No Major? No Problem! Top 4 Sources for Choosing A College Major

So you got through the college application and selection process…

Now you feel as though the clock’s ticking as it’s time to select a major that could spell what you do for the rest of your life!?!

No need to worry, it’s completely normal to not know what you want to major in right out of high school. In fact, it’s not uncommon for college students to change their major several times prior to graduation.

However, holding off on deciding what you want to study can result in the risk of having to attend school for longer than expected.

Stumped on how to explore your options?

These sources can help you find the major that best suits you and your future:

  • Job Shadow

The best way to decide whether you like doing something or not is, well, by doing it.
Job shadowing allows you to see what a profession is like through observation and possibly, hands on experience. Once you have found a profession that is of interest to you, it will be easier to determine the type of degree you should pursue.

  • Use Prerequisites as a Tool for Exploration

Prerequisites are general education courses that you’re required to complete prior to graduation. Most universities allow you to chose classes within each prerequisite category. Taking a variety of prerequisites in different subjects will allow you to explore various college major options.

  • Choose classes that you’re intrigued by

If you find the subject to be enjoyable or interesting throughout the semester, consider taking additional courses in that specific area. This is a great way to determine if the subject matter is an area that you would like to pursue as a career or if it was the professor that made the class interesting.

  • First-Year Experience Classes

Many universities offer first-year experience classes. These classes, aimed towards college freshmen, not only help students adapt to their first year away, but also assist in exploring different programs offered at your university. These courses are both a great source of knowledge as well as connections.

  • Take strong suits, interests, and hobbies into consideration

Your decision to major in a specific area should be based off of interest and not what is easiest or what the majority of people are studying. Make a list of things you are good at and what you are interested in.

If you enjoy math and science as well as working with people, a degree within the medical field may be good pathway to explore. Visit a high school or university counselor if you need help determining where your interests and strengths will be most beneficial.

Always remember, if you are studying something you enjoy, you are more likely to succeed!

Still having trouble? Take our College Major Quiz!

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Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Trombly is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing a degree in apparel merchandising with a minor in journalism. She has also participated in a study abroad program at the University of East London. At school, Jane is an active member of the Greek community, and CMU’s fashion association. In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and writing for her very own fashion blog.
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One Response to “No Major? No Problem! Top 4 Sources for Choosing A College Major”

  • Great suggestions! I’d add doing some informational interviews. Most people who enjoy their jobs are willing to give up half an hour to talk about what they do. Ask what drew them to the field, what they love and hate about the job, and what a typical day is like. And when you finally make a choice of major, make sure that it is truly your choice and that you are not being pressured by family, friends, or unrealistic expectations!

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