Deciding on Your Major?

  • Talk with students in different majors and professors from a variety of academic departments, your TSD Advisor, and a career counselor.
  • Interview several people that are in careers of special interest to you.
  • (What do they do? Why do they like/dislike their work? What type of academic preparation and work experience was helpful to them?)
  • Choose a course that may open up new academic fields to explore.
  • Consider volunteering some of your time in an area of interest.
  • Visit the Career Planning and Development Office for assistance and resources related to choosing a major.

TAKE A PRO-ACTIVE ROLE IN THIS IMPORTANT CHOICE.

Explore careers and related majors using tools such as FOCUS-2 and What Can I Do With This Major.

 

HELPFUL RESOURCES

The following books are available in the Career Resources Library in our office (and in many libraries and bookstores):

  1. The College Majors Handbook
    Neeta Fogg, Paul Harrington, Thomas Harrington
  2. 10 Best College Majors for Your Personality
    Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D and the Editors @ JIST
  3. Occupational Outlook Handbook
    U.S. Department of Labor/JIST Works (online at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/)
  4. The Great Jobs for Majors Series (e.g., Liberal Arts Majors, English, Math, Business, Biology, Psychology, etc).
    Various authors; a great resource

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