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.
Some students need more information about themselves, about majors, or about careers to make a decision. Some students face challenges beyond gathering information. Challenges may include feeling pressure to make a certain decision or feeling overwhelmed by so many choices. Career Consultants are available to talk with you about these or other concerns you may have.
We invite you to 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. Consider what you hope to gain from your major in terms of your career preparation.
What do I want from a major?
Which major will fit me best?
Answering these questions requires intentional reflection on your life experiences and unique characteristics.
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 If you do not have a career in mind, you can explore all majors at UA and evaluate which might suit you based on your self-assessment.
You may find it helpful to work with a Career Consultant to discuss the results of your self-assessment or to seek additional guidance in choosing a major. Current UA students can schedule an appointment through Handshake. Incoming first-year students can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.