Office of Admissions

Admission to Majors

At the UW, we see things differently: We look at what might be, not just what is. That goes for majors, too. What ignites your love for learning – is it world languages? Business? The arts? So many different paths can emerge from a single interest. With 180+ majors, you can find the focus that’s right for you.

For freshmen applicants there are three primary pathways to a major at the UW. To be considered for direct admission to a major or college, simply indicate your first choice major on your UW freshman admission application. No additional application is necessary.

Pre-Majors

Most students are assigned “Pre-Major” at the time of admission to the UW, including those who were not admitted Direct to Major or Direct to College. This category includes pre-professional fields, such as medicine and law.

American Ethnic Studies
American Indian Studies
Anthropology
Applied & Computational Mathematical Sciences
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Architectural Design
Art History
Asian Studies
Astronomy
Atmospheric Sciences
Biology
Bioresource Science & Engineering
Canadian Studies
Chinese
Cinema & Media Studies
Classical Studies
Classics
Communication
Community, Environment & Planning
Comparative History of Ideas
Comparative Literature
Comparative Religion
Dance
Danish
Drama
Early Childhood & Family Studies
Earth & Space Sciences
Economics
Education, Communities & Organizations
English
Environmental Science & Terrestrial Resource Management
Environmental Studies
European Studies
Finnish
French
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Geography
Germanics
Greek
History
History & Philosophy of Science
Individualized Studies
Industrial Design (Art & Design)
Interaction Design (Art & Design)
Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (Art & Design)
International Studies
Italian
Japanese
Jewish Studies
Korean
Latin
Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Law, Societies & Justice
Linguistics
Mathematics
Microbiology
Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Norwegian
Oceanography
Painting & Drawing (Art & Design)
Philosophy
Photomedia (Art & Design)
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Scandinavian Studies
Slavic Languages & Literatures (Hindi & Sanskrit)
Sociology
South Asian Languages & Literature
Spanish
Speech & Hearing Sciences
Statistics
Swedish
Three-Dimensional Forum (Art & Design)

Direct to Majors

A small percentage of students are accepted directly to majors as freshmen. If not admitted Direct to Major as freshmen, students may apply to these majors later via the standard admission process, which usually requires completing minimum prerequisites and submitting a separate departmental application. For departments with Direct to Major programs, the majority of students are admitted through the standard admission process.

TIP: Don’t be discouraged if you’re not admitted directly to one of the following programs as a freshman! Many strong students come in as Pre-Majors and gain admission to these programs after satisfying prerequisites and meeting departmental admission requirements.

Architecture
Biochemistry
Business Administration
Chemistry
Composition (Music)*
Computer Science
Construction Management
Ethnomusicology (Music)*
Guitar (Music)*
Informatics
Jazz Studies (Music)*
Music
Music Education
Neurobiology
Orchestral Instruments (Music)*
Organ (Music)*
Percussion (Music)*
Piano (Music)*
Strings (Music)*
Voice (Music)*

*For most music majors an audition on your primary instrument is also required.

Direct to College

Applies to applicants who select a major in the College of Engineering¬†only. All admitted Engineering students will be assigned “Engineering Undeclared” as their major at the time of admission. Admission to the College of Engineering is the primary pathway for later selection to engineering majors.

TIP: If you have an interest in engineering, be sure to select one of the following or “Engineering Undeclared” as your first choice major on the freshman application.

Aeronautics & Astronautics
Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering