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Love Your Major

Decide to choose, change or embrace your major today! UMD's Career and Internship Services can help you love your major. Meet with a career counselor in person in SCC 22, over the phone, or on Google Hangouts about your major. Read a collection of perspectives on majors by UMD students in our "Peer Into Your Career" blog. Watch previously hosted Facebook Live chats on our YouTube playlist.

Questions about any of this? Email carserv@d.umn.edu
Scroll down to learn if you are ready to choose, change or embrace your major.

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Choose

Defined by dodging questions from family about your future, you may still be an "undercover undecided" student unsure about the approaching Fall semester. Fortunately, you have this summer to assess, reflect and ruminate on your prospective major and hit the ground running in the new school year. Career and Internship Services student employees have also faced the challenge of choosing majors. Peer Educator Andrew knew he was ready to major in Organizational Management after taking Marketing Strategies. Sign up for classes that expose you to topics that interest you. Your desired career after graduation may determine what major is best for you. Unsure of a desired career path too? Taking assessments on your interests, job shadowing a professional you look up to or pursuing an internship can help you turn your passion into a profession.

What you can do...

  • Meet with a career counselor in person, over the phone or on Google Hangouts to discuss your top choices.
  • Take an interest, personality or strengths assessment.
  • Intern, volunteer, job shadow, or work somewhere that fits your interests.
  • Research what you can do big picture with different majors.
  • Think about what kind of work environment you would prefer and look at employment and pay data.
  • Browse course offerings for the Fall to see if there are any classes you can add to or replace in your schedule, to explore interests.
  • Play with UMD's APAS (Academic Progress Audit System) and Graduation Planner to test graduation paths.
  • Imagine your ideal career five years from now and brainstorm how to get there.
  • Discover what UMD alumni are doing with their majors in the real world in UMD's Graduate Follow-up Report.

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Change

Your performance and satisfaction level last semester may help you gauge if you should change your major or not. After struggling through freshman year in biology, Career and Internship Services Peer Educator, Whitney explored options to change her major. After talking to the career counselors at Career and Internship Services and taking the Strong Interest Inventory assessment, Whitney found she had an aptitude for teaching. Whitney took classes in both Elementary Education and Environmental and Outdoor Education and eventually changed her major to Integrated Elementary and Special Education. Similarly, Peer Educator Kimberly changed her major to Management Information Systems after meeting with a career counselor and exploring her interests. Sometimes performing poorly or failing a class is not a symptom that requires a change. Some majors require grit which may lead to students not doing well in initial classes. Additionally, you may have had personal challenges, needed time to adjust to UMD or needed to learn how to study at the collegiate level. Be careful to not misdiagnose the need to change majors, especially if you are passionate in your current major.

What you can do...

  • Meet with a career counselor in person, over the phone or on Google Hangouts to discuss thoughts on changing your major.
  • Take an interest, personality or strengths assessment to see if your major matches you.
  • Intern, volunteer, job shadow, or work somewhere that fits your interests and learn about what those professionals studied.
  • Browse course offerings for the Fall to see if there are any classes you can add to or replace in your schedule, to explore interests.
  • Play with UMD's APAS (Academic Progress Audit System) and Graduation Planner to test alternative graduation paths.
  • Read Peer Educator Logan's post "Curious About Switching Majors? Watch for the Signs".
  • Imagine your ideal career five years from now and brainstorm how to get there.
  • Discover what UMD alumni are doing with their majors in the real world in UMD's Graduate Follow-up Report.
  • Read steps required to change your major, minor or college within UMD.

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Embrace

Armed with confidence that your major is a good fit, you are now ready to embrace your major. Career and Internship Services student employees have embraced their majors through multiple internships, working in key positions, volunteering, Co-oping and on campus involvement. Student employee Cassie embraced her major by studying abroad in Ireland for a month in a program related to her Health Care Management major. Cassie met a CEO of the most innovative hospital in Ireland and toured ground breaking medical labs all while taking a class. Student workers have also written about what you can do with the major you have embraced.

What you can do...