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Choosing A Major

Choosing a major is an important decision that all college students must make and Career Services is here to help!  By utilizing the resources on this page, working one-on-one with a career counselor, and/or participating in one of our Exploratory Career Coaching Groups, you will be equipped with the strategies to decide on a major that works best for your career goals.

Career assessment tools are available to use with the counseling staff when determined to be appropriate. These will help you to identify a possible academic major as well as a career area that might relate to your values, interest, skills and abilities. The instruments that we use include the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory.

When deciding upon a major, here are five steps students can take to make an educated decision:

1. Examine your interests, skills, and values

  • Take free assessments in Career Services
  • Visit the Occupational Information Network (O*Net), which provides information about the typical skills, interests, abilities, values and knowledge required for various occupations

2. Research potential occupations

3. Explore

  • Try out different courses
  • Join clubs, organizations and teams on campus
  • Intern and volunteer for experience
  • Work part-time and summer jobs for experience

4. Meet with a career counselor

  • Talk one-on-one with a career counselor who can help you explore your unique interests, skills, values and options through individual appointments
  • Apply to the Exploratory Career Coaching Group (applications found here)

5. Meet with an academic advisor

  • Plan out your semesters/coursework for the major(s) and minor(s) in which you’re interested, while considering any study abroad, internships, and/or graduation plans you have