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 or viewing it online. 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


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