How do you choose a major?

Last updated on November 15, 2017

There is no right way to choose a major, and what works for one student might not work for you. Part of the fun of being a new college student is having a wide selection of courses and electives to choose from; sometimes students will try out a potential major by choosing a class that sounds interesting. These choices can help you discover new interests and possible majors, or help narrow down the options.

Making an informed decision based on your interests, values, strengths, abilities and personality will usually help you find a fulfilling major. It’s also important to consider the tasks and responsibilities of the career that would come out of a given major, what a typical day might look like on the job, the amount and type of education required for the career, and the salary and job outlook.