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Modesto Junior College

How to Choose a Major

 

Choosing a major is a very important decision. The earlier you decide on a major the quicker you will finish your degree. The average student changes their major 5 or 6 times, this means often times students take classes that they do not need. Each time you change your major you have to update your educational plan which could set you back a semester or more. The longer you go without a major, the longer you will have to remain in school. So, how do you go about deciding on your major? Well there are many things to consider when selecting a major. It's about determining your interests and abilities and the Career Development & Transfer Center has many resources to assist you with this process.


Which comes first... Major or Career?
Some majors prepare you for specific careers such as nursing
Many majors prepare you for many career possibilities such as liberal arts or business administration majors
You can choose your major first and identify career possibilities later or choose a few career options and then identify possible majors

How Assessments Can Help You Choose a Major or Career
No one can make an academic or career decision for you.
You can make that decision by using the resources and counseling available to you
Assessments can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses

Things to Think About When Choosing a Major
What is your passion?
Will I be able to handle the course load?
What jobs will I qualify for?
What is the outlook for this career? Will there be a job for me when I am finished?
How long will it take to complete this degree?
Who offers this major?
Are others influencing your decision?
Is this major really for you?
Do you need a certain GPA to apply for this major?


Questions or comments about this page may be sent to: huntj@mjc.edu.