When you’re truly interested in a subject, you do better work.
The truth about majors and careers…
We have lots of resources to help you, and we’re always happy to talk through your options together. No matter what you decide, it’s important that you know these facts:
- Choosing a major does not limit you to only one career choice.
- Choosing a career does not limit you to only one major.
- Graduate work does not have to be in the same area as your undergraduate degree.
- It’s okay to change your mind!
Wondering how to choose your major?
Take a self-assessment
These guided assessments help you learn more about your values, skills and interests!
What you learn may help you evaluate options and make decisions about possible majors.
Complete a helpful worksheet
CAPD’s advisors have built a worksheet specifically designed to help you in your major exploration process, from collecting helpful information to comparing your options and making a decision.
Chat with a CAPD career advisor
Wherever you are in the exploration process, we’re here to help! CAPD’s career advisors create a helpful, nonjudgemental space to consider majors and talk through ideas for your career interests.
Meet with your first-year advisor
It can be helpful to talk through your options with someone who gets your academic goals! Meet with your First Year Advisor and Associate Advisor (if applicable) assigned through the Office of the First Year (OFY) to discuss your options and gain advice and guidance.
Read up on different majors
The Registrar’s Office provides info on undergraduate majors and minors that can help you know where to begin.
Attend an open house (or several)
Academic departments often hold open houses, usually held each spring semester. You can take a look at a department’s events calendar to find possible events.
Want more resources and advice? Check out our curated page for considering which majors might be right for you.
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