Choosing a Major
You have likely been asked by family members, professors, friends and yourself a zillion times,“What are you going to major in?” This is an important question and you will, no doubt, get lots of suggestions from many people who care about you. Resist the pressure to take the easy way out and go along with what someone else thinks is right for you.
When making this decision you need to go within and discover your own talents, gifts, passions, values and interests that you can share with the world. Take the time and effort to choose a major that matches who you are and that you can be enthusiastic about. This is the first step in honoring your true self. Then you have begun the journey of purposefully connecting your authentic self with what you have chosen to study and learn.
The Career Development Center has resources and services that can help you with the process of choosing a major.
- Exploring Majors Course (CD 150) – This course is designed to help you develop a plan for choosing an academic major and/or career path. You will learn about the major/career decision-making process including self-assessment, evaluation of majors and implementing an action plan. The class will involve readings, experiential exercises and activities, small group discussion and written exercises. Offered every year during terms 1 and 3.
- Choosing or Changing Your Major Handbook – This course is designed to help you develop a plan for choosing an academic major and/or career path. You will learn about the major/career decision-making process including self-assessment, evaluation of majors and implementing an action plan. The class will involve readings, experiential exercises and activities, small group discussion and written exercises.
- Self-Assessments – use one or more of these assessments to give you a better sense of yourself and what majors might be a good fit.
- Major Myth Busters
- Informational Interviewing – talking with other students, faculty and alumni can help you in your decision making process. Find out how to use this valuable technique to gather information and make connections.
- Decision Making Process – You may find it helpful to use this step-by-step decision making process.
- Researching Occupations – You may not know what you want to major in but you have ideas about careers or occupations in which you might be interested. We maintain a compilation of helpful job searching links to help you find jobs. Additionally, O*NET Occupational Handbook from the Department of Labor is an excellent resource to help you learn more about the occupation(s) and what educational background you may need. The site What Can I do with this Major? is an wonderful tool to help you explore occupations that are a linear path from your major.