What is a Major?
A major is a subject area that students specialize in while working toward a degree. Choosing a major doesn't mean it's what you will do for the rest of your life. It's more about deciding on a field of study that interests you and providing your commitment, attention, and mastery to a subject. Some majors lead to specific careers while others offer you many other options. About one-third to one-half of the courses you take in college are related to your major.
How to Know if Your Major is Right for You
Choosing a major begins by asking the right questions:
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Myths About Choosing a Major
Some careers, like nursing and engineering, require specific majors, but many majors allow you to work in a variety of fields.
Most people end up in careers that are not directly related to their major, so start by choosing a major that seems interesting to you. Some students take elective classes or introductory classes to learn more about which subjects interest them the most.
Choosing a major or career takes time, energy, and research. Don’t feel discouraged if it takes some time to find a major you love.
Choosing a major is a great first step but planning to reach your career goals will open doors to your future.
Even if you're not sure about your interests, the best way to find a major is to make your best guess and try it on. If you reflect regularly about whether your major is a good fit for you, testing your interests and relative abilities in it, you'll soon get a feeling about whether it's right or wrong.
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