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Resources for Undeclared Students

The Major Decision 

Many students begin their college education with a declared major. These students vary in how certain they are about their choice. There are students who have known for many years that this is the path they want to pursue in order to reach their educational and career goals, while there are others who are not so sure. 

Students Questioning Selected Major

For those of you who are uncertain about the major you selected, don’t worry. There is time to figure out if the major is right for you. Before you go any further, ask yourself the following questions:

How much do I know about my intended major?

If you think you do not have enough information, now is the time to do some research. Get more information by reading books, browsing the internet, by talking to friends who are in college and individuals who are in the career field that interests you, etc.

How much time have I spent in activities related to my intended major?

Have you read books, participated in workshops, attended lectures, or participated in volunteer activities related to the major? These types of activities can help expose you to what the major has to offer.

If you feel like you have enough information about the major, consider four important factors to help you determine if the major is right for you. These factors – your interests, abilities, values and motives – play an important role in successfully choosing a major. If you are uncertain about your major, consider the following questions:

  • What are your interests?
  • What are your abilities?
  • What are your values?
  • What’s your motivation?  

When considering a possible major, it is important that you also reflect on the following question:

  • What’s the reality? Is the major you are considering a realistic choice for you? Reflect on your thoughts to the questions presented in this section to help you answer the question above. Do the answers to the questions conflict with one another, or are they in agreement? At times, students are very interested in a major but find they do not have the abilities or motivation to handle the academic demands of the major. The opposite can also occur. Consider other factors in your life to determine what goals are realistic for you. Take some time to reflect – What’s the reality?
Resources for Making your Decision

If you want to know more about Majors or Minors at USF, check out the following resources.