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Event helps students choose a major

Sept. 16, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences is out to make choosing a major exciting for undergraduates by hosting its annual Major Excitement academic fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the center of campus along the Chemistry Building walkway.

Photo of WMU's Major Excitement event.Targeting first- and second-year students, the free event features more than 40 information stations as well as music, games, prizes, giveaways and on-site advising. It also gives participants the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni, employers and peers in the fields they're considering.

"Major Excitement is designed to give visitors a peek at the hundreds of majors and minors that await them at Western Michigan University," says Cheri Bales, coordinator of communications and events for the College of Arts and Sciences. "It is a good way for students to meet faculty members, graduate students and alumni from their selected field of study in a non-threatening environment."

All participating students receive a "passport" card at the event, which they can have stamped at all the stations they visit. At each station, they can learn about classes, professors and tricks to help navigate the campus. They can also chat with alumni about the career paths they followed with their WMU degrees. At the end of the visit, passports are turned in for a chance to win prizes in a drawing. Prizes include movie passes, free food, Bronco gear, hair-care services and more.

Representatives from participating departments and programs will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Those interested in a subject as a potential major or minor can sign up to receive more information or set an appointment to talk with an advisor.

Participating academic areas include degree programs and departments representing all seven of WMU's degree-granting colleges.

  • Africana Studies program
  • Anthropology (Department of)
  • Art and Sciences (College of)
  • Aviation (College of)
  • Biological Sciences (Department of)
  • Business (Haworth College of)
  • 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 Studies program
  • Fine Arts (College of)
  • First Year Experience program
  • 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)
  • Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging (Department of)
  • Philosophy (Department of)
  • Physics (Department of)
  • Political Science (Department of)
  • Psychology (Department of)
  • Public Affairs and Administration (School of)
  • Sociology (Department of)
  • Spanish (Department of)
  • Statistics (Department of)

Other units on hand for the event will include the Advocacy Office for Transfer Students Services, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, Office of Alumni Relations, Office of Admissions, Arts and Sciences Advising Office, Career and Student Employment Services, Parent and Family Programs, Study Abroad, Nonprofit Leadership, Pre-Law Society, Chemistry Club, Biosciences Club, Division of Multicultural Affairs and Public Relations Organization.

For more information, contact Cheri Bales, at cheri.bales@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4578.

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