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Five Steps to Selecting A Major

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    • Identify your interests, abilities, and values/goals.
      • Ask yourself questions. Examples:
        • Interests (What do I like?)--I like writing, I love organizing activities, I like film, I enjoy cooking, etc.
        • Abilities (What am I good at?)--I excel in math and science courses, I write well, I speak another language, I am a talented musician, etc.
        • Values/Goals (What is important to me?)--I want to go to graduate school, I want a career that allows me to spend time with my family, I don't want to sit at a desk all day, etc.
      • Take career assessment tests online or in-person
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        • Other assessment opportunities found here
      • Meet with a Career Counselor
      • Talk to those who know you best (i.e. friends, parents, significant others, siblings, etc).  See what they observe about your interests, abilities, and values/goals, but do not let them decide for you
    • Obtain a list of majors available at Texas State and organize them by your level of interest.
      • Cross through majors you are certain you do not want
      • Highlight majors you are interested in
      • Note unfamiliar majors that you would like to learn more about
    • Gather online information on majors of interest
    • Conduct In-Person Research
      • Attend the Academic Majors and Student Services Fair at Bobcat Day on campus
      • Talk to students in that major as well as professors, academic advisors, and other faculty/staff members
      • Set up Informational Interviews or Job Shadowing opportunities with current professionals in a particular field of interest
    • Ask yourself questions
      • What courses make up the degree plan for that major?  Read both the titles and the course descriptions.
      • Does the major have admission requirements that I am able to obtain?
      • Is this major a realistic options for me?
      • Do I like this major enough to try an introductory course?
    • Review and organize the information you gathered
      • Create pro and con lists for each major of interest
      • Compare the positive and negative aspects of each option
      • Continue to cross off majors that you do not want or are not realistic
      • Ask yourself: What major best fits with my interests, abilities, values, and goals?
      • Remember that finding a "perfect" major with zero negative or undesirable aspects is a rare phenomenon