Deciding on Your Major

Deciding on Your Major

By: SFU Career Services
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Choosing a major is an important decision and there are so many factors to consider; including a myriad of influences—parents, your peers, career options, and the current job market. What on earth is a student with an undeclared major to do!? 

Take action and start now. Selecting a major is a process that takes time. With your passion, enthusiasm, support from academic advisors and the Career Services team, the process of choosing a major can be an exciting one.  

You’ll want to give yourself time to explore the possibilities and do some research in order to make an educated choice.

Here’s a couple questions to consider when looking at a major:

  • What are you interested in? What things do you like to do as a hobby?
  • What do you truly want to do? What is important to you?
  • What is the disciplinary focus of the major?
  • What are the course requirements for this major? Will I enjoy these courses? Why?
  • What skills will this major help me to develop?
  • Does this major provide an opportunity for experiential learning (co-operative education, field practicum, internships, etc.)?

From the start of university, some students know what exactly they want. The majority of students, however, are not so certain. As you think about which major is right for you, remember that uncertainty is normal, and that both academic advisors and Career Services offer support.

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Posted on February 09, 2012