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 at the Academic Advising Center.
There are two approaches you can take.
Majors Select a major that interests you and find out which career possibilities would be open to you with that major
CAREERS Find a career you would enjoy and determine the most appropriate major to prepare you for that career.
When exploring majors make sure you consider
- Does the major match your interests, values and abilities?
- What kind of classes will you have to take in the major?
- What is the length and structure of the major?
- Does the major have any special admissions requirements?
- What are the career opportunities for someone with this degree?
- What skills will I learn that are transferable to future careers?
To find out this information
- Research majors online through the Quick Look pages, run a Degree Audit for any major, or use the Catalog to learn about courses and admission requirements
- Visit departmental advisors for programs in which you are interested.
- Take an introductory course in majors that interest you.
- Take a 1-credit course to explore majors, UGS/LEAP 1050.
- Attend our Major EXPO or Major Open Houses to speak with professors, advisors, and student representatives for various majors.
- Utilize Career Services to learm more about career possibilities for each major.
Academic Advising Center Courses
Below are the courses offered within the Academic Advising Center.
Thinking about becoming a physician? This one-credit course is designed for students who are exploring a career as a physician. The primary focus is to explore the career through panels and presentations by practicing physicians as well as a continuous discussion on how to prepare for admission to medical school. Students will not only learn about resources but also reflect on self within the context of this career.
Thinking about becoming a dentist? This one-credit course is designed for students who are exploring a career as a dentist, orthodontist, oral surgeon, or other specialist. The primary focus is to explore the career through panels and presentations by practicing dentists as well as a continuous discussion on how to prepare for admission to dental school. Students will not only learn about resources but also reflect on self within the context of this career.
This one-credit hour course is designed for students who have not yet committed to a major, and are motivated to explore themselves and their academic options at the University of Utah. Students will learn about the major/career decision making process, including self assessment, evaluation of majors and careers, and implementing an action plan.
When exploring careers, be sure to consider
- What are the daily activities of someone in this career?
- What are the skills needed to be successful in this field?
- What kind of salary and opportunity for advancement does this field offer?
- What is the availability of jobs with this career choice?
- What major(s) would best prepare you for this career?
To find out this information
- Talk with a Career Coach to learn about industry standards and work environments: make an appointment at careers.utah.edu
- Talk to a professional already working in the field. Attend a Career Trek or Employer Panel sponsored through the Career & Professional Development Center.
- Look into extra-curricular activities on campus for student groups to meet new people and expand your network on campus: asuu.utah.edu
- Get involved in community engaged learning to gain new skills and explore interests: bennioncenter.org
Find valuable information about careers for all majors at the University of Utah, including information about employers, jobs, internships, and graduates.
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