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:
(Please note: These guides are intended to be used as a tool, not a complete resource for decision making).
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
- View the What Can I Do With A Major In_______? Sheets
- Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which provides information for hundreds of jobs on the following: training and education, earnings, what you do on the job, related occupations and more
- Shadow professionals
- Conduct informational interviews
- Use the Career Services Resource Center
- 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