UT’s First Sophomore Step-Up to help students with major decisions

The University of Tennessee’s College of Arts and Sciences will be holding their first annual Sophomore Step-Up event at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Thompson-Boling Arena.

The event is intended for all sophomores, both with declared and undeclared majors. Each department in the college will have a table and will be arranged by discipline: natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and fine arts.

According to Kristin Pitcock, Sophomore Step-Up’s spokesperson, their hope is that students with declared majors are able to connect with faculty within their department, and students with undeclared majors will be able to explore each department represented at the event.

Sophomore Step-Up will also feature a step show performed by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Dr. Michael Handlesman, the chair for the Global Studies Interdisciplinary Program, will speak to the students.

In addition to providing information about each potential major, Sophomore Step-Up has placed value on giving students the opportunity to gain more information about minors within UT.

“Many UT  students are unaware of how minors can both diversify their educational experience, without hindering their ability to graduate on time,” Pitcock said.

Theresa Lee, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,  said that Sophomore Step-Up will be a great opportunity to focus attention on sophomores and get them more academically involved.

All students that attend will receive a commemorative gift from the college, and the first 250 will receive a free Step Up 2016 T-shirt.

Edited by Maggie Jones