If you are undecided about the major you want to pursue…
?ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I want to study? What subjects interest me the most?
- Do I have particular aptitudes that may lead to certain majors? For instance, some majors require an aptitude for mathematics.
- Are my interests so varied they don’t fit into one major? If so, you might design your major.
- How important is my future economic stability? Am I willing to choose a major based only on that?
- Will I need a particular skill set, degree, or major to progress in my career, or to break into a new field?
- Does my current employer require a specific degree for advancement or a specific major?
- How many credits beyond the minimum 120 credits will it take to complete my preferred major? Would it serve me better to choose a shorter major or program in order to finish sooner?
- Will I pursue a master’s degree in the future? If so, select an undergraduate program that fulfills graduate school prerequisites.
Some strategies to use in selecting a major:
- Network. Talk to people who are in jobs that interest you. Ask about their education and other ways they got in the door.
- Explore ISEEK for career, education, employment and business information.
- Take the required General Education Liberal Studies (GELS) courses to develop your interest and skills while exploring the different majors.
- Visit Career Services to define your goals. They offer workshops, job fairs, interest inventories, advice on conducting informational interviews and a whole lot more.
- Consult with different advisors who can tell you about majors in their colleges.
- Take a career exploration course such as PSYC 107 Career Planning and Development or PSYC 108 Career and Life Planning for Women.
- Take PRSP 301 Perspectives: Educational Philosophy and Planning. This course would benefit ANY of the following students:
- those with 80 or more credits
- those with multiple interests (or previously different majors)
- those who want to design their own degree program that doesn’t exist at Metropolitan State
- those who aren’t sure what they want to study
Your advisor can also guide you towards a program if you are still unsure what you would like to study, and the resources in the Find Out More menu will also be helpful. You aren’t required to declare your program right away, but you will need to decide sooner or later. Once you know which program you want to study, you can start the process for being accepted to that program using information in the Undergraduate Catalog.