Exploring Your Major

Choosing an Arts & Sciences Major

While exploring your choices, you will be faced with many exciting possibilities.  This journey will require you to make thoughtful and informed decisions about what your next step will be.  To help you in your exploration, keep the following in mind:

  • There are many ways of finding the right major.  If one way doesn’t work, you can always explore another path.
  • You may not find the “perfect” major, but you will find majors that are more interesting and personally satisfying than others.
  • Reflect on your interests and abilities, then explore and learn about available majors.  In addition to our Advising Center, there are campus resources available to assist you through the exploration and decision-making processes such as the Mānoa Career Center and Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC).
  • Choosing a major assists you in planning your future, and opens up other academic options—this can involve pursuing a double major, or a minor, or select a variety of electives that suit your interests and long-term goals.
  • Upon deciding on a major, you can also incorporate major-related research and internship opportunities, other enrichment activities[KS1]  such as study abroad or national student exchange programs, and co-curricular activities such as student organizations.
  • Selecting a major does not mean you are choosing what you have to do for the rest of your life.   Although your future career can be directly related to your major, graduates also develop what is referred to as “transferable skills,” which are abilities, skills, and personal attributes that can be used in a wide range of careers and situations.