Choosing a Major: A 3 Step Question Guide

Choosing a  major can be intimidating! Often, students end up switching majors because they didn’t take a moment to think it through. However, the three steps below will help you narrow your choices.

Step 1: What interests you?

As a current college student, I can promise you that picking any random college major will not be beneficial. Determine what subjects gets you excited!!

Take a moment to think about the following questions:

  • Is there a subject or industry you are passionate about?
  •  Do you like working inside or outside?college major
  • Do you prefer working alone or with people?
  • What do you have a knack for?
  • What do you dislike?

Big Feature powered by College Board offers an option to show majors that match your interests.

Step 2: Will this major help my career?

If you want to be an accountant than majoring in marine biology would not work for you. Choosing a relevant major to your desired career path is critical for success. Before deciding on a major, do some research to see what career options will be available.

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Step 3: Still unsure? Take an introductory course.

An introductory course will give you insight about what that specific major requires. If you decide you do not like that major then you can still switch! I suggest taking an intro course before diving into the full material.

Enroll into an introductory course to get your feet wet because it will give you an idea what you are getting into!  Saylor Academy offers a variety free open-source classes. If you are unsure of a major, take a peak at a free class to see what you’re getting into!

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What college major did you choose? If you already declared one, what are you studying?

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I loved your article! I am a college student myself and found your article very helpful with lots of great insight! Thanks for sharing!

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