Your major is a concentration of study and will be the central focus of the work you do for your Bachelor of Arts degree. Through your major, you will become familiar with a particular discipline or theme in depth and learn related fundamental skills and methodologies.
We encourage students to declare a major by the end of their second year or beginning of their third year. However, some majors have specific timelines for declaration (see the Declare or Change a Major for more information).
Consider your options! A lot of focus is put on asking students what they are studying - do not let this pressure you into making a rushed decision. You will want to consider all of your options before making decisions and you should take some time to explore different subjects taught at UC Berkeley and do your own research with the Career Library, Career Center and your academic advisers (e.g. L&S College Advisers and Undergraduate Major Advisers) to understand which major is best for you.
Watch the video below to hear perspectives from UC Berkeley students on finding a major: