Selecting a major can be a difficult task. Remember, it is a process, so make sure you spend some time thinking about it before you make a decision. Your goal should be to narrow your focus until you have a few areas to explore in greater depth. The following steps may assist you on this journey:
- Begin with an examination of your interests. What excites you? What types of careers appeal to you?
- Examine your abilities. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your skills?
- Examine your career values. Examples include helping society, security, and status.
- Explore careers. Speak with friends, family, professors, and alumni. Visit the Career Resource Library and sign out books such as the "Great Jobs For..." series.
- Narrow down your choices and choose a major. Based upon your research and self-assessment, what are the potential majors that interest you? Visit What Can I Do With A Major In...? to explore some major options.
Self-assessments offered online may also provide guidance and insight.
Remember, you will do your best in a major that you enjoy! This will increase the motivation and enthusiasm you bring to your academic and career pursuits. Meet with a career advisor for help clarifying your interests, values, and talents as they relate to major and career choice.