For some, choosing a major is a decision made at the 11th hour; for others, the choice is clear from very early on. Those students who know their interests and would like to engage in departmental independent work during the sophomore year can generally do so through what is called "early concentration". Early concentrators take four courses and engage in independent work in the spring of the sophomore year. Participation in early concentration will not bind you to a department, and you are free as a junior to enter any other department for which you may be qualified. By anticipating departmental requirements through early concentration, some students are eligible (with special permission) to enroll in graduate courses as seniors and engage in more extensive independent work. You should consult with your dean or director of studies for more information.