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Often exactly which liberal arts major you choose is less important that the fact that you have a liberal arts major rather than a specific, narrow technical degree that may rapidly be out of date. There are certain skills, habits of mind, and perspectives that all humanities, or social science, or natural science majors share. Key is being able to articulate these as you present yourself to employers across sectors. Add a few key technical skills such as Excel and some familiarity with the jargon of the business world (google "business jargon" or "business buzz words") to the deep critical thinking skills you developed through the Core Curriculum, a major and minor you have an intellectual passion for, and breadth-enhancing electives, and you are ready to go.

Here are some articles and books we have found helpful in understanding how liberal arts is valued in the workplace:

Do you have a quick question for an advisor? Our advisors would love to chat with you! During preregistration, advisors may be available until 11pm.

Online Chat is for SAS Students ONLY.
If you are enrolled at another school at Rutgers, please contact an advisor at your school.

A green checkmark means an advisor is available; a red X means that there currently isn't a live chat session to join.

Why should you use the SAS Online Chat?

  • To ask quick questions you would normally ask on the phone
  • If you're having trouble with WebReg not seeing that you have the appropriate prerequisites to register for a course

When might an advising appointment be better?

  • When you're planning your future registrations
  • When you're looking for advice on courses, major, or career planning

Check out our General Advising page for more information!

Selecting a major, like other academic planning decisions, depends on your goals and interests.

Some things to consider:

  • Do you enjoy the subject? If you have taken classes in a subject, have you enjoyed them? Were the readings and homework pleasant and stimulating? If you don’t know much about a major, you can try a class or two to introduce yourself. If you go to the website of the major, you may find a useful summary of the philosophy of that academic subject.
  • Will you enjoy classes you might take in the future? If you go to the website of the major, you can find course descriptions and even syllabi.
  • What out-of-classroom opportunities does the major offer? Departmental websites have lots of information about these opportunities. Departmental advisors can discuss these opportunities with you. You can ask your instructors. You can ask other students - did you know that many majors have student organizations where you can learn about careers, out-of-classroom opportunities, and other information about the major?
  • How might your career goals fit with your major? Career counselors at Career Services can meet with you to discuss this. Departmental websites often have career information, and departmental advisers can help as well.

Additional Resources

Major and Minor Declaration and Change: myMajor

Wednesday, October 25

1:00 - 4:00pm

College Avenue Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room

It's not just a major fair! Information is available for majors, minors, certificates, and careers.


The SAS Major and Minor Fair occurs once every Fall and Spring semester. It is an opportunity to investigate various academic and career options in one place, at one time!

Students can speak with representatives of academic departments/programs, student services offices, and a variety of Rutgers Schools and Colleges by visiting their tables at the fair. The event is designed to help students who have not yet declared their major/minor as well as those who have declared, but still may be uncertain about their choice of major, minor, or career path.

If you need a disability related accommodation please contact event coordinator Christin Nassar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible prior to the event so we can make appropriate arrangements.

Past Participants

This is a sample of participants from past years only. We cannot guarantee that all those listed will be able to attend the fair this semester:

Academic Departments/Programs

African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Language & Literatures (AMESALL)
Africana Studies
Asian Languages and Cultures
Center for African Studies
American Studies
Art History
Asian Languages & Cultures
Biological Sciences (Life Sciences)
Biochemistry (through SEBS)
Biotechnology (through SEBS)
Cell Bio & Neuroscience (Life Sciences)
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Cinema Studies
Cognitive Science
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Earth & Planetary Science
European Studies
Genetics (Life Sciences)
Geography (including International & Global Studies and Environmental Studies)
German Studies
Human Resource Management
Jewish Studies
Kinesiology and Health
Labor Studies
Latin American Studies
Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Life Sciences
Marine & Coastal Sciences
Medical Technology
Medieval Studies
Military Education (Air Force, Army, and Navy)
Middle Eastern Studies
Modern Greek Studies
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (Life Sciences)
Organizational Leadership
Physics & Astronomy
Planning and Public Policy
Political Science
Public Health
Russian & East European Language
Science, Technology & Society
Sociology (including Criminology, Aging, and Health & Society)
South Asian Studies
Spanish & Portuguese
Women's & Gender Studies (including Sexualities Studies, Social Justice, and Gender & Media)
Writing Program (English)


Rutgers Schools and Colleges

College of Nursing
Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Graduate School of Education
School of Management and Labor Relations
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rutgers Business School
School of Arts and Sciences
School of Environmental & Biological Sciences
School of Engineering
School of Social Work
School of Communication & Information (SC&I)

Additional Student Services, Programs, and Learning Communities

Aresty Research Center
Byrne Seminars
Career Services
The Collaborative, a center for community-based learning, service, and public scholarship
Office of Disability Services
Douglass Project
Douglass Residential College
Eagleton Institute of Politics
Health Professions Office
Institute for Women's Leadership
Learning Centers
National Student Exchange (NSE)
Office of Learning Communities
Physician Assistant Program
Pre-Law Advising
SAS Honors Program Tutoring Project
SAS Transfer Center
Student Legal Services
Student Support Services
Study Abroad
Summer / Winter Session














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