Every college and university offers a wide range of subjects for majors, minors, certifications, etc. When faced with so much information, it’s easy to see why so many students start as undeclared or change majors 2-3 times before graduation. A key to successfully choosing a major is to not let “the decision” sit on the back burner for too long. Sure, it’s tempting to busy yourself with student organizations, study groups or part-time jobs to brush off the inevitable, but it’s important to be proactive. Your counselors and advisors understand that your major exploration process depends on the type of person that you are. Not everyone is comfortable meeting with a bunch of advisors in-person, making phone calls or setting up informational interviews. Luckily, learning about majors is only a click away, and the UT Arlington website offers at least four routes to learn more about majors offered:
Personally, I like the UTA Catalog. I often recommend looking at the course descriptions for advanced 3000-4000 level classes in areas of interest. This can give you an idea of what will be expected of you in the future. If you look over the upper level classes and nothing jumps out at you, then it could be a giant red flag. Look for areas of study that will challenge you in a constructive way, but also offer opportunities to enrich your college experience. Be true to your personality, interests, skills and values and you will find a major that works for you.
Maybe you already know what kind of career you want in the future, but are finding it difficult to narrow down an academic path. The following links give some great information about the type of education that is required for a variety of jobs and career paths.
Regardless, of where you are on your major exploration journey, the University Advising Center is here to help with several major exploration options:
- UNIV 1131: Major Exploration
- Major Exploration Seminars
- Major Exploration on Blackboard
- Meet with an Advisor
If you have any questions, feel free to email an advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.