January 16, 2019

Choosing Your Major

Picking your major can be a difficult decision. You want to make sure it’s the right one for you. Before diving into declaring a major, take some time to figure out what you’re passionate about. By doing some planning and using your resources, this can be a decision you feel confident about.

Take Your Gen Eds First

Take Your Gen Eds First

If you are unsure about which major you want to declare, focus on taking your General Education Requirements first. At UW Colleges Online, we offer an Associate of Arts and Science degree.  This degree provides a solid foundation to continue your education and satisfies your university-wide general education breadth requirements for any University of Wisconsin four-year school.  This way you will be on track while learning more about what you’re passionate or not so passionate about. The classes you look forward to may tell you which subject area you should further explore. You may be surprised what areas of study you end up enjoying the most. 

Do Some Research

Do Some Research

Before declaring a major, do some research. Decide where you want to transfer to get your bachelor’s degree and the majors your desired four-year school offers. Not every school has the major you want. Take a look at your transferring options to see what credits will carry over. Get an idea of what kind of careers your intended major leads to. Look at factors like average salaries, job demand and predicted growth to know what to expect after graduation. Though enjoying what you do is most important, you should make sure it can support your anticipated lifestyle and responsibilities. 

Speak With an Advisor

Speak With an Advisor

Getting a second opinion can be helpful when picking your major. Speak with an academic advisor to discuss your academic and career goals. Advisors are here to help you make a degree plan, pick out courses and plan for transferring. They can also give you study skill advice or work through course concerns. They will help guide you to the right major for you.  

Get Some Experience

Get Some Experience

Though coursework can give you a good idea of what you like and dislike, an internship or job shadow gives you real world experience in your desired field. You will get a better understanding of the day-to-day in your industry. Experience can help you decide what academic path you may need to take.

Talk to people who work in the field you want to explore. Ask them what they like and dislike the most about their job. The more you look into your job field, the better you will understand what kind of daily work you will be doing. 

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