Choosing a Major & CareerStudent

While some careers require a specific undergraduate major, many do not. Nursing and Accounting are examples of careers which require a specific undergraduate major. Meanwhile, a degree in Liberal Arts (for example, History, Humanities, Chicano/a Studies) might take you in several directions.

You can begin exploring the connection between majors and careers by attending a Choosing a Major/Choosing a Career workshop. Undeclared or undecided on your major? Sign up for Freshman Fridays at the Career Center. Find a general description of the majors, careers, and career options at What Can I Do with This Major?

With this information, you may be ready to declare your major or make a decision about your career, but if you are still uncertain or have questions, you may want to make an appointment with a career counselor for guidance through the decision process.

The Process Involves


 Freshman Fridays

Every Spring semester, the Career Center hosts a special workshop series for Freshman and Sophomore students who are undecided, undeclared, or thinking of changing their majors. 
In the 4-week Freshman Fridays program, students will have the opportunity to: 
  • Discover majors & careers that are the best fit 
  • Find out personal strengths and how to use them in college
  • Network with industry professions
  • Meet other CSUDH Freshman and Sophomore students
For Spring 2016, Freshman Fridays will take place on 4 consecutive Fridays in April: April 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 1pm - 3pm at the Career Center. LUNCH IS PROVIDED!
Space is limited! Join us for this interactive program to help launch your career and professional development! Registration is required. Complete both steps to be considered for the program by Wednesday, March 23rd! Accepted participants will be notified via ToroMail.   
  1. Log onto ToroJobs and Internships and under the Events tab, register for "Freshman Friday Application 2016"
  2. Fill out the application: Click here
Each Freshman Fridays participant will receive a Certificate of Completion and a personalized recommendation on his/her LinkedIn profile.
Any questions? Contact the Career Center for more information. 

Self-Assessment

  • Identify important skills, interests and values.
  • Make an appointment with a career counselor in the Career Center for career counseling and vocational assessments.
  • For a helpful online tool, use our Focus 2 program.
    (Your access code is ToroJobs.)

Researching Majors and Careers


Analyzing your Results

  • Organize and evaluate all the information
  • Consider possible outcomes, consequences and probability
  • Identify the best alternatives
  • Conduct additional research if necessary
  • Develop a short list of possible careers/majors

Choosing Options

  • Select a primary and secondary career option based on what career is best suited for you at this time in your life
  • Discuss findings with career counselor
  • Maintain an open mind to new and changing factors that may impact your career choices
  • Remember: What you decide today will probably not be your lifelong career; it's just the beginning