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CHOOSING OR CHANGING YOUR MAJOR

Choosing a major can be one of the most challenging aspects of your early college years. Never fear: you have time and plenty of resources to help you decide your major.



ASK YOURSELF

What interests me? What am I good at?
What do I do for fun?
What experiences do I already have? What do I enjoy about them?
What are my goals? How does this major fit with them?
What classes do I enjoy attending the most?
Is there any subject I know I don’t want to consider?

Talk it out with your advisor, family member, professor, or with career conversations. Talking with trusted people can be the first step to discovering your skills, interests, and values.

CONSIDERING MANY MAJORS? TRY THIS...

  • Check out the “Academic Offerings” at coursecatalog.syr.edu and print it out.
  • Highlight all of the majors that you are considering.
  • Cross out majors that don’t interest you.
  • Highlight in a different color all of the majors that sound interesting but you don’t know much about.
  • Now that the list is narrowed down, check out major descriptions and courses at coursecatalog.syr.edu.

MAJOR ADVANTAGE: MINORS

If you don’t want to commit to a major, consider a minor. A minor can expand on your major or allow you to explore a different field.

COME IN FOR A ONE-ON-ONE

During an hour-long appointment or a 15-Minute Drop-In, we can help you:
  • Establish a sense of direction;
  • Explore majors if you’re questioning your current one;
  • Navigate circumstances such as future debt and geographical preferences that might impact your future career choice;
  • Brainstorm options and further explore your skills, interests, values, and concerns;
  • Make decisions about majors, internships, or job offers; and
  • Navigate networking resources to expand your knowledge about your career possibilities.