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How to Choose a Major

With so many choices, it's no wonder most universities give students two years to choose a major. Here are some ways to narrow it down.


  • Step 1: Think about what classes you enjoy most. What subjects do you find interesting? What do you see yourself doing in the future?
  • Step 2: Find out when your school requires that you declare a major.
  • TIP: Try not to wait until the last minute to declare. If you put off the decision too long, it may delay your graduation.
  • Step 3: While you're deciding on a major, take classes that expose you to as many fields as possible.
  • Step 4: Think about what kind of career you want. What interests you? Is it more important to you to be well paid or fulfilled? Ideally, you won't have to choose one over the other.
  • TIP: Remember that you don't always have to major in a field related to the career you eventually want to pursue.
  • Step 5: When considering a certain major, talk to people who have graduated with that degree. They can tell you how it helped – or didn't help – them in the real world.
  • TIP: Talk to upperclassmen who are pursuing your possible major. They can tell you what the program is like.
  • Step 6: Still confused? Something in the humanities, like communications or sociology, serves as a good base for a variety of careers.
  • FACT: The program of majors (or concentrations) was introduced at Harvard in 1910.

You Will Need

  • Self-awareness
  • Goals
  • The courage to stay true to yourself

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