4 Steps to Choosing a College Major


You may think this is going to be one of the most difficult decisions you’ll ever have to make. But it doesn’t have to be, not as long as you don’t over-think it and put too much pressure on yourself. Choosing a college major is certainly an important part of your college career but don’t let everyone convince you that it’s going to dictate the rest of your life. Things change, people change, tastes change, and you’re no different. So if you’re not 100% sure what it is you plan to do yet, even if you are facing the 11th hour on making a choice, here are a few steps you can take to help get you through the decision process a little easier.

1. Think About Yourself

Don’t worry about everyone else’s plans for your life and career, think about what it is that you enjoy. The topics that interest you are the only ones that you should be considering. It’s fine for Mom and Dad to have designs on what they’d prefer you to pursue, but if you’re deciding on pursuing ACU’s master in conflict resolution solely for them and not yourself, chances are that you’re not going to be all that interested in your chosen college major selection.

2. Do Your Research

If a particular field or industry interests you, then pursue that path before you commit to a major. You have a wealth of resources at your disposal in today’s modern world to dip your toe in the water, so to speak. Check out the Twitter or Facebook feeds of individuals or companies that are part of your prospective field, read up on industry trends, basically, consume anything and everything related to what you think you may want to study. After you immerse yourself in all there is to digest about your particular field, then you can pull the trigger on a related major.

3. Try Before You Commit

Maybe you’re not too sure about any particular field and you’re really at a loss to decide what you really want to do with your life. After you’ve done some soul-searching about what interests you, seek out the majors that might prepare you to do that thing after you graduate. Then you can take some introductory classes to test drive that major. If one of them sparks your interest, then take more courses that are related and find your niche within that field. Congratulations, you may have just found your major at Adelphi University.

4. Getting Your Degree

Now that you might have one or two potential majors in mind, do some further investigating into what the requirements might be in order to get a degree. Do you need to take any prerequisite courses before you pursue the classes in that major, what kind of course work is part of your major, basically get a feel for everything that will be expected of you before and after you declare a major so you can ascertain if you are ready to meet the standards that have been set forth in that particular course load.


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