As mentioned above, a major is the main focus of your degree. To be considered a major, students will need to take 10-12 classes within their chosen major. The major is typically selected during the second or third year of studies, however, the exact requirements are dependent on the university and/or program.
One of the great advantages of US and Canadian university systems is flexibility! Approximately, 20-50% of students wait until their second year to choose a major. Also, many majors offer specializations within the major. For example, a business major may include concentrations such as: accounting, marketing, finance, international business, and more. The courses you take will also depend on the concentration you choose.