How can I decide what I should select as my major?
1. Try to find a subject or subjects that intrigue you and hold your interest. Think about what you'd like to learn just for the fun of it. You will be spending a lot of time working in your major so your choice is important.
2. Read the course descriptions in the course catalog, go to the University Bookstore and look at the books you might be using, talk to faculty and upperclassmen.
3. Identify your Holland interest code (a three letter code that can then be matched to majors and jobs)
Take a very brief quiz. (Make a counseling appointment in the Center to more accurately determine your Holland code.)
c. Take a look at a research study that suggests the closer your interests are to your major, the more likely you will do well and graduate on time.
How can I learn what others have done with their majors, as well as what I might like to study?
While your choice of major does not have to determine what you will do to earn a living, it's a good idea to find out more about careers. People with similar interests, skills and personalities are often drawn to study the same subjects and work in the same fields.
Visit sites that link majors to jobs:
- VERY comprehensive: What can I do with this major? Learn about common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities, related professional associations and much more! (Please be aware that this is a licensed site and as such can only be bookmarked from the page you are currently on.)
- What can I do with a major in _____? From the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, research possible careers related to a list of majors from Accounting to Physics.
- Career Choices Loads of links to occupations by major from the University of Delaware.
- Government positions by Major a list of job titles provided by USAjobs.gov.