Hello, firstly i'd like to point out that I realise these systems aren't exclusive to the U.S and the U.K, but i'm using them as examples because a lot of what I read on here is regarding the U.S system and my own experience relates to the U.K system. Essentially, I would like to generate a discussion on the pros and cons of the U.S system of majors and minors, and the U.K system of 'this is your subject, this is what you'll study'. If I understand it correctly, in the U.S you don't have to actually declare the subject you wish to 'major in' (which I hope is synonymous with 'get your degree in') until the end of your second year at university. I think it must be a little more complicated than this, because someone who wishes to study English literature might very well get into Harvard, but I assume they won't allow that person to declare themselves a physics major once they're in... This system does seem to provide students with the opportunity to try out various courses and get a good feel for what it is they wish to devote their time to. I've seen people posting on here saying that they're taking all manner of different combinations of courses and this seems attractive to me. When I left school, I started an architecture degree having never studied it before. In the U.K system, from day 1 you are an architecture 'major' (we don't use that term). So every single one of my courses was geared towards the subject. As it turns out, I really did not enjoy this course and had to go through a difficult period of uncertainty. I eventually got myself sorted out and was accepted onto a physics degree. I'm much happier now. I do think that if we had the U.S system, I could have turned up to university with the intention of studying architecture, realised it wasn't for me, re-shuffled some courses and tried to gear myself towards physics. An obvious downside to this system though, is that it doesn't seem possible for a student in the U.S to cover the same amount of subject specific material in the same amount of time a student in the U.K can. My courses throughout my degree have and will be maths and physics based. I hope this generates some discussion, i'd love to get some more understanding of the situation because there are opportunities for me to study in the U.S down the line. regards, BOAS.