Willimantic, Conn. – On Oct. 15, to help students with undeclared majors pinpoint a course of study, Eastern Connecticut State University hosted its periodic Majors and Minors Fair. The fair brought together faculty from all academic departments, as well as staff from Eastern’s academic and career advising centers, to the Student Center for students to speak with.
Approximately 245 students attended the Majors and Minors Fair, making it the most successful fair of its kind in recent years. The event was a collaborative effort of the Student Government Association (SGA), Center for Internships and Career Development (CICD) and Academic Services Center (ASC).
Liz Pelletier, SGA senator and fair organizer, as well as a junior psychology major from Bristol, said, “I have a friend who’s switched majors four times. It’s great there are faculty available to discuss majors as well as services to help students choose the right one.”
“Students with academic and career advising are more marketable,” said Assistant Director of the CICD Trish Thomas. “We want to get to students early and often. Our center provides career counseling based on their chosen major and many other services.”
Brenna Gallacher, an undeclared freshman from Colchester, said, “I’m more of an artistic type of person, but I don’t know what I will major in. I’m here to explore my options.” Sawyer Hill, an undeclared junior from Marlborough, has chosen a minor in Spanish, but is intrigued by two majors. “I’ve taken a lot of courses in both psychology and geology. It’s about time; I need to decide on one or the other this semester.”
The event also served to further promote Eastern’s five new majors — philosophy, new media studies, health sciences, liberal studies and finance. Professor Chase Rozelle represented the Performing Arts Department and further promoted its new minors. “Students can now minor in costume and fashion design and film studies, and soon we will have a dance minor,” he said. “There are a lot of students that aren’t aware of all we have to offer. Events like this are very helpful for them.”