Steps for Finding the Right Major in College
There are a myriad of activities for undecided students to make a decision on a major of study for their college years. Students should look to engage activities on their own in addition to taking advantage of workshops and activities sponsored by school departments such as placement, dean’s office and academic offices.
For students working on their own to decide on a major, it’s helpful to first assess your interests and skills. Students who study majors related to their own interests and skills are more likely to succeed by having more persistence to stick it out. If you’re not sure of your skills and interests, consider the following questions to encourage your exploration --
- What subjects did you like in your early school years? Which ones did you do well in?
- What types of hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
- What books do you read in your spare time?
- Do you like being around people? If yes, what groups? For example, young children? Older adults? Disabled?
- Do you like being around animals? Do you like being outdoors?
Considering these types of questions are helpful activities for undecided majors. Also, getting advice and counseling from teachers, advisors, family and friends can also be helpful. Once you get an idea of the types of things you gravitate towards, start researching major options available in your school. Obtain a course catalog, study the different academic departments and what they have to offer. Talk to professors in those departments, take introductory courses and research career options in those subjects.