How to Choose a Major
Choosing a major is an important decision that all college students must make and the 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.
Examine Your Interests, Skills, and Values
Take free assessments in the Career Services, and visit the Occupational Information Network (O*Net), which provides information about the typical skills, interests, abilities, values and knowledge required for various occupations.
Research Potential Cccupations
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; and use the Career Services Resource Center.
Try out different courses; join clubs, organizations and teams on campus; intern and volunteer for experience; or work part-time and summer jobs for experience.
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. You can also apply to the Exploratory Career Coaching Group.
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.