Exploring Your Major 2019-09-19T09:50:50+00:00

Exploring Your Major

Declaring a major is just the first step!

You should continue to explore your major – and possibly change your major or add a second major/minor/certificate – throughout your academic journey.  After all, the more you know about your major discipline, the more you will get out of your education.

  • Compare your strengths and challenges to what your major discipline requires: Is this major a good fit? Can you overcome your challenges? Will you thrive in this field?
  • Get to know your professors well and choose a mentor: Do you feel comfortable in this field?
  • Occasionally revisit your level of interest in what you’re studying: Everyone’s interest waxes and wanes over time, but you should find your discipline inherently, endearingly interesting.
  • Learn about your discipline’s areas of concentration: Is there a specialization you find interesting?
  • Explore related disciplines: Does your interest lie between disciplines, in the realm of interdisciplinary studies? What do other disciplines teach you about your discipline?
  • Join student and/or professional organizations in your discipline: Do you enjoy the culture of your field? What alumni in your discipline are doing now?
  • Pursue research projects: Do you prefer creating new knowledge or applying existing knowledge?
  • Participate in discipline-related work, internships, and projects: How does this major fit into your life?
  • Your discipline is a “liberal art” and you are pursuing a “liberal education” – visit your College advisor to learn what that means in terms of finding work after graduation:
    • Liberal arts degrees offer the widest variety of career paths
    • A liberal education prepares you to transform our world, become a leader in your community, and live life to the fullest.