major and career exploration

Deciding on a major is an important decision. By choosing a major that fits with your interests, abilities, values and circumstances, you are more likely to enjoy the classes you take, feel academically challenged and be motivated to finish your degree. The process of choosing your major can be organized into three steps: Explore. Discover. Decide.

explore who I am

The first step to career planning is to assess your values, interests, skills and personality traits. These can guide you as you research majors and begin to make decisions about the general areas you would like to pursue.

Students who choose majors and careers in areas in which they have strong interests are much more likely to persist and be successful.

Part of this exploration process includes computer assessments to help you match your values, interests, skills, and personality traits to majors that fit you. Explore now.

discover major/career options that best match your interests

In this step, you identify the majors and careers that relate to your distinct interests, values and abilities and learn about your options.

This information gathering process can include browsing the Major Maps for the majors you are considering, meeting with advisors from academic departments in your areas of interest, talking with professors, visiting Career Services, and interviewing people who work in the field you are considering. Discover your options.

decide on a major

In the last step you reflect on and analyze all the information you have collected to build a plan of action. The goal is to make an informed choice that is appropriate for you.

You can utilize a number of decision-making tools and techniques including a list of pros and cons, a decision matrix and more. Begin the decision-making process.


Assistance is available at:

Academic courses help you choose a major or career goal that will lead to your success!

Individual career coaching allows you to meet with a career professional to clarify your path and create career goals!

Questions? Call us at 602-496-0589 or email