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Major & Minor Selection: What to Consider?
Ms. Alice Yeung, Administrative Assistant of AAO

Major / Minor Planning Tools and Declaration
Ms. Alice Yeung, Administrative Assistant of AAO

Quick guide on Major/ Minor Selection

5 Steps to Major Minor Selection

Step 1: Reflect on your interests, strengths and goals

  • Talk to your advisers at Faculty, AAO and CEDARS (Careers and Placement)

Step 2: See what your options are

  • Look at the list of available majors / minors (AAO website and Faculty websites)

Step 3: Find out more about each particular subject of interest

  • Department websites: course content, pre-requisites and other requirements
  • CEDARS (Careers and Placement): career options available with each major
  • Learning experiences of senior students in that major/minor

Step 4: Attend AAO’s “Major Minor Week”

  • Bring a list of questions from your research
  • Approach Faculty and senior students from your interested majors/minors for advice

Step 5: Reflect on your choices

  • Consult Temporary Academic Advisers (TAAs) on more course details, abilities/skills to excel in the subject and further study paths
  • Use the “What If” system in SIS to check study loads if you choose different majors and/or minors
  • Review with Faculty/AAO advisers your course selection, academic plan and study strategies

How and When to Declare Major/ Minor

Student usually can start declaring their Major / Minor from semester 1 of Year 2 through SIS. Some Faculties may devise their specific timeline / procedures so it is important for you to pay attention to the announcement by Faculty in this regard. You may check the “Student’s Quick Reference Guide on Major / Minor Declaration” prepared by Academic Support and Examinations Section (IT Project), Registry if you are not sure about the procedures. Here are also some FAQ for your reference.

Seek Advice

Student Advisers

Study Experience Sharing: A Database of Student Advisers in Different Majors/ Minors (Login Required)

Temporary Academic Advisers (TAA)

Students can find out more about different majors / minors by requesting and talking to a TAA who are current teachers assigned to advise students from home and non-home Faculties. See here for the procedures

AAO Advisers

You are welcome to make an appointment to meet with an AAO adviser to discuss your query on major minor selection.

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