How to Choose a Major in College

Posted: July 21, 2020 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 2 minutes

How to choose a major in collegeDeciding what to study is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during your college career. With seemingly endless options available, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Southern Utah University has several resources available to help you find your passion, and alleviate some of the stress that comes with the hefty decision of choosing a major in college.

Explore SUU’s Programs

SUU has many majors available for students of all interests. The SUU course catalog is a great place to not only explore all of the majors, minors, endorsements, and certificates available at SUU, but also to browse the requirements for each major.

The SUU program finder is another useful online research tool. The program finder filters SUU’s 140+ undergraduate programs and 21 graduate and certificate programs by college, degree type, and method of delivery. If you click on a program you’re interested in, you’ll be led to the program website for more information.

SUU’s YouTube channel is also a great place to explore SUU’s programs with its collection of Major Decisions videos that provide an introductory glance to several majors available at SUU.

Another way to explore SUU’s majors is to take some of the program’s introductory courses. This is a great way to get a feel for what majoring in that subject is like, and to possibly fulfill some general education requirements. Also, consider taking the Exploratory Studies course (UNIV 1020). This annual seven-week course examines subjects like career exploration, job search preparation, vocabulary development, and in-depth academic skill development.

Explore Majors and Careers

Explore majors and careers by scheduling a Career and Major Assessment for $15. During this appointment, a career advisor will help you explore majors and careers that best fit your personality and interests using results from online assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory. In addition to exploring with Career Center Staff, you can also explore on your own using free online assessments like the O*NET Interest Profiler and Truity (The Myers & Briggs’ 16 Personality Types).

Talk to Someone

If you’re feeling stuck on deciding what exactly you’d like to major in, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. People at SUU who would love to help you include Academic AdvisorsCareer Center Advisors, and ACES.

Other Useful Websites

Other useful websites for the major decision process include What Can I Do With This MajorThe Occupational Outlook Handbook, and PayScale Degree Salaries Research Engine.

 

“SUU is a great place to find out what you want to do for the rest of your life,” said Madi Maynard, orientation and First-Year Experience coordinator. “Our hands-on experiences and specific resources allow students to prepare for and explore several potential careers. With so many options available, it is important to take your time and enjoy the career exploration journey.”

SUU is a caring campus community where students come to explore their interests and prepare for meaningful careers and life experiences. With more than 140 undergraduate programs and 21 graduate and certificate programs across six academic colleges, SUU proudly offers world-class, project-based learning opportunities where students gain professional experience before entering the job market.

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