Choosing a Major

Although this is a big decision, it’s not as life threatening as many believe. The world of work is not set up in academic majors, and with few exceptions, tends to be more flexible than the academic world leads you to believe. Your major is only one factor that influences your career plan; just like what you do inside the classroom is only one aspect of your college experience.

 

Step One: Gather Information

Read the academic catalogue to familiarize yourself with the majors offered. Expose yourself to different classes. Discuss majors with your adviser and check out the online resources to assist you.

 

Step Two: Evaluate the Options

Make a list of the pros and cons to the majors you’ve identified as your possible choices. Compare the list with the information you’ve collected from the self assessment activities you’ve performed, such as FOCUS.

 

Step Three: Declare Your Major

 

Step Four: Beyond Your Major

Remember that your major is only one aspect of your marketability. Consider picking up a minor and/or gaining experience in a variety of areas to diversity your skills.

 

Hot Tip: Register for "Career Exploration & Planning: Introduction to Self Assessment and the World of Work"

This course, designed primarily for freshman and sophomores, as well as students who are undecided, will allow students to gain more self knowledge and career information so that appropriate, informed decisions can be made. A variety of assessment and exploration activities will be conducted culminating in a final career action plan.

1 credit hour. Offered both fall and spring semester.