What is a Major?
- A discipline or field of study that represents your main educational interest
- A set of course requirements which results in a thorough knowledge and understanding of that discipline.
Choosing a major is about deciding where in your educational process you will concentrate your time, energy, and attention.
How do you choose a major?
Luck and magic
- Be inspired at an early age
- Receive a sign
Trial and error
- Try out suggestions from friends or family
- Sample general education courses
- The Career Connection
Which comes first…major or career?
- Majors are part of the process that leads to earning a degree
- They are for academic purposes – not career purposes – but may lead to a career
The career connection
- Some majors prepare you for specific careers, such as nursing
- Many majors prepare you for many career possibilities – liberal arts majors
- You can choose your major first and identify career possibilities later or choose a few career options and then identify possible majors
Points to consider
- Why are you going to college?
- Do you want your college education to prepare you for a specific job?
Steps to choosing a major
- Research majors that interest you
- Investigate careers and see what majors lead to them
Steps to a Major and Career Decision
- Step 1: Assess yourself
- Step 2: Gather information and explore options
- Step 3: Research how careers link with college majors
- Step 4: Take action
- Look up degree and graduation requirements for majors and areas of interest
- Sample courses
- Consider internships, volunteer work, community involvement and/or part-time employment
- Visit Student Employment, Work Experience, and learn how you can earn college credits for working
How assessment can help you choose a major or career
- No one can make an academic or career decision for you
- You can, by using the resources and counseling available in the Career Center
- Assessment can
- help you identify your strengths and weaknesses
- help you match who you are with a major and academic goal
- Counseling 61 – Introduction to Career Exploration
- Career Interest Tests available through the Career Center
- Online Career Assessments
Gather information and explore options
- Evaluate different majors
- Visit the Career Center
- Review what the major requires
- Coursework, schools with majors you are interested in
- Evaluate different occupations
- EUREKA, DISCOVER, FILES & BOOKS
Resources that can help
- Work Experience
- Community Involvement
- Student Employment
- Career Center