Congratulations, you’re starting your second year!  In the fall you will continue to take exploratory coursework in preparation for declaring a primary major.  If you have already made a choice, then you will be filling in general requirements and working on major-related pre-requisite requirements (if any).  Now is the time to build on the foundations of the first year and to start to enjoy the increased rigor of intermediate courses.  It’s also a time to look back and to see how far you’ve come in one short year.

Undecided sophomores

It is normal to be undecided! There are many resources available to help you navigate interest and major selection. One event that may help you explore is our ‘Major Madness’ every March. You may also consider talking to upperclass students about their majors as well as utilizing these resources for undecided students. We encourage you to have a major declared by February of your sophomore year, but this major may change as time goes on. You can even change your major in your final semester, provided you are able to complete the major within the eight semester limit.

Sophomore Year Checklist


-Declare your primary major by end of spring semester.
-Become familiar with course planning strategies and overall degree requirements for potential majors and minors.
-Meet with an Academic Advisor at least once to discuss short and long-term planning.
-Balance major-related courses and general education requirements according to potential majors you are considering. Make sure you have at least started your Foreign Language and Quantitative Reasoning requirements.
-Get connected with your academic department. Meet with faculty or the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss your major and career aspirations, and explore departmental opportunities.
-If interested in applying to a professional school, understand the requirements, application procedures and course planning strategies. Seek opportunities to enhance your application.
-Be aware of semester limitations and start planning for summer school if needed.
-If you are undecided about your major, consider exploring resources for undecided students and University Career Services.
-Continue to refine your study habits to ensure academic success as you move into intermediate level coursework.

Campus Involvement:

-Explore opportunities to become more connected to campus (campus events, student organizations, Carolina Leadership Development).
-Attend a meeting for an organization or club that aligns with your personal interest(s).
-Attend a meeting for an organization or club related to your intended major and/or career.
-Create a plan for your campus/extracurricular involvement. Consider applying for a leadership role, leading a project, or taking an active role in your organization.
-Consider ways to get involved in volunteer opportunities and service.

Campus Resources:

-Develop and maintain healthy habits and self-care, through campus resources such as Wellness, Campus Health, CAPS, Campus Recreation, Dining Services, LGBTQ Center, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and more.
-Use University Career Services to build career readiness.
-Explore research and internship opportunities, if you are interested.
-Explore or finalize study abroad plans, if you are interested.
-Visit the Learning and Writing Centers to enhance your academic skills.

Professional School Resources:

Considering applying to a Professional School? Click here to access a list of UNC’s Professional Schools and corresponding resources related to application and admission processes, open houses, and general resources.