Finding their focus
Commencement 2019: This is one in a series of stories marking the 169th Commencement ceremonies of the University of Rochester.
Some students know from early on in their college careers what they want to study because of strong interests they’ve developed previously or because of their longterm goals. Some students don’t know what they will major in, and many change their minds during or after the first year.
“Deciding on a major is a process,” says Marcy Kraus, the Suzanne Jagel O’Brien Director of the College Center for Advising Services. “Today’s students are making choices about their majors while knowing that the world of work is constantly changing. We help students weigh their interests and gather information so that they can make well-informed decisions that complement their educational and life plans.”
The chart below illustrates how majors changed for students expected to graduate with the Class of 2019.
American Sign Language
British and American Literature
Film and Media Studies
Language, Media, and Communication
Social sciences majors
Health, Behavior, and Society
Political Science Psychology
Natural sciences majors
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Cell and Developmental Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Physics and Astronomy
Audio and Music Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
African and African-American Studies
Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures
Digital Media Studies
East Asian Studies
Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies