How to Choose a Major
One of the toughest decisions college students face is choosing a major. Nobody ever said choosing a major would be easy. It takes a great deal of time and hard work to make a decision this important. We think using the resources listed below will make it easier. We don’t expect you to do it alone. Let us help you, but remember the ultimate decision is up to you – YOU CAN DO IT!
To Declare a Major stop in at the Student Success Center, Suite 202 and a PAL will assist you.
Resources to Help You Decide on a Major
The resources below can assist you in your decision-making process.
Look at the list of undergraduate majors.
Print out the list of undergraduate majors and cross off the ones you know you are not interested in pursuing (if you don’t know what a major is, don’t cross it off!). Take pride in knowing you have accomplished something, by narrowing down the list of options even if only by a little bit.
Use E-Bulletins to explore majors. Look up the courses that you would be required to take for your desired major. Read the course descriptions to see if the content of each course in the major interests you. If you like the courses, keep exploring the major. If not, move on to a different area.
Talk with faculty in the major.
Talk with students already declared in the major.
Take a class that explores majors and careers.
Talk with an advisor.
Take advantage of career counseling.
Take a few introductory courses.
Conduct an Informational Interview.
Go to Career & Professional Development.
Career & Professional Development isn’t just for Seniors! They can help you learn what career options are associated with the majors that interest you. In addition to helping with job searches, resume and cover letter development, and interviewing techniques, Career & Professional Development can connect you with people in those fields for informational interviews and job shadowing experiences. To make an appointment with a Career Advisor call 424-2181 or stop in the Student Success Center, Suite 125.