Selecting a Major - 10 steps to help you decide

There are some people in this world who knew what they wanted to study by the age of 5. Luckily, most of us do not fall into this category.

So if you don’t know what to study before you go to college, please don’t worry. There will be plenty of opportunity to find the major that is best suited for you. Sometimes this happens as a quick Eureka moment, but more likely it will be a slow and winding road to your perfect major. Please remember that your choice of major doesn't always dictate your career path. Many individuals end up in careers unrelated to their undergraduate majors.

Many students who are not sure about their major start with a liberal arts undergraduate education. This can be at a liberal arts school or at a university where the first and possibly second year is basically a liberal arts education, giving you plenty of time and opportunity to find your passion.

However, there are some things you can do to help yourself make up your mind along the way. Here are some ideas:


1. Self-assessment: Take some time to reflect on your interests, passions, and strengths. What subjects or activities do you enjoy? What are you good at? This can provide valuable insights into potential major choices.


2. Career goals: Consider your long-term career goals. Some professions have specific educational requirements, so it's essential to choose a major that aligns with your background and desired career path. If you're unsure about your career goals, choose a major that provides flexibility and a broad skill set.


3. Research majors: Explore the majors and programs offered by the universities or colleges you are interested in. Look into the curriculum, required courses, and opportunities for specialization within each major.


4. Seek advice: Talk to academic advisors, professors, and professionals in fields that interest you. They can provide guidance and insights into the benefits and challenges of different majors.


5. Experiment: Take introductory courses in various subjects to get a feel for what you enjoy and excel in. This can help you narrow down your choices.
Consider your passions: Choose a major that genuinely interests you. Pursuing a subject you are passionate about is more likely to lead to academic success and job satisfaction.


6. Long-term prospects: Research the job market and demand for careers related to your chosen major. Consider the potential for growth and job stability in your field of interest.


8. Transferable skills: Think about the skills you'll gain with your chosen major. Many skills are transferable to a wide range of careers, so even if you don't follow a linear career path, you'll have a solid foundation.


9. Double major or minor: Some students choose to double major or add a minor to their primary major to gain a broader education or specialize in a complementary field.


10. Flexibility: Keep in mind that it's not uncommon for people to change their majors or career paths during their academic journey. Be open to the possibility of change as you continue to learn and grow.