You may be in the process of choosing a major or possibly thinking about changing majors. Choosing a major can be a challenging process but also fun. This is a big decision you are about to make! Why rush it? Take your time and think about what you want. The process of choosing or changing a major seems to consist of a lot of self-reflection, and testing of the waters.
A great starting point is to know yourself; take the time to learn more about your values, personality, and interests. Knowing yourself is an important part of making decisions and creating goals for yourself and this can be done with a lot of self-reflection by asking yourself questions like:
Who am I?
Where do I want to go?
Each question really helps to bring out your strengths and provide a better understanding of who you are and what you might want in a major. You are the only person who knows what you want to do and by doing some self-assessment you can really help with making a solid decision. The Career Development Center (CDC) offer assessments such as the Focus, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory to help with finding your interests and values and discovering your career path.
Testing the Waters
Maybe you’ve already done quite a bit of self-reflecting and you’ve narrowed down two or three majors you are really interested in. Explore what you can do with each of those majors by visiting What Can I Do With My Major? Talking with professors in the department is another great way to test if a major is a good fit. Have you taken some introductory general education courses to get a feel of a possible major?
The CDC can help!
The CDC has great web resources you can utilize for choosing a major including The Handbook for Students Choosing or Changing Majors. When the going gets tough, don’t hesitate to communicate with the CDC because we are here to help!
– Antonio Moore, Graduate Assistant, Career Development Center