MAJOR & CAREER

The words “major” and “career” are not interchangeable, your major doesn’t lock you into a career path, nor does it necessarily lead directly toward one. Your major does not necessarily mean that will be your career, it helps you discover your interests, explore your options, and build your academic foundation while on campus. 

College is a great time to explore your interests and strengths by getting involved on campus, finding an internship, or volunteering. Exploration can help you decide if a field is right for you, while helping you build your resume.



EXPLORE CLASSES, MAJORS, AND MINORS

Syracuse offers hundreds of classes covering a variety of topics. Browse the course catalog to see if a particular subject or class catches your interest. If so, speak with your academic advisor about registering for the class—even if it has nothing to do with your major. You never know where it could take you.

Starting point: Advisor or Syracuse University online course catalog


JOIN CAMPUS CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

There is an organization for everyone on campus (and if there isn’t one, make one)! Joining a club related to your hobbies or academic interests will not only better your experience at SU but enhance your resume too. Joining organizations is a valuable way to gain leadership experience and meet new people.

Starting Point: Student Activities Website


CONSIDER A PART-TIME JOB

Earn money and gain experience with an on or off-campus job.

Starting Point: 210 Steele Hall or Syracuse University Online Employment Website

*Paid experience is not the only experience that counts. Projects, organizations, volunteering, and unpaid internships do too! 


VOLUNTEER ON-CAMPUS OR IN THE COMMUNITY

Community service or volunteering your time is a way to add to your experiences and give back. Visit the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public Engagement for a list of service-based clubs and organizations.

Starting Point: Mary Ann Shaw Center Website