Tips On Choosing a Major

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 5, 2010 in , , | No Comments

Choosing a major can be nerve-racking, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are some nuggets of advice for undergraduates unsure about the major to choose:

  1. Be practical.  The major you choose impacts the course of your career, so it’s important for your major to correspond to the career you’d like to have.  If you are an undergraduate who’s also unsure about a fitting occupation, you should take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (  The MBTI is a test which gauges your personality ‘type’ and can help you by suggesting occupations fitting that ‘type.’  Moreover, it is simple to take and can make out your ‘type’ with reasonable accuracy. is a good resource for undergraduates, too.  The site gives labor statistics for each industry and its ‘jobseekers’ webpage has a subsection for students about choosing a job fitting your skills.
  2. Dabble.  Colleges recognize that its undergraduates have worries and can be unsure about choosing a major.  And so, colleges have general education requirements (B.A./B.S. requirements to take a range of courses in fields not linked to one’s major) to give its undergraduates a chance to dabble in a range of studies such as the sciences and humanities.  Taking courses you like and ones matching your skills is a sure-fire way to find the major for you.