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Major Welcome

You've declared! Join us to learn more about your new major.

Each spring, the College holds a Major Welcome event, where students are welcomed by faculty members of their chosen majors.

This year, Major Welcome will be held throughout the month of March on days and times set by each department. There, students will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and other students in their field; learn more about opportunities in their program; and, of course, celebrate their major! 

Departments expect students to attend the Welcome Event of their primary major unless in class at that time. Find the schedule of events as well as answers to frequently asked questions below.

Major Welcome Events Schedule

African & African-American Studies    

March 1, 2024, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
McMillan Hall, 2nd Floor Hallway

American Culture Studies    

March 20, 2024, 3 to 4:30 p.m.    
McMillan Hall, Room 140


March 26, 2024, 3 to 4 p.m.    
McMillan Hall, McMillan Café

Art History & Archaeology    

March 2024

Asian American Studies

March 20, 2024, 3 to 4:30 p.m.    
McMillan Hall, Room 140


March 1, 2024, 3 to 5 p.m.
Life Sciences Building, Rooms 201 and 202 (Biology Commons)


March 1, 2024, 12 to 3:30 p.m.
Wrighton Hall, Room 400   

Classics/Ancient Studies    

March 6, 2024, 2 to 3 p.m.
Umrath Hall, Room 224   

Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

February 28, 2024, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Rudolph Hall, Room 301    

East Asian Languages and Cultures

March 19, 2024, 4 to 5 p.m.
BuschHall, Room 18     


March 18, 2024, 6:15 to 7 p.m.
Seigle Hall, Room 304
Please note: This event will take place in concert with the department's Faculty-Student Pasta Dinner, which is co-hosted by the Undergraduate Economics Association. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., after which sophomores will be encouraged to attend the Welcome Session at 6:15 p.m.


March 2024


March 27, 2024, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   
Dunker Hall, Hurst Lounge 

Environmental Policy

February 23, 2024, 2 to 3 p.m.
Seigle Hall, Room 248        

Environmental Studies

March 25, 2024, 12 to 1 p.m.
Schnuck Pavilion, Room 202

Film & Media Studies

March 18, 2024, 3 to 4 p.m.
Seigle Hall, Room 400

Germanic Languages & Literatures

March 2024


Global Studies    

March 22, 2024, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
McMillan Cafe 






March 2024


March 22, 2024, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall, Room 104


March 5, 2024, 3 to 4 p.m.
Cupples I, Room 222 (Mathematics Undergraduate Lounge)

Performing Arts - Dance and Drama    

March 2024


March 8, 2024, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.   
Wilson Hall, Room 104


March 6, 2024, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall, Room 214


March 2024

Political Science    

February 23, 2024, 2 to 3 p.m.   
Seigle Hall, Room 248

Psychological & Brain Sciences 

March 22, 2024, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Somers Family Hall, Psychology Lounge Room 207E

Religion & Politics

March 2024

Romance Languages and Literatures - French    

March 2024

Romance Languages and Literatures - Italian

March 2024

Romance Languages and Literatures - Spanish    

March 5, 2024, 4 to 5:30 p.m. 
January Hall, Room 20

Russian Language and Literature

March 2024


March 5, 2024, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Seigle Hall, Suite 213
Please note: This event is an informational session for prospective students

Speech & Hearing

March 22, 2024, 2 to 4 p.m. 
Location TBD   

Statistics & Data Science

March 6, 2024, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Jolley Hall, 5th Floor (Reception Area in front of Jolley 539A)

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

March 21, 2024, 4 to 5 p.m. 
McMillan Hall, Room 221    


*Please note: all session times listed below are in Central Standard Time (CST) 

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have class during my department event time? 

It is the expectation of the department that you attend the Welcome Event for your prime major unless in class at that time. That said, go to class but please contact your major advisor or department to find out what you missed.

Can I go to the Welcome Event for a second major or minor?

Departments welcome second majors and minors.

My major isn't listed. What should I do? 

If your major isn't holding a welcome event, please contact your major advisor to learn more about important information and opportunities in your program as well as meet with faculty and staff.

I know my major but haven't declared yet. How do I do that?

Declaring is a two-step process. Check out this video with instructions here, and still be sure to go to your Major Welcome Event. For additional information on declaring your major, visit the Major Declaration page.