It's normal to come to college without having a specific major in mind. Many first and second year students are undecided about their major. And, many students who declare a major in the first year of college change majors multiple times before they graduate.
Being undecided gives you the opportunity to explore, ask questions, and expand your general knowledge through core classes. You are free to consider many options, to dream and brainstorm many possibilities. This is also a prime time of self-discovery, and the Center for Calling & Career provides you with many tools for self-assessment.
You are a unique person, created by God with special strengths, abilities, and passions. As you learn and grow in your knowledge of God's world and as you develop your skills through a variety of learning opportunities, your university experience will also help you understand yourself better.
Here are some steps to consider in this important process of deciding on a major:
Steps to take to choose a major
- Review Lee's catalog to find majors that might interest you, noting course requirements and prerequisites.
- Visit the website "What Can I Do With This Major?"
- Browse through the Campus Bookstore textbook section to get a feel for what a particular class will be studying. Look for areas of interest.
- Take an introductory course or an elective course to learn more about a particular discipline.
- Be a successful, motivated learner. Good grades will help keep the doors of opportunity open.
- Get involved in volunteer work through the Leonard Center. This experience may help you identify an area of interest and passion.
- Take the StrengthsFinder. This self-assessment is available through the Gateway 101 class or through the Center for Calling & Career at a discounted rate.
- Meet with a Strengths Vocational Advisor. This faculty advisor can talk with you about your StrengthsFinder results and help you focus on what you are really interested in doing.
- Talk with students in the majors you are considering.
- Interview people who have jobs that are appealing to you.
- And when you are ready, come to the Center for Calling & Career to declare or change your major.
- Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss one-on-one your educational and/or career choices.
Whatever you do, don't be discouraged. Live the questions. Seek the answers. The CC&C is here to help you in this important process. We believe that you are God's work of art, intentionally designed with divine purpose in mind.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."