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You’ve graduated high school, and now you were able to get into a University. The problem you face now is - What should I major in? Should I major in Psychology? Biology? Engineering? Nursing? What about Social Sciences? Regardless of where you go to college, choosing your major is a big step in your academic career and making an informed decision that’s right for you is super important. So, what can you do to help you choose a major?
“I’m scared that I won’t have the resources to help me!”
If you’re an undecided major, take this time to really learn more about yourself. This can be really hard without the proper resources. Lucky for you, the University of Arizona provides you with a ton of opportunities to speak with advisors as well as other students in the same boat as you. Our advisors can help students who are undecided in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (CLAS), which is located in the Bear Down Gym. Our advisors will be able to ask you questions about your interests, talk with you as much as you need and get to know you more to make suggestions of which majors could potentially work for you. Additionally, you can have access to Major Exploration workshop and classes to learn about the 270 majors we offer. It doesn’t stop there - we also host Major Exploration fairs so that you can meet different colleges to learn more about their programs.
“If I’m undecided, how can I take classes?”
Here at the University of Arizona, students are expected to complete about 120 units toward their degree. Typically the first two years for student will consist on general education classes, and these classes cover a broad spectrum of academic fields to allow our students to dabble in fields they may be interested. All students will be required to take gen ed courses and these usually are completed before students engage in courses that actually pertain to their major. So, if you’re in your first two years of college and you haven’t decided your major yet, this is the perfect opportunity to take gen eds that you think are interesting. Interested what natural sciences is like? Take a class in ANTH170 C1 to learn more about Human Variation in the Modern World. Interested in Dance? We also offer a variety of Dance classes that discuss about their history. Regardless of having a major or not, our gen eds will allow you to experience a piece of each academic field to help you making a decision later about which major could work for you.
“Where can I learn more about the majors?”
Researching majors is a big deal. The first step is to take a look at our degree search link here: http://degreesearch.arizona.edu. It covers all of our majors offered here at UA, and will also go over the type of classes you may be expected to complete. You may also find career opportunities that relate to that degree, so if you’re interested in a large list of careers, this will definitely help narrow your options!
“Should I declare a major to see what it’s like? And if I don’t like it, I can always switch, right?”
While this might work in some cases, it’s not advisable. For one, some classes you may take won’t apply toward the new major you’re planning on switching to. This not only will become expensive, but will also push back your graduation date. You will also be talking to different advisors every time you switch majors, and this makes it difficult for you because your new advisor will not know your side of the story or know you well enough to make suggestions. Ever had a phone call to a call center and you kept getting transferred to a new representative, and you always had to repeat yourself just to get your questions answered? Kind of frustrating, right? With CLAS, our advisors will stick with you until you have found a perfect major match.
“So what next?”
Definitely schedule an appointment with one of our advisors at the College of Letters Arts and Sciences at the Bear Down Gym. They can discuss with you a plan of action to help you find a perfect match for you, and discuss possible careers you’re interested too. Schedule an appointment by visiting this link: http://clas.arizona.edu/all/make-appointment. They can set you up with professionals to help you learn more about the career you’re interested in, as well as connect you with advisors to learn more about the programs we offer at the University of Arizona. Like you, many other students are in the same boat where you will be able to share thoughts and ideas. In addition to this, our awesome advisors can also hook you up with opportunities to take major exploration classes and workshops to learn more about our majors, and more importantly - help you learn more about yourself and where you can be Boundless.