5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Major

1. Why do I want this major?

Are you really interested and excited about the subject matter, or are you choosing something based on what your friends or family want you to do?

2. What do I know about this major?

Some majors sound more interesting before you start taking courses in them and vice versa. Look at the requirements and course descriptions before you decide.

3. Which colleges are strong in this major?

Not all majors are equal on a college campus. Some colleges specialize in certain majors or are known for having strong programs in particular fields.

4. What is the career outlook for this Major?

How many students in this major find employment in their field after they graduate? Is the demand for jobs in this major stronger in certain parts of the country than others? If so, are you willing to move?

5. Will I like this major?

Do you have the skills and abilities for the classes required? Don’t commit to a major without talking to someone to find out what it is really like. Talk to college students, people working in the field and college professors.

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Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 10:54pm.