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Choosing a Major

Discovering the right path

Choosing a major doesn't have to be a long trip with many curves and turns. Whether you think you know what major you want or you are undecided, this section will help you make a more informed decision.

Before you start on your journey, how does choosing a major affect you?

  • Choose your major thoughtfully by conducting research. As you take courses, join extra-curricular activities and interact with professors and classmates, you may become interested in one or more majors or change your mind. Use the first two years to explore all of your interests and speak with faculty to help make your selection. You want to choose a major in which you will succeed academically and will enjoy learning about.
  • Majors must be declared by the end of your sophomore year. Before you declare, make sure you have accessed all the resources provided to learn more about different occupations and academic requirements for your degree goals. Students who are ready to declare their major should go to the department in which they would like to major. The department will assist the student in completing the Declaration of Major form. The completed form must be sent to the appropriate Deans Office for signature. Once signed by the Deans Office, it must then be forwarded to the Registrars Office.
  • A variety of feelings and questions may arise when choosing a major. You may experience a wide range from enthusiasm and excitement to anxiety or concern. You may ask yourself:
    • Will I be able to handle the course load?
    • Do I have the right skills?
    • Am I being influenced by someone?
    • Will my parents feel good or be disappointed in the major I choose?
    • What jobs will I be able to get with this major?

    Your voice is ultimately the one that matters, so gather information that will help you to make the right choice.

  • Choosing a major doesn't bind you to a specific career field for life. Most majors prepare you for a wide range of careers. Also, job studies show that most people will change their career four or five times over their lifetime due to the fact that interests change with experience. As you acquire skills and experience in the work world, new options will open up for you.

Follow these four key steps in choosing a major:

1) Knowing Yourself

2) Exploring Options

3) Making Your Decision