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 do not 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, call the UARC at (920) 424-1268 or stop by 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. If you are not sure where to start, we have teamed up with the Counseling Center and the Career & Professional Development to help students decide what major or career options to pursue. For more information and resources, visit Major & Career Exploration.
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 do not know what a major is, do not cross it off! Take pride in knowing you have accomplished something by narrowing down the list of options, even if it is 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
Are you really enjoying a class you are in this semester? Talk to your instructor! Go to office hours and find out about the major by learning what your instructor’s interests and skills led your instructor to this major. If anyone can give you the “scoop” on this major, faculty can. Please remember to be patient. Faculty are busy, but would enjoy talking about your interest in the major. For faculty contact information, use the UW Oshkosh Directory.
Talk with Students Already Declared in the Major
There is a reason these students chose this particular major. Find out what it is! What do they enjoy about the major? What are they hoping to do in the future after graduation? Get the insider’s view of a potential major from your peers.
Take a Class that Explores Majors and Careers
We have one right here on campus! It is called Academic & Career Exploration and is a one-credit course that will teach you about the process of self-exploration and career planning. You will have the opportunity to match your interests, skills, values, needs and expectations with satisfying major and career options. You can find this course on TitanWeb under subject area; Counseling-Professional, catalog number; 201.
Talk with an Advisor
Located in the Student Success Center, Suite 202, the UARC has a staff of full-time, professional academic advisors who can assist you with major exploration, goal setting, course selection, graduation requirements, policies and procedures. Academic advisors can also offer guidance and support when students experience a variety of academic concerns and can refer as needed. The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call (920) 424-1268 to schedule an appointment.
Take Advantage of Career Counseling
The Counseling Center, located in the Student Success Center, Suite 240, offers an array of services for deciding students including one-on-one counseling, a variety of in-depth career and self exploration and a career library which contains numerous books, computer programs and other resources students can use to collect information about thousands of careers. To make an appointment with a Career Counselor call (920) 424-2061.
Take Introductory Courses
Conduct an Informational Interview
Learn more about potential careers. Make a professional contact in your field. Practice your interviewing skills. Informational interviews can be rich and dynamic sources of career information.
Go to Career & Professional Development
Career & Professional Development is not 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 (920)424-2181 or stop in the Student Success Center, Suite 125.