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Need help choosing a major?

Sept. 11, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's third annual Major Excitement academic fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, on the walkway outside the University's Chemistry Building.

Open to the public free of charge, the event is intended to help undergraduate students explore many of the 140 majors available to them at WMU. Representatives from different program areas will be on hand to answer questions and assist students in finding majors that are compatible with their personalities, skills and interests.

The fair provides students with a great opportunity to explore as many majors as they find interesting, according to Cheri Bales, one of the event's organizers and the parent of a current WMU student.

"With the Western Edge program, selecting a major early on could be a huge financial benefit to parents and students," Bales says. "Major Excitement gives students a head start in their hunt for the perfect major."

Major Excitement also gives students the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni, employers and peers in their fields.

"Making personal connections early supports academic success and allows students to get advice on which courses and programs are most valuable to their chosen profession," Bales says.

Participating areas

  • Africana Studies program
  • Anthropology (Department of)
  • Aviation (College of)
  • Biological Sciences (Department of)
  • Career and Student Employment Services
  • Chemistry (Department of)
  • Communication (School of)
  • Comparative Religion (Department of)
  • Economics (Department of)
  • Education (College of)
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences (College of)
  • English (Department of)
  • Environmental Institute
  • Environmental studies program
  • Fine Arts (College of)
  • Foreign Languages (Department of)
  • Gender and Women's Studies program
  • Geography (Department of)
  • Geosciences (Department of)
  • Global Education (Haenicke Institute for)
  • Health and Human Services (College of)
  • History (Department of)
  • Honors College (Lee)
  • Mathematics (Department of)
  • Medieval Institute
  • Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging (Department of)
  • Parent and Family Programs
  • Philosophy (Department of)
  • Physics (Department of)
  • Political Science (Department of)
  • Psychology (Department of)
  • Science Education (Mallinson Institute for)
  • Sociology (Department of)
  • Spanish (Department of)
  • Statistics(Department of)
  • Study Abroad Office
  • WIDR-FM student radio station

Students who visit six or more informational stations will be eligible to win great prizes including an iPod Touch. Trivia and other games will give everyone who attends a chance to win movie and theatre tickets, salon and tanning certificates, and discounts to area restaurants.

Major Excitement is made possible by WMU's College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Cheri Bales at cheri.bales@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4578.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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