I am one of those kids who wants to study everything. Correction: I am one of those kids who wants to study everything related to the humanities (as if my AP scores weren’t enough to remind me to stay far away from Math 104, a friend recently told me, “You know, you’re just not a math/science person). I store college brochures with lists of majors circled in my desk. When it
came time for me to actually apply to college, I put myself down as a Humanities major–only to change, three weeks later, to Political Science. Then History. Then English. Then back to Political Science again.
I’m not the first college student to struggle with choosing a major. But for me, the problem isn’t finding a subject to love; it’s choosing between loves, wrestling to form some kind of hierarchy to prioritize Anthropology over Comparative Literature, or English over Philosophy. When I heard that my university offered an Individualized Major program–the chance for students to design their own course of study–I got excited. The reality, though, is that creating one’s own major isn’t as simple as selecting courses. As said friend put it, “There’s gonna be a lot of red tape.”