The following strategies and resources may help you to make a decision on a major and/or career. For assistance working through this process, please set up an appointment with an exploration advisor in the Academic Advising Center.
Organize the information you have collected in a way that will allow you to compare your options.
Prioritize the information you've gathered on yourself:
- Consider only the most significant interests, skills and values. Be creative - make a vision board or a Pinterest board that captures what you've learned about yourself in this process.
- Organize important occupation/major information on a chart, so you can easily compare choices.
- List pros and cons for all options.
Meeting with an Advisor can help.
Helpful Questions to Ask
An important part of exploring majors is knowing what questions to ask to help you gather meaningful information for you to use in your decision making process. Use these questions, and ones you've come up with, to guide your conversations with the department representatives.
- Why do students tend to select (or why did you select) this major?
- What class or classes would be a good introduction to this major? Which classes have been your favorite in the major?
- What types of skills will I develop if I pursue this major?
- Are there any specific general education courses you would recommend I take as I complete this major?
- What elective courses would you recommend?
- What kind of campus activities or student organizations on campus relate to this major?
- Does this major require or is it desirable to have a graduate degree in this area?
- What types of internships are available to students in this major?
- What kinds of careers are possible with this major after graduation?