Choosing a Major

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Choosing a Major

Are you one of the 30 percent of students who entered college undecided about a major?
Do you want to be successful?
Begin now.

  • Pick your major. It's required by the time you've earned 45 credit hours but the sooner you choose your passion and pursue it, the better!
  • Take the right courses. Complete 15 credits each semester to graduate in four years.

Why pick a major

  • It's exciting. Choosing a major is one of the first steps on the path to future success. Do your homework and choose something you're passionate about.
  • It's important. A major gives your academic career focus and allows you to concentrate on particular objectives.
  • It's empowering. You'll attend classes that interest you and work with people who share those interests. You'll develop more confidence and make lifelong relationships.
  • It's effective. Taking the right courses and having the appropriate class load help lead to on-time graduation. #15ToFinish
  • It's imperative. To earn a bachelor's degree, you must declare a major once you reach the 45 credit hour mark.

Where to start

  • Make it personal. Assess your interests, abilities and personality to narrow your choices to the fields for which you are best suited.
  • Gain perspective. Discuss your interests with your academic advisor. They will make referrals to the appropriate departments.
  • Learn how to progress. Contact the Career Services department and speak to a trained career counselor to decide what resources are most appropriate for your interests.
  • Talk to professionals. Students can speak with advisors, department faculty/staff members, alumni and working professionals in their field of interest.
  • Discover your potential. As you begin working in your major, you'll see every step has a purpose and is leading to a finish line.

FOCUS. STAY CALM. PICK A MAJOR. AND REMEMBER, #15ToFinish!

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