The Major Decision

Deciding on a major is not an immediate requirement to get into college, but you will need a more specific field of study when you are preparing to apply for graduate school because graduate schools want to know what you would like to study in more detail. Additionally, you will want to choose a graduate program that fits your area of study or specialization, so you should decide what you want to study as early as possible in your academic career to help ensure student success. Deciding on the right major or field of study for yourself can be difficult; however, there are many things that you can do and there are many major or field of study resources that you can use to help yourself choose a major.

How to use Major Field of Study Resources to Help You

Several top major or field of study resources suggest that when choosing a major you should first examine your personal interests and skills. What do you enjoy doing and think that you could be good at? Make a list of your likes and dislikes, and narrow your list down to find something that truly interests you and that you might like to study. You can also choose a major based on other factors besides likes and dislikes. For example, you might choose a major because you know that you need a specific major to go into your family’s business, or you might choose a major because you want to pick a major with a profitable career path.

Choosing a major is a big decision, but there are a multitude of major or field of study resources available to help you. For example, you can discuss your major options with academic advisors who can review your academic profile and help you determine your academic strengths to decide what major might benefit you most. In addition to academic advisors, many universities also have counseling centers with career counselors who can provide vocational guidance by administering and interpreting interest inventories, such as the Self-Directed Search or the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator. Results from interest inventories can help you decide what really sparks your curiosity. Furthermore, professors can share their experiences with you and can help you decide if you might like their field. Finally, taking your required core courses can help you explore and make connections in a variety of fields.

Deciding which major is right for you can be a difficult process. However, you might enjoy exploring your options to find a major that is right for you, especially if you look for something that you could be happy making a career of or studying on a more detailed level in graduate school.

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