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4 Steps To Choosing Your Major

Last updated January 6, 2020

Getting into college is a big accomplishment. Take a moment to pop your collar because you earned it. Now that you're on your way to being a college student, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to fill those two or four years of classes by thinking about your desired outcome. You are going to college to graduate. To graduate, you need to work toward a degree and that means declaring a major. If you're undecided or unsure about what you want to study in college, we want to help you figure it out. Sometimes, you just need someone to help you connect the dots between your desired degree and the possible majors and careers you can explore. 

  1. Select an area of study you are interested in This is definitely the hardest part. It can be hard to decide especially if you have varying interests. Talk to as many people as you can - teachers, parents, friends and anyone you know working in a field you may be interested in.
  2. Declare your major Once you figure out what you’re interested in, choose a major that fits closely with it. From there, you will take classes related to your chosen field and continue to make sure it is a good fit by speaking to professors
  3. Research possible career paths Your professors are an amazing source of information about life in the work force. Schedule a meeting during office hours and find out what they did before being a professor and what that experience was like for them. Get their advice on what parts of their career match your interests. The more you explore, the more likely you are to find the right fit.
  4. Keep an open mind Even if you find the right career fit for you, know that nothing is permanent. You can change careers, create a new path within an established career field, or even enter a career path from an unconventional way. Stay open as you're making progress toward your goal. 

Take a look at this chart to help organize your thoughts on the different types of Bachelor degrees available, what majors are usually listed for these degrees, and possible careers. Remember this is just a snippet of what is available to you in college. You can select from a long list of majors or you can even create your own major. 

             Degree chart

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