How To Get Information About College Majors

Deciding what you want your major to be is about more than just looking at lists of course requirements. This decision will affect your future educational plans and your career choices, and you should take the time required to make the right decision. Begin the process as early as possible so that you have the time to explore every major that interests you.

  1. Check with Student Services to find out where you can get information on the majors available. Most colleges and universities have an office dedicated to helping students with academic decisions. Visit this office and get fliers and other information on the various majors offered.

  • Use the materials you gathered to begin to narrow down your choices. Some options should seem like obvious places to begin cutting. For example, if you despise reading for fun, then an English literature major is not for you.
  • Once you have a manageable number of majors to consider, seek out information online about the career paths someone with this degree may select. For example, a large number of history majors go to law school. Many others may go into business by getting an MBA or starting at the bottom of the business ladder. Identify possible career choices for you with each major you are considering and then determine if any of these choices seem appealing. Eliminate majors for which you cannot determine clear career paths.
  • Call the departments you have left. Ask for the department chair or the director of undergraduate studies. Find out if you can come in for an appointment. You should be able to get additional literature about the major, and you will be able to ask any questions you have. Get the names and email addresses of recent graduates and current majors if you can.
  • Contact people with degrees in the field you are thinking of pursuing. Your college's alumni office may  be able to connect you with graduates from your school.  Find out about the work these people do and also ask their advice on majoring in their area of expertise. You may get some helpful insider advice, such as which classes are most beneficial. You also may find that some people, even those with successful careers, wouldn't counsel you to get a major in their field. Listen to all advice with an open mind.
  • If you still have a couple of majors from which to choose after doing your research, sign up for one course from each major in the next school term. Then you can rule out the majors based on the courses you enjoy. Give each major a fair chance so that you can be confident in your decision.
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