major and career exploration

Deciding on a major is an important decision. By choosing a major that fits with your interests, values, personality, and circumstances, you are more likely to enjoy the classes you take, feel academically challenged, and be motivated to succeed in your degree!

The process of choosing your major can be organized into three steps: Explore. Discover. Decide.  

explore

Explore

The first step to career planning is to assess your values, interests, and personality traits. These can guide you as you research majors and begin to make decisions about the general areas you would like to pursue.

Students who choose majors and careers in areas in which they have strong interests are much more likely to persist and be successful.  This exploration process can include computer assessments.

Explore now.

discover

DiscoverIn this step, you identify the majors and careers that relate to your distinct interests, values and preferences and learn about your options.

This information-gathering process can include browsing the Major Maps, meeting with advisors from academic departments in your areas of interest, talking with professors, visiting Career Services, and interviewing people who work in the field you are considering.

Discover your options.


decide

DecideIn the last step you reflect on and analyze all the information you have collected to build a plan of action. The goal is to make an informed choice that is appropriate for you.

You can utilize a number of decision-making tools and techniques including a list of pros and cons, a decision matrix and more.

Decide on a major.