Not ready to declare a major? You’re not alone. Many new students are undecided about a major or are uncertain about the choice they have made. Not to worry… your first year of college is a great time to explore your options, take a variety of courses and get involved with campus activities. It is important that you be active in the exploration process, however; don’t just wait for the inspiration to hit you… go out and find it!
- Who are you? What interests you? What are you good at?
- Talk with an advisor in the Advising & Career Center or Academic Support Services
- Take advantage of a variety of personality and career assessment tools available in the Advising & Career Center and Academic Support Services
- Visit the Counseling Center
It’s tough to make a decision if you don’t know your options; consider the following and find out more.
- Read the college catalog for descriptions of courses and academic programs
- Visit the Advising & Career Center’s Resource Library for information on internships, career, exchange programs and choosing a major
- Check out the “What Can I Do With This Major?” website
- Talk to other students who are majoring in the programs you find interesting
- Talk with faculty, staff, alumni or community members in the fields you are considering
Get Involved/Gain Experience
Students who are engaged in campus activities are more successful and gain valuable experience that may help you to choose a major and a career. Here are some ways to get involved.
- Join a club
- Volunteer through SERVE
- Get involved with the Student Government Association
- Consider the National Student Exchange, Badger Alternative Breaks or study abroad
- Participate in athletics (varsity and intramural)
- Find a campus/work-study job
- Participate in an internship
Make an Informed Decision
By your second year, you will have likely arrived at a decision or at least narrowed your search down to a couple of academic areas (consider combining a major and minor if you find yourself torn between two or more programs). Don’t procrastinate — see an advisor in the department(s) you are interested in as early as possible to review the program requirements and map out a plan toward your degree.
Remember, choosing a major does not mean that the exploration process is over. Stay involved, seek out new experiences and strive to make the connection between your education and life beyond JSC.