Choosing a major can take time and exploration.
Choosing a major is a process. We want you to be able to explore many different academic areas in your first year.
Ask yourself some important questions.
What do I want to be known for? Who am I? What are my passions, gifts, and my purpose? Find Your Passion.
Explore academic departments.
Think about your interests and academic strengths. Cross out the majors that you know you have little interest in pursuing.
Take a class in an area that interests you.
Talk with your professor and peers who share this academic interest. Ask them about their path, what they have enjoyed and what challenges they have faced.
Visit the Office of Career Education.
Workshops and information sessions can give you new ideas. Meeting one-on-one with a career counselor can help you explore your interests, learn about careers, and find internship opportunities. Completing FOCUS, a computer based inventory, can help you learn more about careers that suit your values, skills, and interests.
Talk to people close to you.
Ask family and friends about their careers and how their education prepared them. Often the people who know you best will see skills and potential in you that you haven't yet realized.
Meet with an academic counselor.
Academic Counselors in the Office of Academic Success can discuss the major requirements of a variety of disciplines and can help you assess what might best suit your academic interests and strengths.
Volunteer or apply for an internship.
Ask to shadow someone who has a career or educational background that interests you. These experiences will give you a sense of the day to day job expectations and how well they match your academic interests.
Talk with your academic advisor.
New student advisors are broadly trained to help students plan their academic path.
Attend seminars on campus. Join a student group that is related to an area of academic interest. Take on a student leadership role. And finally, ask lots of questions!