College of Arts and Sciences

Narrowing it Down

 

Explore Interests

  1. Look at the What Can I Do With This Major? site to see common careers linked to your major. Do you see the same set of careers linked to several different majors?
  2. Compare the majors by looking at the Bulletin. Need help understanding parts of it? Contact your advisor.
  3. Consider attending one of Career Services's workshops such as "Pursuing Degrees & Exploring Careers."

Find Out More

  1. Look up descriptions of these careers using the Occupational Outlook Handbook, O*NET, or Career One Stop. What majors are considered good preparation for these careers? Could more than one of the majors you're considering provide the background you need?
  2. Take a look at the Majors & Degrees site and the Colleges & Schools websites for each major you're considering. There's lots of great information there!
  3. Get involved with a student organization to stay connected, network and build leadership skills.

Get Experience

  1. Talk with a professor who works in your field of interest. Consult your academic advisor for help identifying one.
  2. Visit Career Services to learn about various internship opportunities that would support your career goals.

Follow Up

  1. Talk with your academic advisor about your career and major interests. Most careers do not require one specific major. If that is the case for the careers you are considering, which major do you enjoy the most? In many cases, your career will not be determined by the major you choose.
  2. Talk with your academic advisor about whether you plan to attend graduate school. It is very common to major in one area for your undergraduate degree, then specialize in a different field in graduate school.

Take the Next Step

  1. If you are fairly decided, see instructions on how to declare your major.
  2. If you are currently declared but want to change to a new major, see instructions on how to declare your major.