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.
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.
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.