completion of one senior-advanced (3000 level) unit of study is compulsory for the completion of a major, and will often be described as core or compulsory in the unit of study tables. If you enrolled prior to 2014, you may also find that in some majors there are core units of study that need to be completed, but there isn’t the same 'general requirement' of completion of a 3000 level unit of study. If you are a continuing students who commenced prior to 2014 you are encouraged to view the rules set out for your chosen major(s) in the handbook for the year in which you commenced.

Choosing your major(s)

When you choose your first year units of study, keep in mind that the choices you make may impact on what major(s) are available to you later on. Often, the senior units that make up a major require the successful completion of specific junior units of study, or a certain number of junior credit points from a particular subject area or areas. There are some exceptions to this rule and you will need to read the information provided for each major.

You should also be aware of the resolutions of your course. Some courses have a select group of core majors from which you must choose, with the option of taking additional major(s) from either the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Table A) or another Faculty (Table B).

To learn more about majors offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and other faculties, as well as units of study which complement your choices and interests, view the Choosing your Major and Choosing Units of Study videos.

Connecting core requirements

In some courses, students are required to take certain ‘core’ or ‘compulsory’ units of study in addition to their major. You can see if that applies to you by checking your Course Pathway and Course Resolutions on the previous screen.

Making your choices today

As you make your choices, you will need to begin by going through the range of majors offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and other faculties. Majors offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are selected from Table A and majors offered by faculties such as Education and Social Work, Science, and the Sydney Business School are selected from Table B.

It’s important to remember that all courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences require you to take at least one major from Table A – though some courses require specific majors/subject areas to be completed. You can confirm if this applies to you, by checking your course requirements in Step 1.

If your course does have specific or core majors and subject areas to choose from, these will appear above Table A. Once you have made your choice(s) from the Core Majors/Subject Area section, you can continue to select other another major from Table A or B according to your course resolutions.

You will find further below, Table A and Table B, listing the majors available to you as an Arts and Social Sciences student. By clicking on each major a pop-up will appear where you can read a description, including skills you can expect to gain, the kind of issues you’ll investigate and some potential career pathways. Once you have made a choice, click the red 'Add this to my majors' button.

The My Enrolment Planner will list your choices under My Majors. You can remove a choice from the list at any stage of your planning. Remember, the My Enrolment Planner is keeping track of your choices only; you will still need to complete your formal enrolment on your designated enrolment day.

Information about your major choices when using the Enrolment Planner Tool

You can select up to four majors using the Enrolment Planner Tool. Please keep in mind that you must complete one Table A major and you have the option of completing a second Table A or Table B major as per your course requirements (refer back to the previous step for information on course requirements). During your first year you may want to study different subject areas before deciding what to major in from second year. You are not able to major in all four of the subject areas that you may have chosen, but you may still want to study subjects in those areas at a senior level. Letting you pick up to four majors here allows you to read about each subject and select the relevant units of study.

If you need further clarification of how majors work, revisit your Course Pathway.

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