Making your choice of a major and completing your degree can seem challenging. We have many resources here to help you through the process. Be sure to work closely with your professional and faculty advisors to create a plan for graduation that works for your time frame and lifestyle.
“What are you going to major in while in college?”
“What are you going to do for the rest of your life?”
How many times has someone asked you these questions? How does it make you feel when you’re not quite sure how to answer? Here are a few tips to get you started;
- The major you choose in college is a starting point for the rest of your life – it doesn’t necessarily determine where you’re going to go and what you’re going to do!
- The major you choose in college will help you build the skills you’ll need throughout your life.
- The more information you know about yourself, majors, and careers – the easier it will be to choose a major!
What is your Advisor’s role in your Major/Minor Exploration process?
- Your advisor asks questions to help you start exploring self, academic and career options and life opportunities.
- Your advisor helps you follow the timeline and set up appointments for reflection.
- Your advisor assists you in identifying themes, strengths and struggles realized during the discovery process connecting them to potential academic pursuits.
- Your advisor identifies resources and contacts. Assists you in making connections with resources and discusses how said resources will complement your plan.
- Your advisor will follow up periodically to assess your progress and provide assistance and engage you in the exploration process where appropriate.
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Gather all the information you can about yourself, your interests, and the many majors and minors USM has to offer. It is important to take the time to find a good fit for you. Each student navigates the decision-making process in their own way.
Choosing a major/minor is an exploration process that will engage you and your advisor in a continuous dialogue. You will be actively intentional in exploring and identifying goals leading toward academic and personal achievements.
Discuss with your advisor which major/minor you plan to pursue. Click here to check your catalog and make sure you have met any prerequisite or grade point average requirements. You and your advisor will complete a Declaration/Change of Major or Minor form to send to the respective department to get processed.
You and your advisor have an exchange of ideas, life experiences, information, and observation that influence, affect, or initiate a path of exploration of self, academic and career options, and life opportunities.
You take an active role in various activities over a period of time to identify your areas of interest, values, abilities, and academic and career options.
You and your advisor examine how the achieved knowledge coincides with your interests, abilities, personal beliefs, and values.
You will actively explore your interests, abilities, personal beliefs, and values in order to construct logical and realistic short and long-term goals.
You implement your chosen plan of action and evaluate its relevancy to your personal and professional commitment(s)
Being undeclared presents you with the opportunity to gather all the information you can about yourself, your interests, and the many majors USM has to offer. It is important to take the time to find a good fit for you.
Being undeclared could mean one or more of the following things:
- You already know what you want to major in but you need to satisfy some requirements before transitioning into that major.
- You have some ideas about what you might want to major in but are not ready to commit.
- You have absolutely no idea what you want to major in or where to start.
- You have transferred to USM from another institution and are undeclared while you work towards your next major.
A Professional Advisor will guide you through your exploration process. We believe that being undeclared is an excellent opportunity for you to explore your options as you take interesting classes that may lead you to a major that you will find both exciting and interesting.
You can work in collaboration with your advisor to design a graduation plan that works specifically for your needs. Click here to plan your degree experience through graduation.
Almost done with your degree and getting ready to graduate? Congratulations! Click here for more information on applying to graduate (MyUSM Portal Login Required)
Professional Academic Advisors can offer advice on how to begin creating a career path. We can discuss your interests and develop goals to assist you as you move forward. This may include reviewing your degree progress or introducing you to a Career Advisor who can help you find an internship or job shadow opportunities, review your resume, and discuss job search skills. Click the links below for more information.
- Make an Appointment with a USM Career Hub Advisor
- O’Net (a tool for career exploration and job analysis with information on over 900 occupations)
- Check out the Career Hub’s Career Exploration Internship Program!
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (information on occupations by groups)
- USM Graduate Programs (stay here with us and take your education to the next level)