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How to Tackle the Toughest Decision in College: Your Major

When you get to college you assume that you must know exactly what you want to do with your life. But you don’t! In fact, it is totally okay to not even know what your major is. As fellow students we have decided to come up with a foolproof plan to help you figure out your major with the least amount of stress!

  1. Your first semester, be undeclared.

    If you are an undeclared major your first semester of college, it’s okay! This allows for you schedule to have variety. Taking these introductory classes gives you a sneak peak into different majors. Once you take a variety of classes, you may find one course that peaks your interest. From there, you can decide what you want to focus your studies on the rest of your college career.

  2. Go to Munch With The Majors.

    Much With the Majors is a great opportunity for you to interact with faculty and staff from a variety of programs and majors here at UAlbany. If you are trying to figure out what you wish to study, Munch with Majors is a great place to start. To find out more about the event and how you can participate, click here.

  3. Research all of the possible majors.

    There are over 40 majors to choose from ranging in Women’s Studies to Globalization to Economics. Check out this link on UAlbany’s website for Undergraduate Programs that you can choose from! You do not necessarily have to major in something right away, a minor is just as good of an option. Here is the link for all of the minors that UAlbany has to offer.

  4. Talk to your classmates and friends.

    They probably don’t have any idea either, but the ones that do can give you a general idea of why they picked their major and the pro’s and con’s about it.

  5. Talk to your professors.

    Ask them what the future of their subject has to offer and why you should pick it. Chances are they can tell you almost everything you need to know. If not, they’ll send you to someone who can tell you what you need to know (ex: department heads).

  6. Make a pros and cons list for your top options.

    By comparing your top choices you can see what you like and what you do not like. Hopefully, you will be able to narrow down the best major for you.

  7. Research job possibilities and future outlook for possible profession.

    Knowing your major is one thing, but knowing what to do with it is another. Find out what specific jobs (entry-level and beyond) are going to be attainable with your degree.

  8. Talk to your advisor with all of your findings and go declare it!

    Take advantage of your advisors! They are on of the best resources on campus if you are stuck at any point in the decision process. Being a frequent visitor in your advisor’s office is a good way to 1) stay on track and plan needed coursework, and 2) create a professional relationship. For more info on advising services, click here

College is a time to explore your skills, but also to fine tune the ones you want to utilize in the future. It’s crucial that you find your major when you choose to enroll, but it’s a flexible thing. You’re open to change even after you’ve declared. We hope this list helps you navigate when it is time to make the decision and declare your major! Please feel free to share your thoughts with us, we would love to hear from you!

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