This section is designed to assist you in making thoughtful, well-informed decisions in choosing a major. We divide the major exploration process into two main steps: self-assessment and exploration and research.

For additional assistance, or to further discuss your current major options, please make an appointment to meet with one of our consulting staff through Handshake.

Self-Assessment

Before you choose a major, identify your interests, abilities, and the type of knowledge and skills you would like to acquire in your academic career. Evaluating these personal areas requires intentional reflection, and many students find it helpful to work with a Career Consultant to ensure they are conducting a thorough self-assessment. After you meet with a Career Consultant, they may recommend an assessment to help you determine the best course of action.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I want a major that will prepare me specifically for the career I have in mind?
  • Do I want a major that will provide me with a broad skill set?
  • Do I want a major that will enhance my chances of acceptance into graduate or professional school?

Other questions that may be helpful:

  • What are my interests?
  • What is my personality?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What are my values?
  • What are my skills?

Exploring Majors

Choosing a major does not necessarily mean choosing a profession. However, some majors are designed to prepare students for specific careers (nursing, for example). If you have a career in mind,  identify majors that will prepare you for that career. You can also explore all majors at UA. If you’re not sure where to start, begin at the top of the list, scrolling past majors you can rule out with confidence. You can also sort the list by colleges or by interests. After identifying several majors to choose from, gather additional information about each major.

Resources

  • What Can I Do With This Major?
  • O*Net OnLine is a database of hundreds of occupations described in terms of daily tasks, knowledge required, and qualifications and interests of the typical worker.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook is a collection of occupational profiles that cover the tasks of a job, its work environment, the steps for landing the job, and the job’s projected outlook.
  • CareerBeam is a virtual tool to help you identify careers that may be of interest based on your preferences.