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

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

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
Ithaca College Academic Programs

School of Business
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and Minors

School of Communications
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and Minors

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and Minors

School of Humanities and Sciences
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, Minors and Pre-Professional Programs

School of Music
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and Minor

What Can You Do With A Major In?

Not sure what you can do with a particular major? These guides will help you find out!